Ben Shahns New York: The Photography of Modern Times
Thursday, April 19-Sunday, June 10
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
5550 S. Greenwood Ave. 702-0176. Free.
Organized by Harvard Art Museums, this exhibition will present the photographic work of American social realist Ben Shahn. The exhibition will include more than 100 photographs, ink drawings, easel paintings, mural studies and relevant ephemera. The exhibition will explore the function and meaning of Shahns experimental work in photography and his subsequent contribution to the emerging field of social documentary within the larger social and political climate of the 1930s and the Great Depression.
Trevor Griffiths Piano and William Shakespeares Twelfth Night
Through Sunday, June 17
Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. 753-4472. $24-38, $9 student rush tickets may be available on the day of the show.
Court Theatre will conclude its 2000-01 season by presenting in rotating repertory two separate productionsTrevor Griffiths Piano and Shakespeares Twelfth Night. Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell will direct the American premiere of Piano. When the well-to-do guests of a lush country estate see a lowly servant play Rachmaninoff (on what turns out to be a mechanical piano), class conflicts, amusing love triangles and a mid-life crisis erupt on this poignant look at one mans painful recognition of his own mediocrity. Similar themes of love, class and confusion underscore Twelfth Night, directed by Karin Coonrod. Women dressed as men, bizarre love triangles, hilarious misunderstandings and extraordinary cases of mistaken identity pepper this tale, which stars the same cast as Piano. Previews for Piano run through Wednesday, April 18. Regular performances will be Sunday, April 22 through Sunday, June 17. Previews for Twelfth Night run through Friday, April 20. Regular performances will be Sunday, April 22 through Friday, June 15.
Kinetica 2: A Centennial Tribute to Oskar Fischinger will honor the work of an innovative pioneer in abstract animation who began his career in Wiemar, Germany, and later immigrated to the United States. His work represents an intersection between the modernist energies of Kandinsky and Mondrian and animations delight in the moving image. The influence of Fischingers dynamic and playful images can be traced to works ranging from Disneys Fantasia, the abstract films of Jordan Belson and the musical compositions of John Cage. The first program, which includes Fischingers masterworks, advertising film, rarities and experiments will begin at noon, Saturday, April 21, at Max Palevsky Cinema, 1212 E. 59th St. Admission is $5. Later that day, a program about Fischingers legacy from the 1950s to today, including films by experimental filmmakers, will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 306, Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis Ave. Free.
8 p.m. Friday, April 6
Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. 702-8068. $28 general, $11 students.
Alla Francesca, a three-member medieval vocal and instrumental ensemble from France, will close this seasons Early Music Series with its Chicago debut. In a program of secular troubadour songs from the 12th century, Alla Francesca will celebrate the legendary image of King Richard, known as Richard the Lionheart.