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Through August 19. 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. Pre-performance tours of the carillon begin at 5:30 p.m.

Living Modern: German and Austrian Art and Design, 1890–1933
Through September 16. Smart Museum, 773/702-0200. This exhibition traces several major German and Austrian artistic movements through paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and household designs from the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Sustained by visions of a better world amid industrialization, urbanization, world war, and reconstruction, the featured artists drew on both traditional art forms and innovative technologies to comment on contemporary life.

The Origins of Color
Through November 2. John Crerar Library, 773/702-8717. This Crerar display focuses on natural and synthetic materials and their historical uses in art; color theory, including the move toward standardized color names; and methods of creating colors by hand with minerals and plants. Books from the John Crerar Collection of Rare Books in the History of Science and Medicine, photographs of dye processes, and color-pigment samples trace the medium’s development.

Rise & Set
Through November 4. Hyde Park Art Center, 773/324-5520.
In a two-story installation at the center’s entrance, Chicago-based artists Ken Fandell and Diane Guerrero-Maciá use words and color to simulate a child’s experience of sunrise and sunset. Yellow text on the first-floor foyer’s dark blue wall inverts on the second floor, representing the shift from dawn to dusk.

ArchiTrek: Walk and Wine
August 9. 4:30 p.m. Robie House, 708/848-1976. An expert from the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust leads a 90-minute architectural walking tour of the Hyde Park neighborhood surrounding Wright’s Robie House. Wine and canapés on the Robie House terrace follow.

The Virtual Tourist in Renaissance Rome: Printing and Collecting the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae
September 14, 2007–February 11, 2008. Special Collections Research Center, 773/702-8705. This exhibition traces the evolution of 16th-century publisher Antonio Lafreri’s Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae (“Mirror of Roman Magnificence”), collections of printed images, showing major Roman monuments and antiquities, designed to appeal to Renaissance tastes. Each collection is unique—individually bound with different selections of prints—sharing only Lafreri’s Speculum title page. Along with the print collection, the exhibit also explores several Renaissance themes, including city planning.