Join us for a series of films that explore the narrative and aesthetic themes of the exhibition on Sunday afternoons.
The Labyrinth of Color & Light March 16, 2-4pm – Claudia Cassidy Theater
Explore films and videos from various filmmakers curated with Tichy’s light installations in mind. Treat your eyes and ears to works that explore the aesthetic elements of light and color, including the last film from László Moholy-Nagy and his students at Institute of Design.
Chicago Documentaries April 27, 2-4pm – Claudia Cassidy Theater
After visiting the Chicago Rooms to see Changing Chicago 2014 curated by Tichy, come to witness the changing cityscape of Chicago and the landmark buildings with various documentaries such as Moving Picturescreated for CITY 2000.
Performances and Tours
The exhibition encourages guests to view, navigate, and experience the Chicago Cultural Center in new ways. Spoken word performances highlight the words, language, and knowledge that are imbedded in the building, from its history as a library, to the language incorporated as architectural details.
2nd Story “Around the Way”
March 17, 6-8pm – Randolph Square
Join 2nd Story’s Bobby Biedrzycki, Nic Kay and L’Oreal Patrice Jackson as they lead a collaborative team of established Chicago spoken word poets in the performance of seven poems inspired by Jan Tichy’s installations.
Flashlight Tour* Sign Up
April 8, 11pm – Randolph Square
City of Chicago Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson will lead a nighttime flashlight tour of the Chicago Cultural Center. Come explore Jan Tichy’s exhibition as Tim offers insight into the mysterious history of the building.
Young Chicago Authors, Remix the Chicago Cultural Center
April 19, 11:30am-12:30pm – Randolph Square
Young Chicago Authors (YCA) poets will Remix the Chicago Cultural Center using found text in the architecture of the building as a construction site for new poems about the current and future state of Chicago culture. This New Chicago Cultural Center Remix project is facilitated by poet and Artistic Director Kevin Coval and YCA teaching artist and poet Jamila Woods.
Light Workshop* Sign Up
March 8, 1-3pm – Chicago Rooms
Come explore the behavior of light, the phenomenon that makes our visual life possible. By building kaleidoscopes and camera obscuras, participants in this optical workshop will experiment with the reflective and projective properties of light, its color spectrum, and the images it enables. Have fun navigating the Chicago Cultural Center and Jan Tichy’s aroundcenter exhibition with an optical keepsake.
Build Your Own Chicago Workshop* Sign Up
April 5, 2-4pm – Chicago Rooms
As part of Matt Bergstrom’s paper model series of prominent Chicago buildings, Tichy and Bergstrom will inaugurate the Chicago Cultural Center into the paper pantheon. Participants in this workshop will cut and fold their own model Chicago Cultural Center and other Chicago landmarks, gaining an intimate appreciation of their architecture.
* Sign up for these events at: aroundcenter.org/program.html
Some public programming was designed and developed by students in the Arts Administration and Policy program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in collaboration with the artist.
Some areas of the Chicago Cultural Center may be unavailable to the public due to private events.