blog postsEuropean modernism and information society focus of U. of I. conferenceApr 18, 2005 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scholars representing disciplines as diverse as architecture, urban planning, science, technology, cultural studies and library and information science - will gather May 6-8 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a conference on "European Modernism and the Information Society: Informing the Present, Understanding the Past."Photographs, painting and sculpture on view in new I space exhibitionsMay 4, 2005 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two new exhibitions are on view through June 4 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Japanese architect Kengo Kuma is focus of U. of I. scholar's latest bookMay 23, 2005 9:00 am76 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In a new book documenting the work of contemporary Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, Botond Bognar calls the 50-year-old Kuma "an architect to be watched."Summer Research Lab to draw scholars from around the worldJun 1, 2005 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As they have each summer since 1973, scholars soon will converge on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from all compass points to participate in the annual Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia.Summer Jazz Festival features guest artists, U. of I. musiciansJun 9, 2005 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The in-house jazz talent at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign combines forces with guests artists June 16 through 19 to present the 2005 Summer Jazz Festival at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.New computer application integrates composition and sound synthesisJun 20, 2005 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For nearly a half century, composers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - often in collaboration with scientists and engineers - have been making music and music history within the soundproof walls of the School of Music's Experimental Music Studios.I space gallery to feature works by recent art-school graduatesJul 7, 2005 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Work by recent art-school graduates will be featured in an exhibition on view July 15 through Aug. 6 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Student composer writes tribute to cycling champ Lance ArmstrongJul 19, 2005 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As Lance Armstrong pedals on in pursuit of his seventh consecutive Tour de France championship title, Wes Alexander is cheering on the celebrated cyclist/cancer survivor with a title of his own: a song title, that is.Fine arts scholars join computer scientists to explore cultural creativityAug 25, 2005 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Green Street has long been regarded as more than just a well-traveled, east-west thoroughfare that bisects the campus. Historically, it's been the unofficial line of demarcation that separated the slide-rule-and-pocket-protector set from those more inclined to pack piccolos, paintbrushes or portfolios.I Space exhibitions examine nature-culture interplay, Wright home plansSep 2, 2005 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The complex interplay between nature and culture in Illinois and "unbuilt" Frank Lloyd Wright homes will be featured in two separate exhibitions Sept. 9 through Oct. 22 at I Space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Tennessee Williams' play, related events scheduled at IllinoisSep 14, 2005 9:00 am21 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For drama lovers everywhere, the name Tennessee Williams conjures up the complex, conflicted and often spirited characters that populate plays such as "The Glass Menagerie" or "A Streetcar Named Desire."American premiere of Enescu opera to take place at IllinoisSep 28, 2005 9:00 am63 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fifty years after the death of Romanian composer and musician George Enescu, his opera "Oedipe" - based on the Oedipus myth - will have its American premiere, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Japan House to hold annual fall open house Oct. 22Oct 10, 2005 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Japan House, a University of Illinois educational and cultural center focusing on Japanese tradition and art, will welcome visitors to its annual fall open house on Oct. 22 (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The open house is free and the public is invited to tour the house and gardens at 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.Exhibition examines 'performance and surveillance' in video artOct 14, 2005 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To observers of cultural phenomena, the dawn of the 21st century may not necessarily be the best or worst of times. But it could be among the most culturally confused and conflicted eras to emerge in recent history, considering society's mass-fascination with reality TV programs and Web cams, on one hand; and, on the other, its ever-present obsession with security, fueled by global fears of terrorism.Two shows at U. of I.'s Chicago art gallery focus on recognition, readingOct 26, 2005 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Recognition and reading are the themes of two artist-organized group shows on view Oct. 28 through Nov. 26 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Documentaries were 'hot' in Spain in 1930s, author saysNov 29, 2005 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Today, the term "documentary" usually brings to mind video exposés of corporate or political wrong-doing. Or perhaps the exploits of a near-extinct indigenous species struggling to survive in some remote locale. And while such films may have mass appeal, they more typically are relegated to the margins of popular culture.Documentary, book