Many Chicagoans know Frank Lloyd Wright and his Prairie Style of Architecture in Chicago, but what many do not realize is that many artists from Chicago were the architects of contemporary and outsider art of today, hence our month long introduction of programming on the Chicago Imagists brought to you by Chicago Museum Blog (http://chicagomuseumblog.com/) and the organizers of the Chicago Museum Meetup!
When the New York Pop Art Scene was at its highest and gallery spaces in Chicago severely lacking, the Chicago Imagists brought the city into the forefront through shows at the Hyde Park Art Center in the late 1960s to the early 1970s. The art featured comic book illustrations, grotesque, and outrageous imagery that was made to be emotional and personal rather than a play on the commercial industry which Pop Art perpetuated.
The Chicago Imagists (http://chicagoimagists.com/) coined by Franz Schulze were artists from the School of the Art Institute beginning with the Monster Roster that included the artist, Don Baum who later would curate the shows at the Hyde Park Art Center. Roger Brown, Jim Nutt, and Ed Paschke were all well known Chicago Imagists and each worked with various Imagist groups such as False Image, Hairy Whos, and Non-Plussed Some. Though coined as a group, many of artists worked independently and showed together.
donated his residence in Chicago to the School of the Art Institute with all the artifacts he had collected during his lifetime. The bathroom, bedroom, and main rooms have all been left untouched. The Roger Brown Collection is a tchotchke lover dreams. All of his inspirations are found in the objects he had purchased from wooden alligators to theatre props. The group will see a slide show and then venture upstairs on a guided tour.
The cost is $17.00 per person and the tour begins on November 5th at 6:30 p.m. To register for the tour go to the Chicago Museum Meetup. (http://www.meetup.com/chicago-museum/events/225654461/)
Our group will be given a private tour. This is a very special opportunity since this museum is typically closed to the public and we are receiving a behind-the-scenes tour that only students at the School of the Art Institute have access too.
All proceeds go to the Roger Brown Study Collection.