The Smart Museum of Art
While the artistic movement of Modernism offered an innovative aesthetic characterized by crisp forms and progressive materials, Modernism also represented a unique way of thinking about contemporary life. In its “Living Modern” exhibition, the Smart Museum will present works representing several major artistic and design movements that can be understood as developments of Modernist thought. These various “Modernisms,” including Symbolism, Jugendstil, Expressionism, Constructivism and the Bauhaus, contributed to the richness of life in Germany and Austria during a period of cultural, social and political transformation. The exhibition will include an opening reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 7, featuring Reinhold Heller, Professor in Art History, Germanic Studies and the College. Heller will present a brief lecture considering the visual aspects of Modernism in relation to social and historical developments in Germany and Austria.There will also be a tour with a University docent on Saturday, June 10. Admission is free. For more information call (773) 702-0200 or visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
The Rockefeller Memorial Chapel’s stone-carved images represent the religious continuity of the present with the past. A number of the original plaster models will be displayed biannually as part of an ongoing conservation project. For nearly 80 years, the plaster casts sat in the basement of Rockefeller forgotten. Plaster casts of Dante, Luther, Moes, Zoroaster and others were originally used to produce limestone carvings that adorn Rockefeller’s exterior. The casts are currently being restored and will eventually be presented on the lower level of the chapel. The exhibition is free and on display in the Interreligious Center in the basement of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. For more information, call (773) 702-7059.
The Oriental Institute features free films each Sunday at 2 p.m. in Breasted Hall. After each screening docents will be available to answer questions. For June and July, the museum will feature Children of Heaven, This Old Pyramid, Obelisk, As It Was in the Beginning and Chronicles and Kings. The special film screening of Children of Heaven on Sunday, June 10, will feature an Iranian film that was shot in Tehran, where the narrow streets and alleyways hark back to the medieval city of Rayy, predecessor of present-day Tehran, Iran. With English subtitles, viewers will watch a brother and sister’s adventures as they struggle to find a lost pair of shoes. In This Old Pyramid on Sunday, June 17, Egyptologist Mark Lehner and professional stonesman Roger Hopkins will suggest how the pyramids were built by actually building one in the shadow of the Great Pyramid at Giza. Lehner and Hopkins will join forces once again to construct a replica of an ancient Egyptian obelisk in Obelisk on Sunday, June 24. Both as part of the Testament: The Bible and History series, As It Was in the Beginning and Chonicles and Kings will compare biblical texts to Egyptian history on Sundays, July 1 and July 8. For more information, call (773) 702-9514 or visit