Works by Chicago Artists Loaned by Chicago Collectors
November 02 – November 22, 1941
Gertrude Abercrombie | Jean Crawford Adams | Ivan Albright | Emil Armin | Roff Beman | Aaron Bohrod | Edgar Britton | Copeland Burg | Francis Chapin | Julio De Diego | Katherine Dudley | Briggs Dyer | Frances Foy | Edmund Giesbert | Maude P.H. Hutchins | Norman MacLeish | Laura Van Pappelendam | A.L. Pollock | John Pratt | Karl Priebe | Charles Sebree | Kenneth Shopen | Julia Thecla | Rudolph Weisenborn
Great Periods of art had great collectors. These wee collectors of the art of their time and their place. Without an understanding and a close participation with the art of its time and of its place on the part of a people, it ceases to have importance and begins to drift away into a remote world of its own.
In great periods it was not necessary for artists to burrow in the Bohemias of the times; art and the people were one.
With the coming of the machine, art became divorced from its audience. The crafts, which are the understructure of art, lost their importance, the pace of life became hurried, and the separation was nearly complete. Americans in particular, turned to the exotic arts and to those of the past where this separation had not been so pronounced.
If the art of our time and our place should some day belong to the "timeless art," the living art of great periods, it will be in large measure due to its users, to those who have participated in its growth, such as the individuals who have so generously loaned works to this exhibition.
This show is part of the series A Year of American Art.
This text was taken from the exhibition catalogue.