• Ants from the eastern Himalayas. Image from the proposal for Magnifying Identity by Jan Brugger (MFA candidate, Visual arts, UChicago) and K. Supriya (Ph.D candidate, Evolutionary Biology, UChicago).
    2015-2016 Arts, Science & Culture Initiative Graduate Collaboration Grantees

    In partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative Graduate Collaboration Grants encourage independent trans-disciplinary research between students in the arts and the sciences. Grantees will work together during Winter 2015 and Spring 2016 to investigate a series of critical questions from the perspectives offered by their respective disciplines. Read more.

  • Renaissance Society "Several Silences"
    The Renaissance Society's Century of Artistic Exploration

    One of the country’s most important contemporary arts institutions, the Renaissance Society celebrates its centennial this year.  Since 1915,the Ren hAS presented early exhibitions by artists who later became household names—Paul Klee, Diego Rivera, Louise Bourgeois, Jeff Koons, and Kara Walker, to name only a few.

  • 2015-16 Arts + Public Life Artists in Residence
    2015-16 Arts + Public Life Artists in Residence and Crossing Boundaries Prize Winners

    The 2015-16 Arts and Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture artists-in-residence are visual artists Greg Bray and Nazafarin Lotfi and musician Aquil Charlton. The Crossing Boundaries Prize recipients are artists Sarah Beth Woods and hair-braider Fatimata Traore, footwork dancer Jamal “Litebulb” Oliver, and filmmaker Wills Glasspiegel. Read more.

  • News
    New "Field Notes, Field Guide" program supports multi-disciplinary collaboration

    The University of Chicago, Art, Science & Culture Initiative (UChicago), the School of Art & Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the Earl & Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaborations, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) announce the launch of an unprecedented inter-institutional platform for research and exchange. Read more.

  • from "Fordlandia", film by Melanie Smith
    So Called Utopias
    Nov 20, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016
    Logan Center Gallery

    Traversing the dense forests of Amazonia to the urban sprawl of Bangalore, So-called Utopias casts the built environment as an act of failure in the pursuit of expansionist and nationalist ideals.  Read more.

    (Photo from Melanie Smith's film, Fordlandia)

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Sunday at Rockefeller: Advent I

Sunday, November 29, 2015
11:00 AM

Rockefeller Chapel
Free and open to all

Chicago a cappella for the Holidays

Sunday, November 29, 2015
4:00 PM

Rockefeller Chapel
$38 preferred | $30 general
$27 seniors |$12 students

DOC FILMS: The Man Who Came to Dinner

Sunday, November 29, 2015
7:00 PM

Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema
General $5 | Free with quarterly pass ($30)

Composition Seminar

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
4:30 PM

Logan Center Performance Penthouse
Free admission


Tuesday, December 1, 2015
7:00 PM

Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema
General $5 | Free with quarterly pass ($30)

DOC FILMS: The Magic Flute

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
7:00 PM

Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema
General $5 | Free with quarterly pass ($30)

DOC FILMS: The Matrix

Thursday, December 3, 2015
7:00 PM

Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema
General $5 | Free with quarterly pass ($30)

UT/TAPS presents Urinetown

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 7:30 PM to Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 9:30 PM

Logan Center, Theater West
$6 advance | $8 door

University Jazz X-tet

Thursday, December 3, 2015
8:00 PM

Logan Center Performance Hall
Free and open to the public


"Like Water": A Solo Exhibition of Works by Krista Franklin

Monday, October 5, 2015 to Friday, December 11, 2015

Centers for Gender/Race Studies, Community Room
Free admission

Let Us Celebrate While Youth Lingers and Ideas Flow: Archives 1915-2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015 to Sunday, December 20, 2015

Gray Center Lab
Free admission

Exhibition: Poetic Associations

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 9:00 AM to Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 4:45 PM

Regenstein Library, Special Collections Research Center
Free admission

A Backward Glance: 125 Years of Student Arts

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 12:00 PM to Friday, January 1, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Logan Center Cafe
Free admission

Greetings from the Midway: A Postcard History of the University of Chicago

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 10:00 AM to Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Logan Center
Free and open to the public

