Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination

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March 19, 2015-Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination

Meet the self-taught Chicago artist who could make dazzling art out of anything he found. Known as Mr. Imagination, he turned bottlecaps, mirrors, and scraps of wood into delightfully original works of art.

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The Evocative Paintings of Chicago's Jazz Age Modernist

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March 10, 2015 - The Paintings of Chicago's Jazz Age

Painter Archibald Motley created a revealing body of work that captured Chicago people and nightlife during the Jazz Age. We visit the new Motley exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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60 Years of Sculpture with Richard Hunt

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February 5, 2015 - 60 Years of Sculpture with Richard Hunt

We visit the Chicago Cultural Center and the MCA to discover the steel sculptures of Chicago's internationally acclaimed sculptor Richard Hunt.

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Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination

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January 13, 2015 - Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination

Meet the self-taught Chicago artist who could make dazzling art out of anything he found. Known as Mr. Imagination, he turned bottlecaps, mirrors, and scraps of wood into delightfully original works of art.

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‘The City Lost and Found’

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November 18, 2014 - 'The City Lost and Found'

A new show at The Art Institute looks at the transformation of American cities in the 1960s and '70s.

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Wallace Kirkland

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October 23, 2014 - Wallace Kirkland

We revisit the story of photographer Wallace Kirkland, who started his career as a social worker at the Hull House settlement in Chicago. He took a winding path in an artistic career that led him from Jamaica to India and around the world – all the while photographing Chicago people and places. 

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Wallace Kirkland

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September 2, 2014 - Wallace Kirkland

The photographer Wallace Kirkland was a late bloomer who started his career as a social worker at the Hull House settlement in Chicago. He took a winding path in an artistic career that led him from Jamaica to India and around the world – all the while photographing Chicago people and places. 

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Ed Paschke Art Center Opens

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July 29, 2014 - Ed Paschke Art Center Opens

It was his 75th birthday. Hundreds attended a VIP event featuring music, belly dancers, and speakers honoring his life’s work, and the public opening of the Ed Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park drew thousands from the neighborhood. Ed Paschke was celebrated in style. We revisit our story about the opening of the northwest side art center.

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Tiffany Art at Driehaus Museum

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June 16, 2014 - Tiffany Art at Driehaus Museum

We revisit a story of treasures created by American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany in an amazing setting – the restored Gilded Age mansion that houses the Driehaus Museum.

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Jewelry Exhibition Crowns Historic Mansion

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February 17, 2015 - Jewelry Exhibition

The Driehaus Museum opens a new show, Maker & Muse, an extensive look at art jewelry of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Chicago Theatre Mural Painter

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January 27, 2015 - Chicago Theatre Mural Painter

Chicago-based painter Louis Grell was nearly forgotten until family members alerted Elmhurst's Theatre Historical Society about the over 300 commissions he did in movie palaces and hotels in the 1920s and 1930s.

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60 Years of Sculpture with Richard Hunt

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December 9, 2014 - 60 Years of Sculpture with Richard Hunt

We visit the Chicago Cultural Center and the MCA to discover the steel sculptures of Chicago's internationally acclaimed sculptor Richard Hunt.

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A Passion for Paschke

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November 4, 2014 - A Passion for Paschke

We get a preview of rarely seen artwork by Ed Paschke from his family's personal collection.

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Egon Weiner

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September 15, 2014 - Egon Weiner

We revisit our story about a Chicago artist that continues to make an impression on the city more than 25 years after he died. You may not know his name but you’ve likely seen his public art. Egon Weiner was also a teacher, and his prominent students continue his legacy. 

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Egon Weiner

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August 5, 2014 - Egon Weiner

A Chicago artist continues to make an impression on the city more than 25 years after he died. You may not know his name but you’ve likely seen his public art. Egon Weiner was also a teacher, and his prominent students continue his legacy. 

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Ed Paschke Art Center Opens

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July 8, 2014 - Ed Paschke Art Center Opens

It was his 75th birthday. Hundreds attended a VIP event featuring music, belly dancers, and speakers honoring his life’s work, and the public opening of the Ed Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park drew thousands from the neighborhood. Ed Paschke was celebrated in style. The only thing was, he wasn’t there. Paschke died suddenly about a decade earlier. 

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Artist John Singer Sargent

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March 25, 2014 - Artist John Singer Sargent

We preview the surprisingly varied work of American artist John Singer Sargent through The Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection. Known as the great American portrait artist, Sargent was a prodigy whose many talents extended beyond his reputation. View a slideshow of Sargent's artwork.

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