Chicago Avant-Garde

InterCcECT field trip!

A new exhibition from the Newberry Library, curated by Dr. Liesl Olson, spotlights Chicago as a site of historic, boundary-pushing experimentation in art, literature, and dance.  Chicago Avant Garde centers five women whose lives and careers embodied a uniquely Chicago style of avant-garde creativity in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s: artist Gertrude Abercrombie, poet Gwendolyn Brooks, dancers  Katherine Dunham and Ruth Page, and curator Katharine Kuh.

Open to the public and free,  Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm, now through December 30th.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog designed by graphic artists Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer and letterpress printer Ben Blount. It includes more than 100 photographs, an essay by Dr. Olson (Director of Chicago Studies at the Newberry ), and new poems dedicated to each of the five avant-gardists by Chicago-based poet and educator Eve L. Ewing.

Two special events also feature the exhibit:

Wednesday, October 13, 6 – 7:15 pm

Designing the Chicago Avant-Garde Identity

Saturday, October 23, 11 am – noon

A Woman Ahead of Her Time: Katherine Dunham and Afro-Caribbean Dance


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