blog postsPoet Janice Harrington’s new work reflects on life and art of painter Horace PippinOct 12, 2016 9:00 am551 views Poet Janice Harrington found inspiration for her latest book of poetry in the life and art of Horace Pippin. Her book is a critique of the perception of African-American folk art as primitive and a reflection on how Pippin’s experiences shaped his art.Sculpture of Thoreau’s cabin looks at artifice of objectsOct 5, 2016 8:30 am601 views University of Illinois art professor Conrad Bakker's interest in Henry David Thoreau, and in the artificiality of objects, led him to create a sculpture of Thoreau's cabin.Brazilian musicians to showcase different styles of music from their countrySep 28, 2016 5:00 pm212 views Two Brazilian musicians who play different instruments and represent two distinct regional musical styles will perform together for the first time on the University of Illinois campus.Krannert Art Museum assembling major exhibition on Swahili artsSep 22, 2016 10:15 am406 views An exhibition to open at Krannert Art Museum in fall 2017, “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean,” will be an unprecedented look at the arts of the Swahili coast of Africa. Reproductions of Irish cultural icons on display at Spurlock MuseumSep 20, 2016 9:15 am401 views High-quality reproductions of medieval Irish metalwork – acquired by the University of Illinois 100 years ago – are the centerpiece of a new exhibit at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures.Conservation work gives old paintings a new lookSep 9, 2016 9:00 am569 views Several galleries at Krannert Art Museum reopened at the start of the fall semester, and some of the paintings hung there now have a fresher, brighter look.Illinois researcher looks at how software design controls our interactions with technologySep 8, 2016 8:00 am447 views University of Illinois professor Ben Grosser says software design is directing the way all of us move as we use our technology, yet we pay little attention to these human-tech interactions. Grosser recently made a video supercut of scenes from the Netflix series “House of Cards” showing characters in the show using technology – the first in a series of three videos for his “Touching Software” project.Krannert Art Museum exhibition deals with themes of migration and bordersSep 6, 2016 9:15 am427 views A new exhibition at Krannert Art Museum looks at stories of migration, refugees and human rights as they relate to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – a region known as the Northern Triangle.Krannert Center saving money on energy costs with switch to LED lightingSep 2, 2016 9:30 am535 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will soon see the difference in the facility’s energy bills. Every light fixture in the Foellinger Great Hall – other than those over the stage – has been changed from an incandescent to an LED light fixture. That’s well over 1,000 light bulbs.Choreographer developing new work during Krannert Center residencyAug 31, 2016 9:00 am334 views Choreographer John Heginbotham was at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts recently for a two-week residency with his New York-based company Dance Heginbotham, during which he was developing a new production that will integrate dance with the work of visual artist Maira Kalman.Flatlands Dance Film Festival to feature Misty Copeland film ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’ and international short filmsAug 18, 2016 8:00 am472 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival will present the feature film “A Ballerina’s Tale,” about American Ballet Theater principal dancer Misty Copeland, as well as short films created for Snapchat and the winners of the Flatlands film competition.Japan House gears up for crowds at festival celebrating Japanese cultureAug 17, 2016 9:00 am846 views Japan House's Matsuri festival celebrating Japanese culture will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.If the Rio Olympics had a soundtrack? Samba!Jul 29, 2016 11:00 am652 views A Minute With...™ Marc Hertzman, expert on the history of sambaTransformation is the theme of “BEAR,” part of a lifelong project on endangered animalsJul 26, 2016 8:00 am388 views “BEAR” is the fourth performance in “The Unreliable Bestiary,” a lifelong project by University of Illinois art professor Deke Weaver to present a performance for every letter of the alphabet, each representing an endangered animal or habitat. Weaver’s project tells the stories of animals and our relationships to them.Mellon grant to support efforts by Krannert Center to expose students to the artsJul 15, 2016 11:45 am821 views University of Illinois students will have opportunities to hear musical performances, meet musicians and learn more about the arts, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The four-year grant will support arts initiatives on campus by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Universal podium design helps keep the focus on a speaker’s messageJun 3, 2016 8:45 am867 views Podiums that don't match a speaker's proportions can undermine the speaker's message by diminishing him or her to a disembodied head. University of Illinois architecture professor Kathryn Anthony helped to design a podium that can be adjusted for people of different heights and for wheelchair users.Transgender bathrooms: An architectural perspectiveMay 26, 2016 11:00 am1408 views A Minute With...