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Party at the Smart: Radioactive

An after-hours party for UChicago students featuring original performances that reflect on the nuclear age.

Organized by the Smart Museum’s Student Advisory Committee, the event addresses the recent 75th anniversary of the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction, which occurred at the University of Chicago just a block away from where the Smart Museum sits today. 

Highlights include "radioactive" cupcakes, a glow-in-the-dark propaganda poster activity, exclusive access to the exhibition Revolution Every Day, and #RadioactiveMuseum performances from UChicago dancers, hip hop artists, electronic musicians, DJs, and acrobats.

Presented by the Smart’s Student Advisory Committee in conjunction with Uncommon Nights.


Irene Hsiao, Connor Plunkett, and India Weston performing a work of improvisational contemporary dance and live electronic music.

Inés will perform original songs that showcase an amalgamation of her voice and a computer drawing influence from trap, chillstep, 80s disco, and more.

Chief Wicked will perform an original song structured like a nuclear reaction, combining frenetic flow patterns with uneven lyric density and jarring transitions between various delivery speeds. 

PhiNix Dance Crew will perform a hip-hop dance that connects contemporary movement with the nuclear age.

Le Vorris & Vox Circus will perform a set of acrobatics that remembers and questions the WWII era and features atomic feats of derring-do.

Rafael FM and DJ Daniel Chavez will serve as MCs and also spin a set of vinyl tracks that mirror the atomic era.