CHICAGO — An apple tasting and discussion of artist Paul Cézanne will kick off the fall season for the DePaul University Humanities Center Oct. 7. The center’s programs are free and open to the public and bring together creative scholars from Chicago and beyond. These events will be held at the DePaul Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 120.
Painter Paul Cézanne is said to have destroyed a canvas because he felt that he couldn’t taste the apples he had painted there. This event will celebrate the still life — seeing, sampling, and savoring Cézanne’s apples — in an interdisciplinary investigation of his talent and aesthetic philosophy. Starting with a tasting of five heirloom apple varieties (free to the first 100 attendees), panelists will discuss the role of the apple in the history of civilization and the history of art, with special attention paid to the central role that apples played in Cézanne’s still life work. The panel will include: Rowan Jacobson, best-selling author of “Apples of Uncommon Character”; Benedict Leca, executive director of the Redwood Library and Athenaeum; Allison Perelman, research associate, The Art Institute of Chicago; Mike and Velma Downes from More Than Delicious Orchard.
Making the Novel Novel: Don Quixote
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of the complete Don Quixote, which many experts consider to be the first novel. The event will address the meaning of the novel, investigating Miguel de Cervantes’ work. Over the course of an evening of performances and lectures, an array of scholars and artists will contemplate Quixote from multiple perspectives. Featured guests will include: Stefan Vander Elst, assistant professor of English, University of San Diego; Wendy Clinard artistic director, Clinard Dance Theatre; Danielle Meijer, adjunct professor of philosophy, DePaul University; and Stephen Miller, professor of Hispanic studies, Texas A&M.
Horror of the Humanities 3
DePaul Humanities Center’s third annual Halloween event features avant-garde exhibits pointing to the horror of everyday life, as well as the relationship between horror and the history of the humanities. The night will start with a “Haunted House” interactive exhibit followed by Halloween-themed improv comedy. There will be a full-length screening of the film “Antiviral,” followed by a question and answer session with the film’s director, Brandon Cronenberg.
Kristin Claes Mathews