This interactive archive was developed by Pentimenti Productions to provide a freely-accessible resource for students, teachers, artists, researchers, and art enthusiasts who want to learn more about Chicago Imagism.

Explore the Chicago Imagist Archive to:

  • Uncover additional archival material and interview footage not included in the movie,
  • Read interpretive essays on the Who, What, and Where of the Chicago Imagist story,
  • Find links to resources elsewhere on the web and in libraries, to continue your research.

Some of the content on this site comes from rarely-seen personal collections of Imagist artists and their friends. Other material has been made available with permission from the collections of museums or other arts institutions around the world. All of the written text on this site and dozens of the interviews were produced by Pentimenti as a new contribution to the historical record. Bibliographic references and links to other relevant sources of information have been compiled in order to assist visitors wishing to continue their research. This website is not intended to replace the experience of viewing Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, but rather to further the film's educational mission by presenting supplemental material in a format that encourages visitor-directed exploration, engagement, and discovery.

We hope that this site will serve as a reliable source of information about Chicago Imagism on the Internet for years to come. Additional features and material may be added over time, along with updates about the film and screening dates, so please continue to check back for news!



Susannah Ribstein (Archivist) is an historian living in Chicago, specializing in the art and architecture of the 20th century. She has a BA in Art History from the University of Chicago (2005) and an MS in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2013). She was the director of Corbett vs. Dempsey gallery in Chicago from 2007 to 2012. In 2010, she authored a successful nomination to place the Roger Brown Home and Studio on the National Register of Historic Places. The Chicago Imagist Web Archive was designed by DJ Catrow, Jon Linton, and Jennifer Moody at Loudmouth Design Co.