™ Kathryn Anthony, an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor of architectureArt and design students exhibit their work at Krannert Art MuseumMay 6, 2016 9:00 am755 views Krannert Art Museum will exhibit the work of seniors in the School of Art and Design during the final week of the school year.Krannert Center announces its 2016-17 seasonMay 5, 2016 9:45 am631 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will open its 2016-17 season with Afro-Cuban music, blues and a mixture of Bhangra, funk, rock and jazz. The variety of music at the “Opening Night Party” is matched by the variety of performers throughout the season.Allerton Park kicks off its concert series May 6May 4, 2016 12:45 pm350 views Allerton Park and Retreat Center will kick off its concert series on Friday, May 6.Choral concert will explore events of 50 years ago, issues still relevant todayApr 25, 2016 9:15 am579 views The University of Illinois School of Music is presenting a special concert April 29 featuring the musical drama “August 4, 1964,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky.Student uses street dance to explore the intricacy of movementApr 20, 2016 10:45 am290 views Brendan Behan, a third-year MFA student in dance, used movements and choreographic styles from hip-hop and house to explore the intricacy of movement. He will perform his solo dance, “Box Cake,” at StudioDance II April 21-23 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Festival to feature music on instruments made from found materialsApr 12, 2016 9:15 am482 views The Sonified Sustainability Festival will celebrate sustainable practices in the arts with a concert by musicians playing instruments made from recycled or repurposed materials.MFA Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum features student work in the artsApr 6, 2016 2:30 pm607 views The School of Art and Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition will show the culmination of three years of work by 10 graduate students in art and design. The MFA Exhibition opens at Krannert Art Museum with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 9.Dance professor uses cellphone app to bring audience into theatrical performancesApr 6, 2016 9:45 am586 views The first message an audience member receives before a theatrical or music performance or dance is to turn off cellphones and refrain from texting or taking photos. John Toenjes, music director for the University of Illinois dance department, is telling audiences the opposite: Leave your phones on, and use them to interact with and enhance what you are seeing onstage.Contemporary comics: More than superheroesApr 5, 2016 9:15 am403 views A Minute With...™ Carol Tilley, professor and one of six judges of the Will Eisner Comic Industry AwardsWork of major glass artist, U. of I. alumnus to be part of Petals & Paintings fundraiserMar 16, 2016 12:15 pm887 views A two-piece glass sculpture by Marvin Lipofsky, a significant glass artist and University of Illinois alumnus, will be part of Krannert Art Museum’s Petals & Paintings event during U. of I. Moms Weekend in April.Krannert Art Museum to unveil rare panoramic paintingMar 1, 2016 9:15 am814 views Krannert Art Museum will unveil March 9 a portion of a rare panoramic painting in the museum’s permanent collection. The painting – which dates to the 1870s and is 525 feet long – is one of fewer than two dozen surviving examples in the world of moving panoramas.Cellist Tomeka Reid and her jazz quartet to play at Krannert Art MuseumFeb 26, 2016 9:00 am573 views Tomeka Reid, who did her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois, will play a Sudden Sound concert on March 3 at Krannert Art Museum with her band, Tomeka Reid Quartet. Insects explode onscreen at this year’s Insect Fear Film Festival – and in real lifeFeb 22, 2016 11:45 am755 views Insects that explode or start fires are a great plot device in a horror film, but they also have (almost) real-life counterparts. "Exploding Arthropods” is the theme for the 2016 Insect Fear Film Festival on Feb. 27 at the University of Illinois.U. of I. faculty will discuss concepts of time over wine at Krannert Art Museum symposiumFeb 17, 2016 12:45 pm306 views University of Illinois faculty will spend an evening drinking wine and discussing the nature of time at Krannert Art Museum. The conversation constitutes a performance, “Time Symposium,” that will be staged by Raqs Media Collective, artists from India.February brings a variety of world music performances to campusFeb 8, 2016 8:45 am378 views Fans of world music have a smorgasbord of events to choose from this month, including Slavic folk music performances, a percussionist playing handmade instruments and a conference devoted to Afro-Brazilian dance and music.Book looks at transnational labor force and how immigrants revitalize a small Midwest townFeb 1, 2016 9:15 am669 views Many immigrants coming to the U.S. for factory jobs are taking advantage of opportunities in small towns like Beardstown, rather than big cities. In her new book, “Global Heartland,” published this month by Indiana University Press, University of Illinois urban and regional planning professor Faranak Miraftab looks at how this workforce is produced for the global labor market, how the workers maintain their lives and families on low-wage jobs, and how they’ve transformed the places they now call home.