Mark Chicago Artists Month with Tours, Exhibits, Events

2nd floor gallery. Ed Paschke, Spring. Oil on linen, 1990. Source: Ed Paschke Art Center.
2nd floor gallery. Ed Paschke, Spring. Oil on linen, 1990. Source: Ed Paschke Art Center

In celebration of Chicago Artists Month, we're giving art tours and hosting exhibits at Harold Washington Library Center, and holding art events throughout the city.

Tours

Art Tours of the Harold Washington Library Center on October 13 and October 27 feature the public art collections throughout the library.

The tours will include the 2nd floor gallery with works by Chicago Imagists like Ed Paschke and Roger Brown, installation works by Nancy Spero, Michiko Itatani and Karl Wirsum, and other fascinating pieces throughout the building. Although many artworks were purchased or commissioned with the opening of the building in 1991, the collections also include older pieces such as those by fiber artist Claire Zeisler and modernist painter Rudolph Weisenborn. The artwork is from several municipal collections including the Chicago Public Library Art Collection, the City of Chicago Art Collection, Percent for Art Program and CPL special collections such as the Civil War and American History Collection.

Exhibits

In addition to the public art collections, two contemporary sculpture exhibits are currently on display at Harold Washington Library Center: Dumpster Divas: Sculpture by Susan Harrold and Essential Forms: Ceramic Sculpture by Gina Lee Robbins.

Events

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We're hosting two One Book, One Chicago events as part of Chicago Artists Month. Check out Sculpture Among Us: Inspiring Communities Through Art and Chicago’s Public Art: Out of the Past, Into The Future, each held at several CPL locations, to learn more about art in Chicago.

The event The Dance Mobile brings contemporary dance performances and bilingual (English and Spanish) discussion by Hedwig Dances to three CPL locations.