Experiencing Nnenna Okore’s abstract sculptural pieces made from burlap is not so much about looking at them as it is being surrounded by them – walking around, between and underneath them, and looking through one to the next. A solo exhibition of the Chicago-based artist’s work, “Nkata: An Installation by Nnenna Okore,” opens Thursday at Krannert Art Museum.
If repairing an electronic device yourself sounds prohibitively complex and you aren’t sure where to start, help will soon be available on the University of Illinois campus.
The Illini Gadget Garage will open this semester. It will be a place for collaborative repair, modeled after the Campus Bike Center, only for electronics.
Japan House will host its first Matsuri festival, celebrating Japanese culture, at the end of the month. The event is free and open to the public.
Krannert Art Museum will exhibit a wide variety of works from its permanent collection – many of which have not been displayed publicly in a long time – as the museum opens its new season Aug. 27.
Robert Olshansky, a University of Illinois professor, head of the department of urban and regional planning and an expert in post-disaster recovery, closely followed the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans in the first few years following the hurricane.
A University of Illinois music professor and two U. of I. graduate students are among the 2015 fellowship recipients from the American Council of Learned Societies.
The dance piece choreographed by Kemal Nance, a lecturer in the University of Illinois Department of Dance, imagines a mythical scenario in which trees are dancing from communal joy. The work – “SHADE! (The Secret Dance of Trees)” – also serves as a metaphor of African-American culture.
Larry Gray is a highly regarded bassist who has played with many legends of jazz music. But playing on the “Made in Chicago” project with drummer Jack DeJohnette, with whom he is about to embark on a European tour, is “a career high.”
The Barack Obama Presidential Library is open in Hyde Park, Illinois. Not the official presidential library, which won’t be completed for years, but a Barack Obama Presidential Library exhibit at the Hyde Park Free Theater, a new storefront community arts center.
Japan entered a period of colonial expansion in the late 19th century, starting with its annexation of Taiwan in 1895. Within just a few years of this colonial conquest, an anti-imperialism movement began in Japan. One of the key figures in the movement was Kōtoku Shūsui, a journalist and anarchist who wrote a book opposing imperialism and who was executed by the Japanese government in 1911.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ 2015-16 season will feature international stars whose roots are in Champaign-Urbana or at the University of Illinois.
Lisa Gaye Dixon moves deliberately across the floor of the rehearsal stage, throwing her arms wide, hunching her shoulders and extending her hand from her forehead like a feather. Her expression is sometimes questioning, sometimes intense. Her costume includes a floor-length skirt supported by a crinoline underneath and a white ruff around her neck, echoing a picture of a black Elizabeth I on a board at the edge of the stage.
The spectrum of music at ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival this fall will range from traditional Mexican guitar to southern rock, and from jazz to classical guitar. And the diversity is not just in the style of music, but the instruments as well. The guitar festival also features banjo, sarod, Hawaiian slack key guitar and pipa, a four-stringed Chinese lute.
The longtime director of bands at Ithaca College will lead the University of Illinois concert and athletic bands, including the Marching Illini, beginning in August.
University of Illinois musicians – faculty members and students – perform works by renowned composer Augusta Read Thomas on a new CD. The music on “Astral Canticle” was recorded in December 2014 in the Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Several special events will look at the early work of Tennessee Williams in conjunction with a production of Williams’ “Not About Nightingales” at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Film-related panel discussions have been announced for the 17th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, coming April 15-19 to Champaign-Urbana, along with an added guest and a special event on the final day.
Krannert Art Museum will soon display a different kind of artwork. Its annual Petals & Paintings exhibition takes place April 11-12, with an opening gala April 10. The exhibition will feature 21 floral designs that complement or respond to a piece of artwork in the museum.
A multimedia production tells the story of U.S. Marines stationed in Afghanistan – not just the stresses they face from fighting a war, but also the emotional toll on their families and the struggles to readjust when veterans return home. “BASETRACK Live,” a documentary theater piece about the impact of war on veterans and their families, will come to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. March 18.
Artist William Wegman is best known for his photographs of his Weimaraners, but his work also includes painting, drawing and video. Wegman received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois in 1967, and he’ll return to campus next week to speak at Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, at 5:30 p.m. March 5.
William Wegman In The Bauhaus
“In the Bauhaus,” by William Wegman. 1999 Color Polaroid. Courtesy of © William Wegman. | Photo courtesy of William Wegman
Whether pursuing eternal youth or manipulating insects in the lab, female entomologists are themselves a source of horror in many science fiction movies and TV shows. Their roles have shifted over the decades, however, making them a worthy focus of the 2015 Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois.
The University of Illinois School of Architecture is a charter member of a new research consortium of the American Institute of Architects, focusing on issues of design and health.
Erik Hemingway says his Urbana home, designed by the late architect John Replinger, is a well-kept secret. With its floor-to-ceiling windows across the back looking onto a golf course, a feeling of openness and spaciousness inside, and an interior courtyard, it’s an example of midcentury modern architectural style.
Christos Tsitsaros, a professor of piano pedagogy at the University of Illinois School of Music, has been named the 2014 Distinguished Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association.
Modernism has ignited a new passion among designers and collectors, who value the movement’s objects as historical icons. It also has inspired artists who are using modernist design objects in their own work to comment on the movement’s cultural significance. That artwork forms the exhibition “MetaModern,” opening at Krannert Art Museum on Jan. 29.
A University of Illinois music professor who developed a computer application for teaching music theory has received a National Science Foundation grant to complete development of a prototype and test it in a classroom next fall.
Saxophonist and band leader Isham Jones is best known for writing the melody for “It Had to Be You” and other hit songs. Although a well-known songwriter and band leader during the 1920s and ‘30s, Jones’ early recordings are largely unknown and overlooked. Meagan Hennessey hopes that will change, with the reissuance of music Jones recorded in 1920 in Chicago with his Rainbo Orchestra.
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois has received a grant of nearly a half million dollars to catalog rare Italian books and make them accessible to scholars.
Five University of Illinois scholars have received National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2015. The U. of I. is the only institution to be awarded more than three of the fellowships for the coming year.
A new publication, “Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death,” looks at new research into the plague and its historical significance. The publication is the inaugural issue of a new journal, “The Medieval Globe,” sponsored by the University of Illinois Program in Medieval Studies.
Holiday shoppers can find many Asian-themed items at the Japan House Pop-Up Holiday Bazaar. The bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13, through Monday, Dec. 15.
The 2014 Guide Book to Gift Books, published by the Center for Children’s Books at the University of Illinois, offers suggestions for books in a wide range of styles, genres and subject matter, “whether you’re looking for a cheerful picture book, an absorbing nonfiction title or a pulse-pounding novel.” It is available for download from the Center’s website.
When art historian Allen Stuart Weller died in 1997, he left behind a rough manuscript for a biography of Lorado Taft, the Illinois sculptor who helped the city of Chicago carve its reputation as a place of beauty and grandeur.
When historian Stephen Thomas and art historian Robert G. La France came across the unfinished manuscript among Weller’s papers in the University of Illinois Archives, they found Weller’s story on Taft’s rise to prominence so compelling that they couldn’t let it go untold.
Film fans who want the whole experience of the 17th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” can purchase festival passes starting Nov. 1.
Works by Mozart and Mendelssohn as well as arrangements by jazz pianist Chick Corea and Stephen Sondheim will be performed this fall as part of a new chamber music series at Krannert Art Museum.
In the age of YouTube it’s hard to imagine, but once there was a day when video was something new and rare outside of broadcast studios, and so was video art. Starting Oct. 17, Krannert Art Museum will celebrate the art form’s early beginnings and its first major practitioner, Nam June Paik (1932–2006), with the opening of “Global Groove 1973/2012.”
The 2014-15 season of Sinfonia da Camera – the professional chamber orchestra affiliated with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts – will feature legendary pianist Menahem Pressler; Canadian Brass horn player Bernhard Scully; Sinfonia’s own music director, the internationally-known pianist Ian Hobson; and a rarely heard arrangement of Handel’s “Messiah.”
Last year marked the inauguration of a new literary festival held in conjunction with the popular Pygmalion Music Festival, the annual four-day showcase of regional and national bands at the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Art Museum, and a variety of local clubs. Pygmalion’s bookish arm, dubbed Pygmalion Literary Festival, returns this year Sept. 25 (Thursday) – 28 (Sunday) with a long list of writers reading at venues other than libraries or book stores.
The University of Illinois department of dance has joined with the Art Theater Co-Op and Dance Partners to present a Dance Film Festival that they predict will become an annual event. The lineup includes a dozen films – some features, some shorts – that will be presented over three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2 at the Art, 126 W. Church St., Champaign.
An exhibition of new works by the University of Illinois School of Art and Design faculty will open Aug. 28 (Thursday) at Krannert Art Museum, along with four exhibitions related to the centenary of World War I. A public reception, with cash bar, will be held 5-7 p.m., and the museum will remain open until 9 p.m.
Andrew Megill, Ollie Watts Davis, the Jupiter String Quartet and Chip McNeill are among the musicians scheduled to perform at the eighth annual Allerton Music Barn Festival. Tickets go on sale Thursday (June 19) for the popular concert series held in the beautifully restored century-old Dutch hay barn at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center near Monticello, Illinois. This year’s festival runs Sept. 18-21 (Thursday-Sunday).
Well-known TV and radio newscaster Dave Shaul, a “proud alumnus” of the University of Illinois Band, will emcee “The History of Illinois Through its Music,” the first concert of the Illinois Summer Band’s annual Twilight Concerts on the Quad beginning at 7 p.m. on June 19 (Thursday).
