Controversy and Context: Chicago’s Public Art Contretemps

Mayor Harold Washington in lingerie? Claes Oldenburg takes on Mayor Richard J. Daley? A possibly phallic statue in Albany Park? Over the past decades, a number of controversies have roiled Chicago as conversations continue about the function of public art. Author and urbanologist Max Grinnell will take interested parties through some of these situations that have engaged and, at times, infuriated members of the public, art critics, and other commentators.

This program is presented as part of CPL's Summer Learning Challenge.