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Courtesy the Smart Museum.


The Colors of Identity: Polish Art at Home and Abroad, 1890–1939
Through September 17. Smart Museum of Art, 773/702-0200. Turn-of-the-century Poland derived its modern artistic identity from foreign occupation and failed uprisings as well as its 1918 independence. Featuring more than 60 paintings, sculptures, and drawings, the exhibition explores the Mloda Polska (Young Poland) cultural movement that gave rise to diverse styles reflecting the nascent Polish consciousness.

June 18–August 20. 6 p.m. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 773/702-7059. Join University carillonneur Wylie Crawford, MAT’70, and guest artists from the United States and Europe each Sunday for this free concert series. Tours of the carillon begin at 5:30 p.m. before each performance.

Frank Joseph’s To Love Mercy
June 22, 7 p.m. 57th Street Books, 773/752-4381. Hyde Park native Frank Joseph reads from his debut novel about two South Side youths—one black, one white—growing up amid the racial and ethnic tensions of late-1940s Chicago. The book’s historical afterword on Bronzeville, “Chicago’s Harlem,” features interviews with residents from the era including Timuel D. “Tim” Black, AM’54.

The DuSable Museum of African American History and Chicago course
July 22. DuSable Museum, 773/702-1722. Explore the country’s oldest museum of African American history in a daylong seminar with the Graham School of General Studies. Taught by senior historian Charles Branham, PhD’81, the course covers the museum’s history and cultural significance. The event costs $25 per person; please call ahead to register.

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Courtesy Crerar Library.

The World in the Time of Tutankhamun
July 24–28. Oriental Institute, 773/702-9507. Learn from Oriental Institute archaeologists, linguists, and historians during this weeklong seminar that includes lectures and discussions, museum tours, and an escorted visit to the Field Museum’s Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition. The seminar costs $595 for OI members, $645 for nonmembers. Participants must register by Friday, July 14. The event is cosponsored by the Graham School of General Studies.

The Space Between
June 8–18. Del Prado building mezzanine, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd., 773/753-4821. This annual exhibition features the work of graduating MFA students, held this year at Hyde Park’s historic Del Prado apartment building. The show is sponsored by the Department of Visual Arts with support from the Division of Humanities and the Smart Museum. Regular gallery hours are Friday–Sunday, 12–6 p.m., or by appointment.

Enrico Fermi: The Life of a Scientist
Through September 8. Crerar Library, 773/702-8717. Photographs and documents give insight into the life of the Nobel Prize–winning physicist from his childhood in Rome to his days as a researcher and teacher at Chicago. The exhibition features unpublished pieces from the photographic albums of his wife Laura and his friend Enrico Persico; the archives and library of the University of Pisa; the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa; the Fermi Archives of the Domus Galilaeana; and the University’s Special Collections Research Center.