‘Flag Bomb,’ other art pieces use images of Americana to examine ideas of patriotismJan 27, 2016 9:30 am218 views Chris Kienke’s artwork uses images of Americana such as flags, fireworks, hot rods, car culture, the open road and guns to examine ideas of patriotism and how we define ourselves as Americans.A green view through a classroom window can improve students’ performance, study findsJan 22, 2016 10:15 am3010 views High school students perform better on tests if they are in a classroom with a view of a green landscape, rather than a windowless room or a room with a view of built space, according to research from the University of Illinois Department of Landscape Architecture.Krannert Art Museum’s collection of African pots on display this springJan 20, 2016 1:15 pm279 views Krannert Art Museum will display most of its collection of African vessels in a spring exhibition titled “Spheres of Influence,” which opens Jan. 28.Krannert Art Museum exhibition explores perception of time through contemporary artJan 20, 2016 1:15 pm750 views “Time / Image,” one of Krannert Art Museum’s spring exhibitions opening on Jan. 28, explores how time is perceived through contemporary art.Interdisciplinary artist creating performance on race issues, speaking about his work during dance department residencyJan 14, 2016 9:45 am998 views Renowned artist and National Medal of Arts winner Ping Chong is working with dance students to create a performance based on racial history in the U.S.Five Illinois faculty awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2015 1:00 pm4905 views Five University of Illinois faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2016 – the second year in a row that the Urbana campus has garnered more of these awards than any single institution.U. of I. students work on project to revitalize downtown through riverfront developmentDec 2, 2015 10:45 am1087 views Several dozen University of Illinois students of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning are working with Danville, Illinois, city officials to look at how the city could develop the riverfront as a public space connected to its downtown.Student documentaries on display at Krannert Art Museum provide views on inequalityDec 2, 2015 10:00 am470 views A series of video and audio projects by University of Illinois students examines how those students feel about racism, sexism and wealth inequality.Marching Illini bringing in Santa at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeNov 20, 2015 10:45 am6307 views The entrance of Santa Claus at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ushers in the holiday season. And this year, the Marching Illini will be ushering in Santa Claus.Prints flocked with gunpowder to draw attention to gun violence on college campusesNov 11, 2015 2:00 pm1005 views Printmaker and University of Illinois art professor Guen Montgomery used a woodblock carving project, “National Mandate: Run, Hide, Fight,” to deal with her feelings of discomfort over Homeland Security directives on active shooter situations on college campuses.November Dance features tribute to Beverly Blossom, partnership with KAM exhibitionOct 30, 2015 1:30 pm497 views Dance at Illinois will celebrate its history of excellence in choreography and commemorate the life of Beverly Blossom with its “November Dance: Attachment” performances.University of Illinois composer chosen for Copland House residencyOct 30, 2015 9:45 am1275 views University of Illinois music professor Carlos Carrillo is one of 10 composers chosen for a Copland House Residency Award.Krannert Art Museum concert series to celebrate anniversaries of progressive music groupsOct 22, 2015 11:30 am495 views Krannert Art Museum will celebrate the contribution of Chicago musicians to progressive jazz music with upcoming performances in its Sudden Sound Concert Series.Ebert Film Festival passes go on sale Nov. 2Oct 14, 2015 9:45 am885 views Roger Ebert’s Film Festival returns for an 18th year in April, and those who want the whole experience can soon purchase festival passes.Jazz-playing robot will provide insight into how computers communicate with humansOct 14, 2015 9:30 am1283 views A University of Illinois researcher is designing a robot – actually a computer system – that will communicate with humans through jazz improvisation and provide insight into artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction.University of Illinois theatre department season based on themes of free expression, censorshipOct 13, 2015 9:45 am592 views Illinois Theatre's 2015-16 season is based on the theme “Free Expression: Censored,” and features plays that have been censored or banned.University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra to premiere music and video pieceOct 8, 2015 2:30 pm552 views The University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra will premiere two works on Friday by composer Michael Udow, a U. of I. alumnus, including a composition that accompanies a film.