explore icons of 20th century American artDec 8, 2005 9:00 am26 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - You won't need a Ph.D in art history to appreciate a new documentary and companion book on 20th-century American art by Jonathan Fineberg and John Carlin. The only prerequisite required of those tuning in or turning the pages of "Imagining America: Icons of 20th Century American Art" is a genuine interest in the American experience.Exhibition at U. of I. Chicago art gallery focuses on inmates' inventionsDec 8, 2005 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After an extensive tour throughout Europe and the United States, the exhibition "Prisoners' Inventions" will return to Chicago for a homecoming show Dec. 9 through Jan. 28 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Design-conference book a must-have for leading U.S. design housesDec 12, 2005 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Academic conference proceedings aren't typically regarded as must-read page-turners. But "IMPACT," a limited-edition, illustrated book documenting an industrial design conference held last spring at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is reportedly turning heads in the design world.U. of I. exhibition to spotlight prolific and often overlooked artistJan 17, 2006 9:00 am21 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - She exhibited with the surrealists in Paris in the 1930s and with the abstract expressionists in New York in the 1940s and 1950s. Today, her work is in the collections of some of the most respectable art museums in the United States. Yet, if the name Hedda Sterne appears at all in textbooks documenting 20th-century art history, it's typically as a passing reference or a footnote.Historic first: U. of I. Wind Symphony to play at Carnegie HallJan 25, 2006 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 21st-century incarnation of the ensemble John Philip Sousa once dubbed "the world's greatest college band" - the University of Illinois Wind Symphony - is tuning up for its debut at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 17.Creative architectural projects subject of two new I space exhibitionsJan 26, 2006 9:00 am263 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Innovative architectural projects will be featured in two new exhibitions on view Feb. 3-25 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Contemporary East Asian art curators to meet, discuss their disciplineFeb 13, 2006 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Art historians and curators from across the nation will gather at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Feb. 17-18 for "Making a Scene: Curating Contemporary East Asian Art in the U.S."''Practical Planning' to be focus of yearly institute program at IllinoisFeb 15, 2006 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill.-- Extension specialists from Iowa State University will be coming to the 2006 Planning Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign March 2-3 with a couple of rather large props in tow. Variety of works on view in three exhibitions at I spaceFeb 28, 2006 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Collaborative paintings, photographs, drawings and installation are part of the rich mix of work on view in three exhibitions March 3 through April 1 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:New book explores gender, politics and allegory in Rubens' worksMar 16, 2006 9:00 am58 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Even people who've never opened an art history book are likely to have glimpsed prints of the lush, vividly detailed and often provocative paintings of 17th-century Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens. Or, at the very least, they may be familiar with the term inspired by the full-figured nudes that frequently populate his canvases: "Rubenesque."U. of I.'s Japan House to hold free annual open house April 8Mar 22, 2006 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Japan House, an educational and cultural facility at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, invites the community to its annual spring open house on April 8. The event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public.First movement of unfinished Beethoven trio reconstructed by scholarMar 23, 2006 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - These days, when William Kinderman's colleagues pass the musicologist in the halls of the Music Building at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, they're likely to catch him humming a new tune.Work of U. of I. 'Leonardo' to be highlighted in Chicago Da Vinci exhibitionApr 13, 2006 9:00 am109 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scientific visualization artist-wizard Donna Cox is among a select, eclectic group of visionaries from a broad range of disciplines whose work will be spotlighted in a major new exhibition opening this week at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.Art by U. of I. veteran provides narrative of Iraq and Kuwait experienceApr 26, 2006 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Not all veterans returning from tours of duty in the Middle East are as well-equipped to process, express and share their war experiences as Aaron Hughes.U. of I. course explores using technology to encourage people to walkMay 22, 2006 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - These days, when people walk down the street "alone," chances are they're actually doing so in the company of remote others - connected by a cell phone. Or the tell-tale iPod cord extending from an ear means they're otherwise focused, marching to the beat of their own personal soundtrack.Exhibition on child art inaugurates U. of I., Phillips collaborationMay 31, 2006 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., begins in June with a book and exhibition that examine children's creativity, art and "giftedness."I space exhibition