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Trapped in Acapulco

5/22-6/14

MFA thesis exhibition featuring student work by Carris Adams, David Lloyd, Tori Whitehead, and Richard Williamson. Reception Fri 5/22, 6-8 PM.

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Fresh Ayers

Sat 5/23, 3 PM

Bill Ayers talks to Baltimore public school teacher Jay Gillen about his new book, Educating for Insurgency: The Roles of Young People in Schools of Poverty.

57th Street Books (map)
1301 E. 57th St.
Hyde Park
phone 773-684-1300

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Total, Zzaje

Sat., May 23, 7 & 10 p.m.
The Promontory (map)
5311 S. Lake Park Ave West
Hyde Park
phone 312-801-2100

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U-High Jazz Band

Tue., May 26, 7 p.m.
The Promontory (map)
5311 S. Lake Park Ave West
Hyde Park
phone 312-801-2100

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Taigen Dan Leighton

Wed 5/27, 6:30 PM

Leighton, the Sōtō Zen priest from San Francisco, discusses Just This Is It: Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness, his latest book.

Seminary Co-op Bookstore (map)
5751 S. Woodlawn
Hyde Park
phone 773-752-4381

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Hyde Park Union Church (map)
5600 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Hyde Park
phone 773-363-6063

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53rd and Harper (map)
53rd St. and Harper Blvd.
Hyde Park

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57th Street Art Fair

Sat 6/6, 11 AM-6 PM, and Sun 6/7, 10 AM-5 PM

Featuring more than 200 artists working in a variety of mediums, plus artist talks, live demos, and activities for kids.

57th between Kenwood and Woodlawn (map)
57th between Kenwood and Woodlawn
Hyde Park

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Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago

3/30-6/12

This exhibition recalls the history of LGBTQ life on the U. of C. campus through letters, academic papers, student newspaper articles, posters, oral history, and photographs. The opening night gala, which features the researchers behind the exhibit and some of the participants in the oral history, takes place on Wed 4/1, 6-8 PM.

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Objects and Voices: A Collection of Stories

2/11-6/14

Institutions often treat their anniversaries as a way to trumpet a particular story­, to pick one narrative as the most representative, the most important, or the most publicly worth celebrating. The Smart Museum of Art’s 40th anniversary refuses to tie things up so neatly. Instead, “Objects and Voices: A Collection of Stories” opts for multiple histories; 17 curators associated with the Smart’s past and present have created 17 different exhibitions from the museum’s extensive holdings. The range is dazzling: a group of Rothko paintings tracing the painter’s move from realism to abstraction, objects from Japan’s entries at World’s Fairs, medieval architectural fragments, African-American paintings inspired by Ralph Ellison’s statements about black artists and art. Among the curators—artists, museum professionals, scholars, and students—the one with the highest profile is perhaps Chicago-based painter Kerry James Marshall, whose exhibit “The Naked and the Dead” focuses on nudes and corpses: four images of bodies, sex, and death arranged for your viewing pleasure. The curators all have limited space, but the conciseness of their statements serves to emphasize the individuality of each. The collections of objects on display here speak not with one institutional voice, but with many voices of personal eagerness and insistence: Look, look, look, the curators seem to say, at this history of Asian-American abstraction, at Otto Dix’s war prints, at this assorted collection of acquisitions given in honor of the museum’s 40th anniversary. The whole expresses the bracing joy of discovery, and reflects the fundamental power of art to address ideas both big (mortality) and small (passing interests). “Objects and Voices” is an exhilarating way to experience the Smart Museum’s unique capacity to speak for, and to, many people—an ability that only gets greater with age. Noah Berlatsky

Smart Museum of Art (map)
University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave.
Hyde Park
phone 773-702-0200

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Gabriel Sierra

5/3-6/28

Bogotá-based artist Gabriel Sierra's new site-specific exhibition at the Renaissance Society is his first solo exhibition in the United States. Technically, it's eight exhibitions: it changes every hour in title and in concept. The transformations require constant attention not just from gallery staff, who change the title cards, but also from patrons, who are asked to engage in thoughtful interactions with a set of temporary structures according to a specific set of instructions. The hourly changes put visitors on an intimate, exclusive basis with each exhibition and encourages multiple visits. The provided instructional pamphlet written by Sierra has a humorous yet earnest feel, with illustrations of simplistic stick figures demonstrating how one should act in each of the 14 spatial interventions. (The structures remain the same, but the context changes every hour.) For example, one of the instructions for set number ten—for interacting with a raised platform covered with gravel—explains, "Walk for 10 minutes thinking of the outdoors while you are indoors." By cooperating with Sierra you, the viewer, become the final element in each piece; the artwork is incomplete until a human intervention activates the static structure. All but one of the provided instructions are humanly possible to follow. The exception is for work number five: it instructs two visitors to stare into each other's eyes without blinking for a full ten minutes. This inclusion of the impossible is a slight nudge by Sierra giving us permission to depart from his instructions and interpret each exhibition for ourselves. —Kate Sierzputowski

Renaissance Society (map)
5811 S. Ellis Ave., Cobb Hall 418
Hyde Park
phone 773-702-8670

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The Promontory (map)
5311 S. Lake Park Ave West
Hyde Park
phone 312-801-2100

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Cocktails & Clay

Second Friday of every month, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Hands-on ceramics, drinks, music, and dancing. $15 suggested donation.

Hyde Park Art Center (map)
5020 S. Cornell Ave.
Hyde Park
phone 773-324-5520

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A Cosmopolitan City

2/17-9/13

Long before New York City and London were international hubs, Cairo boasted a large multicultural community. A new exhibit explores the cosmopolitan society of the seventh-century city.

Oriental Institute Museum (map)
University of Chicago, 1155 E. 58th St.
Hyde Park
phone 773-702-9514

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Second Sundays

Second Sunday of every month, 1-4 p.m.

Art activities and performances.

Hyde Park Art Center (map)
5020 S. Cornell Ave.
Hyde Park
phone 773-324-5520

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