Join us for a public celebration marking the opening of the Smart Museum of Art’s special exhibition Classicisms.
FREE, open to all.
7:15 pm | Performance and Conversation
The opening celebration features Dexter Zollicoffer, in the role of Paedagogus, performing a dramatic monologue from Court Theatre’s recent production of the Greek tragedy Electra, followed by a brief conversation on presenting the classical for contemporary audiences between director Charles Newell and translator Nicholas Rudall.
Meet Alison Gass, the newly appointed Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum, join co-curators Larry Norman and Anne Leonard and other scholars from The University of Chicago for in-gallery conversations, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails inspired by the exhibition.
Through 70 objects spanning antiquity to the 20th century—paintings, ancient and modern sculpture, cast plaster replicas, photographs, drawings, and prints—this exhibition traces classicism’s meanings from varying artistic, cultural, and ideological perspectives to reveal a multifaceted concept with a surprising and sometimes subversive history.