Forms of Imagination

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 9:00 AM to Friday, January 8, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Arts Incubator, Washington Park
Free admission

To See in Black and White: German and Central European Photography, 1920s-1950s

Thursday, October 1, 2015 to Sunday, January 10, 2016

Smart Museum of Art
Free admission

Conversations with the Collection: Memory

Saturday, September 12, 2015 to Sunday, January 10, 2016

Smart Museum of Art
Free admission

Expressionist Impulses: German and Central European Art, 1890–1990

Thursday, October 1, 2015 to Sunday, January 10, 2016

Smart Museum of Art
Free admission


New BFFs Yo-Yo Ma and Theaster Gates Bring Bach to the South Side

DNA Info (Chicago)
Nov 20, 2015

A newfound friendship between cellist Yo-Yo Ma and artist Theaster Gates is bringing the Bach Marathon to the South Side Dec. 3.

Chicago Artist Theaster Gates Amplifies Bristol, England

The New York Times

“Sanctum,” a 24 hours a day, 24 day performance series will take place in Bristol's Temple Church.

Bathtub or mattress, it's all art to Jessica Stockholder

Oct 28, 2015
Chicago Tribune

Does Stockholder, UChicago's chair of the Department of Visual Arts, have a contemporary version of the Midas touch?

The Potential of Spaces

Oct 27, 2015
SouthSide Weekly

The Arts Incubator helps to bring the Chicago Architectural Biennial to the South Side.

Jazz Photographer Lauren Deutsch Captures Aura of Chicago Jazz

Lauren Deutsch: A Musical Metamorphosis, Photographs from 1979–2015, at the Logan Center from Sept 16–Oct 18

Film 50 2015: Chicago's Screen Gems

Jacqueline Stewart, Professor, Dept of Cinema and Media Studies and the College, and Gordon Quinn, AB 1965, are cited by Newcity as being among Chicago's major players in film-making

Court Theatre's "Native Son" actor wins Jeff Award

A best acting in a leading role Jeff award went to Jerod Haynes for his work in “Native Son” at Court Theatre.

Art and politics

2015 Berlin Family Lecturer Amitav Ghosh speaks about his writing, the place of fiction in the world, and his upcoming presentations at the 2015 Berlin Family Lectures from Sep 29 to Oct 7 at the Logan Center.

The Complicated Business of Placemaking in a Place That Already Exists

Artist Theaster Gates has a vision for downtown Gary, Indiana. Now he is learning how it melds with Gary’s vision of itself.

Around Chicago

Geof Oppenheimer: Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pressures

Sep 12 - Nov 30, 2015
Block Museum of Art

The first solo museum exhibition of the work of artist and UChicago's Associate Professor of Practice in the Arts, Geof Oppenheimer.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago Bach Marathon

Thursday, December 3, 2015
11:30 AM

Multiple locations
Free and open to the public

Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty

September 6–December 13, 2015
Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S Cornell Ave

An exploration of the act of feeling through a selection of photography, performance, video, and sculpture.

Lookingglass Theatre Company

Lookingglass presents new works that are physical, aurally rich, and visually metaphoric. Discounts for UChicago students are available through the Arts Pass program.

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago, founded in 1954, is renowned internationally for its artistic excellence. Students may use their Arts Pass to obtain discounted tickets by registering with Lyric Opera's free NExT program.

Joel Hall Dance Center

Joel Hall Dance Center offers classes for Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern Dance, and Tap for all ages taught by professional and passionate dance teachers. Through Arts Pass, students with a UChicago ID can take classes for $10.

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre

Cequera Rivera Dance Theatre (CRDT) uniquely fuses contemporary dance, live music and visual art with programs that express the stories of American diversity. Arts Pass allows students with ID purchase tickets for $20, rather than the regular $37.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

World-renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seated at the heart of Lincoln Park. Students can purchase $15 tickets online or in person for all of their subscription series productions via Arts Pass.

Chicago Chamber Musicians

Founded in 1986, The Chicago Chamber Musicians has become the city's leading chamber music organization, developing an international reputation for fresh, intimate performances.

Students: Your UCID is your Arts Pass!

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