SIDEBAR

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.

Past events

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Nov

 Nov 14, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
 Gray Center Lab

929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

This project stages an improvisational collaboration between local electronic musician Brother El from the south side of Chicago with actors and musicians from Ilkhom and Bata theaters of the post-Soviet south, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. 

10

Oct

 Oct 10, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry

929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

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).

7

Oct

 Oct 07, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
 Oriental Institute

1155 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

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.

8

May

 May 08, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
 Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry

Gray Center Lab at Midway Studios, 929 E. 60th St.

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.

22

Feb

 Feb 22, 2018, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
 Gray Center Lab at Midway Studios

929 E. 60th St.

SIDEBAR welcomes internationally acclaimed Spanish artist Antoni Miralda, and University of Chicago anthropologist Stephan Palmié to the Gray Center Lab for a conversation on the intersection of food, art, and other forms of cultural exchange.

18

Jan

 Jan 18, 2018, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
 Gray Center Lab at Midway Studios

929 E. 60th St.

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.

8

Dec

 Dec 08, 2017, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
 Gray Center Lab at Midway Studios

929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

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. 

10

Nov

 Nov 10, 2017, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
 Gray Center Lab at Midway Studios

929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

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.

3

Nov

 Nov 03, 2017, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
 Gray Center Lab at Midway Studios

929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Join us for an evening of food, drinks and conversation featuring a presentation by London-based writer and editor Malu Halasa, followed by a Q&A with curator Omar Kholeif.

30

Sep

 Sep 30, 2017, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
 Gray Center Lab at Midway Studios

929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

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

28

Jul

 Jul 28, 2017, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
 Gray Center Lab at Midway Studios

929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

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. 

2

Jun

 Jun 02, 2017, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
 Gray Center Lab at Midway Studios

929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

The Gray Center continues its Sidebar series with a public conversation featuring curator at ICA Philadelphia Anthony Elms, and writer, critic, and curator Jan Verwoert.

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May

 May 26, 2017, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
 Gray Center Lab at Midway Studios

929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

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."