In the mid-1960s, the city of Chicago was an incubator for an iconoclastic group of young artists. Collectively known as the Imagists, they showed in successive waves of exhibitions with monikers that might have been psychedelic rock bands of the era – Hairy Who, Nonplussed Some, False Image, Marriage Chicago Style. Kissing cousins to the contemporaneous international phenomenon of Pop Art, Chicago Imagism took its own weird, wondrous, in-your-face tack. Variously pugnacious, puerile, scatological, graphic, comical, and absurd, it celebrated a very different version of ‘popular’ from the detached cool of New York, London and Los Angeles. Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists is the first film to tell their wild, woolly, utterly irreverent story.
Following the screening, Lisa Stone will talk with Imagist artists Barbara Rossi and Philip Hanson about their engagement with works by self taught and folk artists, and objects from popular culture––an interest shared by many Imagist artists. Lisa Stone is curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection and adjunct associate professor, both at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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