Deeply rooted in Chicago’s artistic and cultural heritage, the exceptional Bank of America LaSalle Collection comes to the Chicago Cultural Center from October 18, 2008, to January 4, 2009. Never before exhibited in such scale anywhere in the city, the collection spans the history of the photographic medium and includes works by many of modern photography’s greatest image-makers. Over 60 artists, including Dawoud Bey, Harry Callahan, Howard Henry Chen, Terry Evans, Robert Frank, Ben Gest, Cecil McDonald, Ray Metzker, and Aaron Siskind, to name only a few, are included in Made in Chicago: Portraits from the Bank of America LaSalle Collection. The exhibition will be on view in the fourth floor Exhibition Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center. Admission to the exhibition and associated programs is free.
The public is invited for several accompanying panel discussion and gallery talks. A series of discussions titled “Photography Then and Now” will look how the Bank of America LaSalle Collection reflects the general history of photography.
Photography in Chicago Since 2000, Saturday, October 18, 2 p.m., Exhibit Hall
Whitney Bradshaw, Curator of Photography for Bank of America, moderates a lively discussion with several of the emerging artists represented in the exhibition.
Photography in the 1970s – 1990s, Saturday, November 8, 2 p.m., Exhibit Hall
Bob Thall, Chairperson of the Department of Photography at Columbia College leads a discussion on photography in Chicago during the period.
Photography in the 1930s – 1960s, Saturday, December 13, 2 p.m., Claudia Cassidy Theater
David Travis, former Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, presents a slide lecture and discussion.
Gallery Talks with exhibition curators and artists will take place on Wednesday, October 29, Thursday, November 20, and Thursday, December 18. All talks begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall.
Begun in 1967 by Samuel Sax, the president of what was then the Exchange National Bank of Chicago, the Bank of America LaSalle Photography Collection is deeply rooted in Chicago’s artistic and cultural heritage. The collection’s earliest advisors, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, purchased the initial 350 photographs, many of which were taken in Chicago by renowned artists such as Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Ray Metzker, Art Sinsabaugh, and Aaron Siskind. Subsequent curators have continued to enrich the collection with prints by photographers living and working in Chicago. Dating from 1930-2007, the nearly exhibition’s 150 photographs reveal a compelling and diverse portrait of this city and its rich photographic history.
Along with Made in Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center will have on view “Hidden Treasures: The Lane Tech Murals” in the second floor Chicago Rooms from October 11 to December 31, 2008. The Michigan Avenue Galleries on the building’s first floor will exhibit “Gauri Gill: The Americans” from October 4 to December 28, 2008, and “Deceptive Design: Experiments in Furniture” from October 11, 2008, to January 4, 2009. “David Holt: Strong Perfection” will be shown in the Project Onward exhibition space until October 16, 2008.
Viewing hours for exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center are Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Chicago Cultural Center is closed on holidays. Admission to Chicago Cultural Center exhibitions is free.
Made in Chicago is organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and is made possible by major support from Bank of America.
Exhibitions and related educational programming presented by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs at the Chicago Cultural Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Transportation support is provided by United Airlines, the Official Airline of the Chicago Cultural Center. Lawry’s the Prime Rib is the restaurant sponsor of Chicago Cultural Center exhibitions.
For more information about Made in Chicago and Chicago Cultural Center exhibitions, the public can visit www.chicagoculturalcenter.org or call 312.744.6630. (TTY: 312.744.2947).