Sept. 26, 1996

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    The Arts on campus

    As classes get under way, so do the seasons of the University's cultural organizations. Below is a brief synopsis of exhibition openings, performances and special events being held 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.


    SMART MUSEUM OF ART "The Fragrance of Ink: Korean Literati Paintings of the Choson Dynasty (1392-1910) From the Korea University Museum" Thursday, Oct. 10, through Sunday, Dec. 8

    Opening reception 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 This world-premiere exhibition of 62 rare ink paintings, including scrolls, album leaves and screens from the little-known collection of Korea University, Seoul, will feature many works that have never before been publicly exhibited. The U.S. tour of this exhibition, organized by the Smart Museum of Art, will include four other venues. Docent-led tours will be offered at 1:30 p.m. every Sunday. Held in conjunction with the exhibition will be a symposium, "Korean Painting During the Choson Dynasty," on Sunday, Oct. 27.

    "Faces of Ancient Egypt" Through Sunday, March 9 This special exhibition of seldom-seen artifacts from the collections of the Oriental Institute Museum explores the ways that ancient Egyptians represented themselves and people of other lands in portraits and figurative art. Docent-led tours will be offered on selected weekends, including at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

    SPECIAL COLLECTIONS "From Dreamland to Showcase: Jazz in Chicago, 1912 to 1996" Wednesday, Oct. 30, through Friday, Feb. 28 A celebration of the 20th anniversary of the University Library's Chicago Jazz Archive, this exhibition will highlight the development of jazz music and musicians in the greater Chicago area. On view will be sheet music, photographs, recordings, music manuscripts, posters and other treasures from the Chicago Jazz Archive and private collections. THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY "Ben Nicholson: Thinking the Unthinkable House" Sunday, Sept. 29, through Sunday, Nov. 10 The Renaissance Society presents the first solo American museum exhibition of the work of architect and theoretician Ben Nicholson. The exhibition will consist of two theoretical projects: "Appliance House" and "Loaf House." The presentation of these projects, in addition to models, full-scale components, hand-drawn artwork and computer drawings, paintings and collages, will constitute the first comprehensive survey of Nicholson's vision of architecture. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of lectures and a catalog.


    THE GUARNERI AND ORION STRING QUARTETS Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. in Mandel Hall The Chicago debut of the Orion String Quartet, in a joint concert with the Guarneri String Quartet, will open the annual Chamber Music Series. The program features Mozart's Viola Quintet in G Minor, K. 516, and Brahms' String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36, "Agathe," as well as Mendelssohn's Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20. For more information, call 702-8068.

    ANNUAL HALLOWEEN CONCERT: "STORMS AND LEGENDS" Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7 and 9 p.m. in Mandel Hall Musical storms and legends will be the theme for this year's University Symphony Orchestra annual Halloween concert, which will be conducted by Barbara Schubert. The concert will feature Berlioz's Royal Hunt and Storm from Les Troyens; Gluck's Dance of the Furies from Orpheus in the Underworld; Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32; and Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain. Orchestra members will perform in costume, and special effects will enhance the performance. For more information, call 702-8069.

    TALLIS SCHOLARS Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel The London-based 10-member vocal ensemble Tallis Scholars will open the 1996-97 International Early Music Series. The program will feature, among other works, Loquebantur variis linguis and Sancte Deus by Tallis; Jesu salvator saeculi by Sheppard; and Ave Maria and O bone Jesu by Parsons. For more information, call 702-8068.


    COURT THEATRE Harold Pinter's Old Times Through Sunday, Oct. 20 In Harold Pinter's Old Times, Kate and Deeley's marriage is disrupted when an old friend visits their farmhouse in coastal England and begins to compete with Deeley in a vicious power struggle for Kate's affections. Old Times was first produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in London in 1971 and debuted on Broadway that same year. For more information, call 753-4472.

    UNIVERSITY THEATER Off-Off-Campus presents fall-quarter revue Fridays, Oct. 25 through Nov. 22, at 9 p.m. Join University Theater's student improvisational comedy group Off-Off-Campus as it opens its 1996-97 season with a new comedy revue. Off-Off-Campus performances are held in the second-floor theater of University Church (home of the Blue Gargoyle), 5655 S. University Ave. For more information, call 702-3414.


    DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE with live organ accompaniment Saturday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel Rockefeller Chapel's sixth annual silent-film screening, featuring the classic 1920 film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde accompanied live by University organist Wolfgang Ruebsam, will benefit the restoration of the chapel's E.M. Skinner organ. For more information, call 702-2100.

    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

    17TH ANNUAL HUMANITIES OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 17th annual University of Chicago Humanities Open House will offer an opportunity for the public to experience the exciting 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 free tours, lectures, classes, performances and exhibitions. For more information, call 702-4847.

    MUMMY DEAREST Saturday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. Make a clay body, wrap it with plastered gauze and then hand-build a coffin of splendor for your mummy. This workshop, sponsored by the Oriental Institute and Lill Street Studios, is for children ages 5 and up, accompanied by an adult. It will be held at Lill Street Studios, 1021 W. Lill St. in Chicago. For more information, call Lill Street Studios at 477-6185.

    ORIENTAL INSTITUTE/SMART MUSEUM FAMILY DAY Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. This special family event features gallery adventures, including a treasure hunt and face painting, at the Smart Museum of Art and an animated film classic, Mummies Made in Egypt, at 1 and 2:30 p.m. in Breasted Hall at the Oriental Institute Museum. For more information, call 702-9507 or 702-0200.