Oct 26th 2013

CHICAGO (October 3, 2013)—The Renaissance Society hosts a conversation between its new Executive Director and Chief Curator Solveig Øvstebø and Associate Curator and Director of Education Hamza Walker on Saturday, October 26, at 3 p.m. Using as a point of departure Solveig’s tenure as the Director of Bergen Kunsthall for over a decade, the two will discuss models of contemporary art institutions locally and internationally and the role of The Renaissance Society within this landscape. Examining Solveig’s experience in Bergen in relation to Hamza’s in Chicago, the conversation will investigate the practical as groundwork for the theoretical. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place at the Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago (5811 S. Ellis Avenue, 3rd Floor). For more information call 773-702-8670 or visit www.renaissancesociety.org.

The Renaissance Society, located on the campus of the University of Chicago, is an internationally renowned non-collecting museum of contemporary art. Through exhibitions, commissions, publications, and interdisciplinary education programming, The Renaissance Society advances the growth and understanding of the artistic ideas and expressions of our time. The Museum is free and open to the public, located on the campus of the University of Chicago at 5811 S. Ellis Avenue. Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from Noon-5 p.m. The Renaissance Society’s current exhibition, Suicide Narcissus, runs now through Dec. 15, 2013. Featuring work by a group of international artists—including Lucy Skaer, Thomas Baumann, Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch, Daniel Steegmann, and Haris Epaminonda & Daniel Gustav Cramer—the exhibition addresses ecological extinction, finite natural resources and the limits of knowledge. All exhibitions and programs at The Renaissance Society are free of charge. For more information, please visit www.renaissancesociety.org.

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