January & February Calendar Highlights
University of Chicago Calendar of Events
|Hyde Park Art Center
Some Assembly Required
Through Saturday, Feb. 19
Curator Ben Rubin brings together the works of Monica Bock, Daniel Franke,
Amy Toscani (work pictured at right), Ginger Krebs and Timothy Brower for this
exhibition about the juncture between human and machine activity. Simple devices
such as coat hangers, bicycles and dustpans have been altered and explored to
reveal insights about human behavior. Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. 324-5520. Free.
Desire Under the Elms
Friday, Jan. 21, through Sunday, Feb. 20
Court Theatre will continue its 1999-2000 season with Eugene ONeills
Desire Under the Elms, a co-production with Freedom Theatre in
Philadelphia. Freedom Theatre is one of the leading African-American theaters in
the nation, and its artistic director, Walter Dallas, will direct Courts
production. In this passionate play, a young mans competition with his
stepmother unexpectedly turns into a tortured love affair. Dallas transports the
play from its original setting in New England during the 1850s to rural Georgia
during the 1930s, providing a southern, multicultural exploration of ONeills
classic. Desire Under the Elms, a production for mature audiences, will be
performed at 7:30 p.m. Sundays (except Feb. 20), Wednesdays and Thursdays and at
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Matinee performances will take place at 3 p.m.
Saturdays (Feb. 12 and 19 only) and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays throughout the run.
5535 S. Ellis Ave. 753-4472. $22 to $36. Senior, student, group and subscription discounts are available, and $9 student
rush tickets may be available on the day of the show.
|The Renaissance Society
Thomas Hirschhorn: World-Airport
Sunday, Jan. 16, through Sunday, Feb. 27
An installation piece by Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn, World-Airport
(pictured right) fills The Renaissance Societys entire gallery space with a
homemade airport and lounge area, a runway and airplanes emblazoned with
nation-state colors and insignias from around the world. First exhibited at the
1999 Venice Biennale, World-Airport explores the global connections and
contradictions afforded by contemporary international business, travel and
information technology. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with The Art
Institute of Chicago. Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday: noon-5 p.m. Cobb 418, 5811 S.
Ellis Ave. 702-8670. Free.
|Department of Special Collections
The Ecstatic Journey: Athanasius Kircher in Baroque Rome
Tuesday, Feb. 1, through Friday, April 7
Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680), a German Jesuit priest and professor of
mathematics at the Roman College, was called to Rome in 1635, two years after
Galileos trial and condemnation by the Roman Inquisition. He was charged with
reconciling Church doctrine with experimental method and interpreting Egyptian
hieroglyphs. Over the next 45 years, Kircher wrote more than 40 books; built
mechanical devices of marvelous ingenuity; and delved into the findings of the
microscope, the structure of the cosmos and the mouths of volcanoes. This
exhibition will present first and early editions of Kirchers books and related
materials. Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Joseph
Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St. 702-8705. Free.