Show the World: 150 Years of Chicago Art and Design

Public Programs

  • WTTW

Forthcoming 2018

Dorothy & Otis Shepard, Cubs Scorecard, 1953, Harper Designs

WTTW presents a four-part series exploring the history of Chicago’s painters, sculptors, graphic artists, product designers, photographers, typographers, billboard designers, gallery owners, filmmakers and muralists from the end of the 19th Century through the dawning of the new millennia. In doing so it tells a rich tale of one of the nation’s great cities from the point of view of its some of its most creative and thoughtful citizens.

Chicago’s artists and designers embody the dichotomy at the heart of Chicago, a city at once the crossroads of the nation and one of the nation’s most segregated. Its artists and designers were well connected, were ignored; sought the spotlight, shunned it; worked in solitude, worked in solidarity; created work for the marketplace, made work without compensation for the wider community; painted on canvas, painted on the railroad embankment; were well trained, taught themselves; chased the logic of dreams, rigorously applied the logic of utility; had their work seen by millions, died never having shared their work with anyone. They worked in the heart of racially segregated neighborhoods, they joined together in egalitarian city wide creative activities. They resisted official neglect with great public energy as much as they quietly retreated into the privacy of their own homes. And some of them were civic heroes, representing Chicago around the world.
 

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Art + Design Program Series
  • Newberry Library
fall 2018

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Neighborhood Design at an Intersection: Bronzeville, Chinatown, & Humboldt Park
  • Chicago Cultural Alliance
October–November 2018

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Art Speaks
  • The University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
January–December 2018

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Art in the Park Tour Series
  • Chicago Parks Foundation
May–October 2018

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Participatory Arts: The Legacy of Chicago's Hull-House Artists
  • Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
October–November 2018

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Dialogo: Virginio Ferrari and Chicago
  • University of Chicago
July–December 2018