News

Jacqueline Stewart named Interim Director of the Gray Center

Aug 05, 2015

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.

UChicago News: Gray Center to continue bold collaborations between artists, scholars

Jul 22, 2014

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.

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UChicago News: Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry brings out playful side of scholars, artists

Mar 11, 2014

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...”

South Side Weekly: An Animate Archive

Mar 05, 2014

“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.

The Chicago Maroon: For one week only, Gray Center presents University’s #PAST

Mar 05, 2014

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.

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Newcity: Eye Exam: Dancing About Art

Jan 21, 2014

“...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.

South Side Weekly: Gendered Bodies

Nov 19, 2013

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

Newcity: Gray Center Lab - Best new venue for experimental arts

Oct 31, 2013

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.

Unfurling the Past / South Side Weekly

Oct 16, 2013

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!” ...

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The Gray Center Lab is open!

Oct 01, 2013

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. 

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`Crisis Image Archive` exhibition featuring Gray Center Fellow Daniel Tucker

Jul 11, 2013

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` exhibition curated by Gray Center Fellow Rebecca Zorach

Jul 11, 2013

"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.

Mellon Fellow Patrick Jagoda launches new project

Jul 05, 2013

The Game Changer Chicago Design Lab, co-founded by 2012-2013 Gray Center Mellon Fellow Patrick Jagoda, is launching its latest project, "The Source", on July 8th.  Click here for more information.

UChicago News: Never the Same June 7th Symposium on Grassroots Archiving

Jun 05, 2013

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