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Member Conversation: Four Chicago Artists

Thurs, July 25 | 6:00–7:00

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A woman in a yellow skirt and blouse dances with a tall, blue insect beneath the moon. On either side of them are two abstract forms, teal trees or beehives. Behind them is a red wall. Their limbs are long narrow lines, and their hands and feet look almost robotic.

Moon Meet May, 1993

Barbara Rossi. Gift of the Kohler Foundation, Inc.

In this conversation three curators—Mark Pascale, Stephanie Strother, and Kathryn Cua—discuss the exhibition Four Chicago Artists: Theodore Halkin, Evelyn Statsinger, Barbara Rossi, and Christina Ramberg and explore how these four iconic artists shaped the visual culture of Chicago.

Chicago experienced an explosion of resident artists after World War II, yet the city did not have the commercial gallery network to support them. This allowed local artists to be more creative about where to show their work without competing with each other for space. These circumstances fostered a communal spirit that spanned generations. Despite the 20-year separation between Theodore “Ted” Halkin and Evelyn Statsinger, and the generation of Barbara Rossi and Christina Ramberg, these artists shared a commitment to personal authenticity and a talent for inventing original, imaginative compositions inspired by the world around them.

Four Chicago Artists: Theodore Halkin, Evelyn Statsinger, Barbara Rossi, and Christina Ramberg is held in conversation with Christina Ramberg: A Retrospective, the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the iconic Chicago artist in almost 30 years.

About the Speakers

Mark Pascale is the Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Stephanie Strother specializes in modern art of the 19th and early 20th centuries. She holds an MA from the Courtauld Institute and is currently working toward a PhD in art history at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation focuses on the Atelier Martine, a Paris-based decorative arts workshop founded in 1911 by leading fashion designer Paul Poiret.

Kathryn Cua is the curatorial assistant for the Asian American Art Initiative at Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University. She completed her dual MA in art history, theory, and criticism and arts administration and policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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