Portable Gray issue 10: “Family”

Portable Gray issue 10: “Family”

University of Chicago Arts

Image:  Justine Dyce Williams, Old, exposed roots of a black oak rise more than a foot high from the sand before the trunk shoots up toward the canopy tens of feet above the ground, Indiana Dunes, summer 2016. Courtesy of Justin Dyce Williams.

May 15, 2023
Portable Gray issue 10: “Family”
Issue launch party: June 21
The Salt Shed, 1357 N Elston Ave
Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60637
United States

The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce the release of the tenth issue of Portable Gray, a publication that draws on the work of the Gray Center, a research center for experimental collaborations between artists and scholars. Published twice annually (fall/spring) by the University of Chicago Press, Portable Gray is a forum for experimenting with two genres of publication: the scholarly journal and the art magazine. Each issue is shaped by a theme, which is treated elastically and through myriad forms: artworks, essays, interviews, musical scores, photography, and poetry among others.

About this issue
Our tenth edition of Portable Gray is dedicated to family. Comfort or cage, for centuries family has served as an ever-reliable inspiration and source material for the arts and literature. It is also a flash point for some of the most fierce and poignant political debates of our times, touching on topics ranging from public health and reproductive justice; representation and citizenship; cultural infrastructure and ethical business practices; to re-matriation and the stewardship of the environment. This issue offers a kaleidoscopic view on the subject of family with contributions from archivists, artists, curators, dramaturgs, gallerists, literary scholars, musicians, novelists, skateboarders, theater directors, and the Chicago Abortion Fund.

Please join us on June 21 for an issue launch party and family picnic at The Salt Shed, 1357 N Elston Ave, Chicago, Illinois.

Editor’s Plaisance
Zachary Cahill

Ghenwa Hayek

Wrangling with Generations: Seven Questions for Kate Zambreno on Writing and Family
Zachary Cahill 

Giving Form to the Attachment and Ambivalence of Motherhood 
Julia Phillips 

The Sun Suns 
Devin T. Mays 

Uterus Mined
Kyrin Hobson 

Queer Genealogies: Chronoloching the Infinite Possibilities of Building Family with Out of Focus
Isis Ferguson and India Martin 

Shaping Change: 99 Steps Towards Justice 
Megan Jeyifo, Aalap Ooha Bommaraju, and Qudsiyyah Shariyf 

A Place for Love to Go 
Justin Dyce Williams 

Musical, Un-Musical, Undo-sical: Consolidation, Fragmentation, and Reinvention in a Work in Progress 
Leslie Buxbaum, David J. Levin, Erin McKeown, Deborah Nelson 

Glenn Ligon 

The Only True Voyage of Discovery 
Paul Gray with Duncan MacKenzie 

The Business of Underdogs 
Brent and Shane Heyl with Mike Schuh 

Mother Tongues, Water Memory, and Kinships 
Natasha Ginwala and Brook Andrew 

Order your copy today and support Portable Gray here.

Executive Editor: Seth Brodsky / Editor-in-Chief: Zachary Cahill / Senior Editor: Mike Schuh / Managing Editor: Naomi Blumberg / Contributing Editor: Sabrina Craig/ Design: David Khan-Giordano / ISSN 2637-8361.

About the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry is a forum at the University of Chicago for experimental collaborations between artists and scholars. Gray Center activities take place all over campus (encompassing various divisions, departments, and programs), across the community, throughout the city, and beyond. Through its various programs—including the Mellon Residential Fellowships for Arts Practice and Scholarship, exploratory research initiatives, the monthly Sidebar conversation series, Gray Sound, an experimental music and sound performance series, international conferences, and institutional collaborations—the Gray Center seeks to foster a culture of innovation and experimentation at the intersection of arts practice and scholarship.

Press contact: Mike Schuh, Gray Center Assistant Director of Fellowships and Operations, at mikes1 [​at​] uchicago.edu.

Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60637
United States

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