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South Community Associates Joint Program: Hairy Who? 1966-1969

October 17, 2018
10:45AM2:30PM
Fullerton Hall, Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room, Price Auditorium, and various galleries
$75 per person, open to Community Associates members

Beginning at the Hyde Park Art Center in the late 1960s, a self-organized group of artists made up of Jim Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca, and Karl Wirsum presented six exhibitions across the country in just four short years. The Hairy Who’s inventive and outrageous artwork and comic book publications transformed the landscape of art in Chicago and beyond. 

Exhibition co-organizer and researcher Thea Liberty Nichols uncovers the behind-the-scenes provenance research that led to groundbreaking discoveries unique to Hairy Who? 1966-1969

After the lecture and lunch, you have several options to fill out your day. You may choose to take guided afternoon gallery tours:  “From Harry Who to Hairy Who?” led by Annie Morse; and/or “Making Art Now! Contemporary Artists in Chicago and Beyond” led by Sam Anderson-Ramos. You may choose to attend a screening of selections from the Hairy Who & the Chicago Imagists documentary in Price Auditorium. Alternatively, you may explore the Hairy Who exhibition and other related galleries on your own. 

Location: Fullerton Hall, Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room, Price Auditorium, and various galleries 
Program Capacity: 57
Registration period: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 – Wednesday, October 10, 2018 

Schedule of the Day: 

9:30 South Community Associates bus departs Clarendon Hills
10:45 Arrival at the Art Institute of Chicago 
11:00-12:00 Lecture: Hairy Who Dunnit? by Thea Liberty Nichols in Fullerton Hall 
12:00-1:15 Lunch in the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room 
1:15-1:40

Screening or gallery tour – Choose one of three 20-minute options below or see the special exhibition on your own:

  • Gallery Talk: From Harry Who to Hairy Who? by Annie More in the Prints & Drawings galleries
  • Gallery Talk: Making Art Now! Contemporary Artists in Chicago and Beyond by Sam Anderson-Ramos in the Modern and Contemporary galleries
  • Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists documentary screening in Price Auditorium 
1:50-2:15

 Screening or gallery tour – Choose one of three 20-minute options below or see the special exhibition on your own:

  • Gallery Talk: From Harry Who to Hairy Who? by Annie More in the Prints & Drawings galleries
  • Gallery Talk: Making Art Now! Contemporary Artists in Chicago and Beyond by Sam Anderson-Ramos in the Modern and Contemporary galleries
  • Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists documentary screening in Price Auditorium 
 2:30   Bus departs for Clarendon Hills 

To reach the event planner, please contact Judi Thomas at (630) 325-3195 or luju101@aol.com. To reach the assistant event planner, please contact Beth Bannon at (630) 920-1715 or bbannon5724@gmail.com


This Community Associates event is exclusively for current Community Associates members. Membership will be verified at the door, and refunds cannot be issued for those without a valid membership. For Community Associates events that allow guests, nonmember guests must be registered by a Community Associates member. If you are interested in becoming a member of Community Associates, please visit artic.edu/joinnow to join both the Art Institute of Chicago and the Community Associates group of your choice.

Suellen Rocca. Bare Shouldered Beauty and the Pink Creature, 1965. The Art Institute of Chicago, Frederick W. Renshaw Acquisition and Carol Rosenthal-Groeling Purchase funds. © Suellen Rocca.