blog postsAllerton Music Barn Festival to feature music of Dizzy Gillespie, contemporary Broadway showSep 26, 2017 8:00 am418 views This fall’s Allerton Barn Music Festival will feature a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie and a production of the contemporary Broadway musical “[title of show].”Japan House open house to feature the art of making Japanese sweetsMar 24, 2011 9:00 am412 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Japan House will celebrate the change of seasons with an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9 (Saturday) that will feature the art of making traditional Japanese sweets, known as wagashi. Transformation is the theme of “BEAR,” part of a lifelong project on endangered animalsJul 26, 2016 8:00 am410 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.‘Gathering’ concert series features new music to celebrate sesquicentennialMar 29, 2018 9:00 am400 views The University of Illinois Wind Symphony and Chamber Singers will perform a new composition written to celebrate the U. of I.’s sesquicentennial in April concerts at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and at Urbana’s Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Illinois music school, Krannert Center celebrating Thelonious MonkNov 10, 2017 11:30 am399 views The University of Illinois School of Music and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Thelonious Monk’s birth by staging performances of Monk’s music and looking at his impact through a graduate seminar.Illinois music ensemble, professors part of Vienna’s music scene this springMay 26, 2017 10:00 am395 views The University of Illinois is well-represented in Vienna's music scene this spring by the Chamber Singers choir on a 12-day European tour, as well as music professor and pianist William Kinderman and theatre professor Katherine Syer.February brings a variety of world music performances to campusFeb 8, 2016 8:45 am384 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.MFA Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum to feature work by art and design graduate studentsApr 19, 2018 2:15 pm363 views Krannert Art Museum will feature the work of graduate students in art and design in its MFA Exhibition, opening April 21.Krannert Art Museum show celebrates work of seniors in art and designMay 7, 2018 10:30 am356 views An exhibition at Krannert Art Museum will celebrate the work of graduating Illinois seniors in art and design.Allerton Park kicks off its concert series May 6May 4, 2016 12:45 pm354 views Allerton Park and Retreat Center will kick off its concert series on Friday, May 6.Krannert Art Museum exhibition celebrates early images of nature, female artistsAug 9, 2017 9:15 am352 views A new exhibition at Krannert Art Museum celebrates images of nature, with an emphasis on female artists.WPA artwork, light sculpture and art related to the U of I land-grant mission featured at Krannert Art MuseumJan 19, 2017 2:00 pm345 views Krannert Art Museum will open several spring exhibitions on Jan. 26, including artwork created through the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project, objects related to the history of land-grant universities and light sculpture.Ex-director of U. of I. Japan House to be honored by government of JapanJun 1, 2012 9:00 am343 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Kimiko Gunji, a professor emeritus of Japanese arts and culture and the former director of Japan House at the University of Illinois, will receive the Order of the Rising Sun from the government of Japan on Wednesday (June 6) at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.Krannert Art Museum renovations transform galleriesOct 28, 2016 8:45 am341 views Four galleries at Krannert Art Museum that hadn’t changed in more than 50 years have been renovated.New journal looks at significance of research on the Black DeathDec 8, 2014 9:00 am341 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It was one of the most famous health issues in history. The Black Death spread from Asia throughout the Mediterranean, North Africa and Europe in the 14th century, and in just a decade it killed between 40 and 60 percent of the people living in those areas.Stories of troubled youth and their families depicted in documentary-theater production “WILDERNESS”Mar 16, 2017 8:45 am340 views “WILDERNESS,” a documentary-theater piece coming to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts later this month, tells the stories of a half-dozen adolescents who are sent to a wilderness-therapy program in the desert to work through the issues that are troubling them.Choreographer developing new work during Krannert Center residencyAug 31, 2016 9:00 am338 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.Krannert Art Museum exhibitions rethink colonial narratives, cultural heritageJan 23, 2018 8:15 am332 views Krannert Art Museum will open two exhibitions on Jan. 25: Artist Allan deSouza looks at the legacy of colonial imperialism, and Palestinian artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme will have the U.S. premiere of their work, which offers new narratives from the Middle East.U. of I. faculty will discuss concepts of time over wine at Krannert Art Museum symposiumFeb 17, 2016 12:45 pm329 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.Krannert Center residency offers choreographer resources to develop opera productionsAug 23, 2017 9:00 am315 views Choreographer and visual artist Jonah Bokaer recently spent a two-week residency at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as he develops two opera productions. He was