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DC Moore Gallery is pleased to present the work of R oger Brown (1941 – 1997)\, a leading member of the Chicago Imagist group wh ose bold canvases explore postwar America. Brown's work is persona l\, political\, and provocative\, providing commentary on current events an d attitudes with a strong dose of irony and a wry sense of humor. He celebr ated the everyday\, mined popular culture\, and focused on a range of theme s from urban alienation and environmental abuse to sexual intrigue and pers onal isolation.

Born in Alabama\, Brown developed an early and eclectic interest in the material culture of the South\, from folk art to comic strips. In 1962\, he moved to Chicago to pursue two degrees from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. By the late 60s\, he was participat ing in a series of exhibitions with the group now known as the Chicago Imag ists. These artists\, including Ed Paschke\, Jim Nutt\, and Joseph Yoakum\, shared Brown’s interest in using pop culture and its vernacular as source material. As his critical acclaim grew in the 70s and 80s\, Brown explored new art forms: sculpture with found objects\, theater sets\, murals\, and m ore. At 56\, Brown’s life was tragically cut short by AIDS.

Si nce his death\, Roger Brown’s work has been exhibited widely and collected by numerous major museums. Just this year\, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago hosted the exhibition Roger Brown: This Boy’s Own Story. Travel ing retrospectives of Roger Brown’s work have been organized by the Montgom ery Museum of Fine Arts\, Alabama in 1980\; Hirshhorn Museum\, Washington\, DC in 1987\; and Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art\, Auburn University \, Alabama in 2007. The latter exhibition traveled to American University\, Washington\, DC\, and the University of New Orleans\, Louisiana in 2008. B rown’s work is also included in the permanent collections of The Art Instit ute of Chicago\, Illinois\; Whitney Museum of American Art\, New York\; Mus eum of Modern Art\, New York\; Metropolitan Museum of Art\, New York\; Dall as Museum of Art\, Texas\; Corcoran Gallery of Art\, Washington\, DC\; Smit hsonian American Art Museum\, Washington\, DC\; Museum of Fine Arts\, Bosto n\; Los Angeles County Museum of Art\, California\; Scottish National Galle ry of Modern Art\, Edinburgh\; and Museum Moderner Kunst\, Vienna.

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THE ART OF ROGER BROWN: A Discussion by Robert Cozzolino Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art\, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Saturday\, January 26\, 2013\, 5 pm
Reception to fol low

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