blog posts Why are so many tall and supertall buildings being built? Feb 3, 2023 8:15 am549 views Very tall buildings are attractive options in cities where land is at a premium, but they come with construction challenges, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign architecture professor Abbas Aminmansour. Four women choreographers to present at Studiodance 2023 Jan 25, 2023 11:45 am299 views Four women choreographers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign dance department will present their work at Studiodance 2023. Reinvented decorative arts gallery at Krannert Art Museum tells diverse stories Dec 12, 2022 9:00 am612 views Krannert Art Museum has reinstalled its Moore Gallery of Decorative Arts to highlight new acquisitions and tell the stories of diverse artists, as well as examine the history of decorative arts collecting. Architecture professor's book examines cultural tourism that began in Depression-era Mississippi Nov 30, 2022 8:30 am839 views Architecture professor Paul Hardin Kapp writes about how the women of Natchez, Miss., preserved their city’s antebellum architecture and created our image of the Old South. Tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, renowned sitar player Niladri Kumar performing at Krannert Center Nov 10, 2022 8:30 am654 views Tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and sitar player Niladri Kumar will perform together Nov. 16 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts during their first tour as a duo. Pianist Rochelle Sennet, Sinfonia da Camera to perform work by Pulitzer Prize-winning Black composer Nov 9, 2022 11:15 am295 views Pianist Rochelle Sennet and Sinfonia da Camera will perform a work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. October Dance features premieres of dances from diverse perspectives Oct 12, 2022 12:15 pm693 views October Dance – the dance department’s fall performance – will feature premieres of dances by choreographers from diverse backgrounds. Illinois alum's film about his brother's life and death in Vietnam to be screened on campus Oct 6, 2022 1:30 pm544 views The documentary “Jimmy in Saigon,” by Champaign native and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign alumnus Peter McDowell, explores the life and death of McDowell’s older brother Jimmy in Vietnam in the early 1970s. Experimental composer headlines events examining art-science connections Sep 27, 2022 11:15 am636 views David Rosenboom, a pioneer in experimental music, will lecture, perform and conduct workshops with students during a two-week series of events beginning Oct. 3. “Experimental Arts & Sciences at UIUC” is hosted by the School of Music. Art about Black experiences headlines faculty exhibition at Krannert Art Museum Sep 22, 2022 9:00 am574 views The “Black on Black on Black on Black” exhibition at Krannert Art Museum showcases the work of Black art and design faculty members in a new approach to the annual faculty art event. New playwright residency program allows theatre students to work on new plays Sep 21, 2022 12:00 pm314 views Illinois theatre students are presenting the first public readings of a new play during the inaugural workshop performances of the department’s Daniel J. Sullivan Playwright-in-Residence Program. Krannert Center performance combines art, science to examine what makes us human Sep 15, 2022 2:30 pm576 views “The Joy of Regathering” combines science, music and movement to explore humanity’s place in the universe in a Sept. 17 performance at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Krannert Art Museum exhibition depicts Dutch prints as the original social media Aug 17, 2022 8:15 am1041 views A new exhibition at Krannert Art Museum, “Fake News & Lying Pictures: Political Prints in the Dutch Republic,” examines the visual strategies of Dutch printmakers and the ways they used images to promote political interests. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announces 2022-23 artists Jul 21, 2022 9:45 am2493 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ upcoming season will include touring artists, rescheduled performances that were canceled due to COVID-19 and work from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s dance, music and theatre departments. Book examines role of racial justice work in progressive policy changes Jul 11, 2022 9:30 am333 views Grassroots organizing efforts strengthen their campaigns for economic policy changes by collaborating with racial justice groups, says urban planning professor Marc Doussard in his new book “Justice at Work: The Rise of Economic and Racial Justice Coalitions in Cities.” Art and Design seniors' work featured in Krannert Art Museum exhibition May 5, 2022 11:30 am648 views The annual exhibition includes work from a variety of disciplines and allows students to highlight their senior projects. School of Music celebrating its 125th anniversary with weekend concerts Apr 28, 2022 5:00 pm542 views The concerts will show the breadth of the school’s music programs, with performances by jazz ensembles, choirs, orchestras and others. Three Illinois professors awarded Guggenheim Fellowships Apr 8, 2022 9:00 am1769 views Illinois chemistry professors So Hirata and Prashant Jain and dance professor Cynthia Oliver received 2022 Guggenheim Fellowships. Theatre department premiering reimagined 'Peter Pan' centered on Indigenous identity Apr 7, 2022 9:30 am1134 views Mohegan playwright Madeline Sayet’s adaptation is a work of Indigenous futurism about building a world where all people and cultures are valued. New Awakenings concert series reflects on civil rights issues, aims to provide healing and hope Apr 4, 2022 12:45 pm314 views Barrington Coleman, the director of the Varsity Men’s Glee Club and a professor of vocal jazz studies, initiated the New Awakenings concert series. It will include a work that was commissioned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Coleman’s directorship of the Varsity Men’s Glee Club. Krannert Art Museum exhibition showcases Art and Design graduate student work Apr 1, 2022 8:45 am433 views The School of Art and Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition opens April 2 and runs through April 23. It will be the first in-person MFA exhibition since 2019. Book examines history of Mexico City's public square, evolution of Mexican spatial identities Mar 9, 2022 1:45 pm613 views Benjamin Bross used the public square and historic events that took place there to explain the emergence and evolution of Mexican identities over time. Illinois choirs, C-U Symphony to present oratorio rarely performed in US Mar 1, 2022 9:30 am377 views The oratorio depicts the events of Kristallnacht. The music includes five spirituals that express hope