Although remembered today mainly for his contributions to the worlds of avant-garde verse (in 1926 the vanguard magazine Poetry devoted an entire issue to his writings) and dance (in the 1920s and ’30s, he was a principal dancer with Allied Artists and partnered with legendary Chicago choreographer Ruth Page), Mark Turbyfill was also an accomplished visual artist. Seeing continuity in all his creative endeavors, Turbyfill at times utilized texts lifted from his own poetry in both figurative and abstract paintings and drawings. With titles such as Yellow Calligraphic Poem, Green Oracle, and Sibylline Head, his visual work also suggests a mythic literary past. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call (773) 702-0200 or visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu.
The Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
Bring a picnic and enjoy music from heaven on the lawn of the Chapel. This family-friendly series of free carillon concerts features Wylie Crawford, University Carillonneur, with guest artists from across America and Europe. The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon, given to the University of Chicago by John D. Rockefeller Jr., in memory of his mother, was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1932. It is the largest single installation of a carillon ever achieved, and remains the second largest carillon in the world. Cast in Croydon, England, this carillon is considered to be the masterpiece of the foundry of Gillett & Johnston. Free guided tours of the tower at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (773) 702-7059.
Department of Visual Arts
Tiny models of cities that exist only in dreams, a town crier who reports the news by memory and sculptures that document the sense of division a Mexican-born artist feels living in America; the graduating M.F.A. students in the Department of Visual Art use their own artistic language to comment on their lives and the world around them. The result is a thought-provoking exhibition entitled, “The Space Between,” which opens Thursday, June 8, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the mezzanine level of the Del Prado Building (the former home of the Hyde Park Art Center), 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. The eight-person exhibition displays a diverse array of talent and media, including photography, performance art, painting, drawing and sculpture. The free exhibition will remain open from noon to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays until Sunday, June 18.
John Hope Franklin, the John M. Manly Professor Emeritus in History at Chicago and the James B. Duke professor emeritus in history at Duke University, will discuss and sign copies of his latest book Mirror to America — The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin. Franklin’s autobiography chronicles not only his own life, but our nation’s racial transformation over the past century. Born in 1915, Franklin was a witness and victim of America’s virulent brand of racism. A former chair of the University’s Department of History, Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 1995.