Our anniversary year began with the Five Year Bash on Saturday, October 7. The Bash was a 12-hour arts festival bringing together the Logan Center's many partners and audiences, and featured concerts, performances, exhibitions, family-centered arts activities, hands-on workshops, a community barbecue, and more.



Highlights from the Five Year Bash. Photos: Kelsey Akers.



Cinthia Marcelle and Thiago Mata Machado: Divine Violence
Logan Center Gallery

Presented by Logan Center Exhibitions and curated by Yesomi Umolu, Divine Violence speculates on the potential for revolution in everyday life. In doing so, the exhibition attends to the artists’ reflections on violence (and by extension anarchy) as a means to undercut the forces of law, power, and capital. Hailing from Brazil, artist Cinthia Marcelle filmmaker and Tiago Mata Machado are longtime collaborators.

Henri Matisse: Jazz

Lower Level
Matisse created a series of paper cutouts and papier découpés, which were published in Jazz, a 1947 limited-edition book that contained his written memoirs. Matisse titled this series Jazz because it suggested a connection between art and musical improvisation. In addition, many of the works depict motifs concerning performing artists. As an enduring legacy to David, Reva, and the entire Logan family, displaying the Matisse prints at the Logan Center celebrates both jazz and the arts and creative collaboration more broadly.

Jazz & Blues Photo Exhibition: A Photographer’s View

Café Logan
In conjunction with the annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival and the Logan Center Bluesfest, this exhibition celebrates Chicago’s vibrant jazz and blues scene and showcases the talents of Chicago are photographers whose work includes original images of Chicago-based jazz and blues musicians.

The Logan Center Effect

First and Second Levels
Curated by art history major Martina Lentino, Class of 2019, The Logan Center Effect is an exhibition celebrating the opening of the Logan Center in 2012 and the exhibitions, performances, and programs it has made possible over the past five years.

Made-Up with Danny Volk

Great Hall
Artists in their studios talk about life and art while doing host Danny Volk's, MFA'14, makeup. Interviewed artists include University of Chicago Department of Visual Arts (DoVA) faculty members Scott Wolniak, Laura Letinsky, Pope.L, Jessica Stockholder, Catherine Sullivan, Amber Ginsburg, and Theaster Gates.

South Side Home Movie Project Archive Collection Drop Off

The South Side Home Movie Project is an initiative to collect, preserve, digitize, exhibit, and study amateur films (16mm, 8mm, and Super-8) from Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods, revealing a rich but under-appreciated visual archive covering the 1920s to the 1980s. Bring in your home movies before, during, and after the Bash for general assessment by SSHMP staff.  Please visit the first floor Keeble Welcome Desk at the North entrance for information, or contact the SSHMP at 773.795.3329 or Films donated to the SSHMP are stored in the Logan Center’s state-of-the art CMS/Film Studies Center film vault.

Department of Visual Arts: Screen Share Video Gallery

Screen Share Video Gallery is committed to showcasing screen-based media at the Logan Center, designed as a way to showcase student work made in various Department of Visual Arts (DoVA) production courses, including Video, Animation, and On Time & Space. This space also hosts curatorial projects by students, alumni, and guests from various Chicago art organizations. Located in the reception area outside of the Logan Center screening room, Screen Share functions as a video lounge, showcasing programs of video, animation, and new media on a rotating schedule.

the ParaSite: Large-scale, Transmedia, Alternate Reality Game (ARG)
Gidwitz Lobby & Theater West

the ParaSite is a narratively-driven transmedia game which transformed UChicago’s class of 2021’s college orientation. It included interactive elements spread across social media and nine campus sites. The presentation in Theater West (open from 2pm to 5pm), designed by David Carlson, is a theatrical scenic design installation using books, electronic media, and organic life to interpret a supercomputer. The three sculptures in Gidwitz Lobby, designed by Samantha Rausch, were part of the ParaSite’s culminating installation at the Museum of Science and Industry. The entirety of the ParaSite project was originated and conceived by UChicago faculty members, Heidi Coleman, Patrick Jagoda, and Kristen Schilt.

Get Your Swag On
As you explore the festival, participate in the self-guided scavenger hunt starting at the North and Entrance and stop by the swag sales table at the Couryard Tent. Head over to Gidwitz Lobby to add to our Polaroid Wall, and get your picture taken at the SmileBooth and share your pictures with the hashtag #MadeAtLogan.

