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Yto Barrada

Riffs
March 18 – April 22, 2012

 
 
Sun, Mar 18, 20124:00 pm

Opening Reception and Discussion

Riffs
Yto Barrada

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: FREE
 
Opening reception from 4:00 to 7:00 pm featuring a talk with the artist and Hamza Walker from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in Kent Hall room 107.
 
Sat, Mar 31, 20128:00 pm

Concert

Damion Romero (experimental electronics)

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: FREE
 
Los Angeles based Romero is engaged in intense low-level sound manipulation. The product of homemade tone generators, his dense buzz and drone work has to be felt to be believed. This concert is co-sponsored with LAMPO. It will take place in Bond Chapel.
 
Sun, Apr 1, 20123:00 pm

Concert

Charlotte Hug (viola), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Lou Mallozzi (turntable, spoken word, assorted devices)

Location: Bond Chapel 1050 East 59th Street (directly East of Cobb Hall)
Admission: FREE
 
We are extremely pleased to welcome back this trio, which could be named after the 70s action film classic Three the Hard Way. Any one of them could hold down the fort solo. Together they constitute a triple threat. All have worked extensively as composer-performers in solo and ensemble settings. This to say, these are not timid souls. As an evening of improvised music, there will be sparks followed by combustion. This concert will take place in Bond Chapel.
 
Sun, Apr 15, 20122:00 pm

Lecture

Globalization on the Margins, Tangiers? Socio-Spatial Fabric
William Kutz, PhD candidate, Clark University

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: FREE
 
Over the past several years Kutz has conducted extensive fieldwork in Tangiers, documenting development of the city?s megaprojects, using it as a case study to understand the agents and effects of urban globalization. Kutz is a PhD candidate in geography at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. This event will take place in Cobb hall room 409 (down the hall from the gallery).
 
Mon, Apr 16, 20126:00 pm

Discussion

Arab Spring: Unfoldings Refoldings
Laila Lalami, novelist, journalist
Ahmed El Shamsy, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago


Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: FREE
 
Using Egypt and Morocco as grounding for a discussion about Arab Spring, these two scholars will compare notes about events in these two countries as they continue to unfold?Egypt on the eve of presidential elections and Morocco as an example of liberalized authoritarianism. El Shamsy is Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at The University of Chicago. He studies the intellectual history of Islam, focusing on Islamic law and theology. Lalami is a journalist and novelist whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, the New York Times, the Washington Post and elsewhere. She is the author of the short story collection Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and the novel Secret Son. She is currently associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. This event will take place in Swift Hall room 310. This event is co-sponsored with the University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Department of Political Science. (Swift Hall is on the main quadrangle, directly east of Cobb Hall).
 
Sun, Apr 22, 20122:00 pm

Lecture

The Harraga of Tangier
Abdelmajid Hannoum, Associate Professor of Anthropology and African and African-American Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: FREE
 
Harraga, "those who burn" in Arabic, refers to North Africans who attempt to illegally migrate to Europe via the Straits of Gibraltar. Hannoum's talk is based on a 2009 ethnography he conducted with young Harragas.

Hannoum is Associate Professor of Anthropology and African and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. He is the author of Violent Modernity: France in Algeria (2010) and Colonial Histories, Postcolonial Memories (2001). He is currently working on immigration and globalization in Tangiers.

This event will take place in Cobb Hall room 409 (down the hall from the gallery).
 
Sat, Apr 28, 20121:00 pm

Panel Discussion

Contemporary Art and Documentary Practices
Natasha Egan, Curator, Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography
David Hartt, artist
Judy Hoffman, documentary filmmaker
Leslie Wilson, art historian


Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: FREE
 
Contemporary Art and Documentary practices have become hopelessly, instructively, and productively intertwined over the past few decades. Based on the work of Barrada and a host of her contemporaries, we have moved on from earlier postmodernism debates about fact versus fiction to more nuanced considerations of the historical trajectory of documentary as photography became more prevalent within artistic practices after the 1960s. Using a host of examples, this panel will articulate a set of working questions for discussion and debate. This event will take place at Swift Hall Room 310.
 

   
   
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