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Art & Design in Chicago
Art & Design in Chicago
Art & Design in Chicago - Trailer
WTTW premieres a four-part series exploring Chicago's art and design history.
Preview: S1 | 1m 16s
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Hubbard Street Gallery Scene
In the 1970s, artists began to set up alternative exhibition spaces on Hubbard Street.
Clip: Ep4 | 6m 27s
Artist/Writer Henry Darger
An reclusive artist who wrote, drew, and painted thousands of pages of illustrations.
Clip: Ep4 | 4m 20s
Painter Gertrude Abercrombie
They called her the “Queen of the Bohemian Artists."
Clip: Ep4 | 4m 26s
Artist Joseph Yoakum
Even though Yoakum was not not academically trained, the Imagists recognized his talent.
Clip: Ep4 | 4m 4s
Photographer Vivian Maier
Maier became recognized as as one of the greatest modern street photographers.
Clip: Ep4 | 5m 25s
Typeface Designer Robert Hunter Middleton
Middleton was Ludlow Typesetting Machine Co.'s star typeface designer.
Clip: Ep3 | 3m 12s
Art, Design and Marshall Field & Company
The Marshall Field Company was an early innovator of advertising and marketing.
Clip: Ep3 | 3m 14s
Artist/Designer Charles Dawson
Dawson saw his work as part of building a black community in Chicago.
Clip: Ep3 | 4m 46s
Designers Dorothy & Otis Shepard
The husband and wife design duo famous for their Wrigley Chewing Gum campaigns.
Clip: Ep3 | 3m 43s
The TV Commercials of Joe Sedelmaier
Joe Sedelmaier explains how he made entertaining commercials using regular people.
Clip: Ep3 | 4m 4s
Industrial Designer Helen Hughes Dulany
Helen Hughes Dulany was one of the first female industrial designers.
Clip: Ep3 | 2m 4s
Artisan Jesús Torres & Edgar Miller
Jesús Torres was an early pioneer in bridging modern art to ancient indigenous cultures.
Clip: Ep3 | 3m 58s
The Wall of Respect
A landmark mural of African American heroes inspired by ongoing civil rights struggles.
Clip: Ep2 | 5m 21s
Ceramicist Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly
Pitchford-Jolly founded the collective Sapphire and Crystals for African American artists.
Clip: Ep2 | 4m 36s
Painter Archibald Motley, Jr.
Motley established a reputation as a Chicago participant in the Harlem Renaissance.
Clip: Ep2 | 4m 11s
Sculptor Marion Perkins
Perkins became one of the most important visual artists in the Chicago Renaissance.
Clip: Ep2 | 3m 29s
Community Mural Making
Black Mural Movement muralists discuss Justine DeVan's work and impact on the community.
Clip: Ep2 | 2m 22s
Artist Kerry James Marshall
Marshall has become an internationally renowned artist with his large-scale paintings.
Clip: Ep2 | 4m 42s
Hyde Park Art Center
Chicago’s oldest community arts center helped launch careers of many influential artists.
Clip: Ep1 | 4m 13s
Institute of Design
In 1937, a new school emerged that sought to train the "designer of the future."
Clip: Ep1 | 4m 23s
South Side Community Art Center
SSCAC provided an exhibition space for African American artists who lacked representation.
Clip: Ep1 | 5m 5s
Lorado Taft and The White Rabbits
Perhaps no other sculptor has played as prominent a role in Chicago as Lorado Taft.
Clip: Ep1 | 4m 26s