Urban Art and Urban Form Events

Programs and Gatherings for Urban Art and Urban Form

SPRING:  Urban Art and the Network

Title – Urban Art and the Network: Data Symposium
Date and Time – Friday, April 6th, 2018, 2:00-6:00pm
Location – Neubauer Collegium
Description – How does data, which has shaped the urban environment and the ways we inhabit cities as individuals and as collectivities, advance intelligent urbanization? In an era when data analysis so thoroughly informs urban design, urban policy, and urban development, how can we understand the questions it raises and the questions it evades? And how can artistic or design practices defamiliarize the dynamics by which data forms and transforms the urban? This symposium foregrounds such questions in the effort to think across the digital, the material, and the spatial.  With Patrick Jagoda (Associate Professor, UChicago), Laura Kurgan (Associate Professor of Architecture, Columbia University,) Clare Lyster (Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago) Jason Salavon (Associate Professor, UChicago) and Julia Scher (Professor of Multimedia and Performance, Kunsthochschule für Medien, Cologne.)
Title – Urban Art and the Network: Infrastructure Symposium with Rahul Mehrotra and CAMP
Date and Time – Friday, May 4th 2018, 1-4pm Symposium, 4-5pm Presentation from Rahul Mehrotra; 5-6pm Presentation from CAMP. Reception to follow.
Location – Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
Description – This symposium asks how art and design address not only the material, formal, and formalizing qualities of infrastructure, but also its often impalpable implications. Permeating our existence by enabling daily life, infrastructure generally eludes scrutiny, rendered invisible through its material embeddedness or technological sophistication. From transportation to communication systems, from borders to electrical grids—infrastructure shapes not only the physical urban environment, but also the social, economic, and political structures within it.   With Julie Y. Chu (Associate Professor of Anthropology, UChicago), Michael Fisch (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UChicago), Karsten Lund (Assistant Curator, The Renaissance Society), Kate Marshall (Associate Professor of English, University of Notre Dame), Rahul Mehrotra (Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design,) and  Ashok Sukumaran and Shaina Anand (CAMP, Mumbai.)
Date and Time – Thursday, May 17th, 5pm
Location – Logan Center Screening Room
Description – Since the 1960s, Kasper König, one of the most important curators of contemporary art in the postwar era, has supported the practices of leading European and American artists. In addition to directing Frankfurt’s Städelschule and Cologne’s Museum Ludwig, König co-founded Skulptur Projekte, the decennial exhibition of commissioned public art held in Münster since 1977. Königwill present a lecture about this distinct exhibition, including his return to curating the latest instantiation in summer 2017.
Title – Urban Art and the Network: Festivals Symposium
Date and Time – Friday, May 18th, 9:30am-12:00pm, lunch to follow
Location – Logan Center Seminar Terrace Room
Description – Recurring art and architectural festivals have produced some of the world’s most memorable visual and built forms. This symposium explores the ways in which “festivals” have promoted new modes of experience and spectatorship, new relationships between exhibition and sites, and new networks of international exchange and institutional structures. With Sara Herda (Executive Director, Graham Foundation,) Sean Keller (Associate Dean of Research abd Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology,) and Solveig Øvstebø (Executive Director and Chief Curator, The Renaissance Society.)

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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: 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.

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