Sept. 25, 1997
Vol. 17, No. 1

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    The Arts on campus

    As classes get under way, so do the seasons of the University's cultural organizations. Below are some highlights of exhibitions, performances and special events that will enliven campus in October. For locations, phone numbers, hours of operation, ticket prices, other continuing exhibitions and more information and events, see the Calendar, pages 10-11. Check the Calendar in each issue of the Chronicle throughout the year for information on campus happenings. Exhibitions

    SMART MUSEUM OF ART "Still More Distant Journeys: The Artistic Emigrations of Lasar Segall" Thursday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 4, 1998 Opening reception: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 The first major retrospective for English-speaking audiences of the work of Lasar Segall, this exhibition displays the Lithuanian artist's work: documenting the Diaspora of the Jews, and embodying modern notions of 'exoticism' and 'primitivism' in modern art. Segall's work presents a range of significant issues in today's world of global culture and politics. Held in conjunction with the exhibition will be a symposium, "Jews, Society and Art after the Shoah," at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19.

    SPECIAL COLLECTIONS "South Asia at Chicago: Fifty Years of Scholarship" Through Monday, Jan. 5, 1998 This exhibition, which opened Sept. 15, explores the fabric of the interactions between Library resources and Chicago scholars that have shaped the direction of research on the Indian subcontinent. Rare older publications and recent imprints linked to current faculty and student research projects are displayed, along with archival materials from the formative years of the University's focus on South Asian languages and civilizations.

    THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY "Cristina Iglesias" Sunday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 21 Opening reception: 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5; discussion 5 p.m. This exhibition, the first Midwest museum presentation of Cristina Iglesias' work, will explore the need for intimacy within the built environment. For Iglesias, architecture is a 'second skin' that mediates the relationship between inside and outside, public and private and, ultimately, nature and culture. The opening reception will feature a discussion between the artist and Beatriz Colomina of Princeton University at 5 p.m. in Cobb 307.


    ROCKEFELLER MEMORIAL CHAPEL Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Talinn Chamber Orchestra Sunday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Talinn Chamber Orchestra, directed by Tonu Kaljuste, will perform Mozart's Litanie Lauretanae, K. 195; and Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618; as well as music by Arvo Paert, during this rare performance. For ticket information, call 702-7300.

    PROFESSIONAL CONCERT SERIES The Munich Chamber Orchestra Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. The internationally renowned Munich Chamber Orchestra will open the University's 1997-98 Professional Concert Series season with a program of music from the classical to modern eras. The concert, held in Mandel Hall, will feature Mozart's Divertimento in D Major, K. 136; Elgar's Introduction and Allegro, Op. 7; Dvorak's Serenade in E Major, Op. 22; and Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a. For ticket information, call 702-8068.

    UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC Annual Halloween Concert: "Rides of Terror" Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7 and 9 p.m. Costumes, storytelling and special effects enhance this year's University Symphony Orchestra annual Halloween concert. Held in Mandel Hall, the performance will feature the Hexenritt (Witches' Ride) from Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, Tchaikovsky's tone poem The Voyevode, Sant-Saens' Phaeton and Liszt's Mazeppa. For more information, call 702-8069.


    COURT THEATRE The Iphigenia Cycle Through Sunday, Oct. 5 Court Theatre presents The Iphigenia Cycle, a critically acclaimed staging of two Greek tragedies, Iphigenia at Aulis and Iphigenia in Tauris, both by Euripides. Directed by JoAnne Akalaitis (A.B.'60) and translated by Nicholas Rudall, the plays begin with Iphigenia at Aulis, which takes place as the Greek army is assembled at the port of Aulis, awaiting the favorable winds that will allow them to sail to Troy. Iphigenia in Tauris continues Iphigenia's story some years later, after the end of the Trojan War and the fall of the House of Atreus. For ticket information, call 753-4472.

    UNIVERSITY THEATER An Evening of Caryl Churchill and Lanford Wilson Thursday, Oct. 30, through Saturday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m.

    A selection of works by Caryl Churchill and Lanford Wilson. Churchill's richly dramatic Three More Sleepless Nights is matched by Lanford's sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic short plays Ikke, Ikke, Nye, Nye, Nye and Eukiah. For ticket information, call 702-7300.


    ROCKEFELLER MEMORIAL CHAPEL Faust and Koko's Earth Control Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. The silent film classics Faust and Koko's Earth Control will be presented with live accompaniment by University organist Wolfgang Rubsam. For more information, call 702-7300.

    For screenings by Doc Films and I-House Films and the Oriental Institute's Sunday film series, see the Calendar, pages 10-11.

    Special Events

    18TH ANNUAL HUMANITIES OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8:30 p.m. The Humanities Open House offers the public a fascinating glimpse into the exciting study of art, music, literature, history, philosophy, film and drama on Saturday, Oct. 25, starting at 8:30 a.m. The Open House features members of the humanities faculty as well as representatives of the University's museums and performing groups in this annual celebration of scholarship and the arts. For more information, call 702-4847. Highlights include:

    _ "Dinosaurs and Indians: The Evolution of the Modern Totem," the keynote address by W.J.T. Mitchell, the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor in English Language & Literature, at 1:30 p.m.

    _ Musical and theatrical groups, including the University of Chicago's Jazz X-tet.

    _ Lectures, including "How Much Yiddish Goethe Knew," "Why Muslims Decided to Write History" and "Why Lucretius Dislikes Us (And We Dislike Him)."

    _ Screening of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet.

    Admission to all events is free. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Ida Noyes Hall. Early registration is recommended since space will be limited for most events.

    CHILDREN'S THEATER AT THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE Aesop's Fables Sunday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. The Oriental Institute hosts Raven Theater Children's Programs as they present Aesop's Fables. Recommended for children ages 3 to 10, this production enlivens six of Aesop's moral tales with reworkings of these familiar stories. Original tunes and colorful costumes add to the fun. For more information, call 702-9507.