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A new book explores the artistic and educational legacies of American sculptor and U. of I. alumnus Lorado Taft.

New book explores the legacies of sculptor Lorado Taft

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 17, 2014

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.

Published Date: November 17, 2014


Passes for 2015 Roger Ebert's Film Festival go on sale Nov. 1

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 13, 2014

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.

Published Date: October 13, 2014


The Jupiter String Quartet will open a chamber music concert series at Krannert Art Museum. The members of the quartet are, from left, Liz Freivogel, Nelson Lee, Daniel McDonough, and Megan Freivogel.

Chamber music series to blend visual arts, music at Krannert Art Museum

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:October 10, 2014

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.

Published Date: October 10, 2014


view image 'Global Groove,' a seminal work by video art pioneer Nam June Paik, is the central piece in an international video art exhibition opening Oct. 17 at Krannert Art Museum.

International video exhibition and Japanese vampire film coming to Krannert Art Museum

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 8, 2014

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.”

Published Date: October 8, 2014


World-renowned pianist Menahem Pressler, founder of the Beaux Arts Trio, will play an all-Mozart program with Sinfonia da Camera.

Sinfonia da Camera announces its 31st season

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 16, 2014

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.”

Published Date: September 16, 2014