Jan 6 - Jun 14

Jan 6: John Preus: Adaptation

A site-specific installation at

Harris School of Public Policy

Keller Center

1307 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

In 2013, the city of Chicago shuttered 49 elementary schools. Through a set of coincidences, artist John Preus (UChicago MFA ’05) gained access to the furniture that was bound for the landfill as the schools were being cleared out.

Preus has been using wobbly chairs, marked-up desks, gum-laden bookshelves and other material for his own artistic and functional work ever since. He has also stewarded a warehouse of furniture and invited other artists and designers to respond to the material for exhibitions across the city.

For Adaptation, Preus builds on this past work and a residency at the Smart Museum of Art in order to create a functional, site-specific installation made from school furniture at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. The installation takes the form of a stage or platform that will be activated by the staff, students, policy-makers and faculty at Harris in collaboration with community members, artists, architects, educators, and others.

The furniture components used to construct the installation were reclaimed during the Smart Museum’s summer teen program, a partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority. As part of the six-week program young people deconstructed a cache of furniture, unlocking new potential for it to be applied in a number of different ways. These reclamation workshops took place at the site of the Museum’s long-time partner Sweet Water Foundation.

Set within one of the country’s top-ranked public policy schools and near communities directly impacted by the school closures, Adaptation provides a platform for conversations around social impact, collective loss, appropriation, public trauma, public education, and the future of the public realm in general.

Starts: January 6, 2020
Ends: June 14, 2020
Time: All Day

See: https://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/exhibitions/john-preus-adaptation/

Jan 6 - Apr 24

Exhibit--Expanding Sources: Recent Additions to Special Collections

As academic fields expand and diversify, Special Collections is building collections to support these new directions. Researchers are drawing on original materials in many areas including race and gender, cinema and media, graphic design, arts practice, and cross-cultural global studies. This exhibition displays recent acquisitions with research potential for a range of disciplines. The materials represent many formats, including children’s books, family letters, journals, fine book design, posters, research notes, clothing, board games, and printed ephemera.

The newly acquired materials on display will support a wide array of studies: A medieval breviary prayer book bound in a flapped parchment case. The Library’s earliest Russian translation of Homer, published in 1776-1778. An engaging board game from the 1960s promoting careers for young girls. A selection of colorful Chicago jazz posters from concerts, festivals, and performances by individual artists. Two books from the turn of the 20th century promoting the sport of golf for women. A group of imaginatively designed books about dinosaurs for children. The wedding dress worn by Eva Overton, wife of Dr. Julian H. Lewis and daughter of Anthony Overton, founder of the leading African American newspaper, the Chicago Bee. Booklets on Chicago housing and neighborhood integration. Publications documenting experiences of the LGBTQ community. A leather-bound copy of Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene with an Arts and Crafts-style design by Ethel Taunton. An early 20th–century album with photographs of immigrant residents of Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. A collection of pamphlets, buttons, and posters from socialist and progressive causes and local political campaigns. Research papers on sickle cell anemia and malaria by Dr. James Bowman, the first tenured African American professor in the University of Chicago's Biological Sciences Division.

Starts: January 6, 2020
Ends: April 24, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM

Jan 10 - Mar 13

Edo: Memories Museum

About the Exhibition

This collection of images is the gradual trajectory of Edo’s art style, Infinite Inception Art. Edo chose 20 of his favorite pieces from each collection from his first showcase in 2015 through 2019, each holding a very memorable moment in his heart, mind, and spirit. As you go on this journey, offer yourself to these pieces. You’ll come to find that the memories embedded in each of these pieces also remind you of moments you have experienced in your life, which ultimately connects you with the Edo and to each other. Don’t expect to capture everything within a single viewing, rather, every viewing reveals something new, something different, something infinite. Curated by Edo and Leigh Fagin.

About Edo

Edo, born Eddie Santana White, is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist, fashion, graphic, industrial designer born and raised on the south side of Chicago. The Edo brand is known as Infinite Inception. Influenced by notable artists like Kanye West and Kid Cudi, Edo describes his work as imaginative and futuristic, following in the Afrofuturism canon. Edo began his career as a designer working with leading urban clothing brands, including Leaders 1354, Joe Fresh Goods, Treated Crew and Fat Tiger, and heoversees a clothing line called Emperion and is the co-founder of the graphics design andscreen-printing company [blankcanvas]. He is currently expanding the Bronzeville space he co-ownscalled Escape Studios Chicago, and recently showed his newest series of paintings at Spectrum Gallery as part of Art Miami/Art Basel.

Starts: January 9, 2020
Ends: March 13, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Jan 20

Jan 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Date: January 20, 2020
Time: All Day

Jan 20

Jan 20: PPCC Paperwork Deadline

BSD Pay and Position Control Paperwork Deadline

Date: January 20, 2020
Time: All Day

Jan 20

Jan 20: MLK Day Observed

No classes.

Date: January 20, 2020
Time: All Day

Jan 20

University Holiday

Official University of Chicago holiday.

Date: January 20, 2020
Time: 12:00 AM

Jan 20

Twenty Minutes Still

Still the mind and body, open the heart. Meditation for twenty minutes in the quiet stillness of Bond Chapel, every weekday of the academic year. No experience necessary, open to those of all spiritual backgrounds.

Date: January 20, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM - 8:20 AM

Jan 20

MPHY 34400

Room 518

Date: January 20, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Jan 20

DRSB Data Club - Ezra Amiri (JC)

Title TBA

Date: January 20, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM