Fall 2016 – Spring 2017
Don't just look at art. Grapple with it.
The individual Concrete Happenings events have now concluded, but there is still time to visit the documentary video installation in the Campus North Parking Garage and the special exhibition at the Smart Museum of Art, Vostell Concrete.
Concrete Happenings invited art-lovers and car-lovers, artists and scholars, drivers and pedestrians to confront the power of public art—the strange power of a massive sculpture produced by Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell. In 1970, in Chicago, Vostell encased a Cadillac in concrete. The product of that “happening,” Concrete Traffic, was installed in the University of Chicago Campus North Parking Garage on October 1, 2016. It served as the provocation for a comprehensive suite of exhibitions and interactive public programs—performances, screenings, talks, art workshops, happenings—that offered unique opportunities to engage with a crucial art historical moment and movement, and to explore the intensities with which an artwork can form and transform its publics.
Department of Art History
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
Smart Museum of Art
Special Collections Research Center
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Institute for Molecular Engineering
Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT)
Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
Franke Institute for the Humanities
Office of Civic Engagement
Department of Cinema and Media Studies
Department of Germanic Studies
Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project
Film Studies Center
Department of Music
The Reva and David Logan Foundation
Contemporary Conservation, New York
The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Friends of Heritage Preservation
Ozinga Bros., Inc.
The Wolf Vostell Estate
JP Brown, Conservator
The Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Museum of Contemporary Art
Arts Club of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
The Poetry Foundation
BING Art Books