Dec 2nd 2017

Reactions: New Perspectives on Our Nuclear Legacy

@ William Eckhardt Research Center

5640 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Opening Saturday, December 2nd, from 2:30PM - 9:30PM

On view through Saturday, December 2nd

Reactions: New Perspectives on Our Nuclear Legacy is the culminating two-day program of Nuclear Reactions.

Day two of the program on Dec. 2 is an afternoon and evening of arts performances and lectures to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Chicago Pile-1, the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

The program begins in the Eckhardt Research Center lobby at 2:30pm with a new dance piece by Emily Coates, Young-Kee Kim, and Sam Pluta, followed by 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. The program continues with a panel discussion featuring artists and architects, and new music commissions organized by Arts Science + Culture ending with a University Symphony Orchestra concert at 8pm.

This event is part of Nuclear Reactions at the University of Chicago—a series of public events to commemorate, discuss, and debate the complex legacy of CP-1, which was achieved by a team of UChicago scientists 75 years ago on December 2, 1942.



2:30 PM
Program Begins at William Eckhardt Research Center, 5640 S Ellis Avenue

2:30–2:50 PM
Performance of “Meditation on CP-1,” a movement piece by:
-Young-Kee Kim, Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor and Chair, The Department of Physics and The Enrico Fermi Institute Department
-Sam Pluta, Assistant Professor of Composition, Department of Music
-Emily Coates, Director of Dance Studies and Assistant Professor Adjunct of Theater and Drama at Yale University

2:50-3:00 PM
Welcome remarks delivered by Bill Brown, Senior Advisor to the Provost for Arts, Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture, at Henry Moore’s Nuclear Energy sculpture and “Nuclear Thresholds,” a temporary installation by Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects

3:00–3:15 PM
Remarks by Cai Guo-Qiang, artist

3:20–3:25 PM
Performance by Cai Guo-Qiang and Pre-Program Artist Talk

3:25–3:53 PM
Performance of “The Curve is Exponential,” a work for carillon and electronics composed by PhD candidate Ted Moore and premiered by University Carilloneur Joey Brink

4:15 PM
Program concludes in the McCormick Tribune Lounge at the Reynolds Club, 5706 S University Ave, and in Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th St

4:15–6:15 PM
“Arts and the Nuclear Age: 1942 | 1967 | 2017” with Speakers:
-Anne Wagner, Class of 1936 Professor Emerita, University of California Berkeley
-Luke Ogrydziak and Zoë Prillinger, Principals at Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects
-Ludovico Centis, Architect, The Empire

6:15 PM

7:00–8:00 PM
Performance of commissioned works by alumni and current student composers:
-Amelia Kaplan, Associate Professor of Composition at Ball State University
-Clifton Callender, Professor of Composition at Florida State University
-Kevin Michael Kay, Graduate Candidate, Department of Music

8:00–9:30 PM
University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Barbara Schubert (performance includes a lecture/demonstration on Penderecki’s “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima”)
Please note: program is subject to change.


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