The University of Chicago Magazine

April 1997



Katy Schimert, through April 20. This exhibit of film, sculpture, and text-based drawings by New York Katy artist Schimert elaborates on the themes of her past works, which create a relationship between fictional female voyeurs and male protagonists from historical and mythic narratives. Renaissance Society; call 702-8670.

Classical Art from the Permanent Collection, through June 8. The Smart Museum displays classical Greek and Roman art from its permanent collection. Smart Museum; call 702-0200.

Scenes of Jewish Life from the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica, through June 16. This exhibit features books and prints that illustrate Jewish life and customs, highlighting the work of French Protestant book illustrator Bernard Picart. Special Collections; call 702-8705.

Images of Science and Exploration in the Victorian Century, through June 16. The reign of Queen Victoria marked an extraordinary period of scientific discovery, with rapid advances in the physical sciences and expanded knowledge of natural history. This exhibit of manuscripts, portraits, and books examines three scientific breakthroughs of the Victorian era--the development of the theory of natural selection; the decades-long search for the Northwest Passage; and the discovery of argon, the first inert gas ever to be isolated. Special Collections; call 702-8705.

Arcangela Tarabotti: A Literary Nun in Baroque Venice, April 14-June 23. This exhibition focuses on Arcangela Tarabotti, a 17th-century Benedictine nun who published defenses of women and protested against social injustice, especially that of forced religious vocations. In her book L'Antisatira, Tarabotti defends the right of women to dress lavishly and to wear tall shoes and elaborate hairstyles. Special Collections; call 702-8705.

From Blast to Pop: Aspects of Modern British Art, 1915-1965, April 17-June 15. Drawn from the Smart Museum's collection, this show features paintings, works on paper, and sculptures by some of Britain's most adventurous 20th-century artists, including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, and William Turnbull. Smart Museum; call 702-0200.

A Medium for Modernism: British Poets and American Audiences, April 21-June 16. Offered in conjunction with the Smart Museum's From Blast to Pop: Aspects of Modern British Art, 1915-1965, this exhibition examines literary modernism, as developed through exchanges between British poets and American audiences. It includes manuscripts and letters by Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, and W. B. Yeats, and other works from U of C Library collections, including the Harriet Monroe Modern Poetry Collection. Special Collections; call 702-8705.

Giovanni Anselmo, May -June 29. Since gaining recognition in the early 1960s as a key figure in Arte Povera, Giovanni Anselmo has become one of Itay's leading sculptors. In his first Midwestern museum exhibit, Anselmo creates site-specific work that reformulates the relationship between painting, sculpture, and architecture. Renaissance Society; call 702-8670.


Works of the Mind Lecture Series, May 18 at 2 p.m. Philippe Desan, professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, lectures on "Montaigne and the Accounting of the Self." Judd Hall; call 702-1722.

Olin Lecture Series, May 29 at 4 p.m. Pierre Manent lectures. Social Sciences 122; call 702-3423.


Ad Hoc String Quartet, April 19 at 8 p.m. In anticipation of Passover, the quartet performs pieces by modern Jewish composers, including Chicagoan Robert Kritz. Rockefeller Chapel; call 702-2100.

Young Composers Concert, April 24 at 8 p.m. Barbara Schubert guest-conducts the Contemporary Chamber Players as they premiere works by U of C graduate students in music composition. Mandel Hall; call 702-8068.

Showcase Concert, April 26 at 8 p.m. The University Wind Ensemble performs "Jupiter" from Gustav Holst's The Planets, and the University Symphony Orchestra presents Witold Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra. Mandel Hall; call 702-9075.

Undergraduate Composers Concert, May 9 at 8 p.m. This program premieres works written by students in the College. Goodspeed Hall; call 702-8068.

University Wind Ensemble, May 18 at 3 p.m. For its final concert of the season, the Ensemble performs "Mars" and "Jupiter" from Gustav Holst's The Planets, plus Variants on a Mediaeval Tune, by Norman Dello Joio. Mandel Hall; call 702-8068.

New Music Ensemble, May 18 at 8 p.m. Barbara Schubert conducts a program of contemporary chamber works, including pieces by U of C graduate students. Goodspeed Hall; call 702-8068.