More than 350 University of Illinois students got their 2015 holiday plans disrupted today – in the best possible way. The Marching Illini learned the band is one of 10 chosen to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 26, 2015, beating out more than 175 applicants from around the country. The parade, a tradition since 1924, now draws more than 3.5 million live spectators and an estimated 50 million TV viewers.
Andrew Megill, considered one of the leading choral conductors of his generation, will join the University of Illinois in the fall as the director of choral activities and as a professor of conducting.
The Alma Mater sculpture will make her long-awaited return to the Urbana campus April 9, where she will be put back on her pedestal to silently watch the next century of university progress.
Roger Ebert will not be at his namesake festival this year, but he will kick it off just the same. “Life Itself,” a documentary about the late film critic’s life, will open this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, running April 23-27 in Champaign-Urbana.
The University of Illinois School of Music will host the North American Saxophone Alliance conference next weekend (March 20-22). Held biennially, the conference is expected to draw about 1,000 saxophonists – jazz and classical, amateur and professional – to participate in master classes, competitions and performances.
In 2010, University of Illinois students were in the planning stages for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition when an EF2 tornado hit Streator, Ill., destroying scores of homes and businesses. Mark Taylor, the architecture professor supervising the students, said that event inspired the students to focus their efforts on designing a house that could be quickly constructed and assembled to meet the needs of families affected by future tornadoes. They entered the competition with a 1,000-square-foot solar-powered modular house called that they dubbed “Re_home.”
“The Monuments Men” – the movie written by and starring George Clooney and opening today (Feb. 7) – is based on the true story of a platoon of art historians recruited to rescue masterpieces stolen by the Nazis in World War II. One of those Monuments Men was Edwin Carter Rae, who taught art history at the University of Illinois both before and after his service with the U.S. Army.
While most artists aspire to have their best work hung on the walls of galleries and museums, two professors in the University of Illinois School of Art and Design have a different dream: They hope their work might provide corrugated cardboard, laminated building materials, or maybe the insulation hidden behind the art gallery walls.
The new documentary “Life Itself,” about the life of Roger Ebert, will be one of the 12 films shown at this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” coming April 23-27 to Champaign and Urbana, Ill.
“Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond” is one of four new exhibitions opening Jan. 23 at the University of Illinois’ Krannert Art Museum. Featuring major works from international projects by the anonymous feminist collective that has been urging museums toward equality for almost 30 years, the expansive, multimedia “Not Ready” exhibition will include iconic pieces from the group’s 1980s and ’90s activism as well as behind-the-scenes photos, love letters and hate mail.
Like most musicians, Erin Gee – a composition professor at the University of Illinois – experiments incessantly with her instrument, trying to coax it into delivering an increasingly wider range of intriguing sounds. In Gee’s case, her instrument is simply her mouth, but what she does with it defies conventional categorization. It’s not singing, or scatting, or even beat-boxing. Instead, she has created her own musical toolbox – a collection of clicks, hums, pops, sighs, trills, whispers and whistles that composer Martin Brody has described as “new vocal molecules created by recombining the atomic elements of speech.”
For three years, the Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network has been using the powerful computing resources of the University of Illinois to foster collaborations and interactions among Japanese and American artists, scholars and audiences. But the three-year project is coming to an end, and John Toenjes, IJPAN’s technical director, decided to try something new for the network’s final production.
Internationally renowned opera singer Nathan Gunn has been named general director of the University of Illinois’ new Lyric Theatre program, which – like Gunn – will embrace a broad spectrum of vocal theater repertoire, from musicals to opera.
In 1923, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook Tokyo and Yokohoma, essentially leveling Japan’s two largest cities and causing more than 100,000 deaths. The subsequent aftershocks, fires and ensuing panic bred rumors that “malcontent Koreans” living in Japan were setting the fires, poisoning water wells and plotting a revolution. To prevent this alleged uprising, vigilantes aided by police and the military massacred more than 6,000 Koreans.
The University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize and the poet laureate of Illinois for the last 32 years of her life, until her death in 2000. The archives, which had been kept by Brooks’ daughter Nora Brooks Blakely, comprise more than 150 boxes stuffed with manuscripts, drafts, revisions, correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, homemade chapbooks in which Brooks neatly handwrote her earliest (unpublished) poems, and heavy bronze awards ensconced in velvet-lined boxes collected later in her career.
The University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts will celebrate the initiation of a new professional mentor program on Oct. 26 (Saturday) with the dedication of a sculpture created by an alumnus and placed in honor of his former professor.
The University of Illinois Marching Illini provides the soundtrack for a long list of cherished football traditions. Gridiron games wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without the band leading the players out of the tunnel, playing “Imperial March” from “Star Wars” on third downs, and of course “Oskee Wow Wow” after every touchdown. But the band is about to abandon one lesser-known custom that dates back several generations – and everybody is happy to see this one go.
Those wanting to take in all of the 16th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” can purchase festival passes starting Nov. 1.
University of Illinois School of Music professors are performing in a variety of high-profile venues this fall.
Sashiko, the Japanese quilting practice that dates back to the 17th century, will be featured at Japan House on Saturday (Oct. 5), during open house, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The popular Pygmalion Music Festival, held annually at the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Art Museum and other venues in Urbana-Champaign, has added a two-day literary festival this year. Among the writers who will be reading from their works: Matt Bell, the author of “In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods”; Dan Chaon, the author of “Among the Missing” and “You Remind Me of Me”; and James Greer, the author of “Artifical Light,” “The Failure” and “Guided By Voices: A Brief History.”
Best-selling author Kim Stanley Robinson will deliver the keynote lecture at “Writing Another Future,” a symposium on science fiction, the arts and humanities, Sept. 25-27 (Wednesday-Friday) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to presentations and panel discussions, the event will include several concerts. Organizers hope the symposium will spark interest in science fiction writing as part of the university’s ongoing explorations of science, technology and society.
Dance performances both live and in video installations are being featured this month at Krannert Art Museum -- not to be confused with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The dance exhibitions represent the second installment in the art museum's Openstudio series, which presents live musical or dance performances in conjunction with artist residencies, intended to forge interdisciplinary learning and cultural exchange.
The fall 2013 Center for Advanced Study/MillerComm lectures begin Sept. 18 (Wednesday) with Gunther Schuller ÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃ¢ÂÂ¬ÃÂÃ¢ÂÂ musician, composer, conductor, educator, historian and publisher. He has won a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur Foundation ÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃ¢ÂÂ¬ÃÂÃ
ÂgeniusÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃ¢ÂÂ¬ÃÂÃÂ award and three Grammy awards. Schuller, a George A. Miller Visiting Artist, has composed more than 180 works covering genres from symphonic to operatic to jazz, founded publishing and recording companies, and served as the president of the New England Conservatory for a decade. Instead of giving a lecture, Schuller will be interviewed at 7:30 p.m. by University of Illinois French horn professor Bernhard Scully, who is performing SchullerÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃ¢ÂÂ¬ÃÂÃ¢ÂÂ¢s Quintet for Horn and Strings the next night (Sept. 19) at the Allerton Music Barn Festival in Monticello, Ill.
Sinfonia da Camera, the professional chamber orchestra led by Ian Hobson, a professor emeritus of music at the University of Illinois, celebrates its 30th anniversary season with a gala at 6 p.m. on Sept. 15 (Sunday) in the lobby of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Cocktails, a formal dinner and dessert will be served while Hobson, guest soloists and Sinfonia musicians perform classical chamber music favorites and jazz standards. The evening will end with a live auction and dancing. Tickets are $150 per person (half of that amount is a tax-deductible gift) and are available through the Sinfonia da Camera office at 217-244-4350 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Illinois music professor Heinrich Taube has developed a computer application that could change the way music theory is taught. Called Harmonia, the program allows teachers to create an endless variety of composition or analysis assignments, provides students with immediate feedback, and performs instant harmonic analysis of complex compositions. It is the first app created at the U. of I. to appear in AppleÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃ¢ÂÂ¬ÃÂÃ¢ÂÂ¢s iTunes store for computer applications, and could pave the way for teaching music theory online.
Buddy Guy, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and winner of six Grammy Awards, is among the two dozen guitarists from around the world performing at ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival.
This year's Summer Piano Institute at the University of Illinois will focus on the art of performing concertos ÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃ¢ÂÂ¬ÃÂÃ¢ÂÂ those virtuosic, multimovement works that typically feature a soloist accompanied by an orchestra. Ian Hobson, an Illinois professor emeritus internationally known for his concerts, recordings, conducting and adjudicating, chose to emphasize concertos partly because the collaborative nature of these works requires special abilities, and partly because concertos are a crucial component in most piano competitions.
In an effort to make a good thing even better, the perennially popular Allerton Music Barn Festival has been moved from its traditional Labor Day weekend slot to Sept. 19-22 (Thursday through Sunday). Jeffrey Magee, the director of the University of Illinois School of Music, said the shift is mainly an effort to avoid uncomfortable temperatures in the restored 19th-century Dutch hay barn, which is well-ventilated, though not air-conditioned.
Tere OConnor, a professor of dance at the University of Illinois, has been granted a Doris Duke Artist Award. The awards represent a deep investment in the potential of the 20 recipient artists, who each receive an unrestricted $225,000 grant, plus $25,000 to fund an audience-development project and another $25,000 to invest in a retirement account that will allow them to continue their creative work later in life.
