September 8 marks the grand opening of 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964–1980 at the Tang Teaching Museum. Running through January 6, 2019, 3-D Doings is the first in-depth exploration of the early work done by the Chicago Imagists. To celebrate the unique new exhibit, the Tang will be presenting several events this fall, including insightful gallery talks, panel discussions, and an opening day reception!
Schedule of Events
The Tang’s featured 3-D Doings events will explore the little-known sculptures and dimensional paintings of the Chicago Imagists, who were known for their surreal, “warm and wacky” art during the second half of the 20th century. All of the following events are free and open to the public:
Saturday, September 8
- 4 PM to 5 PM: Curators’ Talk with exhibition organizers Ian Berry, John Corbett, and Jim Dempsey.
- 5 PM to 6:30 PM: Opening reception of 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964–1980.
Tuesday, September 18
- 12 PM to 1 PM: Curator’s Tour of 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964–1980, led by Ian Berry.
Thursday, September 27
- 6 PM to 8 PM: Screening of Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists (2014). | Directed by Leslie Buchbinder, Hairy Who tells the story of “an iconoclastic group of young artists” in 1960s Chicago. Known as the Imagists, they utilized graphic and absurdist styles to separate themselves from the world of Pop Art.
Thursday, October 11
- 6 PM to 8 PM: Whole Grain Experiments in Film & Video, Ruckus Shorts: The short films of Red Grooms. | A showcase of Imagist filmmaker Red Grooms, who was also known for his sculptures and installation art. Featured short films include Shoot the Moon (1962), Fat Feet (1966), Ruckus Shorts (1966), and Hippodrome Hardware (1973).
Tuesday, October 23
- 12 PM to 1 PM: Curatorial Assistant Molly Channon leads a tour of 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964–1980.
Additionally, a two-day 3-D Doings Symposium on October 25 and 26 will feature a dialogue with Art Green on Thursday at 6 PM, as well as Friday’s gallery talk (3 PM) and panel with exhibiting artists (5 PM). Sarah Canright, Art Green, Lorri Gunn, Phil Hanson, Gladys Nilsson, and Suellen Rocca will engage with audiences about their work and discuss Chicago in the 1960s and 1970s. This two-day symposium is funded by The Alfred Z. Solomon Residency, whose mission is to address a wide range of issues in the visual arts by bringing scholars, artists, and critics to Skidmore.
About the Curators of “3-D Doings”
Dayton Director Ian Berry has organized over 90 museum exhibitions throughout his career. His work includes collaborations on subjects such as the Hudson River and Shaker furniture, as well as monographic exhibitions with artists Terry Adkins, Nicole Eisenman, and Corita Kent to name a few.
John Corbett has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) since 1988, and in 2002, served as the artistic director of Berlin JazzFest. In addition to the upcoming 3-D Doings exhibition, Corbett co-curated the Empty Bottle Jazz Series from 1996 to 2005, as well as Pathways to Unknown Worlds: Sun Ra, El Saturn, and Chicago’s Afro-Futurist Underground.
Co-owner of the Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery with John Corbett, Jim Dempsey served twenty years as house manager and occasional programmer for the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. Together, Dempsey and Corbett have worked on several independent curatorial projects, including Big Picture: A New View of Painting In Chicago and Touch and Go: Ray Yoshida and his Spheres of Influence.
The 3-D Doings exhibition is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art, as part of Art Design Chicago.
Want to learn more about the Tang‘s upcoming events and exhibits? Call (518) 580-0808 or visit the Museum online at tang.skidmore.edu.