and reconciliation. Illinois musicians, chemists use sound to better understand science Feb 17, 2022 9:30 am2195 views The use of sonification to understand the physical mechanisms of protein folding led to a new discovery about the ways a protein can fold. Exhibition of art by the formerly incarcerated emphasizes shared humanity, art's power to connect Feb 11, 2022 11:00 am1088 views “Reckless Law, Shameless Order: An Intimate Experience of Incarceration” explores shared experiences of detention. Adaptation of classic play examines issues of politics, greed, public trust Feb 10, 2022 3:00 pm652 views Illinois theatre students’ adaptation of “An Enemy of the People” considers how the truth gets told (or not told) during a public health crisis. February Dance features choreography by four Illinois faculty members Feb 3, 2022 3:30 pm717 views The dance concert will be performed Feb. 3-5 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Krannert Art Museum exhibition of Pueblo pots shows connections to ancestral land, community Jan 28, 2022 9:15 am802 views The exhibition features work from family pottery lineages and shows how women were inspired by previous generations of artists while developing their own interpretations of the designs. Illinois artist's portrait of student advocate Albert Lee will be formally dedicated Feb. 1 Jan 25, 2022 9:15 am787 views Lee’s portrait is installed near a display of the history of housing on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Krannert Art Museum exhibition of sacred, supernatural prints celebrates printmakers' technical skills Jan 24, 2022 2:45 pm703 views The works include Christian imagery, as well as devils, demons and monsters. Illinois urban planning professor awarded NEA research grant Jan 12, 2022 1:45 pm1051 views Jennifer Novak-Leonard will use the NEA grant to examine the experiences of artists and arts alumni regarding racial inclusion in higher education and the impacts of the pandemic. Artist's solo show emphasizes Black resilience through historic vigilantism Dec 20, 2021 11:30 am468 views Patrick Earl Hammie’s show combines celebratory drawings from “Soul Train” with painted images of lynch mobs. Viewing artists as community problem-solvers increases support for public funding for artists, study shows Dec 6, 2021 8:45 am879 views The study is the first to look at how perceptions of artists in local communities affect opinions toward public funding for artists. Project explores Octavia E. Butler novel through discussions, art, music Nov 11, 2021 1:30 pm1163 views The project includes a community read, book discussions, an art exhibition and an opera based on the novel. November Dance features work inspired by Russian choreographer, dances by visiting artist and graduate students Nov 10, 2021 11:30 am418 views November Dance is Nov. 11-13 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Theatre department production of 'Origin Story' looks at millennials' post-college life Nov 4, 2021 9:15 am600 views “Origin Story” was written by Illinois theatre alumnus Nathan Alan Davis. The theatre department’s production will be the Midwest premiere of the play. Dance professor Cynthia Oliver receives Doris Duke Artist Award Oct 21, 2021 8:15 am1127 views The $275,000 award invests in the creative potential of exemplary artists. Studiodance showcases dance students' work Oct 20, 2021 12:00 pm299 views The performance at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will feature six dances and a short dance film. 'Crip*' exhibition at Krannert Art Museum centers experiences with disability, access Oct 18, 2021 2:30 pm1192 views The exhibition features the work of artists with disabilities or non-normative identities. It is part of a collaborative project “Cripping the Arts” that includes increasing accessibility in art institutions. Illinois theatre season reimagines the American story Oct 7, 2021 12:45 pm1072 views The theatre department will feature a diverse group of playwrights in its 2021-22 season. Krannert Art Museum hosts retrospective of photographer Hal Fischer Sep 15, 2021 9:30 am704 views “Hal Fischer Photographs: Seriality, Sexuality, Semiotics” features his well-known photographic series focused on gay life in 1970s San Francisco, as well as his early work as an Illinois student. CAS, McKinley Foundation hosting art exhibit, presentation about transgender older adults Sep 14, 2021 1:15 pm388 views “To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults” documents the life stories of transgender older adults through photographs and interviews. New recording pairs music of Bach with works by Black composers Sep 8, 2021 9:30 am1175 views Pianist Rochelle Sennet said she wants her “Bach to Black” project to show that classical music is for everyone, regardless of race or cultural background. Krannert Art Museum retrospective of Louise Fishman's drawings an unexpected memorial Aug 31, 2021 11:00 am890 views “A Question of Emphasis: Louise Fishman Drawing” is the first retrospective of Fishman’s works on paper, and features many works of art that have never been shown. ELLNORA guitar festival marks Krannert Center's return to in-person performances Aug 25, 2021 12:00 pm797 views ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival will feature influential guitarists playing a wide range of musical styles. The festival will take place on a smaller scale than in past years. Illinois artist Ben Grosser's solo show imagines 'Software for Less' Aug 23, 2021 2:00 pm374 views An exhibition of work by Ben Grosser, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor of new media, considers what software might look like if its underlying philosophy was not the creation of more, but less. Graphic novel illustrated by Illinois art professor portrays thriving Black community before, after Tulsa massacre Aug 17, 2021 1:00 pm569 views Artist Stacey Robinson illustrated the graphic novel to portray the prosperity of the Black community. Illinois artist's virtual 'Museum of Us' lets everyone tell their stories Jul 1, 2021 7:45 am772 views Art education professor Jorge Lucero created a virtual “Museum of Us” in which participants created a cabinet of curiosities by displaying objects that are important to them. Illinois architecture professor awarded Graham Foundation grant Jun 1, 2021 11:15 am917 views Architecture professor emerita T.F. Tierney will examine the role that federal lending practices played in maintaining racially segregated suburbs. Anti-racist framework created by Illinois art professor helps identify racialized design Apr 29, 2021 8:45 am1812 views The Racism Untaught framework is used in the classroom and in workshops for universities and corporations to identify design that perpetuates racism.