Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists

Gladys Nilsson, 1966. Photo by: William Arsenault. Courtesy of Pentimenti Productions.

Join us on Thursday, September 27, at 6:00 PM, for a screening of the documentary Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists (2014, US, 105 min., HD), directed by Leslie Buchbinder. The screening is held in conjunction with our exhibition 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964-1980.

In the mid 1960s, the city of Chicago was an incubator for an iconoclastic group of young artists. Collectively known as the Imagists, they showed in successive waves of exhibitions with monikers that might have been psychedelic rock bands of the era—Hairy Who, Nonplussed Some, False Image, Marriage Chicago Style. Kissing cousins to the contemporaneous international phenomenon of Pop Art, Chicago Imagism took its own weird, wondrous, in-your-face tack. Variously pugnacious, puerile, scatological, graphic, comical, and absurd, it celebrated a very different version of ‘popular’ from the detached cool of New York, London and Los Angeles. Hairy Who and The Chicago Imagists is the first film to tell their wild, woolly, utterly irreverent story.

This screening is free and open to the public.

The 3-D Doings exhibition and subsequent catalogue are funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Terra Foundation for American Art, as part of Art Design Chicago.

Art Design Chicago is a wide-ranging initiative to explore the breadth of Chicago’s role as a catalyst and incubator for innovations in art and design. Spearheaded and funded by the Terra Foundation, with significant support from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Art Design Chicago was developed in partnership with more than 40 cultural organizations to celebrate Chicago’s artists, designers, and creative producers. Art Design Chicago will feature more than 25 exhibitions and hundreds of public programs, presented throughout 2018, as well as the creation of several scholarly publications and a four-part documentary.

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