Japan House has always celebrated Childrens Day (formerly known as Boys Day), but this year, it has joined with the Asian American Cultural Center to host AsiaFest, a celebration of all Asian and Pacific Island cultures.
Three additional guests and the schedule of film-related panel discussions have been announced for the 15th annual Roger Eberts Film Festival, also known as Ebertfest, taking place April 17-21 at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign and at the University of Illinois.
Sinfonia da Camera, the professional chamber orchestra of the University of Illinois, will end its season April 9 (Tuesday) with a concert aptly titled Rush Hour Romance.
The causes of the foreclosure crisis seem obvious: Buyers purchased homes they couldnt afford, lured in part by lenders pushing subprime mortgages. Real estate values escalated, and when the bubble burst, buyers were left owing more than their homes were worth.
The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. That's the opening line of "Casino Royale," the novel that introduced secret agent James Bond to the world, launching a franchise of books and blockbuster movies that continues to this day. April 13 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of "Casino Royale," and the University of Illinois will recognize the event with a collaborative celebration hosted by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Spurlock Museum, and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music.
Terrence Malicks 1978 film Days of Heaven won an Oscar for best cinematography, and Roger Ebert likely found that no surprise. It is above all one of the most beautiful films ever made, Ebert said in a 1997 review. So its only appropriate that the film will open the 15th annual Roger Eberts Film Festival on April 17 in the big-screen, newly renovated Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign.
Harpist Naoko Yoshino, who has been performing with orchestras around the world since she was 17, will perform in a recital March 26 (Tuesday) at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The performance will mark the culmination of her three-day engagement at the University of Illinois, where she will be the Frances P. Rohlen artist-in-residence beginning March 24 (Sunday).
Because deterioration to the Alma Mater sculpture is more extensive than an initial inspection of the exterior indicated, the restoration of the 5-ton bronze statue is going to cost more and take longer.
Japan House will observe Hinamatsuri, or Girls Day, on Sunday (March 3) with tea ceremonies, the traditional display of hina dolls, and origami souvenirs. This event, like the Setsubun (lunar new year) celebration two weeks ago, has been coordinated by Japan House interns, who will attend Girls Day dressed in traditional kimonos.
Sinfonia da Cameras next concert will feature some special guests an assortment of telescopes aimed at the night sky, and the meteorite that ate Detroit, on loan from the Staerkel Planetarium. These attractions will help set the mood for a program that Sinfonia music director Ian Hobson has titled The Solar System.
Since the 1940s, Brazil has been called the country of the future. The tag has hung on for so long, it has generated another adage: Brazil is the country of the future and always will be. This position perpetually on the cusp serves in part as the inspiration for Blind Field, an exhibition of contemporary Brazilian art opening at Krannert Art Museum on Jan. 25 (Friday).
Bruno Nettl, a professor emeritus of music and anthropology at the University of Illinois, is one of four international musicians who recently was awarded the inaugural Taichi Traditional Music Award, given by the China Conservatory and the Taichi Traditional Music Foundation.
Those wanting to take in all of the next Roger Eberts Film Festival, or Ebertfest, can purchase festival passes starting Nov. 1.
Bruno Nettl, a professor emeritus of music and of anthropology at the University of Illinois, has been awarded the Charles Homer Haskins Prize, presented annually to a distinguished humanist by the American Council of Learned Societies. This honor includes a cash award and asks the recipient to deliver the Haskins Prize Lecture reflecting on a lifetime of work as a scholar and an institution builder at the Council of Learned Societies annual meeting in May 2014.
Composer George Walker will join Sinfonia da Camera on Saturday (Oct. 6) for the world premiere of his Movements for cello and orchestra, featuring Dimitry Kouzov, professor of cello at the University of Illinois. Tenor Albert Rudolph Lee will join Sinfonia to perform Walkers Lilacs for voice and orchestra, a piece commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for which Walker was awarded the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for composition.
University of Illinois voice professor Nathan Gunn has been appointed the director of the American Repertoire Council of the Opera Company of Philadelphia. The council began in June and is dedicated to commissioning and performing new American operas for 10 consecutive seasons.
Titled ROPE Pavilion, architecture professor Kevin Ericksons structure won the Warming Huts 2012 International Design Competition, as well as the Next Landmark Award, sponsored by Floornature Architecture Portal.
Pianist Ian Hobson will perform all of Brahms' solo and chamber music for piano in a series of 16 recitals at the University of Illinois.
Jeffrey Magee, a music and theater professor at the University of Illinois, will talk about his latest book, Irving Berlins American Musical Theater, at the 92nd Street Y Tribeca in New York City on Thursday (Sept. 13). The book draws on materials Berlins daughters donated to the Library of Congress, and reveals the theatrical context of many of Berlins most popular songs.
An art exhibition opening Aug. 30 (Thursday) in the Murphy Gallery at the University YMCA will feature drawings and paintings created by inmates of the Danville Correctional Center, a medium- to high-security prison for men. The exhibition was coordinated by five prisoners enrolled in the University of Illinois Education Justice Project part of the College of Education which provides upper-level college courses, workshops and seminars to inmates who have already earned 60 or more hours of college credit.
Daniel J. Perrino, professor emeritus of music and recipient of the Chancellors Medallion at the University of Illinois, died Friday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was 91.
Art patrons will have the opportunity to stomp stalks of indigo the plant that produces the famous blue dye at Fields of Indigo, an installation by textile artist Rowland Ricketts in collaboration with sound designer Norbert Heber, opening Aug. 31 at Krannert Art Museum.
The sound was softer than a whisper, the aural equivalent of a tiny speck of dust on the lush soundscape of Heitor Villa-Lobos O canto do cysne negro. It was loud enough, however, to catch the ear of flutist Jonathan Keeble as he listened to a recording of what would become the title track of the Aletheia Duos new CD, Song of the Black Swan. Ann Yeung, Aletheia harpist, heard it too.
The North American British Music Studies Association will honor Nicholas Temperley, professor emeritus of musicology at the University of Illinois, with a concert on July 28 celebrating his 80th birthday. Temperley forged the field of scholarly research in 19th-century British music; the concert, Anglo-American Musical Connections, will feature works by British and American composers.
The sixth annual Allerton Music Barn Festival will feature the Jupiter String Quartet making its performance debut as University of Illinois faculty members. Also during the festival, the jazz faculty will pay tribute to The Blues and the Abstract Truth, several faculty members of the School of Music will perform Pirates of Penzance, and at each performance there will be some welcome but non-musical guests air-cooling units.
Kimiko Gunji, a professor emeritus of Japanese arts and culture and the former director of Japan House at the University of Illinois, will receive the Order of the Rising Sun from the government of Japan on Wednesday (June 6) at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
It started as a casual, offhand comment from a lighting technician speaking to the director during an opera program rehearsal at the University of Illinois: We should do a production just for ourselves sometime, the technician said. You know, just for fun.
The Jupiter String Quartet will join the University of Illinois School of Music as quartet in residence effective Aug. 16. The Boston-based group, formed in 2001, has won numerous chamber music competitions and performed throughout Asia and Europe, as well as North and South America. They will make their performance debut as U. of I. faculty members at the Allerton Music Barn Festival, in Monticello, Ill., on Aug. 30.
Now is the perfect time for schools, libraries, businesses and public offices to change light bulbs if they are currently using fluorescent T12 bulbs, says Ben Sliwinski, technical director of the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center, managed by the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois.
Dramatic visuals for the Oscar-nominated film The Tree of Life were created at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and a demonstration of how they were produced is part of this years Roger Eberts Film Festival, coming April 25-29 to Champaign-Urbana.
A surprisingly large and diverse community of Argentine tango aficionados at the U. of I. share their passion for this dance.
In an effort to accommodate people too busy to attend the 2 or 3 p.m. weekday tea ceremonies, Japan House is offering a ceremony at 3 p.m. on the third Saturday each month.
Three exhibitions open Thursday (Jan. 26) at Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois.
Unlike most art exhibition receptions, the one kicking off the spring semester at Figure One the University of Illinois art exhibition space in downtown Champaign wont involve wine and little cheese cubes speared on colorful toothpicks. Instead, patrons will nosh on milk and cookies, then skip over a bridge and watch TV in a fort.
Bass clarinetist Gene Coleman and Ensemble N_JP will perform Colemans composition Kyoto_Naigai with a film directed by Coleman Thursday (Dec. 8) at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The performance, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed live in Krannerts dance rehearsal space at 8 p.m., or online by emailing email@example.com with Gene Coleman in the subject line and your name and contact information in the body of the message.
Music professor Matthew Thibeault and his "Designing Musical Experiences" class perform with their hand-made ukuleles.
Festival passes will go on sale Nov. 1 for the 14th annual Roger Eberts Film Festival, or Ebertfest, to be held April 25-29 at the Virginia Theater in Champaign, Ill., and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center, administered through the University of Illinois School of Architecture, will present seven workshops around the state to teach facilities managers, construction contractors and consultants how to achieve energy efficiency in new construction or existing buildings.
Pianist Ian Hobson will perform the complete solo piano works of Robert Schumann in 10 recitals, beginning Monday (Sept. 12).
The title Pulp makes clear that the exhibition opening Tuesday (Sept. 13) at Figure One isnt going to be a standard art show featuring bucolic oil paintings. Instead, Pulp will tackle the not-so-pretty topic of the environmental impact of mass production of paper, as well as societys emotional connection to this omnipresent, practical product.
