The Renaissance Society presents FREE Sunday Programming Series

The Renaissance Society presents a FREE Sunday programming series including concerts, lectures and a poetry reading, at the University of Chicago (UChicago) beginning Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. with a concert by CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Additional programs include: a concert Gene Coleman and Ensemble N_JP on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.; a lecture titled “Is Danh Vo a Vietnamese Artist?” byNora Taylor on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.; a poetry reading by Hung Q. Tu on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.; and a lecture titled “Shattered Liberty and the Supreme Court” by Geoffrey Stone on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. More information, including the location of each program on the UChicago campus, is included in the listings below.

The Renaissance Society’s current solo exhibition of Danh Vo’s Uterus is free and open to the public

now through December 16, 2012. Additionally, The Renaissance Society presents Vo’s ongoing project We The People in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago. Composed of sections of the Statue of Liberty reproduced at full scale, We The People is a striking take on the concept of freedom. For more information please visit www.RenaissanceSociety.org.

The Renaissance Society’s free Sunday programming series:

CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. at UChicago’s Fulton Recital Hall in Goodspeed Hall

In celebration of CUBE’s 25th anniversary, The Renaissance Society presents a dynamic bill featuring Red Raysfor flute and piano, by Marta Ptaszynska, UChicago professor of music composition. The renowned Polish flutist, Agata Igras-Sawicka and Chicago pianist Kuang-Hao Huang will perform its US premiere. Other composers on the program include UChicago music faculty member Augusta Read Thomas, Witold Lutoslaswki, Toru Takemitsu, Elzbieta Sikora and Janice Misurell-Mitchell. Guest performers include Richard Nunemaker, bass clarinet and Jeremy Ruthrauff, alto saxophone.

Gene Coleman and Ensemble N_JP

Sunday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. at The Renaissance Society

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.

“Is Danh Vo a Vietnamese Artist?” lecture by Nora Taylor

Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. at UChicago’s Cobb Hall Room 409

Nora Taylor, the Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art History at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, poses the following questions in this lecture: 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 Vo’s work within the context of Vietnamese art history and other Vietnamese artists, Taylor engages the audience 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, this discussion aims to critique the enduring legacy of the association made between Vietnam, the country, and Vietnam, the war. 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).

Hung Q. Tu poetry reading

Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at UChicago’s Cobb Hall Room 409

Born in Vietnam and raised in San Diego, Hung Q. 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 audience. 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.”

“Shattered Liberty and the Supreme Court” lecture by Geoffrey Stone

Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at UChicago’s Swift Hall Room 106

Geoffrey Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School, has been a member of the law faculty since 1973, serving as Dean of the Law School from 1993 to 2002. He teaches and writes primarily in the area of constitutional law, and his book Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism (2004) received the 2005 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best history book, the 2005 American Political Science Association’s Kammerer Award for best political science book, and Harvard University’s 2005 Goldsmith Award for best public affairs book. Stone’s 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).

The Renaissance Society, located on the campus of the University of Chicago, is an internationally renowned non-collecting museum of contemporary art.  Through exhibitions, commissions, publications, and interdisciplinary education programming, The Renaissance Society advances the growth and understanding of the artistic ideas and expressions of our time.  The Museum is free and open to the public. Hours are 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Friday, and noon-5pm Saturday and Sunday.  The Renaissance Society is closed Mondays and between exhibitions. Please visit www.RenaissanceSociety.org for more information or to confirm the schedule.