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Dance Scholar Lizzie Leopold and Artist Brendan Fernandes on the Arabesque in Dance

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Thursday August 4

Lunchtime Program: On the Exhibition

Dance Scholar Lizzie Leopold and Artist Brendan Fernandes on the Arabesque in Dance

Virtual Program 12:15 pm

Celebrated for inserting live dancers in tutus and on pointe into unexpected contexts, performance artist and professor Brendan Fernandes (Northwestern University) converses with dance scholar/professor Lizzie Leopold (University of Chicago) on the topic of the arabesque–a ballet position on one leg and both arms extended. Their conversation concludes our series of thematic lectures related to Kamrooz Aram: Privacy, An Exhibition now in the galleries. Fernandes continues to use and research the arabesque in his own practice. He will dig into the topic with Leopold, who draws upon her knowledge of the genres and geographies of dance.

Posted June 29, 2022

Clown Performance with Jean Carlos Claudio

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Saturday, August 20

Public Program: The Arts Club Garden Projects

Clown Performance with Jean Carlos Claudio

In-person Program 1:00 pm | Conversation and Coffee Reception to follow

A clown performer portrayed in The Arts Club’s current garden project by Adrian Wong, Jean Carlos Claudio premieres a new production. Memorabilia is the journey of Salvador, a clown who invents an apparatus to preserve his most beloved memories and maybe…to face the reality of the darker ones… With courage and foolishness, Salvador will walk you through his days of chaos, memories, and wonder.

Audience members are invited to share and record their own memories before and after the performance.

Free and Open to All
Posted June 29, 2022

Historian Marina Warner on the Arabesque in Art & Design History

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Friday July 8

Historian Marina Warner on the Arabesque in Art & Design History

Virtual Program 12:15 pm

The arabesque in aesthetics describes the branching interlace chiefly found in Islamic art, and has acquired slightly pejorative connotations, as purely decorative on the one hand, and orientalizing and condescending on the other. The word was later borrowed into the world of dance to evoke a certain graceful and extreme extension of the limbs. Next in the series of programs surrounding Kamrooz Aram’s exhibition in the galleries, we hear from British scholar Marina Warner, an author of fiction and cultural history. Warner will explore the history of the term’s changing meaning and consider its potential as a  site of consciousness well suited to the digital age. Could the arabesque offer an alternative structuring principle of time and space in our troubled times.

Posted June 29, 2022

Hannah Levy featured in Artnet News

 

 

Past Arts Club Artist Hannah Levy was featured in Artnet News for her work in The Venice Biennale. Read the full article here.

 

Image Credit: Michael Tropea

Posted June 24, 2022

Ayana Contreras on Energy Never Dies

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From Afro Sheen to Theaster Gates and from Soul Train to Chance the Rapper, Black Chicago draws sustenance from a culture rooted in self-determination, aspiration, and hustle. Cultural historian, memory worker, radio DJ and archivist Ayana Contreras weaves a hidden history from true stories and the magic released by undervalued cultural artifacts in her passionate and enlightening book, Energy Never Dies.

Free virtual viewing

Posted June 16, 2022