The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks will be observed Sunday (Sept. 11) with a brief concert at Smith Hall on the University of Illinois campus. The U. of I.s Black Chorus will perform, under the direction of voice professor Ollie Watts Davis.
The Arturo Sandoval concert scheduled for Friday night has been moved from the Allerton Music Barn in Monticello to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana because of hot weather.
One of the first images youll see in Krannert Art Museums 50th anniversary exhibition is John Singleton Copleys portrait of Mrs. Robert Hyde, painted 1778. Just behind her, mounted on the same hanging wall, is one of Andy Warhols boldly colored portraits of Marilyn Monroe. Why would this artwork occupy the same space as Copleys Mrs. Hyde? Its because guest curator Michael Rush wants viewers to discover the connections in art across time and mediums.
A new book co-written by University of Illinois dance professor Rebecca Nettl-Fiol presents what at first glance seems like a counterintuitive concept for people whose work necessarily requires movements large enough to be seen by the back row of a theater. The book shows dancers they can dramatically improve their artistry through the Alexander Technique a system of tiny, subtle changes.
The creators of the new musical 1787: We the People dont mind if audiences compare this homegrown original to 1776, a 1969 Broadway hit. In fact, executive co-producer Lucinda Lawrence hopes the new show, about the Constitutional Convention, will be thought of as the sequel to the show that inspired it the musical version of the drafting and ratification of the Declaration of Independence.
A tradition that dates back more than 100 years continues this summer when the University of Illinois Summer Band performs two free Twilight Concerts on the Quad.
Four-time Grammy-winner Arturo Sandoval has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, the Boston Pops, the London Symphony, Celine Dion, Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake. On Sept. 2, hell be playing in an old hay barn.
University of Illinois senior Alissa Norby did something completely different for her senior project in theater: She produced a sold-out concert in Chicago starring the Tony Award-winning actress Alice Ripley.
Japan House will observe Childrens Day with crafts and a puppet show on May 7 (Saturday).
azz fans in the Champaign-Urbana area are accustomed to hearing University of Illinois musicians performing around town in small ensembles virtually every night of the week. Its rare, though, for audiences to hear all the top players perform together on the same stage.
A tiny nest made of fingernail clippings. A necklace made of sugar. A molded polyethylene baby crib designed to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. These are some of the works of art that will be on display when the Master of Fine Arts Exhibition opens Saturday (April 16) at Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign.
Rini Bhattacharya Mehta will share her first film, Post498A: Shades of Domestic Violence, during the U. of I.s annual International Week. This series of educational, cultural and recreational events is coordinated by International Programs and Studies with a cross-campus organizing committee, designed to foster interest in the global community.
Two University of Illinois professors Anne Dawson Hedeman, in medieval studies and art history, and Kenneth Suslick, in chemistry have received Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships.
Roger Ebert's Film Festival, April 27 to May 1 in Champaign-Urbana, has added a 13th film, to be accompanied by its writer/director and one of its stars. Panel discussions and other festival events also have been finalized.
For the first time, undergraduate artists will take over Figure One the downtown Champaign exhibition space for the University of Illinois School of Art and Design with work that examines the Internets effect on real life.
The University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band and an interfaith community choir will present excerpts from Duke Ellingtons three Sacred Concerts on April 3 (Sunday) at 4 p.m. in the Music Building auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., Urbana.
Japan House will celebrate the change of seasons with an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9 (Saturday) that will feature the art of making traditional Japanese sweets, known as wagashi.
Champaign-Urbana audiences will have the rare opportunity to experience the 600-year-old Japanese theater art called Noh when the Kashu-juku Noh Theater troupe from Kyoto, Japan, performs March 29 (Tuesday) at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.
A restored silent classic, Metropolis, will open the 13th annual Roger Eberts Film Festival or Ebertfest, coming April 27 to May 1 to Champaign-Urbana. A documentary about Chicagos Louder Than a Bomb youth poetry slam will close it.
Japan House will hold a public tea ceremony dedication at 1 p.m. Saturday (March 19) for the victims of the disaster in Japan.
Twenty-three student artists working in media ranging from traditional oil paint and photography to raw sugar and crochet will share their progress toward Master of Fine Arts degrees with an exhibition at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., in Chicago, March 25 through April 3.
People who get a new smart phone, tablet computer, e-book reader or mp3 player rarely focus on the outdated devices they replace. But those discarded products represent a significant waste of energy and materials, and, if improperly disposed of, serious environmental risks.
The first time Ben Aqua was offered the chance to sell one of his photographs as a stock illustration, he wasnt sure whether to be flattered or insulted. Stock photos usually refer to generic images that can be used to illustrate soft news articles, such as stories about lifestyle trends, seasonal events, or health advice. Did Aqua, a photographer and new media artist who has participated in exhibitions in Paris, Dallas, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, want to sell his artistic photographs to illustrate a lifestyle story in a German fashion magazine?
The technical documents werent making sense to Heather Hyde Minor. Most researchers studying 18th-century buildings in Rome rely on the measurements and estimates logs kept on each construction site, but Minor, now a professor of architectural history at the University of Illinois, was missing the spatial component necessary to understand the logs.
Figure One the exhibition space of the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois is presenting a series of one-day shows designed to give the public a taste of whats cooking in the creative arts at Illinois.
Atomic Light in the Public Light, is a series of lectures and film screenings beginning Tuesday (Feb. 15) sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. The series examines the use of film as a tool of science and propaganda in national efforts to develop and justify the world's most powerful nuclear weapons.
Hold that thought and Johann Rischau, a graduate student in industrial design at the University of Illinois, will etch it in wood. Rischau has come up with a way to capture brain waves, run them through a computer and into a CNC (computer numerical control) router that can engrave a graphic image of the waves onto a piece of wood. Its all part of his thesis on physical fabrication.
What was Dmitri Shostakovich saying or not saying with his cycle of 15 string quartets? And why do we interpret his music as we do? Twenty scholars from fields ranging from musicology to Slavic, European and East Asian literatures and cultures to Russian and Soviet history will try to answer these questions during a two-day symposium at the University of Illinois. The Feb. 21-22 event will end with the Pacifica Quartets performance of quartets 11, 13, 14 and 15 by Shostakovich.
A new display of a very old assignment will open Friday
(Feb. 11) at Figure One, the University of Illinois School of Art and Design exhibition space at 116 N. Walnut St., Champaign.
Pianist Ian Hobson has resisted the temptation to celebrate the bicentennial of Franz Liszt with obvious renditions of the composers most famous and flamboyant hits. Instead, Hobson who is a professor with theCenter for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois and Swanlund professor of music has programmed a series of three concerts that will feature some of Liszts lesser-known works, along with a seldom-played version of his most famous work, plus the contextual enrichment of works written by Liszts heroes and friends.
A nonprofit publishing enterprise once described by its founder as a hopelessly quixotic venture has been named recipient of the National Book Critics Circles Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.
Just listen. Thats the first thing anyone should do with the new CD Free Play, released this month by the University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band.
Beginning Jan. 27, Krannert Art Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary with exhibitions recalling the cutting-edge contemporary arts festivals, which were held annually and then biennially on campus from 1948 through 1974. Paintings purchased during those festivals helped inspire the building of Krannert as a permanent home for the schools burgeoning art collection. Some of those prescient purchases, along with documents and ephemera from the festivals, will be displayed in a new exhibition, Building a Modern Collection.
College students: Blow the dust off those once-cutting-edge phones, desktop computers and VCR players that were muscled into the back of the closet by their smarter and slicker descendants. Your outdated electronic components spruced up with a bit of ingenuity may still have productive lives ahead, reducing electronic waste and helping save the planet.
Two shows a solo exhibition of drawings and paintings by emerging artist Maria Lux and a collection of lifestyle products designed by University of Illinois art students as a study in community-based entrepreneurship will open Dec. 10 at Figure One, the School of Art + Designs exhibition space in downtown Champaign.
The work of young artists in the Champaign-Urbana area will be showcased during an exhibition hosted by Krannert Art Museum and the School of Art + Design, a unit in the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois.
Performance sculpture, endurance drawing and photographs that explore the ties between people and place will be featured in upcoming exhibitions at Figure One, the School of Art + Designs exhibition space in downtown Champaign.
A voice student in the School of Music at the University of Illinois won first place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Central Region finals.
A century after composer-conductor Gustav Mahlers death, his music is perhaps more popular today than it was during the half century that he lived. After his death in 1911, Mahler was nearly forgotten, until conductor Leonard Bernsteins performances of his work beginning in the mid-1960s sparked a renewed interest in Mahler, propelling the Czech-born composer from virtual obscurity to the cultural-icon status that he has today. The sesquicentennial of Mahlers birth has been marked during 2010 with a flurry of memorial concerts and releases of recordings of his music; the commemorations will continue in 2011, marking the centenary of his death.
The first major exhibition on the visualization of history in medieval French manuscripts, to be held at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, is being co-curated by a faculty member of the University of Illinois.
A round-trip ticket to Japan, dinner for six people at Nanakusa Japanese Restaurant in Milwaukee, a stay in a Colorado vacation home, and a private shopping expedition at Circles Boutique in Champaign are just a few of the items that will be auctioned to raise funds for Japan House, the teaching facility on the University of Illinois campus that focuses on the Japanese arts.
Retired University of Illinois architecture professor and inveterate traveler James P. Warfield has spent more than 45 years trekking the remote regions of the world and documenting in photographs, travel sketches and in writing rustic villages and their charming inhabitants, stunning countryside and intriguing wildlife.
