Seth Brodsky

Gray Center Director Seth Brodsky is Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago. He is the author of "From 1989, or European Music and the Modernist Unconscious" (California, 2017), and has published on such topics as opera, influence, and the music of John Cage and Benjamin Britten. He is currently at work on a book about music, psychoanalysis, and repetition. Seth's faculty profile.


What does ‘drawing’ mean? Gray Center exhibition explores interdisciplinary possibilities

Mar 07, 2022

“The show is a riff on the double meaning of drawing,” said Seth Brodsky, director of the Gray Center. “It obviously designates the act of creating art with pencil and paper. But it also involves pulling, dragging, drawing out, selecting too. It speaks to the way Gray Center fellows select each other, draw from and on each other, find things in each other’s work neither knew was there in the first place.”

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Seth Brodsky Appointed Gray Center Director

Sep 08, 2019

University of Chicago Provost Daniel Diermeier, Executive Vice President David Fithian, and Senior Advisor to the Provost for Arts David Levin announced today that Seth Brodsky, Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities, has been appointed Director of the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. Brodsky has served as Interim Director of the Gray Center since July 2018 and succeeds Jacqueline Stewart as its third Director. 

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 Nov 29, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
 Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry

929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

The Gray Center is pleased to announce the launch of Portable Gray, a new journal dedicated to the weirdness found at the heart of the arts and scholarship(s). Free food. Free drinks. Meet contributors. Complimentary copies of the inaugural issue.



 May 01, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 Gray Center Lab

Midway Studios
929 E. 60th St
Chicago, IL 60637

Join us for an evening with Seth Kim-Cohen as he presents a new performance/lecture that deals with art, music and neoliberalism entitled, Apocalypse Karaoke. Followed by a conversation with Matthew Jesse Jackson, Chair of the Department of Visual Arts.



 Dec 08, 2021, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
 Gray Center

Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, 929 E 60th Street, Chicago (Next door to the Logan Center)

As the 100th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Beuys nears its final days, we present an evening devoted to the question of Beuys and the universal—the “everyone” in Beuys’s famous and endlessly debated claim that “everyone is an artist.” 



 Oct 26, 2022, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
 Multiple locations in-person and online

Multiple Locations (see program below)

Never Not in Crisis: Forms of Calamity in Catastrophic Times Symposium
How do we come together in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? What forms of literature, music, theory, & visual art will facilitate the forms of community we need?
This symposium explores how to engage with the forms of suffering the COVID-19 pandemic has made visible on a global scale, alongside its multiplying aftershocks and afterlives—from economic instability to the War in Ukraine.