Office of Minority Student Affairs Screening of Crash
The University of Chicago will honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting a week of special programs and events from Monday, Jan. 9 through Monday, Jan. 16. On Wednesday, Jan. 11, the Office of Minority Student Affairs will host a screening of the film Crash. The movie, which dramatizes the way race defines and influences perceptions, will be followed by a moderated discussion and a light reception. For more information on this or other events related to Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week, contact the Office of Minority Student Affairs by calling (773) 834-4672, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting http://omsa.uchicago.edu.
Smart Museum of Art - “Collecting for the Cause: Activist Art in the 1960s and ’70s.”
In the 1960s and early ’70s, many American artists actively questioned the artist’s role and responsibility in the public sphere. As they sought political relevance for their work, the relatively easy duplication and dissemination of works on paper made printmaking a choice medium. Selections from two portfolios of prints – one created as a protest to the Vietnam War and one as a philanthropic endeavor for the Museet Moderna in Stockholm – reveal how individual artists such as Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg and Mark di Suvero came together for common causes. Each print collected for these portfolios has its own aesthetic integrity, but collectively these images represent the will and agency of artists who sought to influence the art world and the socio-political spheres that lay beyond it.
Contempo and Patricia Barber
In its second annual double bill and first appearance at the MCA, Contempo continues to seek the common ground between some of today's finest music, regardless of genre. Complementing a performance of recent favorites by Contempo's celebrated resident ensembles eighth blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet, jazz pianist, singer and songwriter Patricia Barber will preview her highly-anticipated new song cycle Mythologies, inspired by Ovid's Metamorphoses. Also featured on the program will be a rare Chicago appearance by vibraphonist Joe Locke and participation by the gospel choir Choral Thunder. $30 General Admission, $24 for MCA members, Student Discounts available. For tickets, call (312) 397-4010.