Festival passes will go on sale Nov. 1 for the 13th annual Roger Eberts Film Festival, or Ebertfest, to be held April 27 to May 1 at the Virginia Theater in Champaign, Ill., and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Music lovers in Central Illinois will have the rare opportunity of hearing selections from the symphonic works of Gustav Mahler performed on the piano during a free concert on the University of Illinois campus. The Oct. 23 performance and lecture are in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Mahlers birth.
On Oct. 29, Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion will debut The Strange Life of Objects: The Art of Annette Lemieux, a mid-career retrospective of work by the conceptual mixed media artist. A public reception to celebrate the exhibition opening which will begin with a gallery conversation with Lemieux will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 28.
The School of Art + Design has announced that Billie Jean Theide, program leader in metals and the chair of the crafts program, has been named the first James Avery Endowed Chair in the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the U. of I. The Avery Chair, the first college-wide endowed chair in FAA, was established with a $1.5 million gift from alumnus and entrepreneur James Avery.
The School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois is opening an exhibition space called Figure One in downtown Champaign that will link creative activity on campus with the surrounding community.
The fall film series sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities will comprise a variety of films that have only one thing in common: They didn't attract large audiences during their initial showings early in the series' 10-year history and deserve second screenings, according to Christine Catanzarite, senior associate director at IPRH and organizer of the series.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $449,000 grant to a multi-institutional research team led by a disaster recovery specialist at the University of Illinois that is studying Chinas recovery from a devastating earthquake in 2008. The goal of the project is to develop a model of recovery management that outlines appropriate governmental roles and actions to ensure fast, efficient, equitable and sustainable recovery from disasters.
Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion at the University of Illinois was recently reaccredited by the American Association of Museums, the highest form of national recognition for museums.
The School of Music at the University of Illinois will commemorate the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. with its annual memorial concert.
Motorcycle culture, the fallout of war and imagism will be among the themes explored in six new exhibitions at Krannert Art Museum on the University of Illinois campus this fall. The exhibitions, which open on Aug. 26, will be celebrated with a free public reception from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 25.
Acclaimed Israeli writers and filmmakers Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen will visit the Illinois campus Aug. 23-Sept. 3 and participate in several public events focusing on their work.
As residents of the Gulf Coast in the U.S. brace themselves for what is expected to be another active hurricane season, the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina looms on Aug. 29, a grim reminder of the suffering wrought when people are unprepared for natures worst.
A new book, Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans (American Planning Association Planners Press, 2010), takes an in-depth look at the citys challenges in recovering after Hurricane Katrina, the deadliest and costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, and concludes that while New Orleans has made great strides in the five years since, it has been a difficult process, and for many residents the disaster still has not ended.
Internationally acclaimed pianist and conductor Ian Hobson, the Swanlund Professor of Piano and the Center for Advanced Studies Professor of Music in the School of Music at the University of Illinois, will perform a series of 10 concerts in New York City beginning in August as a tribute to two of the worlds greatest composers.
A program that helps low-income residents save money and fuel by improving their homes energy efficiency is being expanded.
The School of Music at the University of Illinois Friday announced that it has canceled its fourth annual Summer Piano Institute, which was to have been held next week (June 14-18).
Jose Marquez, a recent graduate of the University of Illinois, is one of seven people selected to participate in Urban Design Regional Employment Action for Minorities 2010, also known as UDream, an internship/immersion program sponsored by Carnegie Mellon Universitys School of Architecture and its Remaking Cities Institute.
While high school music students may be able to identify Pyotr Tchaikovsky as the composer of the ballet Swan Lake, and George Frederic Handel as the genius behind Messiah, few, if any, students may be aware of how the composers masterworks were influenced by their homosexuality and homophobia in the societies in which they lived.
A team of four undergraduate students from the University of Illinois has designed a concept for an interactive thrill ride that has been named a finalist in Walt Disney Imagineerings 19th ImagiNations design competition. The students will travel to Glendale, Calif., June 8-16 to present their completed project to a judging panel of 25 Walt Disney Imagineering executives.
A first-time performance by pianist Ian Hobson, and performances by jazz artist Jon Faddis, violinist Stefan Milenkovich and Grammy Award winners Nathan Gunn and the Pacifica Quartet will be among the highlights of the fourth annual Allerton Music Barn Festival, Sept. 2-6.
Five students from the University of Illinois are among the artists who have been selected to exhibit their work at Art Chicago 2010, an annual international fair of contemporary and modern art.
Two rising stars in the world of opera, who also are students in the School of Music at the University of Illinois, recently sang their way to the top prizes in a recent vocal competition in Chicago, a contest that their voice instructor won more than 20 years ago.
An award-winning author who studies the religious culture of Braj, India, is putting together an exhibit of work by landscape architecture graduate students at the University of Illinois who are collaborating with officials in India to restore a sacred site that is endangered by the incursion of religious pilgrims.
Acclaimed novelist Richard Powers, the Swanlund Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor of English at the University of Illinois, has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Haiku expert Lee Gurga will lead a workshop on the art of writing haiku, a form of Japanese verse, on April 7 at Japan House on the University of Illinois campus.
In Sarah Wissemans third and fourth installments of her Lisa Donahue mystery series, the archaeologist and amateur sleuth becomes embroiled in two very different types of whodunits.
Mastering mathematics can be daunting for many children, but researchers have found that children with visual impairments face disproportionate challenges learning math, and by the time they reach the college level, they are significantly under-represented in science, technology, mathematics and engineering disciplines.
The work of controversial artist Suzanne Lacy defies simple categorization. Sometimes described as performance art, feminist art or political art, it encompasses all those categories but fits neatly into none of them.
Known as the poet of the piano for his romantic, melancholic compositions and his revolutionary, nuanced playing style, Polish composer and pianist Frederic Chopin continues to entice pianists and woo audiences more than 160 years after his death.
Illinois Summer Youth Music is tuning up for its 61st year of camps for budding musicians, thespians and vocalists, and this summers students will have even more opportunities for courting their muses.
Public parking lots, flying carp and the mysteries of crop circles will be among the environmental themes explored in an upcoming arts festival that focuses on how we shape the land and how it shapes us.
What is the life cycle of your new laptop computer and whats being done to make the flat-panel televisions that are flying off store shelves
eco-friendly? Leaders in electronics manufacturing, retailing and recycling will explore those questions and the environmental impact of electronic waste during a symposium at the University of Illinois.
A new Web site created by The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music at the University of Illinois will keep lovers of international music attuned to performances and other opportunities for indulging their passion. Along with news and information about the centers programs, activities and artist-teachers, the Web site offers an online events calendar that announces performances and other world-music events in East Central Illinois and the surrounding area.
Tere OConnor, a professor of dance at the University of Illinois, has been selected as a United States Artists Fellow. The annual fellowships are awarded in the form of $50,000 unrestricted grants to 50 artists who have made significant contributions to their fields and demonstrated artistic excellence and unique artistic vision.
A seminal dance production from the 1980s by acclaimed postmodernist choreographer Trisha Brown will be reimagined with interactive 21st-century technology by artists at the University of Illinois.
Creative and environmentally conscious thinkers will have the opportunity to showcase their ideas for recycling e-waste during the International E-Waste Design Competition hosted by the School of Art and Design and the Illinois Sustainability Technology Center at the U. of I.
Keeping pace with dancer-choreographer Cynthia Oliver is always a challenge. The woman knows how to move. But this year, with two major projects going public almost simultaneously, Oliver, also a professor of dance at the University of Illinois, has been pumping up the tempo even by her own standards.
Most days of the year, Nicholas Temperley is a relatively low-key, mild-mannered musicology scholar who devotes his days to the study of 18th- and 19th-century British and U.S. music. But for a few days leading up to Christmas, the U. of I. professor emeritus becomes rather vocal.
Fueled by a constant flow of ink, paper, CDs and other materials, the graphic design field hasnt been the greenest profession on the planet.
But University of Illinois graphic design professor Eric Benson is on a mission to change that.
When I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, opened its doors to the public 17 years ago, Jerry Savage curated the inaugural exhibition of works by photographer and U. of I. alumnus William Wegman.
Japan House, an educational and cultural center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will host its annual fall open house on Nov. 7.
A team of students from the University of Illinois won second place today (Oct. 16) in the 2009 Solar Decathlon design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
A nearly ubiquitous country-of-origin label seen on countless U.S. consumer goods is the subject of a new exhibition on view Oct. 16 through Nov. 14 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Unofficially sanctioned corporate malfeasance, pre-emptive wars, torture, misinformation, government-sponsored spying and other routine assaults on civil liberties. None of the above paints a pretty picture of life in the 21st century. And yet, a new exhibition, Under Control, which opens Oct. 23 at the Krannert Art Museum, reveals that these activities and practices have inspired and spawned some provocative art-making over the course of the past decade.
Feminist health movements past and present and antidotes to the fear of growing old will be examined in two new exhibitions on view Sept. 11 through Oct. 10 at
I space, the Chicago art gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Tickets are still available for the University of Illinois School of Musics third annual Allerton Music Barn Festival Sept. 3 through 7.
Like the swallows that migrate annually to a certain mission in California, flocks of budding young music-makers are once again congregating on the University of Illinois campus for the 60th anniversary of Illinois Summer Youth Music.
Architecture – real and imagined – is the theme of two new exhibitions on view June 5-27 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The heavenly sounds of harp music will be wafting through the air June 11-13, when the 2009 Summer Harp Class is in session at the University of Illinois.
