We were delighted to attend a University of Chicago event last night at the Rena Bransten Gallery which is within walking distance to where we live. The event was sponsored by the Chicago Society—a group whose members donate $2,500 or more every year. I think they were courting me because I’m certainly not a member. The first part was mainly mingling. I was really zoned out from the Wellbutrin, so I forced myself to eat the cheese and hors d’oeuvres.
The second part was what stood out for me. I had no idea that the school breaks ground in two weeks to build a $314 million arts center to be completed in 2012. Officially called the Reva and David Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts, it is MAJOR. I can’t emphasize major enough. I’m sure it’s bigger and definitely looks much better than our new business school. It is gorgeous. I want my kid to go here! Here are some details I remember. There will be a high rise building adjacent a low-rise section. They plan on mixing the studios and classrooms so there aren’t isolated areas of specific practices. The penthouse with views of the city will be a performance area for jazz ensembles, poetry readings.
The event also featured a senior at Chicago studying art. She showcased her work and talked about why Chicago is different from other schools. She spoke in the abstract so she totally lost me!