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Concrete Car Sparks Dialogue on Public Art

January 26, 2017

Three new exhibitions at the University of Chicago examine the meaning of Wolf Vostell’s iconic sculpture Concrete Traffic, conserved and restored by Faculty Fellow Christine Mehring (Art History) as part of the Material Matters research project at the Neubauer Collegium. "Having Concrete Traffic back, and staging these three exhibitions simultaneously, makes for an extraordinary moment for visual art on campus, an example of what can happen when scholarly research, pedagogical training, and public engagement come together," Mehring tells UChicago News.

Trump Pledge to “Send in the Feds” Rankles Chicago Cops, Criminals and Academics

January 25, 2017

Forrest Stuart, Assistant Professor of Sociology and a Principal Investigator on the Neubauer Collegium research project The State, Violence, and Social Control in the Contemporary World, reflects on the president's interest in federal law enforcement as a way to help address the homicide epidemic in Chicago. "If the idea is send in the feds with guns and batons, he's likely to make the problem worse," Stuart tells Newsweek.

Stone thresholds

January 18, 2017

In a new paper, Faculty Fellow John Wilkinson considers three kinds of aesthetic experiences elicited by a set of artworks that depict a threshold between the human and the non-human. Wilkinson, a Professor in the Department of English and Chair for Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Chicago, is the principal investigator on the Outsider Writing collaborative research project at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.

Brazil’s Prison Massacres Are a Frightening Window into Gang Warfare

January 17, 2017

Benjamin Lessing, Assistant Professor of Political Science and a Principal Investigator on the Neubauer Collegium research project The State, Violence, and Social Control in the Contemporary World, explores Brazil’s devastating prison crisis in The Washington Post. "After dominating and transforming the criminal underworlds of their respective home states in the 1990s," Lessing writes, Brazil's most powerful gangs "are now colonizing prisons."

Winter Preview: 10 Art Shows Not to Miss

December 28, 2016

The Neubauer Collegium exhibition Vostell, Fluxus, and the Built Environment is cited, along with the Smart Museum's "Vostell Concrete: 1969–1973," among the Chicago Tribune's must-see art shows of the season.

Vostell’s Concrete Traffic Sculpture Cited Among “Best Art of 2016”

December 9, 2016

Wolf Vostell's "Concrete Traffic" sculpture, a work from 1970 in which the noted Fluxus artist encased a Cadillac DeVille in 16 tons of concrete, has been included on the Chicago Tribune's Best Art of 2016 list. Long forgotten, the sculpture was recently restored by Christine Mehring, Department Chair and Professor of Art History and the College, as part of the Neubauer Collegium's Material Matters research project, and is now on display in a parking lot at the University of Chicago.

Jacob Proctor Announces Annual Artist’s Prize

December 5, 2016

Neubauer Collegium Curator Jacob Proctor and Jen Mergel, a contemporary art curator at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, announced on December 2 that "Pictures Generation" artist Philip Smith has won the 2016 Miami Beach NADA Artadia Award. The prize is given annually to an artist exhibited in the NADA Miami Beach fair and comes with a $5,000 unrestricted grant.

Elisabeth Clemens on the Distinctive Category of Political Sociology

November 21, 2016

Collegium Fellow Elisabeth Clemens, principal investigator on the Problem of the Democratic State in US History project, has just published a new book titled "What Is Political Sociology?" According to this critical review by political science scholar Patricia Hogwood, the book is a "definitive and inspirational standard text for students at all levels" that "presents key concepts, theories and schools of thought to build an excellent grounding in the field." 

Tattooing as Global Practice: Alaka Wali on the History and Aesthetics of Tattoo Culture

November 16, 2016

Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow Alaka Wali, Curator of North American Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History, recently sat down with VICE magazine to discuss a new exhibit on the history of tattoos. "Usually our exhibits focus on one region or one culture," she explains, "but this exhibit pays explicit attention to tattoo practices in the United States and Europe—'the West'—and how these were influenced by tattoo artists and aesthetics in non-Western cultures." 

“The Network Imaginary”: A Review of Patrick Jagoda’s Network Aesthetics

November 7, 2016

In this review of Neubauer Collegium Fellow Patrick Jagoda's Network Aesthetics, published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, critic Mary Pappalardo writes that the book "demands that we reconsider the omnipresence of the term 'network' and the seemingly concrete meanings that have come to adhere to it. It asks us to think seriously about what we mean when we talk about networks, what it means to undergird our daily life with network logic, and what possibilities exist once we start imagining networks — and the connection they enable — differently."

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