Elizabeth Bradfield and Antonia Contro - "Theorem" - Virtual Event

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Elizabeth Bradfield and Antonia Contro

Photo credit Miriam Doan

Elizabeth Bradfield and Antonia Contro will discuss Theorem. They will be joined in conversation by Tina Post and Angel Ysaguirre.

Presented in partnership with the University of Chicago Program in Creative Writing

Virtual event


About the book: When the body meets geometry meets the world’s edges, what uncertainties emerge? Theorem is both question and answer, proposition and proof. Accompanied by luminescent images that complicate and dissect the speaker’s voice, this collaboration is a glorious meditation on what it means to hold secrets across time and space.

About Elizabeth Bradfield: Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of the poetry collections Once Removed, Approaching Ice, Interpretive Work, and the mixed-genre Toward Antarctica, which pairs her photographs with brief, hybrid essays. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Orion, and many anthologies. She has been awarded a Stegner Fellowship, the Audre Lorde Prize, and was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Founder and editor-in-chief of Broadsided Press, she works as a naturalist and teaches creative writing at Brandeis University. www.ebradfield.com

About Antonia Contro: Antonia Contro is a visual artist whose work ranges from discrete objects to site-specific installations and collaborations that engage artists and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines. Her art explores the nature of knowledge, memory, and time. Contro’s exhibitions include Tempus Fugit at the American Philosophical Society Museum, Ex Libris at the Chicago Cultural Center, Closed|Open at the Newberry Library, and Descry at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Contro’s work is in the collections of Art Institute of Chicago, Block Museum, Harvard Art Museums, and Museum of Contemporary Art. Contro was a awarded a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council fellowship, and a doctorate in humanities honoris causa from Lewis University. www.antoniacontro.com

About Tina Post: Tina Post is an Assistant Professor in the English Department of the University of Chicago, where she teaches courses for Creative Writing, Theatre and Performance Studies, and the Center for Race, Politics, and Culture. She earned her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Alaska–Anchorage and her PhD in African American Studies from Yale University. Both her scholarship and artistic works explore the effects of formal or performative decisions in communicating—or in failing to communicate—position, affect, and identity. Tina’s first book project, Deadpan Aesthetics in Black Expressive Culture, examines expressionlessness and affective withholding in a range of black cultural and artistic sites. Her scholarly work can be found in TDR/The Drama Review, and is forthcoming in Modern Drama and Time Signatures (Duke University Press). Her creative work has appeared in The Appendix and in Stone Canoe, where it won the S.I. Newhouse School Prize for Nonfiction.

About Angel Ysaguirre: Angel Ysaguirre is the Executive Director of the Court Theatre, the professional theatre at the University of Chicago and the only LORT theatre on Chicago’s south side. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of Illinois Humanities from 2014 to 2018. From 1999 to 2005, he served as Illinois Humanities’ Director of Programs, creating programs and series that include The Odyssey Project, Einstein's Revolutions, and Brown v Board 50 Years Later: Conversations on Race, Integration, and the Law. He was Deputy Commissioner at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events from 2012 to 2014, where he managed the City’s public art program, creative industries offices, and arts programming. From 2005 to 2012, he was Director of Global Community Investing at The Boeing Company, overseeing the company's grantmaking program in 60 offices throughout the globe. He began his career in Chicago as a program officer at the McCormick Foundation.

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