Elmhurst College to screen documentary on renowned Chicago art collective on March 31

March 15, 2017 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Hairy Who and The Chicago Imagists is an engrossing and lavishly illustrated documentary about a dynamic group of artists who, beginning in the 1960s and spanning two decades, thumbed their noses at the art establishment, producing works that were outrageous, aggressive, humorous and significant.

All of the Hairy Who’s founding members, including Suellen Rocca, Elmhurst College’s curator and director of exhibitions, still are exhibiting and have become powerful inspirations for a whole new generation of artists, including Jeff Koons and Chris Ware.

The screening of Hairy Who and The Chicago Imagists begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31 in the Schaible Science Center, Illinois Hall. Admission is free, but reservations are suggested by emailing specialevents@elmhurst.edu.

After the screening, participants are invited to walk over to the A.C. Buehler Library and explore the College’s unparalleled collection of Chicago Imagist and Abstractionist Art. Suellen Rocca will be available for questions during the visit. For more information, please call (630) 617-6110 or srocca@elmhurst.edu.

This event is held in conjunction with the Elmhurst Art Museum’s exhibition Kings and Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago, which explores the mutual appreciation and influence of two of Chicago’s coolest exports—pinball and Imagist painting.

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