UChicago Architecture Biennial Shuttle
The UChicago Architecture Biennial Shuttle will run on an hourly loop to various sites of architectural activity and speculation on and around the University's Hyde Park campus. Learn more at the UChicago biennial site.
Every Hour 10am-5pm | Guided architecture tours at 1pm
(Free | Reservations required for 1pm tour,




Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards

Performance Hall / 11:30am–1pm
Illinois Humanities, in partnership with the Logan Center, is excited to announce the winners of the 2017 Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards. The awards, which the Pulitzer Prize-winning author ran herself more than 30 years ago, go to youth across the entire state. Reviving the awards is part of this year’s Our Miss Brooks 100 activities celebrating the centennial of the poet’s birth.

Funkadesi Outdoor Concert

Courtyard / 1–2pm
Award-Winning Funkadesi blends Indian music (bhangra, bollywood, folk) with reggae, funk, and Afro-Caribbean grooves. The Chicago-based band’s “one-family” vibe makes for enthralling live shows and interactive workshops. This festive, virtuoso experience of cultural unity wows crowds through danceable grooves and brings communities together through education and dialogue.

A Conversation with Thiago de Paula Souza on Divine Violence

Performance Penthouse / 2-3pm
Brazilian curator Thiago de Paula Souza will give a talk on the Logan Center exhibition Divine Violence in conversation with Yesomi Umolu, Logan Center Exhibitions Curator.

South Side Home Movie Project Screening and Discussion with Candace Ming

Screening Room / 2–3pm
Candace Ming (Project Manager and Archivist) will present selections from the SSHMP archive from two collections. Ming will discuss the donation and preservation process, as well as the growth of the project’s digital archive over the last two years. Ming will be joined by two donor families to discuss their experiences with the project and their home movies.

Woodshop Workshop: Board Games

Logan Center Shop / 2–3pm
Join the staff of the Logan Center Shop for a fun, family-friendly workshop activity. Try your hand at turning lumber harvested on-campus into cutting boards, a beautiful and functional tool for your kitchen. Participants will have the opportunity to personalize their cutting board and participate in its manufacture.
Please note: Supplies are limited. If you would like to reserve a spot in the workshop, please see the North reception desk at the Logan Center beginning at 11:30am on Saturday, October 7th. First come, first served. Limit one per household, please.

LEGO® Animation with Dave Pickett

Room 603 / 2–3pm
Enjoy a 90-minute session of LEGO® animation with LEGO® animation guru Dave Pickett (AB'07). Using just your smartphone and creativity, learn to conceptualize and complete a mini-film with a group of brilliant LEGO® builders and share your film in a mini-film festival the final 15 minutes of the workshop. Best for ages 8 and up.

Arts and Crafts with Live Arts Studio
Gidwitz Lobby / 2–4pm
Have you ever imagined creating your own miniature skyscraper? Now is your chance to design and build the building of your dreams. With the direction of Live Arts Studio you will experiment with colors, textures, and materials that will bring your coolest skyscraper to life.

Midday Performance Festival

Courtyard / 2–5pm
2:15pm - Off Off Campus
3pm - Jazz Ambassadors Ensemble
3:45pm - Unaccompanied Women
4:30pm - Rhythm and Jews

The Courtyard will host three hours of running performances from UChicago student groups and community partners. Off Off Campus is a University of Chicago improv and sketch comedy group. Formed in 1986, they are the oldest college improve and sketch comedy group in the country. The Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Ambassadors Ensemble is comprised mostly of Chicago Public Schools students. These serious and talented artists are accomplished beyond their years. Founded in 1989, Unaccompanied Women is the oldest a cappella group at UChicago, and one of two all-female groups on campus. Chicago Rhythm and Jews is UChicago’s premier Jewish a cappella group. 

Le Vorris & Vox presents: Circus Roulette
Room 701 / 2–5pm

Ever been interested in standing on someone's shoulders, forming a human pyramid, or being lifted in the air with the greatest of ease? Join UChicago’s Le Vorris & Vox Circus at 2-2:45 or 3-3:45 to learn the basics of partner acrobatics. Spaces are limited to 30 per workshop, so make sure to come there early and be ready to move. No experience necessary. Following the workshops, come by at 4pm to see and participate in Circus Roulette. You choose the performer and the music, and Le Vorris & Vox’s lovely circus folk will create a performance on the spot featuring aerial acrobats, jugglers, manipulations experts, partner acrobats, and more. All viewers are welcome to enter and exit the performance area at their leisure, and there is no limit on crowd size.

