October 28, 2014

November 2014 contemporary art events

University of Chicago Arts
Theaster Gates. Image courtesy of University of Chicago.

Theaster Gates, 2014–15 DOVA Faculty Lecture
Monday, November 3, 6pm
Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall, 915 East 60th Street
DOVA Professor Theaster Gates will discuss recent projects in dialogue with Professor of Cinema and Media Studies Jacqueline Stewart and DOVA–OPC Coordinator and lecturer Zachary Cahill. Presented by the Department of Visual Arts.


Liam Gillick 
Monday, November 10, 6pm
Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall, 915 East 60th Street
SZALON exhibiting artist Liam Gillick is an artist based in New York. His wide-ranging practice, which involves writing, sculpture, film, wall texts, and furniture, has been exhibited at major venues around the world. His retrospective project Three perspectives and a short scenario was shown at Witte de With, Rotterdam; Kunsthalle Zurich; Kunstverein, München; and MCA Chicago. Gillick was selected to represent Germany for the 53rd Venice Biennale. In 2009 MIT Press published a critical reader titled Meaning Liam Gillick, edited by Monika Szewczyk, curator of SZALON and the Logan Center’s Visual Arts Program Curator. Presented by DOVA-OPC and Logan Center Exhibitions


Josiah McElheny & Lynne Cooke
Monday, November 17, 6pm
Logan Center for the Arts, Logan Center Gallery, 915 East 60th Street
A discussion on artist-curated exhibitions, the first in Jessica Stockholder’s “Rethinking Exhibitions” visiting speakers series sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies.


“Un-suspending Disbelief: The Subject of Pictures”
Friday, November 21, 9:30am–5pm
Gray Center Lab, 929 East 60th Street, Suite 112
A symposium with Matthew Connors, Anthony Elms, Daniel Gordon, Shane Huffman, Martin Jay, Doug Ischar, Barbara Kasten, Deanna Lawson, Laura Letinsky, Margaret Olin, Chris Mottallini, and Thomas Struth
“Un-suspending Disbelief: The Subject of Pictures” is a daylong symposium that will address questions regarding what a photograph pictures as opposed to what a photograph “means,” seeking out a more precise ontological mapping of the relationship between pictures and photography.

Presented by the Department of Visual Arts, The Franke Institute for the Humanities, Logan Center Exhibitions, and the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, the Humanities Visiting Committee at The University of Chicago and the Office of the Provost for the Arts; with additional support from the Department of Art History, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on German Literature and Culture, and the Goethe-Institut Chicago.


David Reed & Jessica Stockholder
Monday, November 24, 6pm
Logan Center for the Arts, Logan Center Gallery, 915 East 60th Street
A discussion on artist-curated exhibitions with SZALON exhibiting artist, David Reed and DOVA Professor, Jessica Stockholder, the second in the “Rethinking Exhibitions” visiting speakers series organized by Jessica Stockholder and sponsored by the Council on for Advanced Studies.


About the Department of Visual Arts
Focused on making, the Department of Visual Arts is one of the many specialized knowledge communities at the University of Chicago, one of the world’s great research institutions. We aim to stimulate and provoke both graduate and undergraduate students, encouraging the development of independent and challenging thought as expressed and inscribed in the visual arts. We propose that art is inquiry. Our faculty, diverse in its pursuits, is critically engaged in dialogue nationally and internationally. Our students benefit from this dialogue, and are also encouraged to pursue areas of overlap with the many other disciplines represented at the university—history, art history, science, philosophy, aesthetics, theater, music, and creative writing to name a few.

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For those interested in the MFA program at The University of Chicago please contact Alison LaTendresse, Associate Director of Programs and Student Affairs in the Department Visual Arts: [email protected].


About Logan Center Exhibitions and the current show, SZALON
On view from September 19–November 23, 2014

Logan Center Exhibitions’ fall show with the participation of Derrick Adams, Lisa Alvarado, Holly Cahill, Neil Campbell, Patrick Chamberlain, Nicole Eisenman, Krista Franklin & RJ EL, Jim Denomie, Alonzo Lee Evans, Gabrielle Garland, Liam Gillick, Hannah Givler & Katherine Harvath, Dor Guez, Marva Pitchford Jolly, Robert Kelly, Elizabeth McIntosh, Tim Nickodemus, Otobong Nkanga, Paulina Ołowska, Annie Pootoogook, Napachie Pootoogook, David Reed, Martha Rosler, David Schutter, G.L. Smothers, Mina Totino, Stanley Whitney, Ramyar Vala, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun among other special guests. Curated by Monika Szewczyk with the assistance of Katherine Harvath. Graphics by David Giordano.

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