Mark Manders: Isolated Rooms,
through November 2. Amsterdam native Mark Manders’s exhibition
surveys the history of figurative sculpture, examining the icons
that human beings make of themselves. Set in sparsely furnished
installations containing items such as bricks, coffee cups, and
bags of sugar, Manders’s pieces portray large, androgynous
figures that appear timeless. Renaissance Society, 773/702-8670.
Sea of Buddhas, through January 4,
and Visual Mantras: Meditative Traditions
in Japanese Buddhism, through February
22. “Sea of Buddhas” centers on a suite of Sugimoto’s
photographs taken at Kyoto’s Sanjusangendo, or “Hall
of Thirty Three Bays,” a famed 13th-century temple that houses
1,000 statues of the Bodhisattva Kannon. The accompanying
“Visual Mantras” features Japanese Buddhist art from
the Smart’s permanent collection. Smart Museum of Art, 773/702-0200.
Gallery opening weekend, October 18–19, 9 a.m.–5
p.m. The Oriental Institute celebrates the opening of its newly
restored Mesopotamian Gallery. Closed to the public since 1996,
the gallery’s collection displays the culture and history
of ancient Iraq. Oriental Institute, 773/702-9521.
Wind Ensemble: Celebration, November 16, 3 p.m.
In honor of Mandel Hall’s 100th birthday, the Wind Ensemble
and conductor Wayne G. Gordon present a free concert. The festive
program includes Zdechlik’s Celebration, Wagner’s
Else’s Procession to the Cathedral from Lohengrin, and
other works. Student Performance Ensembles, 773/702-8069.
“The Dead,” November 28–December 28. The
Court Theatre brings back its 2002 musical staging of Joyce’s
classic holiday story, adapted by Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey
and directed by Charles Newell. Court Theatre, 773/753-4472.