examines evolution of diverse Chicago neighborhoodsJun 6, 2006 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new exhibition that explores how socially diverse neighborhoods in Chicago have emerged and continue to evolve will be on view June 9 through 30 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.U. of I. alumni produce eclectic exhibition at I spaceJun 30, 2006 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Five recent graduates of the master of fine arts program in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a "Monster."Music school gift includes instruments, books, art, artifacts, propertyJul 21, 2006 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The School of Music at the University of Illinois has long been home to one of the nation's top ethnomusicology programs. Now, a major gift has increased the size and brilliance of the school's star on the world music map by several orders of magnitude.Former Chicago Tribune artist's work featured at I spaceJul 31, 2006 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An exhibition featuring paintings and sketches of a former Chicago Tribune art director/illustrator - will be on view Aug. 4 through 26 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Study: Demographic shifts require fresh approach to city planningAug 7, 2006 9:00 am51 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For some residents of La Habra, Calif., a clothesline was what it was: a convenient, inexpensive way to dry laundry.Natural-disaster recovery expert hopeful about New Orleans planAug 18, 2006 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As an urban planning researcher who studies how cities rebuild following natural disasters, Rob Olshansky has kept his scholar's eye keenly focused on redevelopment plots and subplots surfacing this past year in post-Katrina New Orleans.Art exhibition examines political violence, warAug 25, 2006 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Political violence and war are among the themes that will be explored in an exhibition on view Sept. 8 through Oct. 7 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Musical commemorative planned for Sept. 11Sep 6, 2006 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will mark the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States with a short commemorative program on Monday (Sept. 11).Master calligrapher will demonstrate his art during Japan House eventSep 18, 2006 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Master calligrapher Suizan Mochizuki will be the featured artist at the annual fall open house on Oct. 7 at Japan House.The spotlight's on architecture in three new exhibitions at I spaceOct 6, 2006 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The emphasis will be on architecture in three new shows on view Oct. 13 through Nov. 11 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Conceptual art on auction site calls attention to culture of consumptionOct 16, 2006 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Type the key words "pink Melmac" into the search window on ebay.com and you're likely to find a few dozen matches. At any given time, such a search yields gravy boats, butter dishes, cups, saucers, plates and just about every other type of item manufactured and marketed in the 1950s as part of the now-retro Melmac brand of dinnerware.U. of I. Symphony to play in Orchestra Hall, home of Chicago SymphonyOct 30, 2006 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When University of Illinois School of Music director Karl Kramer learned that the National Association of Schools of Music was holding its annual meeting in Chicago this fall, it was music to his ears.Architecture course lets students hear first-hand from expertsNov 1, 2006 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill.- At the end of the semester, students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign enrolled in a course coordinated by architecture professor Abbas Aminmansour take with them knowledge that can't be found in any textbook.U. of I., USC students collaborating on unique archaeology projectNov 2, 2006 9:00 am11 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill.- Six students at the University of Illinois are wearing white gloves in class this semester. They're learning to handle issues of age and fragility with aplomb and to make excellent first impressions.Cultural landscapes 'created from nature, shaped by humans'Nov 7, 2006 9:00 am45 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The word "landscape" often conjures up pastoral images of meadows dotted with cows and haystacks under a threatening sky, or perhaps a sunny beach scene with waves breaking in the background. Slip one of those painted images into a frame and it becomes a landscape.U. of I. opera program director to lead Bogot PhilharmonicNov 13, 2006 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Eduardo Diazmuñoz, the artistic director of the opera program at the University of Illinois and director of the U. of I.'s New Music Ensemble, has been named artistic and music director of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, effective January 2007.New book on Mozart focuses on composer's piano musicDec 21, 2006 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two and a half centuries after Mozart's birth, the versatile and prolific composer continues to attract new generations of listeners with his symphonies, operas, masses, sonatas, chamber music and concertos for piano and strings.Multi-artist exhibition explores culture of consumptionJan 16, 2007 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It's no wonder Americans are heavily invested in a culture of consumption. As targets of ubiquitous corporate branding campaigns and marketing mania, we are bombarded 24/7 on all fronts - through every conceivable form of mass media and product packaging, at sporting and entertainment venues, and even lobbied by the apparel of friends and family.