Nora Schultz
parrottree–building for bigger than real
January 12 – February 23, 2014

Opening Reception & Artist Talk: January 12, 4-7pm
Artist talk with Nora Schultz and exhibition curator Solveig Øvstebø will take place at 5pm in Kent Hall Room 120 (1020 E 58th St)

The Renaissance Society is very excited to present a solo exhibition, parrottree—building for bigger than real, by Berlin-based artist Nora Schultz on view January 12 through February 23, 2014. Schultz will produce all new works for this exhibition.

This is Schultz’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States, as well as the first show curated at the Renaissance Society by new Chief Curator and Executive Director, Solveig Øvstebø.

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A great photo of our panelists after the Black Is, Black Ain’t Symposium yesterday.  (L to R: Thelma Golden, Huey Copeland, Kellie Jones, Hamza Walker, and Bennett Simpson)

#ThrowbackThursday Virginia Nimarkoh’s Untitled #1 (After Gerhard Richter, Betty, 1988), 2001 as part of Black Is, Black Ain’t (2008).  For more info on the Black Is, Black Ain’t Symposium - #BIBA

A piece by Glenn Ligon featured in Black Is, Black Ain’t.  We celebrate the release of the exhibition catalog Sunday afternoon with a symposium revisiting issues raised in the exhibition.  Panel featuring Huey Copeland, Thelma Golden, Kellie Jones, Bennett Simpson, and Hamza Walker.

Sunday, December 8, 2pm
1020 E 58th St - Kent Hall, Room 107 at the University of Chicago 

[Image: Glenn Ligon, Warm Broad Glow, 2005]  

featuring Huey Copeland, Thelma Golden, Kellie Jones, Bennett Simpson, and Hamza Walker

Sunday, December 8, 2pm
1020 E 58th St - Kent Hall, Room 107 at the University of Chicago 

On the occasion of publishing the Black Is, Black Ain’t exhibition catalog, the Renaissance Society has organized a symposium revisiting issues raised in the exhibition of the same name, curated by Hamza Walker and shown at the Society in 2008. Given the extent to which race is bound to visual representation, exhibitions have played no small role in instigating discussion. They are where identity has been asserted, critiqued, and dismantled, all in a healthy circular fashion.

This symposium’s cast of curators, critics, and scholars will reflect on a series of seminal exhibitions from Black Male (1994) through Blues for Smoke (2012) and the context in which they were mounted, from the riots ensuing in the wake of the Rodney King beating to Obama’s presidential election. 

Panelists include:
Huey Copeland, moderator, Associate Professor of Art History at Northwestern University 

Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem 

Kellie Jones, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University 

Bennett Simpson, Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles 

Hamza Walker, Associate Curator and Director of Education at the Renaissance Society

FREE and open to the public.
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Generous support provided by The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation; the University of Chicago Arts and Public Life Initiative; and The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago.

Join us this evening at 6pm for a poetry reading by Cyrus Console.  The reading will take place in Cobb Hall (5811 S Ellis Ave) in Room 409, just down the hallways from the Renaissance Society gallery.

This event is FREE and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by University of Chicago Poem Present.

Paul Petritsch (pictured above as part of Spatial Intervention I) will be featured in the Suicide Narcissus Artist Talk on Saturday at 2pm with Lucy Skaer.  For more info, visit our website.    


  1. Saturday, 2pm:  Suicide Narcissus Artist Talk with Lucy Skaer (her piece, “Leviathan’s Edge” pictured) and Paul Petritsch.  
  2. Sunday, 2pm: a lecture by the University of Chicago’s Joe Masco titled “The Six Extinctions.”

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Katie Paterson is featured in our current exhibition, Suicide Narcissus, on view through December 15.  Nice interview with her on Hyperallergic today.  


The Moon in a Box

Katie Paterson, “Second Moon” (all images courtesy the artist)

BRIGHTON, U.K. — Not one but two…

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UPCOMING CONCERT:  Lisa Goethe performing Salvatore Sciarrino’s flute opera on Sunday, November 10, 2pm in Bond Chapel

Sciarrino’s flute opera is a program of solo works for the instrument written throughout his career. Sciarrino’s works are expressive of inner states (emotional, psychological, physiological). The music never loses its roots in utterance. For this reason breath, and by extension the flute, occupies a central place in his thinking.

FREE and open to the public.