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Alumna Sarah Best Reflects on Art, MAPH and Invites Everyone to Dance Films Kino

Sarah Best Self Portrait

Dance Films Kino is a three-week project that I am presenting as an artist in residence at Hyde Park Art Center, March 4-25, 2012. Over three weeks, I will present 30 works of dance on film, as well as over a dozen live music, dance, and literary readings. All of the programs will be free to the public.

The seeds of this project were planted ten years ago, back when I was a MAPH student sitting in Yuri Tsivian’s intro to film class, learning about how filmmakers whose works were censored, or considered to be too experimental for mainstream distribution, showed films out of their own homes.

The films and performance I am presenting will be shown in an environment inspired by “kinos”, underground, avant-grade art clubs of the 1920s and 30s. I’m currently getting ready to paint the walls of my residency studio red, put out the caberet tables, and art deco objects I’ve sourced from Etsy. I’m creating artwork inspired by movement to hang on the walls of the space.

My first goal is to show movies in a place that feels like someone’s home, so that people are a little more willing to give something they’ve never seen before a try. My second goal is to bring all kinds of artists, writers, musicians, dance makers and filmmakers together to create a lot of different points of access into the work.

My third goal is to invite people to help create the space by imagining what it would be like to be a part of an underground society, to feel nostalgia for a fictional place situated in the past. I think there is a collective desire to engage in this type of activity. I think it is part of the reason why bars inspired by speakeasies are so popular, and why people like to fantasize about travel, even in tough economic times.

More on how Sarah arrived at this point after the jump

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Martin Schwartz (MAPH ’06) opens a theatrical work in San Francisco

Martin Schwartz (MAPH ’06) directed and wrote Tutor: enter the exclave, a theatrical piece based on JMR Lenz’s Der Hofmeister (1774). The work is slated to open tomorrow at Dark Porch Theatre in San Francisco, CA and runs through October 22nd at the EXIT Studio on 156 Eddy St.  If you are in the Bay Area it looks like a great night out for some experimental theater.

Tutor: enter the exclave

Tutor: enter the exclave


Upcoming Alumni Events

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This fall, join us for at least two (!) alumni events in Chicago. And stay tuned, MAPH is taking the “Clark Street Ale House Reality Experience” on the road. We’ll be hosting alumni events in Cities That Are Not Chicago this year. We’re thinking about New York in the Fall. Would people come to a MAPH alumni Holiday Party in New York? (What are these magical events? Find out after the jump…) Continue reading

Get your MAPH Reunion Program Here!

Click on the cover image below to open a slideshow presentation of the Official MAPH Reunion Program.  We’re excited to see so many of you this Friday (June 3), and hope that those of you coming from afar have safe travels.

Included in the program is a welcome message from MAPHCentral, a schedule of events, bios and headshots of all of our panelists, and information regarding the location and transportation options for the evening event at English Bar and Restaurant at 444 N Lasalle Street in River North.  Please do not hesitate to contact A-J Aronstein (ajaronstein@uchicago) with any additional questions, requests, or concerns that you might have!

You can also download a printable pdf copy of the directions to English here: Directions to English.  Remember that you can reach MAPHCentral at 773-834-1201 at any point during the day in case you need more information. Program after the jump): Continue reading

Registration for the 2011 MAPH Reunion Bonanza is now Open!

Jacques Says: "Come to Reunion"

Are you planning on coming to Reunion?  Comment below!  Better yet, register TODAY!  We’ll keep track of how many people are signed up and will let you know.

If you haven’t RSVP’s on the Official MAPH Facebook Page yet, get on board!  For more ways to get connected to the Program and Hyde Park, check the previous post on Official MAPH Social Networks.

Keep an eye out for new alumni profiles (we’ll be publishing more of them as we get closer to June 3), and if you have any questions, email ajaronstein@uchicago.edu.

Alum Holiday Gathering

HEADS UP, Alums!

This Thursday evening from 6-9 pm (or however long you want to hang out and reminisce about the good old MAPH days), we’ll be holding a get together at Clark Street Ale House (742 N. Clark Street, 60610).  You’ll recognize it by the neon “Stop and Drink” sign out front.  The first round of beers is on MAPH’s dime. Significant others and friends are welcome to join!  Shiny Christmas outfits are not required… though I’m sure no one would object if you are so inclined.

TYPEFACE screening this Friday

MAPH and the 64th Street Print Shop are very pleased to announce that we’ll be holding a screening of the documentary film TYPEFACE this coming Friday (10/22) at 6:30 in Social Sciences 122.  Several 2004 MAPH alums collaborated in the making of TYPEFACE including producer and director Justine Nagan.  It was recently nominated for a regional Emmy for best documentary.  The film focuses on a museum and print shop in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, as a central location in the continuing evolution of printmaking, and it raises questions about the connection between past and future craft practices, the convergence of modern design and traditional technique.  You can read more about the film by checking out their website.  OR check out the official trailer here!

