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Whoville Exhibition Salon-Style Wall

This collection of artwork is part of an exhibition from noted contemporary collector, Beth Rudin DeWoody, curated by Laura Dvorkin in collaboration with Circa 1881. Whoville, coincides with EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, and is available through October 23rd. 


The Salon-Style Wall in The Lobby features works by artists with connections to Chicago. 

Kerry James Marshall

Marshall is considered one of America’s greatest living artists and currently resides in Chicago and comments on the lack of black figures in Western Art and continues, through his work, to amplify the presence of black subjects displayed in museums. Kerry James Marshall: MASTRY is an exhibition highlighting Marshall’s paintings, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self in 1980 to his most recent explorations of African American history.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Quinn’s portraits recall his childhood growing up in Chicago and the struggles of living in the now demolished project of Robert Taylor Homes. His paintings, which resemble collages, are made with a combination of charcoal, pastel, gouache and oil paint on vellum. The abstract, distorted figures reflect the many faces of the human experience. The paintings are intimate and embrace binaries: good and bad, male and female, past and present. Quinn's pieces Smear, Irene and Eugene were each created in 2013.

Theaster Gates

Artist, urban planner and developer, Theaster Gates grew up in Chicago’s East Garfield Park and is one of the world’s leading contemporary artists.  Founder of the non-profit Rebuild Foundation, Gates has numerous social projects in Chicago aimed at transforming impoverished communities through art. His work, like Stack 6901-25, often incorporates found materials from these projects addressing different methods of creating and bridging the gap between art and philanthropy. Gates is a Professor in the Department of Visual Art and Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago. 

Karl Wirsum

Chicago-born Karl Wirsum earned his BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1961. Wirsum is a founding member of the "Hairy Who," alongside James Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt and Suellen Rocca. The name stems from the title of a Hyde Park Art Center exhibition co-curated by Don Baum in 1966, for which the group received national attention. The group went on to have exhibitions at San Francisco Art Institute, School of Visual Arts in New York and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Much like the 1960s "Hairy Who" aesthetic, Wirsum’s work often contains surreal and comic imagery. A master draftsman, Wirsum considers drawing equally as important as paintings.  He is known for creating fanciful and demented characters, much like the ones featured in Bubble Gum Pop, and his two Untitled pieces. Wirsum’s work is included in the collections of several major museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Other artists featured on this wall

Mira Dancy - Arm Around, 2012

Gladys Nilsson - Couple, 1968

Ed Paschke - Two Faces of Robin, 1969

Ed Flood - The Flaming Comet Zulu Dart Board, 1968

Karl Wirsum - Bubble Gum Pop, 1963 | Untitled (Study for Show Girl Series), 1969 | Untitled, 1969

H.C. Westerman - Untitled #8, Untitled #17 (See America First), 1968

Richard Jackson - Ballerina, 2009






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