DoVA Open Studios

DoVA Studios / 2–5:30pm
The MFA classes of '18 and '19 and senior BA class of '18 at the University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Arts (DoVA) invite you to join us for an afternoon of open studios. Our interdisciplinary art program’s studios will be open for observation and conversation.

Graphics Powder
Film Production Lab 014 / 2–7:30pm
Designed by Edouard Brooks (BS'16), Graphics Powder is a multi-sensory virtual reality experience celebrating and critiquing motion capture databases from the 2000s. Audience members are invited to engage with the project through immersive smell and sound as well as interact with the database in a virtual space. Graphics Powder seeks to question the sanitization and omission of markers of identity in the databases, asking whether purely abstract movements can exist when we are so steeped in culture.

andomness and Mind Games
Room 028 / 2–7:30pm
Our brains are great at recognizing patterns and trends, but sometimes we just can’t make sense of what we see. Whether complex inner workings or pure randomness are behind it, this unpredictability can arouse a variety of responses in us, from detached boredom to maddening frustration to wonderful intrigue. Xinyi Zhu (MFA candidate, Film, Video, New Media and Animation, SAIC) and Kieran Murphy (PhD candidate, Physics, UChicago) created an immersive and interactive environment which initially evokes a question—what is the effect of randomness and unpredictability on our perception?—and then strives to answer it. Through virtual reality experiences and (physical reality) games, this project aims to shed light on how humans deal with the unknown.

Youth Spoken Word Showcase

Café Logan / 2:30–3:30pm
The Logan Center is thrilled to celebrate the voices of youth poets. At this showcase, you will hear from Rebirth Poetry Ensemble (high school troupe) and Reborn Poetry Ensemble (elementary troupe), middle school poets, and young writers from across the state who have received honorable mentions in the Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poet Laureate Awards.

Workshop with Hyde Park School of Dance
Performance Penthouse / 3–4pm

Let your child explore the power of using their body to creatively build human sculptures in this creative movement class. They will learn to build shapes individually and as a group with the amazing team at the Hyde Park School of Dance. Best for ages 2–5.

The Funky Headphone Architect Design Workshop with DJ Mastermix

Room 802 / 3–4pm
Participants will design their own artistic but funky customized headphone set while listening to their Silent Disco selection. Best for ages 7 and up.

South Side Projections: Family Film Screening

Screening Room / 3-4pm
Enjoy family-friendly, architecture-themed short films with South Side Projections in celebration of the Logan Center's anniversary and the 2nd Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Building Tours
Begin at South Entrance of the Logan Center /

3pm, 4pm, 5pm
Explore the architecture of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Jazz and Blues Photo Exhibition Artist Reception and Awards
Café Logan / 4–5pm

In conjunction with the annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival and the Logan Center Bluesfest, we are staging a juried exhibition celebrating Chicago’s vibrant jazz and blues scene and showcasing the talents of Chicago area photographers. From the images selected to be exhibited, the jury will announce images for special recognition at this opening reception.

Kitchen Sink: Art Making Workshop for Parade
Room 401 / 4–5pm
Stop by this workshop and make yourself festive wearables and playthings, such as garments, masks, and musical instruments. Then join in a parade through Logan Center’s labyrinth of stairs, hallways, bridges, and terraces—ending with a barbecue in the Courtyard.

APS/CPL—Excerpts from Summer Incubator: Salonathon

Performance Lab / 4-5pm
Theater and Performance Studies, in partnership with Chicago Performance Lab, present Salonathon, which offers residencies to selected artists each summer. Salonathon is “a home for underground, emerging, and genre-defying art,” dedicated to carving channels and offering platforms to work that might not otherwise get made and shared. 2017 Residents AJ Ware, Ivan Resendiz, and Maggie Kubley + Matthew Sherbach will be sharing excerpts from their exciting works-in-progress.




Cocktail Lounge, LEGO® Building, and Mural Painting

DelGiorno Terrace, 3rd Floor / 4–11pm
Rain location: North cantilever lounge, 2nd Floor

Enjoy the view from our rooftop terrace as you partake of signature drinks at our cash bar and let your inner artist out.

