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Danh Vo

September 23 – December 16, 2012

Sun, Sep 23, 20124:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Opening Reception and Discussion

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: free
Featuring a talk with the artist and Hamza Walker from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in Breasted Hall, the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th Street.
Sat, Oct 13, 20128:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Keith Rowe (tabletop electric guitar)

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: FREE
A seminal figure in improvised music and founding member of the AMM, Rowe helped define the genre not simply on stylistic but ideological grounds--improvised music as a way of thinking, a libratory practice, and a social model. It has been forty-five years since he adopted his signature approach to the prepared, tabletop electric guitar, shaping its inherent electro-magnetic resonances and frequencies into fields, volumes and textures of varying density. Having influenced two generations improvisers with latter day performers being versed in electronics, Rowe sounds fresher and more prescient than ever. His return to Chicago will be marked by a performance of a 1988 work written for him by our very own Frank Abbinanti.

This concert is co-sponsored with Lampo and will take place in the gallery. FREE
Sun, Oct 21, 20123:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Red Rays
CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: FREE
To celebrate CUBE?s 25th anniversary, we are proud to present a dynamic bill featuring Red Rays, for flute and piano by Marta Ptaszynska, professor of music composition at the University, in its US premiere, performed by the renowned Polish flutist, Agata Igras-Sawicka and Chicago pianist Kuang-Hao Huang. Other composers on the program include Augusta Read Thomas, also a member of the University music faculty, Witold Lutoslaswki, Toru Takemitsu, Elzbieta Sikora and Janice Misurell-Mitchell. Guest performers include Richard Nunemaker, bass clarinet and Jeremy Ruthrauff, alto saxophone. The concert will take place in Fulton Recital Hall in Goodspeed Hall (1010 E. 59th St.) on the main quadrangle of the University. FREE
Sun, Oct 28, 20128:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Gene Coleman (composer/bass clarinet) and Ensemble N_JP

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: FREE
For over a decade, composer/bass clarinetist Gene Coleman has been developing a highly refined and delicate musical language in which cultural polarities such as East versus West, tradition versus avant-garde are completely robbed of their charge. The result is an ethereal soundscape where electronics and traditional instruments, be they European or Japanese in origin, coexist in utter complimentary fashion. Musicians to be featured include Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto), Naomi Sato (sho), Toshimaru Nakamura (live electronics) and Teddy Rankin-Parker (cello). The bill will feature Coleman's new music and film composition 9 Chains..., a 27 minute piece that is the first in a series drawn from the ideas and work of Buckminster Fuller.

This concert will take place in the gallery. FREE
Sun, Nov 4, 20122:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Is Danh Vo a Vietnamese Artist?
Nora Taylor
Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art History, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: FREE
This talk will pose the following questions: If Danh Vo was born in Vietnam, does his work readily fit the category of "Vietnamese art?"; If not, what is Vietnamese art and who is a Vietnamese artist? In examining Danh Vo's work within the context of Vietnamese art history and other Vietnamese artists, this talk will engage in a discussion about ethno-national labels in art history while deconstructing the category of Vietnamese art. Far from forcing the label of Vietnamese on the artist and his work, rather, this discussion aims to critique the enduring legacy of the association made between Vietnam, the country, and Vietnam, the war in the United States. Taylor specializes in Vietnamese modern and contemporary art and is the author of Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art (Honolulu 2004 and Singapore Press 2009) This event will take place in Cobb Hall Room 409, down the hall from the gallery.
Sun, Nov 18, 20122:00 pm


Hung Q. Tu, poet

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: FREE
Born in Vietnam and raised in San Diego, Tu is the author of two highly praised volumes, Verisimilitude (Atelos Press) and Structures of Feeling (Krupskaya press). According to poet Rodrigo Toscano, ?Tu's poetic modules are not ?pieces? in the traditional sense?that is, thematically staged, subjectively actored, and assumedly audienced, they are more like an intelligent arraying of graffiti that you'd run into in a modern city's sub-throughway, perhaps a bit run-down, but with a shiny glass building across the street?that is, a city intra-imperialized in every way, its complicit fractals, its bio-bit patois scrawled all about.? If that eloquent description/testimonial doesn?t move you to put this event on your calendar then there is no hope. This event will take place in Cobb Hall Room 409, down the hall from the gallery.
Sun, Dec 2, 20122:00 pm


Shattered Liberty and the Supreme Court
Geoffrey Stone
Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor
University of Chicago Law School

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: FREE
Geoffrey Stone has been a member of the law faculty since 1973, serving as Dean of the Law School from 1993 to 2002. Mr. Stone teaches and writes primarily in the area of constitutional law. His most recent books are Speaking Out! Reflections on Law, Liberty and Justice (2010); Top Secret: When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark (2007); and War and Liberty: An American Dilemma (2007). Mr. Stone?s Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism (2004) received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for 2005, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for 2004 as the best book in the field of history, the American Political Science Association's Kammerer Award for 2005 for the best book in Political Science, and Harvard University's 2005 Goldsmith Award for the best book in the field of Public Affairs. This event will take place in Swift Hall Room 106. (Swift Hall is directly east of the gallery.)

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