blog posts Prominent documentary filmmakers featured in Ebert Symposium Oct 14, 2020 9:30 am850 views Three prominent documentary filmmakers who’ve tackled subjects ranging from biography and history to sexual assault and hip-hop will be featured guests for an online Ebert Symposium discussion, “Documentary Film and Social Change,” on Oct. 22. Kirby Dick, Sacha Jenkins and Dawn Porter have had films aired or streamed on CNN, HBO, Netflix, PBS and Showtime, among other venues. Three documentary filmmakers on the Illinois faculty will also be on the panel. 2020 Ebert Symposium to explore changing times in film, media Oct 1, 2020 8:45 am590 views Films and the media industry in changing times will be the subject of this year’s online Ebert Symposium, on Oct. 8 and two later dates, with filmmakers, media professionals and academics part of the discussion. Participants will explore the effects of the pandemic, the racial justice movement and other factors on the media industry, documentary filmmaking and media representation. 'Pressing Issues' at Krannert Art Museum shows WPA printmakers' thoughts on social justice Sep 24, 2020 12:15 pm651 views An exhibition of WPA prints shows how artists addressed social issues that remain relevant today. Campus to host communal crochet coral reef project Sep 16, 2020 11:45 am2347 views Community members can help crochet a coral reef, part of a project to bring attention to climate change and demonstrate applied mathematics. Black girls create a space of their own in 'Homemade, With Love' exhibition at KAM Aug 25, 2020 11:30 am1522 views A Krannert Art Museum exhibition includes artwork by local middle school girls as well as prominent Black female artists. Illinois performing arts adapt teaching for fall classes Aug 24, 2020 2:45 pm1501 views The University of Illinois dance, music and theatre departments have found creative solutions to offer in-person classes in safe ways. 'Endless Doomscroller' asks what compels us to keep scrolling through bad news Aug 13, 2020 2:30 pm703 views Illinois researcher and artist Ben Grosser’s latest project examines what compels us to keep “doomscrolling,” and who benefits. 2021 Roger Ebert's Film Festival moved to September Aug 10, 2020 1:45 pm1623 views The 2021 edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been moved to early September due to uncertainties related to COVID-19. Illinois researcher's work among the pop-ups that invade your online day Aug 5, 2020 9:45 am592 views University of Illinois researcher and artist Ben Grosser is part of a unique online exhibition that examines artificial intelligence, algorithms, machine learning, big data and interventions in web-based platforms. Salon series featuring Black artists kicks off new Black Arts Initiative Jul 21, 2020 1:15 pm1280 views A Black Arts Initiative by the College of Fine and Applied Arts kicks off this week with a series of conversations with Black artists. Will movie theaters survive COVID-19? May 27, 2020 9:30 am1601 views Summer is normally a season for blockbusters, but movie theaters will have special challenges this year, starting with a gamble on a few July releases. Derek Long, a professor of media and cinema studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, looks at the present and future of the business. Virtual exhibitions highlight art and design graduates May 14, 2020 8:45 am1185 views Graduates from the School of Art and Design will exhibit their work virtually this spring. Illinois theatre students move year-end showcase online Apr 29, 2020 12:00 pm904 views A live showcase to display the talents of seniors in the University of Illinois acting program was moved to a digital format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 Roger Ebert’s Film Festival canceled Mar 12, 2020 5:00 pm1624 views This year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus. Ebert Film Fest will get creepy with 'Hereditary' and Hitchcock Mar 5, 2020 12:00 pm1246 views Horror will get its due at this year’s Ebert Film Fest with “Hereditary” now in the lineup, which one critic described as “creepy beyond belief.” The 2018 film will be one of at least two from the horror genre at “Ebertfest,” with an Alfred Hitchcock classic due to be announced later along with the rest of the schedule. Native Artist Series at Krannert Art Museum presents voices, perspectives of Native artists Mar 4, 2020 2:45 pm542 views Native artists from North America will talk about their work and contemporary visual culture at three events this