University Symphony Orchestra, May 31 at 8 p.m.; June 1 at 3 p.m. Several hundred musicians fill the Mandel Hall stage for a gala concert that culminates the 1996­97 season. The University Symphony Orchestra performs Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, before the University Chorus and Motet Choir join them, along with Pro Musica of the Oak Park and River Forest Children's Chorus, for Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Mandel Hall; call 702-9075.


Home, April 17-19. This critically acclaimed tone-poem by Samm-Art Williams combines movement, story, and song in a celebration of storytelling and its place in the African-American experience. Reynolds Club first-floor theater; call 702-3414.

Underdogma, April 25-May 30, Fridays at 9 p.m. The student improvisational comedy troupe, Off-Off Campus, presents its all-new, fast-paced revue. University Church; call 702-3414.

F.O.B., May 1-3. Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang considers Chinese immigrants who are "fresh off the boat" and their reception by Chinese Americans. Reynolds Club first-floor theater; call 702-3414.

Jesus Christ Superstar, May 15-17 and 22-24. University Theater joins with the Blackfriars to perform this large-scale musical extravaganza written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber. Reynolds Club first-floor theater; call 702-3414.

Tartuffe, through May 4. Performed in rotating repertory with The Philadelphia Story, Moliere's comedy warns against hypocrites who use religion to further their personal agendas. Court Theatre; call 753-4472.

The Philadelphia Story, through May 4. In this comedy of manners by Philip Barry, a socially prominent divorcee is poised to marry a self-made coal magnate when her debonair ex-husband arrives for lunch, changing everything. Court Theatre; call 753-4472.

The Cabinet Shop, May 28-31. This work by Michael Epperson, AM'96, expresses one man's comic struggle to achieve the American dream. A loosely allegorical interpretation of the German invasion of Crete during World War II, the play focuses on the competition between a Greek cabinet manufacturer and his German and Italian rivals. F. X. Kinahan Theater; call 702-3414.

The Bathhouse, June 4-7. University Theater closes its spring season with an evening of circus and theater, presenting Mayakovsky's comic thriller about a time machine in the hands of Soviet-era bureaucrats. Reynolds Club first-floor theater; call 702-3414.

In the City

First Friday Lectures, first Friday of each month at 12:15 p.m. May 2: Eric Warshaw, Basic Program staff member, speaks on "Poets on Poetry: Possible Thoughts on Horace, Keats, and Rilke." June 6: Arthur Davenport, Basic Program staff member, presents "On the Ramayana and the Upanishads." Chicago Cultural Center; call 702-1722.

Egypt in Chicago, April 19 at 9:30 a.m. This field trip to several major collections of Egyptian art and artifacts begins at the Field Museum, where Emily Teeter, PhD'90, Oriental Institute associate curator, gives a slide lecture featuring a sneak preview of the Oriental Institute's new Egyptian Hall. The event continues with a guided tour of the Field Museum's "Inside Ancient Egypt" exhibit and ends at the Art Institute with lunch, a gallery tour, and a discussion. Oriental Institute; call 702-9507.

The Right to Write: Calligraphic Works from the Collection of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, May 3 at 2 p.m. The exhibition, sponsored by the Oriental Institute, features 55 calligraphic works by some 45 artists from 17 Islamic nations. After a tour of the exhibit, doctoral candidate Ingrid Mattson of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations leads a discussion and places the works in historic perspective. Chicago Cultural Center; call 702-9507.

On the Quads

The Closing of the American Mind Revisited, May 16-18. Sponsored by the John M. Olin Center, this conference inquires into issues raised in the 1987 book The Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom, PhB'49, AM'53, PhD'55. Focusing on the students who have emerged in the past decade, the weekend-long inquiry considers their music, books, relationships, habits of thought, tastes, and passions--all in relation to their openness to liberal education, and their preparation for democratic citizenship. Participants in this collective inquiry include Harvey C. Mansfield, Frank Kermode, Joyce Carol Oates, A. B. Yehoshua, and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese. Ida Noyes Hall; call 702-3423.

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