The Renaissance Society
This exhibition will survey the work of abstract painter Rebecca Morris, whose paintings explore abstraction through geometric forms and layers of congealed paint. Her work draws on sources as disparate as Fred Sandback string sculpture, a dime-store lunchbox, Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, Tudor architecture and Clyfford Still paintings. In her artwork, Morris demonstrates both her investment in the traditions and possibilities of painting, as well as her restlessness with tested formulas and her own predilections. There will be an opening reception for the exhibition from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 8, with a discussion with the artist from 5 to 6 p.m.
Coinciding with Asian History Month, this dance festival will celebrate and connect the principles of Hindu philosophy to the history of the civil rights movements in South Africa, India and the United States. Satyagraha, which combines the Hindu words for “truth” and “holding firm,” was employed by Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela as an effective means to secure civil liberties for their countries. The Satyagraha festival will present dances that express these ever-important ideals. At 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, the Kalapriya Dance company and the Muntu Dance Theatre will present an exploration of the mythological similarities among African and Asian cultures. In addition, at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, the festival will feature dances expressing contemporary cultural views by Mallika Sarabhai & Company with Darpana of Gujarat, India, and Bongi Sithole of the South African Cultural Arts Organization in Chicago.
Department of Music
Under the baton of Barbara Schubert, the University Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the season in a program titled “Spring Forth!” The orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, a four-movement work with a bright mood; Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole, inspired by melodies and rhythms of Spanish music and featuring movements like Malagueña, Habanera and Feria ; and Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2, which mixes traditional Latin-American and Mexican melodies and rhythms with classic techniques.
The Smart Museum of Art
Drawing from the extensive Boone collection at the Field Museum of Chicago, this exhibition brings cultural artifacts, such as scroll paintings, woodblock prints and decorative objects from 18th-20th century Japan into an art museum context. The exhibition presents these objects as both “material culture” and “art” in order to examine these terms, the objects to which they are applied, and museum and collection studies in general.