participating in Krannert Center's Intensive Development Lab, a program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that offers artists space and resources to develop a new work.Illinois printmaker pursues new medium through artist residencyNov 10, 2016 10:45 am310 views University of Illinois art professor Emmy Lingscheit created a pack of coyotes, made of vitreous china, during a Kohler Arts/Industry residency. The coyote sculptures are on display through Nov. 20 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. One piece will be included in the School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum, opening Nov. 17.Krannert Art Museum’s collection of African pots on display this springJan 20, 2016 1:15 pm308 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.Dance, architecture students collaborate on sustainable dance spaceMay 11, 2009 9:00 am303 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students in the School of Architecture and the department of dance at the University of Illinois worked together to design and build a much-needed graduate dance rehearsal space on the second level of the East Art Annex 2 in Urbana.Student uses street dance to explore the intricacy of movementApr 20, 2016 10:45 am299 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.Creative architectural projects subject of two new I space exhibitionsJan 26, 2006 9:00 am292 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.Krannert Art Museum will host artist Autumn Knight for performances and art exhibitionJan 23, 2017 10:00 am286 views Krannert Art Museum will host the first solo museum presentation by performance artist Autumn Knight, who incorporates elements of theater, dance, psychology and religious studies into her work.Ecology and the arts are focus of Sonified Sustainability FestivalApr 17, 2017 9:15 am286 views The Sonified Sustainability Festival, presented at the University of Illinois during Earth Week and in its second year, celebrates sustainable practices in the arts.Lyric Theatre’s “Viva Verdi!” to showcase highlights of Verdi’s operasFeb 22, 2017 2:00 pm282 views The production of “Viva Verdi!” by the Lyric Theatre, at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, is a tribute to Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, featuring some of his best-known arias, scenes, choruses and overtures.Industrial design: Illinois' long history with the art of the inevitableJul 18, 2013 9:00 am270 views Toward the end of her freshman year at the U. of I., Michelle Kwak found herself floundering. Having aced all her advanced placement classes at Lemont High School (in suburban Chicago), she was caught off-guard by the rigors of her engineering courses, and turned to one of her deans for guidance. He knew that Kwak considered art her main hobby, and suggested that she check out industrial design - a program she had never heard of.New practice area for Marching Illini neatly solves multiple problemsOct 15, 2013 9:00 am269 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Marching Illini provides the soundtrack for a long list of cherished football traditions. Gridiron games wouldn't be nearly as much fun without the band leading the players out of the tunnel, playing "Imperial March" from "Star Wars" on third downs, and of course "Oskee Wow Wow" after every touchdown. But the band is about to abandon one lesser-known custom that dates back several generations - and everybody is happy to see this one go.Art exhibition encourages discussions about revolution during Russian Revolution centennialAug 29, 2017 8:45 am267 views An exhibition at Krannert Art Museum uses the centennial of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and contemporary artworks to spark conversations about the broader concept of revolution.Alma Mater sculpture restoration more extensive than originally thoughtMar 4, 2013 9:00 am262 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Because deterioration to the Alma Mater sculpture is more extensive than an initial inspection of the exterior indicated, the restoration of the 5-ton bronze statue is going to cost more and take longer.Illinois alum and producer of creature films will be a special guest at this year’s Insect Fear Film FestivalFeb 14, 2017 8:45 am258 views The 2017 Insect Fear Film Festival will feature a return of lava-spewing killer tarantulas in “2 Lava 2 Lantula,” along with giant subterranean beetles in “Caved In” and special guest Paul Hertzberg, a U. of I. graduate who produced the films. Illini Gadget Garage will provide a space to repair electronics on campusAug 24, 2015 9:00 am256 views The Illini Gadget Garage will open this semester. It will be a place for collaborative repair, modeled after the Campus Bike Center, only for electronics. The goal of the Gadget Garage project – part of the Sustainable Electronics Initiative at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center – is to extend the useful life of electronic products and reduce electronic waste.Choreographer Tere O’Connor to give the Center for Advanced Study Annual LectureOct 21, 2016 3:15 pm249 views Choreographer and Illinois dance professor Tere O’Connor will talk about his approach to choreography when he gives the Center for Advanced Study Annual Lecture on Oct. 25.Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announces performers for 2017-18 seasonMay 2, 2017 2:00 pm248 views The 2017-18 season for Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will include a 15th anniversary celebration of Jupiter String Quartet, dance traditions from around the world, joint programming with Japan House, classical and chamber music artists, and a concert in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of jazz pianist Thelonious Monk.Architecture professor wins two international design competitionsSep 21, 2012 9:00 am248 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It started as a mess of paper towels pinned around a foam core frame and plopped onto the table in Kevin Erickson's office. Erickson, a professor of architecture at the University of Illinois, used scissors to cut a couple of holes in the towels and decided he liked this organic, gourd-shaped assemblage. With time and "development" - a word Erickson uses frequently - that paper towel model grew into a construction that claimed first prize in an international design competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba.‘Flag Bomb,’ other art pieces use images of Americana to examine ideas of patriotismJan 27, 2016 9:30 am245 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.Final Petals & Paintings fundraiser this springMar 31, 2017 10:15 am243 views Krannert Art Museum will host its 25th – and final – Petals & Paintings fundraiser this spring, featuring floral designs created by two dozen florists and inspired by works of art on display at the museum.600-year-old tradition of Japanese Noh theater to be performed at U. of I.Mar 17, 2011 9:00 am237 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Champaign-Urbana audiences will have the rare opportunity to experience the 600-year-old Japanese theater art called Noh when the Kashu-juku Noh Theater troupe from Kyoto, Japan, performs March 29 (Tuesday) at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.KAM architecture exhibition highlights modernist homes, process of fabricationFeb 3, 2015 9:00 am232 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Erik Hemingway says his Urbana home, designed by the late architect John Replinger, is a well-kept secret. With its floor-to-ceiling windows across the back looking onto a golf course, a feeling of openness and spaciousness inside, and an interior courtyard, it's an example of midcentury modern architectural style.Krannert Art Museum features solo show of Chicago-based sculptorAug 26, 2015 9:00 am231 views Experiencing Nnenna Okore’s abstract sculptural pieces made from burlap is not so much about looking at them as it is being surrounded by them – walking around, between and underneath them, and looking through one to the next.'Days of Heaven,' Tilda Swinton and Jack Black all part of 2013 'Ebertfest'Mar 22, 2013 9:00 am230 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Terrence Malick's 1978 film "Days of Heaven" won an Oscar for best cinematography, and Roger Ebert likely found that no surprise. It is "above all one of the most beautiful films ever made," Ebert said in a 1997 review.Interactive app makes teaching music theory possible onlineAug 6, 2013 9:00 am228 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois music professor Heinrich Taube has developed a computer application that could change the way music theory is taught. Called Harmonia, the program allows teachers to create an endless variety of composition or analysis assignments, provides students with immediate feedback, and performs instant harmonic analysis of complex compositions. It is the first app created at the U. of I. to appear in Apple's iTunes store for computer applications, and could pave the way for teaching music theory online.Book looks at views of those challenging reading material in schools, librariesFeb 13, 2015 9:00 am224 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While it may be tempting to dismiss as a censor anyone who wants to restrict access to a book, such individuals understand that books are powerful and have the potential to change lives, said Emily Knox, who recently wrote about the people who raise challenges to reading material.Brazilian musicians to showcase different styles of music from their countrySep 28, 2016 5:00 pm220 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.Art and music harmonize at Art Remastered performances at Krannert Art MuseumFeb 12, 2018 8:00 am216 views Krannert Art Museum will host Art Remastered, a performance by six local musicians who composed new music in response to a piece of art at the museum.Guerrilla Girls invade Krannert Art Museum in JanuaryJan 14, 2014 9:00 am214 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond" is one of four new exhibitions opening Jan. 23 at the University of Illinois' Krannert Art Museum. Featuring major works from international projects by the anonymous feminist collective that has been urging museums toward equality for almost 30 years, the expansive, multimedia "Not Ready" exhibition will include iconic pieces from the group's 1980s and '90s activism as well as behind-the-scenes photos, love letters and hate mail.Interactive dance featuring cellphone app will be part of February Dance performancesJan 31, 2017 8:45 am214 views Audience members will use their cellphones to interact with dancers and the set during the premiere of “Critical Mass” this week at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The performances are part of February Dance: Designed Environments, presented by the University of Illinois dance department.Soundwalks in Urbana parks put participants in touch with sonic environmentsApr 26, 2017 9:45 am213 views Audio artist Eric Leonardson will lead soundwalks in two Urbana parks as part of the Sonified Sustainability Festival, to celebrate sustainable practices in the arts. The soundwalks aim to make people more aware of the sounds around them, both natural and man-made.