April 17, 2003
Vol. 22 No. 14

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    April-May Highlights

       The Smart Museum of Art
       “Dawoud Bey: The Chicago Project”

    Smart Museum of Art Thursday, April 24 through Sunday, June 22

    10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    The Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. 702-0200. Free.

    As part of an intensive 12-week artist residency that began last year, Chicago-based photographer Dawoud Bey met weekly with 12 teen-agers from local high schools, leading the students through a creative and critical investigation of the portrayal of identity in contemporary culture. The result of Bey’s first residency project in his home community, this exhibition includes Bey’s large color portraits of each of the students, accompanied by audio portraits of the teen-agers, as well as the written statements and photos the students have chosen to represent themselves. These groupings of photographs, audio and text question the illusion of completeness in any representation. There will be an opening reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24, and participating students will lead tours of both “Dawoud Bey: The Chicago Project” and “Group Portrait,” the student-curated exhibition.

    Dawoud Bey, Theresa,
    South Shore High School, 2003,
    Chromogenic print

       The University of Chicago Presents

    Phto by: Keri Pickett 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22

    Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. 702-8068. $10 general, $5 students.

    Started at Saint Olaf College in 1995, Cantus has since gained recognition as a talented male vocal ensemble. The program will include music from many genres, from chant to spirituals.


       Oriental Institute Museum
       “Pharaoh’s Garden” Family Program

    Oriental Institute

    1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27

    Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St. 702-9507. $10 members, $12 general. Pre-registration required.

    The Oriental Institute invites families to celebrate spring at this workshop presented in conjunction with Chicago Earth Month. Families can tour the Egyptian Gallery to learn about the flowers that grew along the Nile, the plants and trees found in ancient Egyptian gardens, and the fruits and floral designs that decorated ancient Egyptian pottery. Children can decorate clay pots with Egyptian designs, sow ancient seeds and take a behind-the-scenes trip to the Oriental Institute’s own “secret garden.”

    Fragment of a Painted Floor
    Plaster, pigment,
    ca. 1352-1336 B.C.

       International House
       Rethinking America in the Middle East lecture series

    Thursday, April 17 through Tuesday, May 13

    Assembly Hall, International House, 1414 E. 59th St. 753-2274. Free.

    In this lecture series, Chicago scholars from a variety of disciplines speak about the conflict in Iraq. At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, John Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor in Political Science and the College, and Robert Pape, Associate Professor in Political Science and the College, will discuss “The War in Iraq and America’s Role in the World.” At 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, Bruce Cumings, the Norman and Edna Freehling Professor in History, and Dali Yang, Associate Professor in Political Science and the College, will lecture on “East Asia and the War in Iraq.” From 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1, a session on “The Future of Transatlantic Alliances” will feature Cornell Fleischer, the Kanunî Süleyman Professor of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies in the Humanities and the College, and Marvin Zonis, Professor of Business Administration in the Graduate School of Business.