Students in the School of Architecture and the department of dance at the University of Illinois worked together to design and build a much-needed graduate dance rehearsal space on the second level of the East Art Annex 2 in Urbana.
Two very different types of kiosks fashioned from recycled electronics took top honors in their respective categories in the first Sustainable E-waste Design Competition on April 16 at the University of Illinois.
The arts and humanities have enjoyed a long, rewarding courtship with science and technology for decades at the University of Illinois. With the creation of the edream Institute at Illinois this month, the marriage becomes official.
The films will run from the strikingly visual to hard luck reality at the 11th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, April 22-26 in Champaign-Urbana.The visuals will come from around the globe and from filmmakers’ imaginations. The reality will come from hurricane-ravaged New Orleans and from a stripper and from chop shops in New York City.
A U. of I. musicologist is researching and writing the untold story of Irving Berlin, one of the few well-known popular composers who wrote both lyrics and music. Berlin turned out the tunes for almost seven decades.
When Japan was hit with a major economic downturn in the 1990s, it affected architectural and construction practices in Japan. Those seeking lessons applicable to related industry practices in the U.S. during the current recession won’t necessarily find exact parallels, says University of Illinois architecture professor Botond Bognar.
Industrial design professor William Bullock developed and teaches a course on electronic waste, believed to be the only one of its kind offered by an industrial design program.
Thinking of buying a guitar for little Jim or Kim this holiday season, but afraid to spend too much for an instrument that might ultimately spend too much time in its case?
Don’t fret. Some useful, practical knowledge to assist with such decision-making may be plucked from the research of Gary McPherson, the Zimmerman Professor of Music Education at the University of Illinois. McPherson, whose work focuses on why and how some young music-learners develop into accomplished musicians while others do not, believes parents play a key role in determining the outcome.
You won’t find Jennifer Monson on “Dancing With the Stars.” However, the dancer-choreographer hailed by The New York Times as among that city’s “downtown dance stars” has been testing the waters, reaching out and building new audiences in communities outside the mainstream dance world.
Some of the nation’s leading landscape architects will work with University of Illinois students and faculty members next week to explore ideas for development of the Windsor Road corridor linking the campus, Champaign and Urbana.
To some, an art museum may seem like an odd place to display comics.
But to the co-curators of “Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics,” on view at the University of Illinois’ Krannert Art Museum Oct. 24 through Jan. 4, it is a perfectly fitting venue for showcasing the creative talents of a wildly diverse collection of artists and writers – past and present – who’ve contributed to this popular form of visual expression.
With the first wave of clean-up efforts behind them, residents of communities affected by this year’s Midwest floods may find hope in a University of Illinois study on the economic impact of the 1993 flood that devastated much of the same region.
Bill Rose is no Johnny-come-lately to the green revolution. He’s no Pollyanna either. A research architect at the University of Illinois’ Building Research Council who has served as a consultant on museum and historic-building projects, Rose has long been an advocate of energy-efficient building practices. For starters, he believes residential and commercial buildings alike should be as air-tight as possible, outfitted with double- and triple-glazed windows and stuffed full of thermal insulation.
When University of Illinois sophomore Stephen Diebold signed up for Deana McDonagh’s industrial design studio course, he figured he might get experience designing a prototype for a lamp or some other common consumer product.
When Deke Weaver takes the stage, audiences are well advised to strap themselves in for a wild ride. Whether appearing as a one-man yarn-spinner or with a small ensemble of actors and musicians, Weaver – a writer, actor, video artist and professor of new media in the University of Illinois School of Art and Design – invariably serves as the narrator and tour guide to fantastic worlds populated by singing animals, twins with special powers and other oddball characters. Think of Weaver’s original repertoire as the golden age of radio meets “Twin Peaks.”
According to University of Illinois dance professor Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, published research on modern and postmodern dance was fairly sparse until about a quarter of a century ago. Most of what existed was limited to books on dance history or biographies of dancers and choreographers, or was otherwise narrowly focused.
Mutant monkeys and bunnies and fungi ... oh my!
Close your eyes and you might think John Philip Sousa himself is in the concert hall, conducting his quintessential American band and its lead cornetist, the "Godfather of cornet," Herbert L. Clarke.
"Music Without Borders" is the theme of the 2007 American Music Month at the University of Illinois.
Ceramic pieces created by imaginary employees of a make-believe pottery company and encaustic paintings by an art therapist will be featured in two exhibitions Oct. 19 through Dec. 1 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
Festival passes will go on sale Nov. 1 for the 10th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, to be held April 23-27 at the Virginia Theater in Champaign, Ill., and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
A presentation on Edo culture by a visiting speaker will be among the highlights at the annual fall open house at the Japan House at the University of Illinois from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 20.
First impressions and what actually lies beneath the surface - both architectural and human - is the theme of a new multimedia exhibition at the University of Illinois' Krannert Art Museum.
Soon after the World Trade Center's twin towers were brought down by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, some observers questioned whether tall buildings - now viewed as potential targets for future attacks - would continue to be built.
A diverse selection of works on paper by 10 artists will be on view Sept. 7 through Oct. 13 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
An exhibition of work by Fred DeAsis, a Filipino-American artist from Chicago, will be featured as part of the annual open house Sept. 7 at the Asian American Cultural Center and Asian American Studies Program at the University of Illinois.
As it has in past years, the University of Illinois School of Music will mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States with a short commemorative program on Tuesday (Sept. 11).
Tanglewood, Spoleto, Aspen ... Allerton.
The next Olympic games won't take place until 2008, but a team at the University of Illinois has been going the distance to ensure that the U.S. is well represented in another major international event and competition held every four years.
If University of Illinois art and design professor John Jennings were a superhero, he'd probably be drawn with multiple limbs and a large, oversized right brain.
Just so there's no confusion: Current Chinese cinema is no crouching tiger, no hidden dragon.
Armed with Internet access, soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are blogging their war stories - and digital images - back home and beyond.
She studies Wagner and opera. He studies mostly Mozart and Beethoven. Together, husband-and-wife musicologists Katherine Syer and William Kinderman have themselves been the subject of much prodding and research - by internationally acclaimed playwright and director Moisés Kaufman.
After 70 years, Tennessee Williams' first full-length play - "Candles to the Sun" - is returning to St. Louis for a March 16 homecoming performance at the theater where it premiered on March 18, 1937.
The Art Institute of Chicago and a University of Illinois historian have teamed up to create an unusual exhibition focusing on the idea of "otherness."
It's no wonder Americans are heavily invested in a culture of consumption. As targets of ubiquitous corporate branding campaigns and marketing mania, we are bombarded 24/7 on all fronts - through every conceivable form of mass media and product packaging, at sporting and entertainment venues, and even lobbied by the apparel of friends and family.
Two and a half centuries after Mozart's birth, the versatile and prolific composer continues to attract new generations of listeners with his symphonies, operas, masses, sonatas, chamber music and concertos for piano and strings.
Eduardo Diazmuñoz, the artistic director of the opera program at the University of Illinois and director of the U. of I.'s New Music Ensemble, has been named artistic and music director of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, effective January 2007.
The word "landscape" often conjures up pastoral images of meadows dotted with cows and haystacks under a threatening sky, or perhaps a sunny beach scene with waves breaking in the background. Slip one of those painted images into a frame and it becomes a landscape.
At the end of the semester, students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign enrolled in a course coordinated by architecture professor Abbas Aminmansour take with them knowledge that can't be found in any textbook.
When University of Illinois School of Music director Karl Kramer learned that the National Association of Schools of Music was holding its annual meeting in Chicago this fall, it was music to his ears.
Type the key words "pink Melmac"into the search window on ebay.com and you're likely to find a few dozen matches. At any given time, such a search yields gravy boats, butter dishes, cups, saucers, plates and just about every other type of item manufactured and marketed in the 1950s as part of the now-retro Melmac brand of dinnerware.
A professor of cinema studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of five film scholars weighing in on a new DVD release of "Seven Samurai."
The School of Music at the University of Illinois has long been home to one of the nation's top ethnomusicology programs. Now, a major gift has increased the size and brilliance of the school's star on the world music map by several orders of magnitude.
Five recent graduates of the master of fine arts program in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a "Monster."
A new partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., begins in June with a book and exhibition that examine children's creativity, art and "giftedness."
These days, when people walk down the street "alone," chances are they're actually doing so in the company of remote others - connected by a cell phone. Or the tell-tale iPod cord extending from an ear means they're otherwise focused, marching to the beat of their own personal soundtrack.
Not all veterans returning from tours of duty in the Middle East are as well-equipped to process, express and share their war experiences as Aaron Hughes.
When tornadoes, floods and other natural disasters unleash their furies on communities, the losses can be especially devastating for small-business owners with limited budgets and flimsy safety nets. But when the skies clear, and the cleanup and rebuilding begins, savvy owners may actually find a silver - or "green" - lining beneath the rubble and ruin.
Scientific visualization artist-wizard Donna Cox is among a select, eclectic group of visionaries from a broad range of disciplines whose work will be spotlighted in a major new exhibition opening this week at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.
Final plans are in place for the eighth annual Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," coming April 26-30 to Champaign-Urbana.
These days, when William Kinderman's colleagues pass the musicologist in the halls of the Music Building at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, they're likely to catch him humming a new tune.
A fair lady, a "really, really bad" Santa, a Carmen from Cape Town, and Rudolph Valentino - they're all part of the eighth annual Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival, coming April 26-30 to Champaign-Urbana.
