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Chicago Imagists: Early Urban Art


Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theatre
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

Credit: Charles Krejcsi, Chicago Daily News

Beginning in the 1960s, a loosely related group of Chicago artists began producing art with fantastical, colorful, and strange images. These artists were purposely disconnecting with what other artists were making at the time (in New York City and around in Europe). This was a unique Chicago phenomenon. This lecture will show how this movement portrays the type of cultural outlook that is still true of Chicago. It will also argue that the works are exciting, still fresh, and accessible to people from all walks of life.

Photo Credit: Charles Krejcsi, Chicago Daily News

Note: This lecture will be designed to excite the audience about the art which is truly "cool" and accessible to people with no art background. It is especially suitable for teenagers or young adults.

speaker bio

Ariela Lazar received her PhD from UC Berkeley in philosophy. She currently teaches at UChicago and has previously taught at Stanford and Northwestern. She is also an art consultant in Chicago.

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