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[VIDEO] Sat, Dec 2 | Reactions: New Perspectives on Our Nuclear Legacy

Reactions: New Perspectives on Our Nuclear Legacy |
Sat, Dec 2
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A look at the pyrotechnic work of artist Cai Guo-Qiang

Reactions: New Perspectives on Our Nuclear Legacy 

Sat, Dec 2 / Free

Program begins at William Eckhardt Research Center, 5640 S Ellis Ave [map it]

Join us for the culminating program of Nuclear Reactions, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Chicago Pile-1, the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, achieved by a team of UChicago scientists 75 years ago on December 2, 1942. 

The Dec 2 program includes a major new pyrotechnic performance by internationally-renowned artist Cai Guo Qiang that will rise more than 200 feet above the roof of the Regenstein. Get a preview of Cai's work with the video above.

The afternoon and evening of performances and presentations also features a new movement and music work; a panel discussion with artists and architects; and new music alumni and student composer commissions ending with a University Symphony Orchestra concert.
View arts and lecture events happening on Sat, Dec 2

Program of Events

2:30–9:30pm

"MEDITATION ON CP-1" | 2:30pm
Eckhardt Research Center lobby, 5640 S Ellis Ave
Movement and music piece developed by dance artist Emily Coates (Yale), physicist Young-Kee Kim (UChicago) and composer Sam Pluta (UChicago) in collaboration with participants in the fall 2017 workshop series "Creating Science-Art”:

CAI GUO-QIANG, NEW PYROTECHNIC WORK | 3:00pm
Outdoors by Henry Moore's Nuclear Energy sculpture, near 5265 S Ellis Ave
Remarks by Bill Brown and the artist followed at 3:20pm by a performance of a new work, comprising 75 tolls of the Rockefeller Chapel carillon and culminating in a 75 meter (246 feet) tall multicolored, pyrotechnic artwork. Watch a video of Cai's work.

"THE CURVE IS EXPONENTIAL" | 3:25pm
Listen outdoors at the Nuclear Energy sculpture site or at Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S Woodlawn Ave
A work for carillon and electronics by Ted Moore, PhD student in composition, Department of Music. Performed by Joey Brink, University Carillonneur.

ARTS AND THE NUCLEAR AGE LECTURES | 4:15-6:15pm
Reception immediately following

Reynolds Club, McCormick Tribune Lounge, 5706 S University Ave
Presentations by eminent Moore scholar Anne Wagner; architect Ludovico Centis; and principals Luke Ogrydziak and Zoe Prillinger from California-based firm (OPA) Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects.

ALUMNI & STUDENT MUSIC COMPOSERS:
CHICAGO PILE-1 COMMEMORATION COMMISSIONS | 7:00pm

Reynolds Club, McCormick Tribune Lounge, 5706 S University Ave
Three new works co-commissioned by the Arts, Science + Culture Initiative and the Department of Music. Composers: Amelia Kaplan, PhD; Clifton Callendar, PhD; and Kevin Kay, MA student.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – “ECHOES OF HISTORY” | 8:00pm
Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th St
Three powerful and poignant musical reflections on historical turning points of the last 100 years: Eric Ewazen’s composition A Hymn for the Lost and the Living, written after 9/11; Krzysztof Penderecki’s Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima, with commentary from twentieth-century music scholar Jennifer Iverson; and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12 in D minor, “The Year of 1917.”

RELATED ARTS PROGRAMMING | Fri, Dec 1

CAI GUO-QIANG IN CONVERSATION WITH WU HUNG | 12:00pm
Joseph Regenstein Library, Rm 122, 1100 E 57th St

WORLD PREMIERE OF “PLEA FOR PEACE” (2017) BY AUGUSTA READ THOMAS | 4:15pm
Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th St
Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians.

View science-focused symposium events happening on Fri, Dec 1
PLEASE NOTE
Ellis Avenue, between 56th and 57th Streets, will be closed on Dec 2, from 2-4pm, for this occasion. Parking on the block will be restricted on Dec 2 from 7am-4pm.

Nuclear Reactions Presenters & Sponsors: UChicago Arts; the Arts, Science + Culture Initiative; the Committee on Japanese Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies; the Departments of Art History, Cinema & Media Studies, English, Music, and Visual Arts; Division of the Humanities; Franke Institute for the Humanities; Film Studies Center; Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry; Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago; Nicholson Center for British Studies; Performance Programs in Music; Physical Sciences Division; Program in Poetry & Poetics; Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts; Rockefeller Chapel; Smart Family Foundation; Smart Museum of Art; Society of Fellows; UChicagoGRAD; UChicago Public Art Committee; University Symphony Orchestra; Fireworks by Grucci.
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