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Emerging 1985

September 14 – November 01, 1985

Sat, Sep 14, 19854:00 pm

Opening Reception

Location: State of Illinois Art Gallery, State of Illinois Center
100 West Randolph Street
Admission: free
Thu, Oct 10, 19857:30 pm

Panel Discussion

What's New in Chicago Art

Location: State of Illinois Center, Room 9-040
Admission: free
Currently the viability of "regionalism," that is, a regionalist aesthetic, is being questioned. Can a regional aesthetic remain untainted in this day of mass communication and mobility, and if so, what value does it serve? Clearly, for better or worse, Imagism has given Chicago its recent artistic identity. History, however, reveals a continuing debate between Imagism and other traditions. This panel will investigate critically the work in Emerging 1985 with special attention to the question of regionalism and the ongoing debate over the Chicago Imagist tradition and alternative expressions. Ultimately, the panel will ask: what's new in Chicago?

Panel members: Dennis Adrian, art historian and critic; Mary Mathews Gado, art historian and critic; Thomas Lawson, painter, critic editor of Real Life Magazine; Charlotte Moser, critic; James Yood, critic, chicago editor of New Art Examiner.Judith Russi Kirshner, art historian, critic and curator will moderate.
Fri, Oct 11, 19851:30 pm


New Art
Thomas Lawson

Location: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Auditorium
Admission: free
New York painter, critic, and editor of Real Life Magazine Thomas Lawson speaks on new art and artists.
Sat, Oct 19, 198512:00 am

Open Studio Day

Admission: free
Visit the studios of the artists in Emerging 1985. This program will provide a unique opportunity for those interested in meeting the artists whose painting or sculpture they respond to and seeing their working environment. We hope participants will be further stimulted by the quality and variety of the artistic expression they encounter during these visits and that they will be encouraged to follow the careers of these artists in greater depth.

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