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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.


Hairy Who Catalog (1969), Washington, D.C. : Corcoran Gallery of Art (image from http://momalibrary.tumblr.com)

Hairy Who Catalog (1969), Washington, D.C. : Corcoran Gallery of Art (image from http://momalibrary.tumblr.com)

This Sunday, July 13, at 356 Mission in Los Angeles, they will be screening the documentary Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists, introduced by Ricky Swallow. The event is free and begins at 8:30PM sharp.

I’ve always loved the colorful, fantastical, and highly stylized work of artists like Jim Nutt and Christina Ramberg. I’m very excited to see this new documentary film, which will give an overview of this art movement based in Chicago in the 1960s. Watch the official trailer here.

Chicago-Style Modern Art With Everything: 
In the mid 1960s, the city of Chicago was an incubator for an iconoclastic group of young artists. Collectively known as the Imagists, they showed in successive waves of exhibitions with monikers that might have been psychedelic rock bands of the era – Hairy Who, Nonplussed Some, False Image, Marriage Chicago Style. Kissing cousins to the contemporaneous international phenomenon of Pop Art, Chicago Imagism took its own weird, wondrous, in-your-face tack. Variously pugnacious, puerile, scatological, graphic, comical, and absurd, it celebrated a very different version of ‘popular’ from the detached cool of New York, London and Los Angeles. Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists is the first film to tell their wild, woolly, utterly irreverent story.


The Hairy Who Sideshow (1967, Chicago : Hyde Park Art Center) (image from momalibrary.tumblr.com)

The Hairy Who Sideshow (1967) Chicago : Hyde Park Art Center (image from http://momalibrary.tumblr.com)