Marilyn: Artist as Icon

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Marilyn, 2010 Pigment Print Made From Film 19"X19" © 2010
Marilyn Handcolored Silverprint 11"x14" © Jon Pickell
Marilyn: Artist as Icon
Curated by: Marilyn Zimmerwoman

2156 N Damen
Chicago, IL 60647
February 2nd, 2012 - February 28th, 2012
Opening: February 4th, 2012 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

North Side
Wednesday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday 12-4 pm

Marilyn: Artist as Icon, is an intriguing look at an iconic name inspiring revisionist glitterati blondes and a continual redigestion of the Marilyn personality. The artist/educator/activist, born Marilyn Zimmerman, has been re-envisioned, recorded, and re-assigned various roles and held projections including admirers as well as toxic projections from within the culture wars.

This exhibit presents the life of a unique individual revealed through images made during her career over a period spanning 30 years. Zimmerman represents many things to many different people and these impressions are eloquently revealed through the diverse images of Marilyn made by numerous artists and photographers; images as eclectic as Marilyn herself.

You are also invited to the 60th Birthday Party of MARILYN! The opening of the exhibit, Marilyn: Artist as Icon, is Marilyn Zimmerwoman's actual birthday celebration. She will thank her guests in a performative overview of her life, as she raises the question, “What could the other Marilyn perhaps have accomplished if she was privy to the seismic shift that 30 years of feminist reconstruction gave us all?”


Tom Allen
Steve Boni
Greg Campbell
Bryce Denison
Topher Crowder
Judy Eliyas
Ed Fraga
Ken Josephson
Peter Lenzo
Eric Mesko
Jon Pickell
Erin Robinson
Stanley Rosenthal
Jack Sal
Michael Sarnacki
Mona Shahid
Donita Simpson
Steve Sprague
Jack O. Summers
Millee Tibbs
Robert Warhover