What Came After: Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978-1998

September 14, 2019 - January, 12 2020

Organized by artist Phyllis Bramson, What Came After is a survey of diverse interests in the figure as a subject, the human condition, and an interest in personal iconography. Many have struggled with understanding and processing the term ‘Chicago Imagism’ since it was first used in the early 1970s, including artists that built on the ideas of their peers or sought to break free from expectations of that legacy. What Came After better defines and celebrates this later generation of artists, which have been called third generation Imagists, Post-Imagists, and the Chicago School.

In addition to Bramson, artists represented in What Came After include Nicholas Africano, Susanne Doremus, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, Richard Hull, Michiko Itatani, Paul Lamantia, Robert Lostutter, Jim Lutes, Tony Phillips, David Sharpe, Hollis Sigler, Ken Warneke, Margaret Wharton, and Mary Lou Zelazny. The show of 30 paintings will serve as an introduction to these artists for a broad audience, while also examining a specific time and place in Chicago’s recent history. 

The exhibition is dedicated to the late art critic James Yood, initially involved in early planning of this exhibition, and advocate of Midwest artists from this particular time period.

What Came After is organized in conjunction with a new installation across Elmhurst’s museum campus at Elmhurst College’s A.C. Buehler Library. This new display was organized by Suellen Rocca, one of the original members of the Hairy Who collective and current Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Elmhurst College. 

Sponsored by the Explore Elmhurst Grant Program, with public programming sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Herman and Esther Halperin Family.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 1:30pm

Panel Discussion: Despite Imagism

Presenters including artist Phyllis Bramson, curator Lynne Warren, curator/critic Deven Golden, and artists Richard Hull, Susanne Doremus, and Jim Lutes.

This program is sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art and it is free with museum admission.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 1:00pm

Family Day

Children and parents are invited to participate in hands-on activities inspired by the current exhibition. Available to all ages.

This program is sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art and it is free with museum admission.

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 1:00pm

Family Day

Children and parents are invited to participate in hands-on activities inspired by the current exhibition. Available to all ages.

This program is sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art and it is free with museum admission.

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 1:30pm

Tour of Elmhurst College’s Chicago Imagist collection with Suellen Rocca

See the newly reinstalled, internationally recognized Chicago Imagist collection at Elmhurst College with these exclusive tours by Suellen Rocca, one of the original members of the Hairy Who and current Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the College. Rocca will offer first-person accounts of Chicago’s cultural history, while also providing context and furthering the dialogue about art from Chicago during the 70s-90s.

This program is sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art and it is free with museum admission.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 1:30pm

Lecture: What is Chicago Imagism?

Join us for a talk about Chicago Imagism and its legacy by art critic, curator, and essayist Deven Golden. Fifty years after they began showing, Chicago artists of the 1960s are attracting renewed interest, but they did not emerge in a vacuum. This talk will look at the artist dialogue that led up to this period, what followed, and how things irrevocably changed as the 20th century came to an end. Before moving to New York in 1991, Deven Golden was an exhibiting artist and curated numerous exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Hyde Park Art Center, Randolph Street Gallery and other former Chicago alternative galleries.

This program is sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art and it is free with museum admission.
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 1:30pm

Tour of Elmhurst College’s Chicago Imagist collection with Suellen Rocca

See the newly reinstalled, internationally recognized Chicago Imagist collection at Elmhurst College with these exclusive tours by Suellen Rocca, one of the original members of the Hairy Who and current Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the College. Rocca will offer first-person accounts of Chicago’s cultural history, while also providing context and furthering the dialogue about art from Chicago during the 70s-90s.

This program is sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art and it is free with museum admission.

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 1:30pm

Lecture: What Came After?

Join us for a lecture by curator Robert Cozzolino, where he addresses questions such as: Where did the Imagist term come from? What has it done? Let's look at art in Chicago another way -- without the labels that have weighed it down and put it at the margins. What if we purged "imagist" and "imagism" from how we organize and think about Chicago art? What might be gained by looking at relationships anew? 
Robert Cozzolino is the Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
 
This program is sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art and it is free with museum admission.
Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 1:30pm

Exhibition Tour with artist and exhibition organizer, Phyllis Bramson

This program is sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art and it is free with museum admission.