Even people who've never opened an art history book are likely to have glimpsed prints of the lush, vividly detailed and often provocative paintings of 17th-century Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens. Or, at the very least, they may be familiar with the term inspired by the full-figured nudes that frequently populate his canvases: "Rubenesque."
After Rodney Howlett graduates from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a master's degree in architecture, he hopes to return to his home base near St. Louis to design churches.
The 21st-century incarnation of the ensemble John Philip Sousa once dubbed "the world's greatest college band" - the University of Illinois Wind Symphony - is tuning up for its debut at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 17.
She exhibited with the surrealists in Paris in the 1930s and with the abstract expressionists in New York in the 1940s and 1950s. Today, her work is in the collections of some of the most respectable art museums in the United States. Yet, if the name Hedda Sterne appears at all in textbooks documenting 20th-century art history, it?'s typically as a passing reference or a footnote.
Academic conference proceedings aren't typically regarded as must-read page-turners. But "IMPACT," a limited-edition, illustrated book documenting an industrial design conference held last spring at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is reportedly turning heads in the design world.
You won't need a Ph.D in art history to appreciate a new documentary and companion book on 20th-century American art by Jonathan Fineberg and John Carlin. The only prerequisite required of those tuning in or turning the pages of "Imagining America: Icons of 20th Century American Art" is a genuine interest in the American experience.
Today, the term "documentary" usually brings to mind video exposés of corporate or political wrong-doing. Or perhaps the exploits of a near-extinct indigenous species struggling to survive in some remote locale. And while such films may have mass appeal, they more typically are relegated to the margins of popular culture.
A team of students and faculty members from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be traveling to Macomb, Ill., Nov. 4-5 to participate in planning and design meetings that will focus on rethinking the use and design of Macomb's West Jackson Street (Illinois Route 136).
Festival passes will go on sale Nov. 1 for the eighth annual Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival, to be held April 26-30 at the Virginia Theater in Champaign, Ill., and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
To observers of cultural phenomena, the dawn of the 21st century may not necessarily be the best or worst of times. But it could be among the most culturally confused and conflicted eras to emerge in recent history, considering society's mass-fascination with reality TV programs and Web cams, on one hand; and, on the other, its ever-present obsession with security, fueled by global fears of terrorism.
Fifty years after the death of Romanian composer and musician George Enescu, his opera "Oedipe" - based on the Oedipus myth - will have its American premiere, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
While post-Katrina rescue and evacuation operations continue to be the priority in New Orleans, urban planning
expert Rob Olshansky says now also is the time to be staging the next phase of the city's disaster-recovery plans.
At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Green Street has long been regarded as more than just a well-traveled, east-west thoroughfare that bisects the campus. Historically, it's been the unofficial line of demarcation that separated the slide-rule-and-pocket-protector set from those more inclined to pack piccolos, paintbrushes or portfolios.
As an art educator and researcher, Julia Kellman has long been aware - from her academic's box-seat vantage point - that art can impact people's lives in profound ways. But for the past four years, she's witnessed the phenomenal power of art-making from the perspective of a director who is on stage, engaging in an ongoing, intimate dialogue with the actors.
As Lance Armstrong pedals on in pursuit of his seventh consecutive Tour de France championship title, Wes Alexander is cheering on the celebrated cyclist/cancer survivor with a title of his own: a song title, that is.
For nearly a half century, composers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - often in collaboration with scientists and engineers - have been making music and music history within the soundproof walls of the School of Music
's Experimental Music Studios
In a new book documenting the work of contemporary Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, Botond Bognar calls the 50-year-old Kuma "an architect to be watched."
The task was to create a range of alternatives for redeveloping a derelict vestige of Chicago's once booming steel industry. The time frame: four days.
To the casual 21st-century observer, 19th-century landscape paintings - with their pastoral scenes and idyllic, panoramic vistas - may appear to be little more than "pretty pictures" of bygone times.
The faces on the big screen will range from the glamorous to the grotesque, speaking English, French, Hindi and Zulu. The music will run from "the saddest in the world" to extravagant song and dance.
When Japan House
director Kimiko Gunji embarks on a tour of Japan next month, she'll be doing more than just chaperoning a group of tourists. She'll be directing a personally planned peace mission.
Local audiences will get the chance to preview a PBS documentary co-created by art historian Jonathan Fineberg during a campus screening on Feb. 9.
Dribbling, passing and shooting could become much smoother moves for wheelchair basketball players if a student-designed chair featuring a hands-free braking and turning system makes its way to the marketplace.
Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Ill., has memorials dedicated to Illinois citizens who served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Incredibly, there was no similar monument honoring the contributions of the state's 987,000 World War II veterans.
Festival passes will go on sale Nov. 1 for the seventh annual Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival
, to be held April 20-24 at the Virginia Theater in Champaign, Ill., and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Women have made significant strides in their fight for equal rights, but they're being kept in line by inadequate restroom facilities.
Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka hope their new book might help bring mainstream architects to their senses - literally.
Although they typically function independently from each other, architects, landscape architects and urban planners sometimes cross paths while engaged in community development or urban renewal projects.
More than a quarter of a century after they first proposed outfitting New York's Central Park with 1,000 fluttering, saffron-colored fabric panels, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude will at last see an even grander, larger-scale version of their dream realized next February.
Final plans are in place for the sixth annual Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," coming April 21-25 to Champaign-Urbana.
"Lawrence of Arabia" in 70mm will be the big-screen opening act for the sixth annual Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," coming April 21-25 to Champaign-Urbana.
From the recent Broadway revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" to next summer's Kennedy Center festival featuring "Cat," "Streetcar Named Desire," "The Glass Menagerie" and other works, 20th century American playwright Tennessee Williams has once again become a hot property.
Festival passes now are on sale for the sixth annual Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival, to be held April 21-25 at the Virginia Theater in Champaign, Ill., and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Just as contemporary American-made music enjoys great popularity in Europe today, music by European composers and performers was all the rage in America during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. According to musicologist Nicholas Temperley, musicians with significant mastery of the British or European musical idiom were highly sought after in America.
The Pacifica Quartet, generally regarded as one of the most dynamic string ensembles touring today, maintains an ambitious concert schedule that keeps the group constantly on the move. This past month has been no exception; the pace just ratcheted up a notch.
Westerners with even cursory knowledge of Japanese culture probably could identify the kimono as a traditional article of clothing worn by the Japanese people for centuries. What they may not know, however, is that the kimono is more than a functional, or even decorative, garment: It is Japan's national costume, and is regarded as an art form.
Jazz has been called one of America's greatest inventions. Yet its first composer, Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, was ridiculed, nearly forgotten and living in poverty as he neared the end of his life in the 1930s - even while his music made hits for others on the radio.
In recent years, consumers have benefited from a variety of innovations and improvements introduced by manufacturers of washers and dryers marketed for home use. But new wrinkles in the commercial laundry business haven't been as forthcoming, according to William Bullock, a professor of industrial design and director of the Product Interaction Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
As Americans learned of the heroic efforts demonstrated by members of the New York City Fire Department on 9/11, firefighters there and elsewhere instantly were catapulted into the public eye. With the flood of media images that followed came a heightened awareness of the on-the-job risks and dangers firefighters face daily.
If they build it, residents will come.
At first glance, browsers might mistake Dianne Harris' new book on 18th-century Italian villa culture as a niche publication, of interest only to landscape architecture scholars.
Organizers of the fifth annual Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival, set for April 23-27 in Champaign-Urbana, have announced several recent changes since an April 7 news release:
The film fest will open with a big-screen showing of "The Right Stuff," the 1983 epic about America's first men into space.
Politicians and propagandists have been natural bedfellows since way back. And they can be especially chummy in times of war, revolution or social upheaval.
By training, William Kinderman is an accomplished pianist and musicologist. But for the past several years, his research on the creative motivations of Ludwig van Beethoven has made him feel more like a detective.
High-brow art it's not, but the brightly colored, often lurid, poster images of yesteryear's movie queens are sure to raise an eyebrow or two among viewers of an exhibition opening this month at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Wearable computers have revolutionized communications in fields such as firefighting and emergency medical services, where information must flow fast in adverse work environments. George Elvin thinks lightweight, wireless computers may similarly transform the construction industry in the not-too-distant future.
It had "The Right Stuff" for an Oscar nomination, but was a "puzzling flop" at the box office, says film critic Roger Ebert. The 1983 film about the original Mercury astronauts didn't get the audience it deserved.
Now that it's played in Peoria, a computer-based simulation tool designed to test urban- and regional-planning policy decisions may prove to be a hit in other cities down the line.
The average public-transit user likely views a city bus as nothing much more than a convenient, cost-effective means of getting from point A to point B. But bus rider and artist Anna Callahan sees a whole lot more; she sees common threads that may not be visible on the surface.
Festival passes now are on sale for the fifth annual Roger Ebert Overlooked Film Festival, to be held April 23-27 at the Virginia Theater in Champaign, Ill., and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
When architecture students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign learned they had won the bid to host the annual national conference of the American Institute of Architecture Students, they knew they wanted to put on a really big show. So they decided to move the venue 140 miles north, to the city of big shoulders and tall buildings: Chicago.
In downtowns across America - most notably, in the Midwest - brick-and-terra-cotta tributes to Louis Sullivan still line the blocks, holding their own with newer additions to the urban landscape.
For centuries, architects have been designing three-dimensional spaces based on two-dimensional drawings and plans. From those designs, models, then buildings, eventually are constructed.
Countless articles and books have been written about legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, and the ink is still flowing. In fact, says jazz music scholar Gabriel Solis, 20 years after Monk's death, "He continues to be written about and talked about incessantly."