month at Krannert Art Museum. Joint production of 'Cabaret' offers original choreography, fresh take on pre-WWII Berlin Feb 26, 2020 2:00 pm539 views The theatre, dance and Lyric Theatre @ Illinois programs are collaborating on a joint production of “Cabaret,” in recognition of their 50-year partnership with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Ebert Film Fest to feature remastered 'Cotton Club,' Farrelly brothers comedy Feb 19, 2020 1:00 pm947 views A remastered “Cotton Club,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and the comedy “There’s Something About Mary” will be featured as part of this year’s Roger Ebertfest’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest.” Ancient and modern intersect in 'Hive' exhibition at Krannert Art Museum Jan 21, 2020 9:00 am2207 views “Hive” – a combination of 18-foot-tall inflatable sculptures and an immersive sound installation – is on view for the coming year at Krannert Art Musem. Illinois music professor awarded NEH Fellowship Jan 15, 2020 12:30 pm1255 views Music professor Christina Bashford was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for a project examining violin culture in Britain. Book looks at how landscape design helps solve water issues Dec 20, 2019 1:15 pm1329 views Landscape design research can help solve environmental problems related to water systems. Opera addressing questions of disability, technology being developed with Lyric Theatre's help Dec 6, 2019 11:45 am1010 views A new opera exploring questions of disability, technology and communication is being created with the help of the University of Illinois’ Lyric Theatre program. World AIDS Day commemorated with films at Krannert Art Museum, Krannert Center Nov 22, 2019 11:30 am593 views Krannert Art Museum and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will screen short films addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic to commemorate World AIDS Day. Film mines Zuckerberg's speeches for growth obsession Nov 7, 2019 9:45 am745 views University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser’s new film uses 15 years of speeches by Mark Zuckerberg to look at his obsession with growth at any cost. 100 years of architecture student design work to be preserved, archived Nov 4, 2019 8:00 am1677 views A project led by architecture professor Marci Uihlein will archive and make accessible 100 years of student design work, representing a history of architecture education. Will hiding 'like' counts and other numbers improve social media? Oct 31, 2019 8:00 am1650 views Social media companies are experimenting with hiding metrics on their platforms – something University of Illinois art professor Ben Grosser has been exploring since 2012 with his Demetricator projects. Passes for 22nd 'Ebertfest' on sale Nov. 1 Oct 22, 2019 9:15 am599 views Passes for the 22nd annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” go on sale Nov. 1. Illinois theatre department opens season with plays addressing injustice, revenge Oct 16, 2019 11:15 am856 views The Illinois theatre department opens its season with stories of justice, injustice, revenge and redemption. Artists consider nuclear industry's legacy in Krannert Art Museum exhibition Oct 10, 2019 2:30 pm816 views The exhibition “Hot Spots: Radioactivity and the Landscape” at Krannert Art Museum spotlights the impact of the nuclear industry on the landscape. Krannert Center performance “HOME” provides inspiration for Pygmalion’s hackathon Sep 24, 2019 8:00 am522 views The performance of “HOME” at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is providing the inspiration for PYGHACK, the culture festival Pygmalion’s hackathon. Both consider issues related to the concepts of home and an inclusive community. Ebert Symposium to feature film director Gregory Nava Sep 19, 2019 1:45 pm672 views Gregory Nava, director of Latino films such as “El Norte,” “My Family” and “Selena,” will discuss his career and challenges, as well as diversity in the movie industry, as part of the Chaz and Roger Ebert Symposium coming Sept. 27 to the University of Illinois. Illinois Architecture reveals presence and progress of women in the profession Sep 19, 2019 8:45 am1315 views A Women’s Reunion and Symposium at the School of Architecture will recognize the contributions of female architecture graduates. Endangered animals project looks at tigers, habitat loss, climate change Sep 10, 2019 8:45 am722 views University of Illinois art professor Deke Weaver will present “TIGER” this