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CCA

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Hairy Who, from The Portable Hairy Who, 1966, comic/artist's book, 11"x7". Courtesy of Pentimenti Productions.

Hairy Who, from The Portable Hairy Who, 1966, comic/artist's book, 11"x7". Courtesy of Pentimenti Productions.

To mark the close of our exhibition How Chicago!, and in response to popular demand, we will once more screen the documentary, Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists; the first film to tell the wild, woolly, utterly irreverent story of the Chicago Imagists.

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. It brings to life the milieu of Chicago in the 1960s, 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 rise and fall of taste within art history, and the uncharacteristic equality afforded to women artists among this Chicago group.

Film duration: 104 mins
Director: Leslie Buchbinder

To mark the close of our exhibition How Chicago!, and in response to popular demand, we will once more screen the documentary, Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists; the first film to tell the wild, woolly, utterly irreverent story of the Chicago Imagists.

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. It brings to life the milieu of Chicago in the 1960s, 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 rise and fall of taste within art history, and the uncharacteristic equality afforded to women artists among this Chicago group.

Film duration: 104 mins
Director: Leslie Buchbinder

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