HWCI at Illinois State Museum's "Kings & Queens" exhibition

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Illinois Art Museum

502 S Spring St

Springfield, IL

The Illinois State Museum will be screening the award-winning documentary film Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists.

When: August 3, 6:00-8PM

Where: Thorne Duel Auditorium LL, ISM

Admission: Free

Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, produced by Chicago-based Pentimenti Productions, is the first film to tell these artists' wild, wooly, utterly irreverent story. Over forty interviews with the artists and a prominent group of critics, curators, collectors, and contemporary artists are featured, intertwined with a wealth of re-discovered archival footage and photographs. The film follows the Imagists as they emerged from the energetic exhibitions catalyzed by Don Baum at the Hyde Park Art Center from 1966-1973, starting with the Hairy Who. It makes use of archival material and contemporary interviews to bring to life the milieu of the early 1960s at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and also showcases the legacy of the Imagists' work in contemporary art production today.

Themes in the narrative include the Imagists’ emergence within the national context of Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art; the city of Chicago in the 1960s and 70s, as seen and used by its artists; and the uncharacteristic equality afforded to women artists among the Chicago Imagists. Presented in conjunction with the current exhibition: Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago. Filmgoers will be allowed to view the exhibition after the screening of the film.

For more information on the film visit: www.pentimentiproductions.org and www.chicagoimagists.com