fall. It’s the fifth performance in his project “The Unreliable Bestiary,” telling stories about endangered animals and habitats. Ebert Symposium to focus on inclusion in movies and media Sep 9, 2019 1:45 pm548 views This year’s Ebert Symposium will focus on inclusion and diversity in the media industry, with a keynote address provided by Stacy Smith, director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, a global think tank studying inequality in entertainment. Krannert Art Museum invites new perspectives on modern and contemporary art Sep 3, 2019 11:00 am796 views “Art Since 1948” – a new, long-term installation at Krannert Art Museum – showcases the museum’s modern and contemporary collection. Matsuri Festival at Japan House incorporates Indian culture Aug 28, 2019 9:30 am1588 views Matsuri Festival at Japan House celebrates the end of summer with Asian food, art and musical performances. Flatlands Dance Film Festival to screen documentary on flamenco dancer, short films Aug 23, 2019 11:30 am470 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival will screen a documentary about Spanish flamenco dancer “La Chana” and short films from around the world. Krannert Art Museum acquires Illinois alumnus Hal Fischer’s conceptual photographs Aug 13, 2019 9:15 am1085 views Krannert Art Museum has acquired the work of pioneering gay photographer and University of Illinois alumnus Hal Fischer. Prints as propaganda: Krannert Art Museum builds world-class collection of Dutch political prints Jun 26, 2019 9:30 am947 views Krannert Art Museum has amassed the largest museum collection of Dutch political prints outside of Europe. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announces 50th season of performances May 9, 2019 8:00 am782 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will present its 50th season of performances in 2019-20. ELLNORA guitar festival features influential guitarists from around the world Apr 30, 2019 4:15 pm709 views ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival will feature a wide variety of musicians Sept. 5-7 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Illinois music professor awarded Carnegie Fellowship Apr 24, 2019 1:00 pm572 views Illinois ethnomusicologist Michael Silvers, who specializes in the music of Brazil, has been awarded a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. He’ll use the fellowship to research a book that will examine the aesthetics and natural resources of instrument-making using Brazilian woods. Lyric Theatre's 'Crazy For You' production blends tap, Gershwin tunes Apr 23, 2019 10:15 am745 views The Lyric Theatre @ Illinois spring musical features tap dancing and Gershwin tunes in “Crazy for You.” Krannert Center celebrates 50 years with weekend of music, activities Apr 9, 2019 11:00 am1248 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate its 50th anniversary April 12-14 with music, a gala and a global toast. Artist to exhibit photo collage, abstract works in local spring exhibitions Apr 4, 2019 1:30 pm433 views University of Illinois professor and artist Stacey Robinson will show his photo collages and abstract drawings at several shows this spring. 'Quantum Rhapsodies' performance explores quantum physics, its role in our universe Apr 4, 2019 8:00 am873 views “Quantum Rhapsodies” uses narration, video images and the music of the Jupiter String Quartet to explore the world of quantum physics. Performance artist Autumn Knight launches book tour at Krannert Art Museum Mar 26, 2019 8:45 am682 views Krannert Art Museum has produced a book about performance artist Autumn Knight, with essays and photographs that document Knight’s 2017 performances on campus. 'Ebertfest' full schedule announced, with actresses Gershon, Madsen, Tilly as guests Mar 21, 2019 9:00 am3210 views This year’s Ebert Film Fest will include “Almost Famous” and “Sideways,” documentaries on Maya Angelou and Fred Rogers, and guest actresses Gina Gershon, Virginia Madsen and Jennifer Tilly. Aretha Franklin concert film 'Amazing Grace' to open Ebert Film Fest Mar 14, 2019 3:45 pm922 views An Aretha Franklin concert film from nearly 50 years ago, now restored and released, will open this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest.” Composer Renee Baker to premiere new score for historic silent film Feb 21, 2019 10:00 am749 views The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music will screen two silent films with new scores by composer Renee Baker in recognition of Black History Month.