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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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."