Longing for Bunny Mercer
Friday, June 7 through Saturday, June 15
Opening reception: 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 7
Seven artistsDawn Brennan, Jean Bundy, Joann Harling, Dustin Larson, Monica Prieto, David Roane and Marci Rubinhave created paintings, sculpture, video and a mixed-media installation in response to the fictional character Bunny Mercer. Each artist has a different view of Bunny, a character they created as a group: ex-lover, surrealist houseguest, menacing childhood memory. Free copies of The Bunny Book, an artists book that comprises visions of thoughts about Bunny Mercer, will be available at the exhibition. The book was funded by a UChicagoArts grant, and the exhibition was co-curated by Whitney Rugg, curatorial intern, and Stephanie Smith, Associate Curator at the Smart Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on view at Gallery 312, 312 N. May St. (312) 942-2500.
Oriental Institute Museum
Egyptomania, Chicago-style bus tour
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 15
Climb aboard a bus and see first-hand how the excavation of King Tuts tomban archaeological event that gripped the world in the 1920sresulted in an explosion of art and design in the Egyptian style. This tour, led by Egyptologist Michael Berger, will include Chicago sites that incorporate Egyptian themes in their designs, including the Reebie Storage and Moving Co. building and the Chicago Tribune building, where an actual piece from the Great Pyramid at Giza was embedded into the structure. A slide presentation, bus transportation, handouts and lunch at a Middle Eastern restaurant will be included in this program, which is co-sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The tour begins and ends at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave. $60 for Oriental Institute and Chicago Architecture Foundation members, $65 for non-members. For registration, call 702-9507.
Special Collections Research Center
Great Ideas: The University of Chicago and the Ideal of Liberal Education
Through Friday, Sept. 6
In the 1930s, Mortimer Adler and Robert Hutchins set out to infuse the University curriculum with the spirit of the Great Books program, which was developed by Adlers mentor John Erskine. Their project helped to shape the Colleges core and eventually led to the Universitys collaborative efforts with William Benton and the Encyclopedia Britannica and with Walter Paepcke, founder of the Aspen Institute, to disseminate information about the Great Ideas. The discussion surrounding this experiment in liberal education reflects the goals of the University during the Hutchins era while illuminating broader intellectual battles waged over the role of culture in American life. Drawing on the papers of Robert Hutchins, Mortimer Adler, William Benton and Walter Paepcke, this exhibition explores the cultural milieu that made the Great Ideas central to the Universitys educational mission. This exhibition is on view at the Special Collections Research Center, Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St. 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Saturday. 702-8705. Free.