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“Neither a movement nor a style, Hairy Who was simply the name six Chicago artists chose when they decided that the best way to find success as individuals was to join forces and exhibit together.

“In 1966, Jim Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca, and Karl Wirsum—all recent graduates of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago—began mounting, as the Hairy Who, unconventional displays of bright, bold graphic work at the Hyde Park Art Center. Over a period of four years, they transformed the art landscape of Chicago, injecting their new and unique voices into the city’s rising national and international profile.”*

The first comprehensive Hairy Who exhibition is now on view at the Art Institute.

HAIRY WHO? 1966–1969*

Through January 6.

Art Institute, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

From top:

Gladys Nilsson, The Trogens, 1967, Art Institute of Chicago, © Gladys Nilsson.

Art GreenConsider the Options, Examine the Facts, Apply the Logic (originally titled The Undeniable Logician), 1965, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, © Art Green.

Dan Nadel, The Collected Hairy Who Publications, 1966–1969 (New York: Matthew Marks, 2015); image credit: Matthew Marks.

Below: Suellen RoccaBare Shouldered Beauty and the Pink Creature (detail), 1965, Art Institute of Chicago © Suellen Rocca.


As part of Art Design Chicago—a citywide celebration of the city’s arts and design legacy—the first U.S.-based marathon by Hans Ulrich Obrist will be held this weekend.

CREATIVE CHICAGO—AN INTERVIEW MARATHON takes a “multi-dimensional, multidisciplinary look at creativity in the city—past, present, and future. Bringing together artists, authors, activists, architects, historians, musicians, philosophers, scientists, and Obama Presidential Museum director Louise Bernard, the CREATIVE CHICAGO marathon examines the numerous sparks that make the city a center for art, design and architecture.”*

Obrist’s career as a documentarian has been strongly influenced by the late Chicago raconteur Studs Terkel, whose first book of oral history was the landmark Division Street, America (1967).

“[Terkel] gave me a lot of tips [about] how to actually do an interview. He became my mentor, my teacher… Marathon Chicago is an homage to Terkel. Without him, without his encouragement, my interview project would not have happened the way it has happened.” — Hans Ulrich Obrist

Amanda Williams, Art Green, Barbara KastenBrandon Breaux, Cauleen Smith, Dawoud Bey, Eddie Bocanegra, Eula Biss, Eve Ewing, Fatimah Asghar, Gerald Williams, Jeanne Gang, Joseph Grigely, Stanley Tigerman, Theaster Gates, and Tim Samuelson will join Obrist at Navy Pier, the site of EXPO CHICAGO, which is collaborating on the event with the Chicago Humanities Festival.



Saturday, September 29, from 1 pm to 6 pm.

Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, downtown Chicago.

Hans Ulrich Obrist.