The most brilliant display of fall color to be found this season may be indoors - at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Krannert Art Museum.
Pairing a real dancer with an animated dance partner is nothing new - it's a technique used in any number of movies or television shows. But collaborating artists and engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are putting a new spin on the idea.
As an art form, drawing historically has played second fiddle to its jazzier, more colorful cousins - painting, sculpture and installation work - but the medium moves to center stage in a new exhibition opening this month at the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Web users everywhere know the drill. You point your browser to a site, expecting immediate, easy access to information. Instead, you wait ... and wait ... and wait some more.
The Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign opens its fall season Sept. 4 with two traveling shows - one of which is being organized by the museum.
As the Dust Bowl swirled in the Plains states in the summer of 1936, folks in Central Illinois were sweating it out through the worst heat wave in recorded history.
Look, there by the side of the road ... it's a bike ... no, it's a scooter. No, not exactly. It's Ahn Sang-Gyeun's award-winning "Freewill" -- a bicycle-scooter hybrid that transforms itself from one people-powered vehicle to another with a simple 90-degree rotation of the frame.
Every day, mailboxes throughout the land are flooded with catalogs, each packed with pages of colorful, eye-candy images of mass-produced items designed to tempt a
consumer-products-hungry culture. This month, artist Conrad Bakker will fill more than 2,000 mailboxes nationwide with his own rendition of this marketing masterpiece: "Untitled, Mail Order Catalog."
Look, there by the side of the road ... it's a bike ... no, it's a scooter. No, not exactly. It's Ahn Sang-Gyeun's award-winning "Freewill" -- a bicycle-scooter hybrid that transforms itself from one people-powered vehicle to another with a simple 90-degree rotation of the frame.
"Jason X" is now in theaters, film number 10 in the "Friday the 13th" series. And yet another "Halloween," number eight, is due in July.
For much of her career, artist Louise Bourgeois lived and worked in New York City surrounded by some of the most celebrated American artists of the 20th century, among them, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. But her own induction into that elite club was slow in coming.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
Actors Kris Kristofferson, Robert Forster and Cliff Robertson, along with an international cast of directors and other special guests, are scheduled to join film critic Roger Ebert and thousands of film buffs for Ebert's fourth annual Overlooked Film Festival April 24-28 in Champaign-Urbana and at the University of Illinois.
This country's most comprehensive museum exhibition of early works by Louise Bourgeois is among four new shows opening at the University of Illinois' Krannert Art Museum in the coming weeks.
In between the big openings and big hype, many good films get overlooked.
As a research specialist in sustainable planning and design at the University of Illinois' Building Research Council, Donald Fournier spends a lot of time talking to just about anyone who'll listen about the merits of "green" construction methods and practices.
The opening night of the fourth annual Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival will feature a newly remastered 70mm print of "Patton," the 1970 Oscar-winner that opens with a famous monologue by George C. Scott as Gen. George S. Patton before a huge American flag.
It's not like he didn't know it was coming. Still, when University of Illinois architecture professor Abbas Aminmansour found the big blue book in his campus mailbox recently, he could barely contain his excitement.
An overgrown, centuries-old sacred site in the Indian state of Gujarat - identified as one of the 100 most endangered monuments on the World Monuments Watch
List - may be in line for a facelift, thanks to a team of landscape architects from the University of Illinois.
The diverse talents of faculty artists at the University of Illinois will be showcased in the annual School of Art and Design Faculty Art Exhibition Jan. 26 through Feb. 24 at the Krannert Art Museum.
The fourth annual Roger Ebert Overlooked Film Festival will be held April 24 to 28 at the historic Virginia Theater in Champaign, Ill., and at the University of Illinois.
The terrorist acts that destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center may have ushered in a new era for America in many ways, but University of Illinois architecture professor Mir Ali does not believe the buildings' collapse signals the end of skyscraper construction.
Jacques Lipchitz may not be as widely known beyond the borders of the art world as his contemporary, Pablo Picasso, but artists, historians, critics and others always have placed the cubist sculptor on a pedestal of his own.
"Unique" is often applied indiscriminately to things that just aren't. But no other single word more accurately describes University of Illinois music professor Rudolf Haken's new amoeba-shaped, five-string instrument. That's because it's the only one in the world.
The inimitable avant-garde composer John Cage premiered some of his most important works before audiences at the University of Illinois. Nearly a decade after Cage's death, a new staged version of his 1982 radio play "Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce, Erik Satie: An Alphabet" will receive its U.S. premiere Sept. 29 at the UI's Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
African masks, woodcarvings, beadwork, and bronze and terra cotta pieces are among the art and artifacts on view through Nov. 4 in a new exhibition at the University of Illinois' Krannert Art Museum.
Stick this somewhere prominent on your bulletin board: Five University of Illinois industrial design students won a first-place award in a competition co-sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America and BusinessWeek magazine for their redesign of ... the thumbtack.
Consider a college student who majors in art history but whose passion is current movies - especially the wildly creative ones from Hong Kong. The student may wonder what it would be like to study Hong Kong's film industry up close, to rub elbows with its stars and creators.
A century after his death in 1901, French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec still manages to capture the imagination of a public hungry for a taste of the licentious side of life in late 19th century Paris' Montmartre district.
Roger Ebert will kick off his 2001 film festival, fittingly, with a special screening of "2001: A Space Odyssey" and the U.S. premiere of "Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures."
When observing an orchestral or choral performance, audience members may be tempted to conclude that of all the on-stage performers, the conductor has the easiest job. After all, from the vantage point of the audience, the conductor appears to be doing little more than waving a baton.
When observing an orchestral or choral performance, audience members may be tempted to conclude that of all the on-stage performers, the conductor has the easiest job. After all, from the vantage point of the audience, the conductor appears to be doing little more than waving a baton.
An advanced creative writing program has been established in the American heartland. The new University of Illinois program will offer, its planners say, a first-rate opportunity for the nation's most promising writers.
Roger Ebert has announced the 12 films he will screen at his third annual film festival, among them Woody Allen's 1996 musical "Everyone Says I Love You."
A horse is a horse, of course, of course ... but what is the course for a singer gone hoarse?
Few American architects of the 20th century left such a broad and lingering imprint on the American landscape as Cass Gilbert, whose designs range from the Gothic-style Woolworth Building and United States Custom House in New York City to the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., the St. Louis Art Museum and the Minnesota State Capitol.
More than 80 years after it was written, Carl Sandburg's 1918 prose poem "Prairie" is being reinterpreted in musical form, thanks to the efforts of another Illinois native son whose artistic ambitions have taken him far from his prairie roots.
Majestically situated on the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra, India, is one of the world's most recognizable man-made monuments -- the Taj Mahal.
Necessity often does prove to be the mother of invention. But Lippold Haken's continuum fingerboard -- a new breed among electronic instruments -- was born not so much out of necessity as from the inventor's passion for music and penchant for tinkering with electronics.
Necessity often does prove to be the mother of invention. But Lippold Haken's continuum fingerboard -- a new breed among electronic instruments -- was born not so much out of necessity as from the inventor's passion for music and penchant for tinkering with electronics.
It's the fifth of July. The parades are gone and the fireworks are over. What's a patriotic, nostalgia-driven American to do?
When it comes to music appreciation, Mr. and Mrs. Average Babyboomer are more likely to be singing along with tunes on the oldies radio station than checking out a new orchestration of a Chopin piano concerto by the local symphony orchestra.
If the ���Jeopardy!" category were "Tennessee Williams plays" and contestants had to respond to the answer "title that refers to a building's top level," the obvious correct response would be "What is 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'?"
These days if you want to listen to music, multiple options exist -- many at the touch of a button or two. You can turn on your radio, stereo or television; you can download music files on the Internet; or you can head down to the local music club or concert hall for a live-music fix.
Later this month, parts of the University of Illinois campus and community will resemble a mini-Cannes -- without the mountains and Mediterranean, to be sure -- but jumping nevertheless with film screenings, stars, filmmakers, producers and directors, and of course, Mr. Two-Thumbs-Up himself, film critic Roger Ebert.
In addition to serving as a treasure trove for Renaissance music scholars, a new book edited by University of Illinois musicologist Herbert Kellman doubles as a fact-packed read for anyone interested in the music, art and cultural history that dominated the courts of northern and western Europe in the 16th century.
Judging by last year's turnout, Roger Ebert's upcoming -- and ironically named -- "Overlooked Film Festival" promises to be anything but overlooked.
In the United States, the tune most closely associated with Edward Elgar is undoubtedly his "Pomp and Circumstance" March No. 1 -- the classical musical accompaniment to many a graduation ceremony.
Thanks to a gift from Tokyo's Habuki Kimono School to the University of Illinois' Japan House, art and design professor Kimiko Gunji's students will soon be learning all they ever wanted to know -- and more --about the cultural and historical significance of the kimono.
The 1990s are barely behind us, but already the art of the 20th century's final decade has been chronicled in a just-published second edition of Jonathan Fineberg's "Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being" (Harry N. Abrams Inc.).
Most people know that locking doors and windows and installing security systems are front-line defenses for keeping burglars at bay. Yet, according to University of Illinois building researcher William Rose, few homeowners are as vigilant when it comes to defending their homes from a more insidious, potentially harmful, intruder: mold.
While collaborating on a dramatic digital sky show that promises to dazzle audiences at a newly constructed planetarium in New York City with never-before-seen images of the universe, University of Illinois art and design professor Donna Cox wasn't quite herself.