Center Stage: Campus events

Illustration: Brian LeiterGerard Byrne: A Thing Is a Hole in a Thing It Is Not
Through February 27. Renaissance Society, 773.702.8670. Irish artist Gerard Byrne’s experimental, four-screen film installation explores the beginnings of the 1960s minimalist movement, which emphasized simplicity in content and form. The work, whose title quotes midcentury minimalist sculptor Carl Andre, examines the movement’s paradoxical quality, as Byrne explains in the British magazine Tate Etc., of works characterized by their stoicism. (Image courtesy the Renaissance Society)

Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Through February 13. Court Theatre, 773.753.4472. This Pulitzer Prize–winning play, directed by Court’s Charles Newell, features three versions of the same woman, at different ages, interacting with each other. They discuss their relationships with their son, often thought to represent Albee, coming to terms with his sexual orientation.

Urban Life in an Ancient Assyrian City
February 9. 7 p.m. Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall, 773.834.9777. Excavations in the ancient city of Tushhan, in what is now Turkey, have uncovered unbaked, cuneiform tablets explaining everyday life in the city, perhaps some of the last written before the city’s downfall. The lecture, given by Lynn Rainville of Sweet Briar College, explains archaeologists’ discovery of the archive.

Illustration: Brian Leiter The Tragic Muse: Art and Emotion, 1700–1900
February 10–June 5. Smart Museum of Art, 773.702.0200. With more than 40 works, this exhibit explores artistic depictions of emotions such as fear and grief in the 18th and 19th centuries. (Image courtesy the Smart Museum of Art)

University of Chicago Folk Festival
February 11–13. Mandel Hall, 773.702.7300. The 51st annual folk festival offers a weekend of concerts, free workshops, dancing, and jam sessions. See the Folklore Society’s website for artists, ticket prices, and additional information. 

Chicago Ensemble Concert
February 13. 3 p.m. International House, Assembly Hall, 773.752.2275. In the third of the Chicago Ensemble’s five I-House concerts this year, the group performs chamber music by Haydn, Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Schubert.

Artspeaks: Mark Morris
February 22. 7:30 p.m. Mandel Hall, 773.702.8080. Choreographer Mark Morris talks with Princeton musicologist Simon Morrison about their adaptation of Prokofiev’s 1935 On Motifs of Shakespeare, which will be performed at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance February 25–27. Morris has choreographed more than 120 pieces for the Mark Morris Dance Group, which he founded in 1980.


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