The Arts on campuss
A roundup of what's happening in October As classes get under way, so do the seasons of the University's cultural organizations. Below is a brief synopsis of exhibitions opening and performances and special events being held in October. For locations, phone numbers, hours of operation, ticket prices, continuing exhibitions and other information and events, see the Calendar, pages 10-12. Check the Calendar in each issue of the Chronicle for updated information.
EXHIBITIONS The Renaissance Society
Rodney Graham's School of Velocity and Parsifal
Sunday, Oct. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 12 The U.S. premiere of Rodney Graham's installation School of Velocity features 19th-century composer Carl Czerny's altered sheet music and a baby grand piano designed to play notes in intervals derived from a geometric progression taken from experiments pioneered by Galileo. Also included in the exhibition is another musical installation, based on Richard Wagner's Parsifal. Admission to the museum is free. An opening discussion and reception will take place Sunday, Oct. 1, and a series of concerts will complement the exhibition. World-renowned bass clarinetist Harry Sparnaay will perform on Thursday, Oct. 5, and Mats Gustafsson, solo saxophonist, will perform on Thursday, Oct. 12. Other October concerts in the series will be by Hugh Livingstone on Sunday, Oct. 15, and by Patricia and Philip Morehead on Sunday, Oct. 29.
Smart Museum of Art
"The Studio Museum in Harlem: Twenty-Five Years of African-American Art"
Thursday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Dec. 10 Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Studio Museum in Harlem, this exhibition features 46 paintings, mixed-media works and sculptures by renowned African-American artists. In their works, the artists address a broad scope of intellectual and artistic topics, including diverse aspects of African-American culture, social consciousness and spirituality. An opening reception will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, and a variety of special events will complement the exhibition, including a symposium, tours, video screenings and, in November, a jazz concert. Admission to the museum is free.
"Montaigne in Print"
Wednesday, Oct. 25, through Friday, Feb. 2, 1996 Featuring editions of the Essais by French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, this exhibition explores the relationship between author, editor, printer and the book as a physical object by tracing the bibliographic history of the text and its presentation. A related international conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, on campus at the Chicago Humanities Institute in Regenstein Library and at the Newberry Library downtown. For more information about the conference, call 702-8274.
Oriental Institute Museum
"Through the Eyes of the Artist": A Sketching-in-the-Galleries Exhibit
Beginning Sunday, Oct. 15 Drawings by artists of all backgrounds, created at informal sketching sessions at the museum, will be on display. Admission is free.
CONCERTS Music of Japan & Japanese tea ceremony
Sunday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. at the Smart Museum of Art The Smart Museum and Mostly Music will present a concert of Japanese instrumental music and a Japanese tea ceremony in conjunction with the continuing exhibition "Woman in the Eyes of Man." Performing will be guitarist Shinobu Sato, hailed by Chicago magazine as "the finest acoustic guitarist in the Midwest," and koto player Kimiko Kiguchi.
The Piyyutim Octet
Sunday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in Mandel Hall Opening the 1995-96 season of the Professional Instrumental Music Series, the Piyyutim Octet will perform Mendelssohn's Octet, a cornerstone of classical chamber music literature, and Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence.
The Juilliard String Quartet
Friday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. in Mandel Hall Regarded as one of the world's greatest string quartets, the Juilliard String Quartet, currently in its 50th-anniversary season, will open the annual six-concert Chamber Music Series. The quartet will perform Schubert's Quartet in C Major, D. 46; Elliott Carter's Quartet No. 2 (1959); and Beethoven's Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127. For more information, call 702-8068.
Annual Halloween Concert: "Indian Summer"
Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7 and 9 p.m. in Mandel Hall "Indian Summer" is the theme for this year's University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra annual Halloween concert, which will be conducted by Barbara Schubert. The concert will feature an orchestral suite from the Walt Disney film Pocahontas, as well as excerpts from Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite, MacDowell's Indian Suite and Coleridge-Taylor's Hiawatha ballet music. A special-effects show will surround the audience and the orchestra members, who will perform in costume. For more information, call 702-8069.
Organ recital by David Dahl
Sunday, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m. in Rockefeller Chapel David Dahl, professor of music and university organist at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., will perform works for organ by Marcel Dupre, Josef Rheinberger and Ethel Smyth. For more information, call 753-1191.
CINEMA Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927) with live organ accompaniment
Saturday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. in Rockefeller Chapel Rockefeller Memorial Chapel's fifth annual silent-film screening with organ accompaniment will feature world-renowned organist Wolfgang Ruebsam performing an original score to the German expressionist film Metropolis. The event will benefit the restoration of the chapel's E.M. Skinner organ. For more information, call 753-1191.
For screenings of films by Doc Films, I-House Films and Law School Films, see the Calendar, pages 10-12.
THEATER Court Theatre
Jacques Rampal's Celimene and the Cardinal
Through Sunday, Oct. 22 Court Theatre presents the world premiere of Ranjit Bolt's English translation of Celimene and the Cardinal, Jacques Rampal's 1992 award-winning drama that reunites Celimene and Alceste more than 20 years after the conclusion of Moliere's The Misanthrope. In addition, Court will host playwright Rampal at a staged reading of Celimene and the Cardinal in the original French, performed by Gilbert and Ann Pestureau. Admission to the reading is free.
Off-Off-Campus presents autumn-quarter revue
Fridays, Oct. 27 through Dec. 1 (except Nov. 24), at 9 p.m. University Theater's student improvisational group Off-Off-Campus opens UT's 1995-96 season with a new comedy revue. Off-Off-Campus performances are held in the second-floor theater of University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. For further information, call 702-3414.
The 16th annual Humanities Open House
Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 16th annual University of Chicago Humanities Open House will offer an opportunity for the public to experience the worlds of art, music, literature, history, philosophy, film and drama through free sessions with members of the University's Humanities faculty and representatives of its cultural organizations. The day's events will include lectures, discussions, exhibits, tours and performances in music, art, literature, philosophy and other areas. Admission is free. For more information, or to receive a copy of the program prior to the open house, call 702-8469.
Chapel Festival Day
Sunday, Oct. 8, at 12:15 p.m. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel celebrates the beginning of the school year with Chapel Festival Day. The event will follow a 10:45 a.m. ecumenical service at the chapel and will feature a fall harvest luncheon and musical entertainment on the lawn. Tours of the bell tower will also be available. Admission is free.
Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. Ancient mummies, painted coffins and a Book of the Dead await you as the Oriental Institute Museum hosts its fourth annual Mummy's Night. This family event features gallery adventures, new hands-on activities and an animated film classic, Mummies Made in Egypt. There will be complimentary refreshments, Halloween treats and more. Admission is free.