For its eighth season The University of Chicago’s Artspeaks series welcomes Mexo-American indie folk band David Wax Museum on February 24, 2012, and Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman on April 23, 2012.
The Artspeaks series engages internationally renowned artists from varying disciplines in creative conversations with the campus and community—giving voice to vision. Combining public presentations and workshops for students and faculty, Artspeaks residencies offer a rare encounter with eminent talent in an intimate setting. Previous seasons have included visits by photographers, painters, musicians, authors and filmmakers, including Dame A.S. Byatt, Uri Caine, Atom Egoyan, Leon Fleisher, Bill T. Jones, Mark Morris, Peter Sellars, Anna Devere Smith, Kara Walker, and John Zorn.
February 24, 2012, 7:30 pm
Cut through February’s gloom with a shot of Technicolor musical fun from the David Wax Museum.
You’ll be immersed in the David Wax Museum’s unique fusion of Mexo-American folk music and storytelling as the Mandel Hall stage is lowered to audience level for one night only, putting the entire audience and the band on one shared level for a concert unlike anything ever experienced in the 109-year-old auditorium’s history. The David Wax Museum’s brand of togetherness, music, and conversation will involve everyone in the room in this must-see ArtSpeaks event.
April 23, 2012, 7:30 pm
Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman shares a glimpse into the teeming cinematic imagination that brought moviegoers Waltz with Bashir, the 2009 feature documentary that revolutionized the aesthetic possibilities of animation. His latest project The Congress freely adapts Stanislaw Lem’s 1971 sci-fi novel The Futurological Congress and stars Robin Wright Penn and Jon Hamm. This very special conversation will be led by Gretchen Helfrich, former host of WBEZ’s Odyssey and current associate at the firm of Mayer Brown in Chicago.