HAIRY WHO &Amp; THE CHICAGO IMAGISTS
Director: Leslie Buchbinder Run Time: 105 min. Format: Digital Rating: NR
Starring: Art Green, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Ed Paschke, Gladys Nilsson, Jeff Koons, Jim Falconer, Karl Wirsum, Roger Brown, Suellen Rocca, Chris Ware, Gary Panter, Jim Nutt
Art Seen presents three screenings of the new documentary, Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists.
*Our Thursday screening is sold out but tickets are still available for the weekend screenings!
The Thursday, April 23 opening event screening includes a special Q&A with Gary Panter and Dan Nadel. Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, April 26 brunch screenings with filmmakers!
Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists is a lavishly illustrated romp through Chicago Imagist art: the Second City scene that challenged Pop Art’s status quo in the 1960s, then faded from view. Forty years later, its funk and grit inspires artists from Jeff Koons to Chris Ware, making the Imagists the most famous artists you never knew.
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.