Urban Art and Urban Form Events

Programs and Gatherings for Urban Art and Urban Form

WINTER: Urban Art and the Block

 

Title - Urban Art and the Block: Film Screening of Selections from The Area by David Schalliol in conversation with Jacqueline Stewart
Date and Time - February 9 2018, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location - CWAC 157 (Cochrane-Woods Art Center Rm. 157, 5540 South Greenwood Avenue)
Description - Evening film-screening of selections from David Schalliol’s The Area followed by David in conversation with Jackie Stewart. The Area is a documentary film about the recent displacement of a South Side Chicago neighborhood demolished to make way for an intermodal freight yard.

Title - Urban Art and the Block: Places - Making, Unmaking, and Unmasking (Click HERE for detailed event information.)
Date and Time - February 13, 2018, 2:00 - 5:00pm
Location - Neubauer Collegium
Description - This symposium investigates places and the various practices of placemaking, unmaking, remaking, and unmasking them. Often inscribed by deep-seated structures of violence and inequality, places also hold the potential for positive transformation and methods of self-representation and agency. From Chicago’s South Side to informal settlements in Latin America, and the spatial contestations between Israeli and Palestinian borders, we examine the issue of place, entangled by the complexities of its legal, economic, political, and socio-cultural dimensions. 

Speakers include: Terry Clark (Professor, Department of Sociology), Brodwyn Fischer (Professor of Latin American History and the College), W. J. T. Mitchell (Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History), Jacqueline Stewart (Professor, Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the College), and Eyal Weizman (Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.)

Title - Urban Art and the Block: Nature, Gardens, and Landscape
Date and Time - March 1, 2018, 4:30 - 7:30pm
Location - Currency Exchange Cafe, 305 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60637
Description - In the format of a conversation, participants will speak to how the role of aesthetics in their practice/work intersects with their interest in gardens, landscape, and urban nature.

Food will be served, and space is limited.

 

Title - Urban Art and the Block: Public Art Symposium 

Date and Time - January 18, 2018, 2:00 - 5:00pm

Location - Neubauer Collegium, 5701 S Woodlawn Ave

Description - What art is, what it means, and how it functions in a given society is considered most intensely when it is placed in public spaces. This symposium considers public art in different contexts—ranging from Ancient Greece to contemporary Chicago—and from different perspectives—that of the curator, historian, and artist. Speakers at this seminar include Lisa Corrin (Ellen Philips Katz Director of The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University), Richard Neer (William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor in Art History, Cinema & Media Studies and the College, UChicago), Dan Peterman (Associate Professor, Department of Art, University of Illinois at Chicago,) and Mechtild Widrich (Assistant Professor, Art History, Theory and Criticism, SAIC.)

Schedule for Symposium

2:00- 2:10: Welcome and introduction (Christine Mehring and Vidura Jang Bahadur

2:10- 3:10: First Panel

3:10- 3:20: Break

3:20- 4:10: Second Panel

4:20- 5:00 pm: Discussion moderated by Christine Mehring

 

Title - Urban Art and the Block: Public Art, Walking Tour
Date and Time - January 18, 2018, 11:30am to 12:30pm
Location - 30 W. Monroe Street (Richard Lippold’s ‘Radiant I’ at the Inland Steel Building)
Description - A walking tour of public sculpture in postwar Chicago led by Marin R. Sullivan (Assistant Professor of Art History, Keene State College.)  The tour will be followed by lunch at the Neubauer Collegium, predecing the Public Art Symposium. 

   

FALL: Urban Art and the Building

Title - Urban Art and the Building: the Obama Presidential Center (click here for detailed information and readings)
Date and Time - Wenesday, October 11th, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location - Meet on the steps of the Hyde Park Academy High School, 6220 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Description - A walk through Jackson Park and the site of the Obama Presidential Center with faculty members Neil Harris, Katherine Fischer Taylor, WJT Mitchell, Bill Brown, Christine Mehring, Jessica Stockholder, Emily Talen, and others.  

Title - Urban Art and the Building: the Obama Presidential Center (click here for detailed information and readings)
Date and Time - Wenesday, October 11th, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location - Meet on the steps of the Hyde Park Academy High School, 6220 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Description - A walk through Jackson Park and the site of the Obama Presidential Center with faculty members Neil Harris, Katherine Fischer Taylor, WJT Mitchell, Bill Brown, Christine Mehring, Jessica Stockholder, Emily Talen, and others.  

Title - Urban Art and the Building: Screening of Mur Murs
Date and Time - Friday, November 10th, 2017, 12:00pm,
Location - Logan Screening Room (201)
Description - A screening of Agnes Varda's Mur Murs, a documentary about murals in Los Angeles (1981), part of the 2017-2018 Sawyer Seminar on Urban Art and Urban Form.

Title - Urban Art and the Building: Walls Symposium  (click here for detailed information and readings)
Date and Time - Friday, November 10th, 2017, 2:00 to 5:00pm
Location - Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
Description -  In this Symposium for the 2017-18 Mellon Sawyer we examine the expanded space of walls. Considering the dimensional spaces that walls define, create, inspire, and respond to, we will look at the role of walls in our cities and consider their social function as well as their form, how the two relate, and how works of art can inform or transform that relation. Walls divide us, but they can also form conduits for interaction and relation. From Chicago brick walls to the Great Chinese firewall, we look at how seemingly finite material artefacts can become generative actors in the built environment and give rise to new aesthetic forms in urban space.  Speakers include Nadine Moeller, Wu Hung, Elizabeth Parke, and Rebecca Zorach.

Title - Urban Art and the Building: Amanda Williams
Date and Time - November 10th, 2017, 5:00 to 6:00pm
Location - Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
Description -  A lecture and reception with artist Amanda Williams, part of the 2017-2018 Sawyer Seminar on Urban Art and Urban Form.

 

Title - Urban Art and the Building: Object Symposium (click here for detailed information and readings)

Date and Time - November 29th, 2017, 2-6pm   

Location - Eckhardt Research Center 401B

Description - The Objects Symposium, part of the 2017-2018 Sawyer Seminar on Urban Art and Urban Form, focuses on all that “stuff” in urban space that’s neither building nor infrastructure—benches, streetlights, bus shelters, sculptures, performance works, and small-scale projects. Less an intervention as they are a kind of tactical insertion into everyday space, urban objects—whether mobile or static, animate or inanimate—re-activate public space in various ways. We will consider how these objects elicit a moment of pause for reflection and incisively draw our attention to urban space, processes, and issues. Speakers include Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects, Dana Cuff, Pope.L., and Dan Peterman.