John Crerar Library
Drawing upon highlights from the University Library’s collection, this exhibition examines the various ways in which celestial bodies have inspired human beings over many centuries. “They Saw Stars: Art and Astronomy” highlights works of art and literature influenced by astronomy, either through scientific study, a fascination with the night sky or as an inspiration for the literary imagination. Both contemporary and historical works are included.
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
This series of free recitals features University Carillonneur Wylie Crawford, along with guest artists from around the world. Guest carillonneurs include Sue Bergren and Mark Lee of Naperville, Ill., Stefano Colletti, director of the French Carillon School, and Malgosia Fiebig of Danzig, Poland. Guests will perform on Rockefeller’s legendary carillon, which, with 72 bells ranging from 10.5 pounds to 18.5 tons, is the second largest in the world. Before each recital at 5:30 p.m. there will be a tour of the chapel tower.
The Smart Museum of Art
Following the innovative years before World War I when Pablo Picasso and George Braque introduced Cubist elements into graphic media, Cubist prints grew more elaborate in design and execution. Less studied than the prewar graphic works, the later period of the Cubist print began around 1915 and continued through the 1930s. Drawing on the Smart Museum collection, “Syncopation” features two groupings of late Cubist prints. The first group includes a 1925 edition of five woodcuts accompanied by the original pen-and-ink studies made by André Lhote. This series is devoted to marine themes, including mythic mermaids and sailors at work and rest. The other featured print cycle, which appeared five years later, is a suite of 10 mixed intaglio prints by the Polish-born Louis Marcoussis, whose masterful etchings subtly fuse Cubist and Surrealist motifs.
57th Street Books
The University’s gothic settings will be transformed into the Great Hall of Hogwarts School on the eve of the newest Harry Potter novel’s release. This year, young guests may take Ordinary Wizardry Level exams in the Great Hall, to be administered by Hogwarts professors. Headmaster Dumbledore will award prizes for outstanding performance on the exams, as well as for the costume contest and the raffle. Young would-be wizards also can make magical crafts, receive protective marks, and enjoy Potter-themed delicacies like butterbeer and cauldron cakes. The festivities will continue until midnight, when the novel will be available for purchase.