May 22, 2019

Portable Gray issue 2: "Sound and Music"

University of Chicago Arts

Kim Gordon, Noise Nomads, 2009. © Kim Gordon. Courtesy of 303 Gallery, New York.

The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce the publication of the second issue of Portable Gray which draws on the work of the Gray Center, a research center for experimental collaborations between artists and scholars.

The launch party for the second issue of Portable Gray will be held on Monday, June 3, from 5 to 7pm at the Fulton Recital Hall, 5845 South Ellis Avenue, on the University of Chicago campus. Join us to meet contributors and take away a complimentary copy of the issue.

Published twice annually (fall/spring) by the University of Chicago Press, Portable Gray is a forum for experimenting with two genres of publication, the scholarly journal and the art magazine. Each edition constellates around a theme, which it treats elastically and through myriad forms: artworks, essays, interviews, reflections, photography, poetry among others.

This second issue considers sound and music and includes the following contributions:

Editor's Plaisance
Zachary Cahill

Legacy Set Free: Emancipating the Works of Oscar Brown, Jr.
Maggie Brown, Africa Brown

Pennies from Nether: A Chorus
Jennifer Scappettone

Reflections on Ghost Village: A Conversation
Judith Zeitlin, Majel Connery, Yao Chen

What Makes a Song “Songy”
Glenn Kotche, Steven Rings, Ted Gordon

Oracular Paintings
Kim Gordon, Stephanie Cristello

Hit It or Quit It: Rock ‘N’ Roll, A Critical Approach
Jessica Hopper, Mike Schuh

“now is simply the mess”: Formalism, Modernism, Again
Seth Brodsky

Listening without Response-Ability
Naomi Waltham-Smith

Tracing the Sonic Image: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Hannah B Higgins and W.J.T. Mitchell
Zachary Cahill

An Undefined Sound: A Conversation
John Kannenberg, Philip von Zweck

Music is the Production of an Ear Which Listens to Us
Mladen Dolar, Seth Brodsky

Soul Rotations: Healing Music with Shannon Harris
Ytasha L. Womack

Musical Griot: Barbara McCullough [on Horace Tapscott]
Robyn Farrell

Moscow Diaries
Robert Bird, Cauleen Smith

For the online issue and subscription information click here.

Portable Gray
Executive editor: Seth Brodsky
Editor-in-chief: Zachary Cahill
Senior editor: Mike Schuh
Managing editor: Naomi Blumberg
Design: David Khan-Giordano
Manuscript editor: Eric Powell
ISSN 2637-8361

About the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry is a forum at the University of Chicago for experimental collaborations between artists and scholars. Gray Center activities take place all over campus (encompassing various divisions, departments, and programs), across the community, throughout the city, and beyond. Through its various programs—including the Mellon Residential Fellowships for Arts Practice and Scholarship, exploratory research initiatives, the monthly Sidebar conversation series, Cinema 53, a monthly screening series, international conferences, and institutional collaborations—the Gray Center seeks to foster a culture of innovation and experimentation at the intersection of arts practice and scholarship.

Press contact
Ronia Holmes, Director of Communications for UChicago Arts and the Logan Center
roniamh [​at​] / T 773 834 0481

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