Jacqueline Stewart, professor in Cinema and Media Studies and the College, has been named interim director of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. Stewart, who has served on the Gray Center Advisory Council, will lead the collaborative arts center from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 while the Gray Center’s current director David Levin is on leave as a Faculty Fellow at the Franke Institute for the Humanities.
Recent press coverage of Garland Martin Taylor's public sculpture project Conversation Piece.Read more »
Garland Martin Taylor (Gray Center Mellon Fellow 2014-15) was the subject of a recent on-air interview on Chicago's NPR affiliate to discuss Conversation Piece.Read more »
Afterword, the multimedia opera being created by Mellon Fellows George Lewis, Sean Griffin and Catherine Sullivan is featured in the current issue of Downbeat.
Prof. Patrick Jagoda (English) and graduate student Peter McDonald co-author The Portal/The Sandbox: An Alternate Reality Game Archive as Electronic Literary Narrative in Hyperrhiz. The article emerged from Alternate Reality: A Pervasive Play Project, a 2012-13 Mellon Collaborative Fellowship for Arts Practice & Scholarship project with Jagoda, Sha Xin Wei (Arizona State University) and Montreal's Topological Media Lab.
An evening with Kate Bornstein caps yearlong project on queer theory and trans representation.Read more »
Gray Center Mellon Fellow George Lewis featured in New York Times article on the role of race amongst composers.
In its first three years, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry has made possible everything from a conference featuring the world’s leading cartoonists in dialogue with each other and a cross-section of faculty; to a monthlong alternate reality game involving students, a professor of English and an experimental phenomenologist from Montreal; to a yearlong collaborative exploration of low-level light undertaken by a distinguished physicist and an award-winning architect.Read more »
Gray Center Mellon Fellowship project Afterword is one of 39 projects funded by the MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital. Read more here: FOR ITS 25TH ANNUAL GRANT ROUND, THE MAP FUND AWARDS $1.5 MILLION TO PERFORMANCE PROJECTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.
Jann Ingmire of UChicago News reviews Neighborhoods: The Measure and Meaning of an Urban Ideal.
Drew Messinger-Michaels writes on the Play As Inquiry practicum for UChicago News: “It was the opening night of Play as Inquiry, a practicum co-curated by Sha Xin Wei and Patrick Jagoda, both Mellon fellows at the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. Posters featuring cartoon ducklings (or maybe rubber duckies) lined the walls of the Performance Penthouse at the Logan Center. There were ushers doling out cards, wearing white gloves and communicating only through pantomime...”
“The boilerplate image for “#FOLLOWUS,” a collaborative multimedia installation on display at the University of Chicago’s Gray Center, is a still from the original short film “Urban Renewal.” Focusing the shot on the intersection of 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue, a hand behind the camera reaches forward and holds a photo print over the view ...” Read article here.
As the final product of a two-quarter archival dig through documented history of the school, the group exhibit found its origins within 10 independent narratives that recreate and repopulate the institutional legacy of the University. In handling material from 1893 and 2013, #FOLLOWUS hopes to open up space to populate the field with multiple perspectives.Read more »
“...thanks to Ghoulish and longtime collaborator Lin Hixson, ephemeral art need not be so intangible. Their performance group, Every house has a door, is reviving nine pieces originally performed at Randolph Street Gallery.” Jason Fourmberg writes about the recent performance at the Gray Center Lab for Newcity.
Joynt and Bryson tell these stories in "Resisterectomy," which juxtaposes their experiences of gender-reassignment surgery and cancer surgery. But beyond detailing the routine indignities that trans and genderqueer people confront, the show takes those challenges much further, into a complicated and complicating series of musings, both textual and visual, about the narratives that bind us to gender.
This is Chase Joynt and Mary Bryson’s “Resisterectomy,” a four-part multimedia installation that, in Joynt’s own words, “juxtaposes the narrative of trans sex-reassignment surgeries with the narrative of cancer surgeries—mastectomy and hysterectomy.” Read more here.
The Maroon sat down with artist Chase Joynt, who underwent surgical procedures for his gender transition and brings his newest autobiographical work to the Gray Center.Read more »
The Gray Center Lab makes Newcity's annual "Best of Chicago" in its first year! The former studio of powerhouse Chicago sculptor Lorado Taft has been converted into the Gray Center Lab on the campus of the University of Chicago. The venue is a think tank for artists and scholars to produce small exhibitions or performances. It is like a studio for collaborations. So far, many of the programs have focused on Chicago-specific topics, making the Gray Center Lab a much-needed incubator of the local creative culture.
Baraka de Soleil scoops the soaking wet fragments of a Paul Laurence Dunbar poem out of the bucket in front of him and solemnly offers them to each of the audience members crouching beside him in the dark. “Listen!” he says conspiratorially as he swirls the water in the bucket. “Listen!” ...Read more »
On September 24, 2013 the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry opened the Gray Center Lab, a 1100+ square foot seminar space, research facility, exhibition/performance space, and production studio at the University of Chicago’s Midway Studios.Read more »
Gray Center Mellon Fellow Daniel Tucker is featured in the exhibition "Crisis Image Archive" on view at Art In These Times. For more on the exhibition click here. For a review on the show in Newcity by Bert Stabler click here. For more on Daniel's collaborative fellowship project Never the Same with Rebecca Zorach, click here.
"AFRICOBRA: Philosophy", an exhibition curated by current Gray Center Mellon Fellow Rebecca Zorach, is now on view at the Logan Center. For more on the exhibition click here. For more on her collaborative fellowship, "Never the Same", with Daniel Tucker click here.