Monday, May 12, 2008

PRESS: Artforum on Black Is, Black Ain't

Black Is, Black Ain't was chosen as a Critics' Pick on Britany Salsbury writes:

"Black Is, Black Ain't," illuminates both the complexity of racial discourse and its continued necessity.

Read the full article on Artforum's website.

The Wrens Study Break

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Events at The Renaissance Society

View details for each event on our events calendar

LECTURE: Race: Effects and Intent

Tuesday, May 6, 6:00 pm
Jeffrey Grogger

Thursday, May 15, 6:30 pm
hosted by The Wrens

Friday, May 16, 6:00 pm
Saidiya Hartman
Rick Kittles

Sunday, May 18, 2:00 pm
Tyehimba Jess

LECTURE: The Black Eclectic...Revisited
Wednesday, May 21, 6:00 pm
Travis Jackson

STAGED READING: Orenthal by Maarten van Hinte
Thursday, May 29, 8:00 pm
Directed by Ron Parson

PANEL: Post-Black: There and Back Again
Sunday, June 1, 2:00 pm
Darby English, Kerry James Marshall, Kym Pinder, and Greg Foster Rice

LECTURE: Erasing Race: Transforming public housing in Chicago
Thursday, June 5, 6:00 pm
Janet Smith

LECTURE: From the Moynihan Report to Obama's Candidacy
Sunday, June 8, 2:00 pm
Camille Charles and Lawrence Bobo

Monday, April 7, 2008

Black Is, Black Ain't

Taking its title from Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, this exhibition will explore a shift in the rhetoric of race from an earlier emphasis on inclusion to a present moment where racial identity is being simultaneously rejected and retained. The exhibition will bring together works by over 20 black and non-black artists whose work together examines a moment where the cultural production of so-called “blackness” is concurrent with efforts to make race socially and politically irrelevant.

Artists Include: Terry Adkins, Edgar Arceneaux, Elizabeth Axtman, Jonathan Calm, Paul D'Amato, Deborah Grant, Todd Gray, Shannon Jackson, Thomas Johnson, Jason Lazarus, David Levinthal, Glenn Ligon, David McKenzie, Rodney McMillian, Jerome Mosley, Virginia Nimarkoh, Demetrius Oliver, Sze Lin Pang, Carl Pope, William Pope.L, Robert A. Pruitt, Randy Regier, Daniel Roth, Joanna Rytel, Andres Serrano, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas.

Please join us for the opening reception Sunday April 20, 2008, 4 to 7 pm, with a discussion with the artists from 5 to 6 pm.

PRESS: Artforum on Katerina Seda

Read James Yood's review of Katerina Seda's exhibition "It Doesn't Matter" at The Renaissance Society in the April Issue of Artfroum.

The exhibition...was presented as the work of Katerina Seda, not her grandmother, and begged to be interpreted less a the discovery of some visionary portraitist of the mid-twentieth-century hardware than as a representation of an artist generating work through social activity.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

PRESS: Trisha Donnelly

Check out the latest review of Trisha Donnelly's exhibit in Time Out Chicago. Read it online now.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

THE RADIO: Jack Quartet

Jack Quartet
98.7 WFMT

Listen to Andrew Patner's excellent commentary on the JACK Quartet's performance at The Renaissance Society.

Listen online now

Thursday, March 13, 2008

PRESS: Trisha Donnelly

The Chicago Tribune reviews Trisha Donnelly at The Renaissance Society:

Everybody ends up being mystified to some degree, which, of course, is fine for the artist as long as everybody continues to believe in the mystery.
Read the full article here.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Thursday, February 14, 2008


March 4: Reading, Carla Harryman, 5:30 pm
March 7: Staged Reading, Memory Play by Carla Harryman, 8:00 pm
March 13: Concert, JACK String Quartet, 8:00 pm
March 15: Concert, Ensemble Dal Niente, 8:00 pm
March 16: Concert, Millenium Chamber Players, 7:00 pm
March 18: Concert, Ossatura with Ensemble Noamnesia, 8:00 pm
March 30: Reading, Helen Mirra , 2:00 pm

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

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