Sidebar is an ongoing conversation series organized by the Gray Center. We open our doors to the public for an evening of food, drinks, and productive engagement with our invited guests.
In 2020-2021, Sidebar morphed temporarily into FarBar. Conceived as a way to maintain the ethos of Sidebar for the pandemic moment, FarBar is a vehicle for artistic and scholarly dialogue with practitioners from around the world.
Emilio Fantin will be screening video footage from performances made in collaboration with the Casa dei Risvegli, a branch of Bologna's Bellariva Hospital dedicated to the recovery of patients emerging from deep-state coma, and survivors of deep-state coma. Fantin will be in conversation with Milan-based art historian and curator Gabi Scardi and artist Katherine Desjardins from the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.
Please join us for a special Sidebar conversation with artists Devin T. Mays and Caroline Kent in conversation with UChicago Professor Theaster Gates and the Gray Center's Zachary Cahill.
Join us for a special book launch and raffle for Pope.L: Campaign, featuring a conversation with Gray Center Fellows, artist and DoVA faculty member Pope.L and Neubauer Collegium Curator, Dieter Roelstraete; and Gray Center Advisory Council Member and Logan Center Gallery Curator, Yesomi Umolu.
An interdisciplinary symposium exploring the history and legacy of the 1919 race riots. As the centennial year of the 1919 race riots draws to a close, there is still much to discuss as we strive to understand the causes and legacy of this brutal period in Chicago history. Join us for an interdisciplinary symposium featuring research, art, and theoretical perspectives on the Red Summer. Followed by screening of Within Our Gates (Oscar Micheaux, 1920), featuring live musical accompaniment by DJ Rae Chardonnay.
Convened by Eve L. Ewing, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration & John Clegg, Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences. Presented by the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.
The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please visit EventBrite to register and see full schedule.
Join us for an evening with Ben R. Caldwell as the artist, renowned L.A. Rebellion filmmaker, and founder of the KAOS Network community arts center in Leimert Park, Los Angeles discusses his multifaceted work and its connection to Afrofuturism. Since 2017 Caldwell has guided the Gray Center's Sankofa City program.
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.
Join us for a screening of artist Javier Téllez' recent film, NOSFERATU (The Undead), followed by a conversation with UChicago's W.J.T. Mitchell (Department of English and Art History). Téllez’ film was inspired by Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens, the expressionist silent masterpiece directed by F. W. Murnau in 1922. Téllez made the work in collaboration with people living with mental illness after a series of workshops that he conducted on the subjects of vampirism and the representation of psychiatric institutions in film.
Join us for a screening and conversation with recent Gray Center Mellon Collaborative Fellows Shannon Lee Dawdy (UChicago Department of Anthropology) and filmmaker Daniel Zox, moderated by Andrea Ford (UChicago Department of Anthropology), that will explore contemporary American attitudes towards death, the body, and different forms of life as they relate to their documentary short, I Like Dirt.
Join us for an evening with artist Faheem Majeed and community-based researcher Aiyah Josiah-Faeduwor as each present their work, dialogue about their collaborative efforts and think through strategies for impactful modes of collaboration.
The second part of an Afrofuturism symposium organized and moderated by Ytasha Womack, author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, and architect Antwane Lee. This evening’s panel includes D. Denenge Akpem (artist, School of the Art Institute), David Boykin (Saxophonist/Composer), Dr. Daniel Holz (physicist, UChicago) and Floyd Webb (Filmmaker/Curator).
The first part of an Afrofuturism symposium organized and moderated by Ytasha Womack, author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, and architect Antwane Lee. This evening’s panel includes comic book expert Dr. Stanford W. Carpenter, and scholars from the Oriental Institute, Dr. Brian Muhs, Dr. Tasha Vorderstrasse and Dr. Bruce Williams.
SIDEBAR welcomes Gray Center Mellon Collaborative Fellows Patrick Jagoda (University of Chicago Department of English) and Thenmozhi Soundararajan (activist, transmedia artist and theorist) in conversation about their fellowship project, Imagining Futures.
SIDEBAR welcomes art historian Darby English (University of Chicago) and artist and educator Matthew Metzger to the Gray Center Lab for a conversation on how optical, political, physical and historical contingencies impact the ways in which we perceive and understand color.
SIDEBAR welcomes internationally renowned artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan, curator Omar Kholeif and scholar W.J.T Mitchell (University of Chicago, Department of English) to the Gray Center Lab for a lecture and conversation exploring Abu Hamdan's work on the politics of listening and visuality. The discussion will center on Abu Hamdan's work as a "private ear," and his projects that deal with the intersection of politics and legality in the Middle East and abroad.
Artist Dan Peterman and physicist Heinrich Jaeger discuss how their collaboration generated the sculptural installation Slipping and Jamming: Variable Installation of Z-Forms, on view in the William Eckhardt Research Center through November 30, 2017.
The Gray Center is kicking off the fall with a new edition of SIDEBAR. Join us for an evening of food, drinks, and conversation with artist Tony Cokes. The discussion will focus on current interests within Coke's practice, which locates itself at the intersection of conceptual art, theory, politics, and pop-music. The conversation will be moderated by Gray Center curator Zachary Cahill.
Sidebar is back!!! The Gray Center will be hosting a conversation with artist, Cauleen Smith and Robert Bird (University of Chicago, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, The Department of Cinema Media & Studies ) to discuss manifestos, utopian visions, cinema of/for the future, and their work on the upcoming exhibition Revolution Every Day at the Smart Museum of Art.
The Gray Center is excited to inaugurate our Sidebar series with a discussion between art historian Gwen Allen and Gray Center curator Zachary Cahill. Sidebar is a new series of conversations and events hosted by the Gray Center. This edition will focus on the ways in which artists use the magazine as "an alternative medium and experimental space."