3-D Doings Explores Sculptural Work of Chicago Imagists at the Tang Museum

Exhibition brings the Art Design Chicago celebration to New York with landmark exploration of rarely seen artworks

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (March 27, 2018) — Exploring the warm, personal, and humorous strain of Pop art born in Chicago, the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College will present the first in-depth exploration of the Imagist artists affinity for the object with the exhibition 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964—1980. The exhibition opens September 8 and runs through January 6, 2019.

The Chicago Imagists invented their own kind of Pop art that contrasted with the cooler, more neutral varieties in New York and London. 3-D Doings examines this tension with a historic presentation of rarely-exhibited sculptural work and three-dimensional painting made by the Chicago Imagists during the early years of their practice. The exhibition explores how key figures in the movement diverged in their working methods, utilizing unconventional materials in unique ways, but shared key influences. 3-D Doings convenes a wide range of artworks, from interventions in mass-produced materials—such as Suellen Rocca’s painted purses and reworked thrift-store finds, Ray Yoshida’s collages, and Roger Brown’s towers—to finely crafted objects like Ed Flood’s multilayered painted Plexiglas boxes. Many Imagists used materials associated with craft: Karl Wirsum, Christina Ramberg, and Philip Hanson, for example, made extensive use of papier mâché, and Barbara Rossi used sewn fabrics in her printmaking, among other examples.

The exhibition includes work by members of the original Imagist groups, as well as Don Baum, the chief curator of the Imagist moment; Ray Yoshida, the teacher with whom many Imagists studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and H.C. Westermann, an indelible influence on the Imagists and this exhibition, among others.

3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964—1980 and the accompanying catalog, are funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art, as part of Art Design Chicago, a year-long initiative to explore Chicago’s role as a catalyst and incubator for innovations in art and design. 3-D Doings expands the Imagist's legacy to audiences beyond Chicago.

3-D Doings is organized by Tang Dayton Director Ian Berry, and Chicago-based scholars, independent curators, and gallerists John Corbett and Jim Dempsey.

About 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 features 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.

About the Tang Teaching Museum

The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College is a pioneer of interdisciplinary exploration and learning. A cultural anchor of New York's Capital Region, the institution's approach has become a model for university art museums across the country-with exhibition programs and series that bring together the visual and performing arts with fields of study as disparate as history, astronomy, and physics. The Tang has one of the most rigorous faculty-engagement initiatives in the nation, the Mellon Seminar, and robust publication and touring exhibition initiatives that extend the institution's reach far beyond its walls. The Tang Teaching Museum's building, designed by architect Antoine Predock, serves as a visual metaphor for the convergence of ideas and exchange the institution catalyzes. The museum is open from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday, with extended hours until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, and is closed on Mondays and holidays. More information at http://tang.skidmore.edu.

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