Jan. 23, 2003
Vol. 22 No. 8

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       “Symbol and Substance:
          The Elaine Ehrenkranz Collection of Japanese Lacquer Boxes”

    box Thursday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, April 6
    Opening Reception: 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23
    10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
    The Smart Museum, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. 702-0200. Free.
    This exhibition of 56 Japanese lacquer boxes–ranging in date from the Muromachi (1392-1568) to Edo (1615-1868) eras–features one of the most elegant and diverse assemblages of such pieces outside of Japan. Examining the aesthetic refinement and intricate symbolism in the Japanese lacquers, “Symbol and Substance” also exhibits the intricate planning, painstaking labor and supreme artistry that determined the construction of the pieces. With a rich arsenal of lacquer techniques at their disposal, Japanese artists produced bold, harmonious designs of great precision and beauty in a shifting panoply of styles representing five centuries of Japanese design. There will be an opening reception from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, and at 5:30 p.m., Anne Rose Kitagawa, an exhibition curator, will speak on “The Substance Behind the Symbols: Lacquer in Japanese Culture.” An Educators’ Open House for the exhibition will take place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.

    “Inkstone Box (Suzuribako) with Monkey-and-Persimmon Fan Design,” Japanese, Mid Edo period, early 18th century” 2002

       “Andreas Scholl, countertenor”

    scholl 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24
    Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. 702-8068. $30 general, $11 students.
    The University of Chicago Presents International Early Music Series begins the new year with a recital by acclaimed countertenor Andreas Scholl, accompanied by harpsichordist Markus Markl. The two will perform a program of German Baroque songs, including works by Nauwach, Krieger and Hammerschmidt, as well as solo harpsichord music by Handel.

    Andreas Scholl

       “Classics in the Indian Cinema”

    dummypic 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 1
    Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. 753-2274. $5 general, free for I-House residents.
    In collaboration with the Consulate General of India in Chicago, International House presents a retrospective of classics in the Indian Cinema. Each film will be shown in newly struck 35 millimeter prints provided by the Government of India. The epic films are noted for their visual spectacle. On Saturday, Jan. 25, Guide (1965), by Vijay Anand, will be shown. On Saturday, Feb. 1, Mughal-E-Azam (1960), by K. Asif, will be shown.

    Mughal-E-Azam, 1960,
    K. Asif, film still

       “Dance Mix!”

    orchestra 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1
    Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. 702-9075. $8 general, $5 students.
    Under the direction of Barbara Schubert, the University Symphony Orchestra will explore a wide variety of dance traditions in this performance. The program, titled Dance Mix, features Kodaly’s Galanta Dances and Bolcom’s Seattle Slew Ballet Suite, as well as Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Strauss’ Tales form the Vienna Woods, and the Mambo from Bernstein’s West Side Story.

    The University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Barbara Schubert