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Ben Gest

November 12 – December 22, 2006

Sun, Nov 12, 20064:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Opening Reception

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: free
Thu, Nov 30, 20065:30 pm


Charles Bernstein, poet

Location: The University of Chicago, Rosenwald Hall, 1101 E. 58th Street, Room 405
Admission: free
Bernstein is the author of 30 books of poetry and libretti, including the recent title Girly Man (University of Chicago Press, 2006). Beyond his affiliation with the LANGUAGE poets, Bernstein has become a movement unto himself as one of the most important and active living American poets. He is currently Donald T. Regan Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-founder and co-editor, with Al Filreis, of PENNsound; and editor, and co-founder, of The Electronic Poetry Center ( From 1990 to 2003, he was David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Director of the Poetics Program, which he co-founded, with Robert Creely. In 2002, he was appointed SUNY Distinguished Professor (the University?s highest rank). In 2006, Bernstein was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

This event was funded in part by Poets and Writers, Inc. and was co-sponsored with Poem Present.
Fri, Dec 1, 20061:00 pm


Charles Bernstein, poet

Location: The University of Chicago, Classics 110, 1010 E. 59th Street
Admission: free
Sun, Dec 10, 20062:00 pm


Catherine Soussloff, art historian

Location: The University of Chicago, Cobb Hall, Room 402, 5811 South Ellis Ave.
Admission: free
Soussloff is currently a professor in the History of Art and Visual Culture Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of The Absolute Artist (University of Minnesota Press, 1997) and the editor of Jewish Identity in Modern Art History (University of California Press, 1999). Soussloff will lecture on early Twentieth Century portraiture drawing from her new book The Subject in Art (Duke University Press, 2006), which is a study of the visual construction of the modern European subject and subjectivities. The book demonstrates through an analysis of philosophical theory, avant-garde painting, pictorialist photographs, and art historical discourse that a new kind of social subject?a visualized subject?emerged before World War I.

This event will take place in Cobb Hall Room 402, down the hall from the gallery.
Tue, Dec 12, 20068:00 pm


Maja Ratkje and POING

Location: The University of Chicago, Bond Chapel, 1025 East 58 Street
Admission: free
Maja Ratkje, voice and electronics
Frode Haltli, accordion
Rolf-Erik Nystr?m, saxophone
H?kon Thelin, double bass

As half of the electronic noise duo Fe-Mail, Ratkje is no stranger to Chicago. This time her powerful, quirky and sublime voice and electronic tinkering is backed by POING, an Oslo based trio who have become as well known for a repertoire developed by working with a host of young composers as they have for their work as improvisers. Distinguished by their instrumentation, POING has appeared at a number of the major European music festivals including Huddersfield Contemporary Musik Festival (UK), The International Gaudeamus Week (Netherlands), and Klangspuren (Austria) to name but a few.
Sun, Dec 17, 20062:00 pm

Gallery Walkthrough

Hamza Walker

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: free
Join associate curator Hamza Walker for a tour of the Ben Gest exhibition.

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