Screen Share Video Gallery presents: Post-Splice: New Directions in
Video from DoVA
Screening Room / 4:15-5pm
Screen Share Video Gallery is committed to showcasing screen-based media at the Logan Center, designed as a way to showcase student work made in various production courses in DoVA, including Video, Animation, and On Time and Space. This space also hosts curatorial projects by students, alumni, and guests from various Chicago art organizations. Located in the reception area outside of the Screening Room, Screen Share functions as a video lounge, showcasing programs of video, animation, and new media on a rotating schedule.

Logan Center Bash BBQ
Celebrating our Partners
Courtyard / 5–7:20pm
Enjoy community, food, and fun in a Courtyard BBQ celebrating our partners. Sponsored in part by Weber Grill, the outdoor dinner party will include live performances by UChicago’s Dirt Red Brass Band and avery r. young & de deacon board. The BBQ is free; wine and beer is available for purchase at Café Logan.

Kitchen Sink: Parade

Begin at North Entrance of the Logan Center / 5:30-6pm
At the Logan Center, ledges are sitting areas and stair landings have benches of their own. Windows give to other windows; theatres quietly creep across levels. Mezzanines, terraces and cantilevers open up inside and outside the tower, and bridges leap between them. Whether this is the first time in the building or you’re visiting an old friend, Kitchen Sink invites you to see and use the building as you have never done before. Join us as we go on parade through the Logan Center.

Fire Escape Films: 
Student Film Screening
Screening Room / 6:15-7pm
View a selection of the best that Fire Escape Films has to offer. A diverse lineup of student films made at the University of Chicago over the last five years.

Jazz at the Logan: The Anat Cohen Tentet

Performance Hall / 7:30–9pm
With The Anat Cohen Tentet, woodwind virtuoso Anat Cohen brings audiences an evocative and exciting experience centered around the clarinet. The Tentet weaves a tapestry of sounds, freeing Cohen to explore the full range of the clarinet’s dynamics and demonstrate its vastly expressive character. For this concert celebrating both the Logan Center’s fifth anniversary and the season opening of the Jazz at the Logan series, Cohen debuts a new work written especially for the occasion and is joined onstage by singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, and long-time Chicago native Robbie Fulks.
$38 reserved seating; $30 UCID; $20 under 35; $10 students ( or 773.702.ARTS)

Chamber Music Soirée

Performance Penthouse / 7:30–9pm
Ensembles from the Department of Music's Chamber Music Program present an evening of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Villa-Lobos, Brahms, Reinecke, and Smetana. Musicians: Will Myers, viola (PhD, Music Department); Phil Wol, cell (Booth); André Washington (Law School); Andrew Molina (the College), Samantha Fa, violin (faculty, Psychology Department); Frank Wen (MD/PhD); Isabel Bolo, viola (alum); Daniel Pesca, piano (Director, Chamber Music Program); Clara Lyon, violin (violinist, Spektral Quartet).

An Evening of Dance: 6
 Acts in Motion
Theater East / 7:30–9pm
Join us for an evening of dance performances featuring a diverse group of talented professional and youth artists including Ayodele Drum and Dance, Hyde Park School of Dance, Kenwood School of Ballet, Mandala South Asian Performing Arts, Praize Productions and South Chicago Dance Theater.

Sita Sings the Blues
Screening Room / 7:30–9pm
The Film Studies Center shows films in the Screening Room throughout the year. Come see a special screening of Sita Sings the Blues. Tragedy, comedy and musical collide in this gloriously animated film from Nina Paley.

Logan Center Five Year Bash
Closing Performance featuring Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Courtyard / 9–10:30pm
Hypnotic Brass are seven brothers from the south side of Chicago. Together they have toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America playing with everyone from Prince, Mos Def, Mick Jones (The Clash) and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). They’ve performed Coachella, WOMAD AU, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Sydney Opera House, and Carnegie Hall.

Dance Party w/ DJs

Performance Penthouse / 10:30pm–12am
Party down during the last celebratory event of the Five Year Bash. Head up to the Penthouse for a night of dancing presented by Chicago Morning Prelude Dance Party featuring DJ Terry James who will provide the vibes as we bring an energetic close to the 12-hour festival.