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Art & Art History

Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists

Perfect Being

Thursday, April 30, 2015–Friday, May 01, 2015
Gallery 400
400 South Peoria Street

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Please join Pentimenti Productions, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and Gallery 400 for a special screening of Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists and “Gender Equality in the Visual Arts” panel discussion. This event will be the third in a series of three free screening and discussion events funded by a Chicago Public Programs Grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. Each discussion expands upon a different theme presented in the film. The first of these was at the Logan Center at the University of Chicago on November 7th, 2014, the second at the Chicago Cultural Center on February 7th, 2015.

The general focus of the discussion at this third event will be gender equality in the visual arts. Many of the Imagist artists were and are vocal advocates of the equal treatment that they felt male and female artists in their group enjoyed as early as the mid-1960s. Many of the artists and their colleagues describe this feature of the Imagist scene as one that set it distinctly apart from concurrent male-dominated scenes in New York and Los Angeles. This subject is touched upon in Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, and this panel discussion will be an opportunity for Imagist and contemporary artists to come together to explore this history and its legacy more fully and critically.

Moderated by Judith Kirshner. Panelists: Barbara Rossi (Chicago artist), Sue Williams (NYC and Chicago artist), Claudine Ise (speaking as a critic and director of Woman Made Gallery)

Reception at 5:30 pm, Screening begins at 6:00 pm, Panel discussion at 8:00 pm.

***Seating is first come, first served. Guests who have already seen the film at a previous screening and would like to attend the panel discussion only will be admitted at 5 pm if seats remain.***

Image: Gladys Nilsson, 1966. Photo by William Arsenault.