After the screening, several MAPH alums who took part in the making of the film will be available for a brief Q&A session.  Participants will include Justine Nagan, Associate Producer Starr Marcello, Director of Cinematography Tom Bailey, and researcher/photographer Brendan Kredell.  Do not miss this opportunity to learn more about the great work that other MAPH alums are doing (and to see a wonderful film as well)!

AND since you’re already heading to Hyde Park for the screening, why not grab a drink at social hour beforehand?  As you may recall, it starts at 4pm in Classics 110 and the drinks and snacks are free as always.  Come meet the exuberant 2011 class of MAPHers, share your infinite post-MAPH wisdom, and reconnect with each other!

September 10th Gallery Opening

After studying art history in MAPH, recent graduate Emma Stein ’10 is now the Gallery Director of Robert Bills Contemporary. Robert Bills Contemporary is a new gallery located in Chicago’s prestigious West Loop gallery district.  Named one of the top ten new galleries featured at Next 2010 on the Chicago Tribune’s Next Hotlist, the gallery opens its doors for the first time on September 10th. The owner, Robert Bills is also a University of Chicago graduate.  He completed his MBA in ’89.

The gallery’s first exhibition, oil, toil, WALLS, and foil, examines the tactics four artists employ to negotiate the fine line that divides figuration and abstraction. The exhibition investigates how each artist demonstrates his or her unique artistic vocabulary in a way that challenges the longstanding art-historical binary. While the individual artists each represent a dramatically different approach to the problem, the common thread that binds them together is the clarity of their distinctive artistic vision as it is demonstrated with remarkable skill.

Emma and Robert Bills Contemporary invite all MAPH graduates and their friends and family to attend the gallery’s fall opening reception on September 10th, from 6-9 pm.  The gallery is located at 650 West Lake Street, on the lower level.  For more information about the gallery or inquires about the reception, please contact Emma at emma@robertbillscontemporary.com.

MAPH Alumni Reading on May 13

Published this month by Random House/Delacorte, Anna Jarzab’s “All Unquiet Things” was once a MAPH Thesis:

Winner of a First Novel Contest from Chiasmus Press, Kate Zambreno’s “O Fallen Angel” will be published in March:

Jarzab (MAPH 07) and Zambreno (MAPH 02) will be here May 13 to read their work.

Both novels reached bookstores this year to the fanfare of blushing reviews, and on Thursday their authors will return to the University of Chicago–where both earned master’s degrees–to read.
Anna Jarzab (’07) and Kate Zambreno (’02) will read at 4:30 p.m. in Classics 10, 1010 E. 59th Street, hosted by the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, which some consider an alternative approach to creative writing. The reading is free and open to the public.
The novels, both dark and psychologically complex, are very different.
Jarzab (pronounced as a spoonerism of Czar Jab) developed All Unquiet Things as her MAPH Thesis project under the program’s creative thesis option. The book, which came out this January, is a young adult mystery novel about an unlikely pair of California prep school students that team up to solve a friend’s murder.
Publisher’s Weekly said Jarzab’s “confident, literary prose makes for a tense and immersive thriller.”
Zambreno’s novel, O Fallen Angel, was born into print last month after it won Chiasmus Press’s “Undoing the Novel Contest.” Chiasmus describes it as “an anarchic literary sacrilege…an exorcism of the culture wars and pop-cultural debris.” Zambreno calls it a “triptych of modern-day America” and a “grotesque homage to Mrs. Dalloway.”
Writing in the Chicago Reader, S.L. Wisenberg said, “I found myself mesmerized, mostly by the rhythm and occasional whimsy of the prose. Zambreno breathes life into her characters with language alone.”

MAPH Reunion!

Dear fellow MAPHers,

It’s time once again to eat, drink and be merry, like Social Hours of yore. Come to the fourth annual MAPH reunion on Friday, June 4th: Join fellow alums from all classes, current MAPHers, and favorite faculty to reminisce and reconnect.

This is of course part of activity-filled Alumni Weekend that University of Chicago plans every year—but we can’t have our reunion party without you! Bin 36 proved to be such a great location last year that we’ll be back again this year, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at 339 North Dearborn Street in downtown Chicago. Your admission will get you unlimited beer, wine, and heavy appetizers, and if you register by April 23rd you’ll get $10 off the regular entry price of $20. We humanities types can all use that, right?

To take advantage of early registration, you can register online now at http://alumniweekend.uchicago.edu. Remember that there is an entire program of events planned for the weekend, including classes, tours, and of course more parties. For general information about alumni weekend, please contact the Alumni Association at alumniweekend@uchicago.edu or (800) 955-0065.

I look forward to seeing you June 4th!

Jenny Gavacs, AM ‘05
Committee Chair

Reunion Committee

Jenny Gavacs, AM ‘05
Braden Grams, AM ‘05
Kristina Ogilvie, AM ‘04
Roxanne Samer, AM ‘09

P.S. Still not convinced to come back? Have any questions? For information about the MAPH Reunion Party, please contact Heather Upshaw, Associate Director for Development and Alumni Relations in the Humanities Division, at hupshaw@uchicago.edu or (773) 834-2502.