Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists
2013, Leslie Buchbinder, USA, 109 min.
- Mon, Apr 25th 7:45pm
"A film about the Chicago art movement that offended almost everyone … how could we not love art that so offended the establishment?" – Nancy Bishop, Gapers Block
"Funky, folky, and still fresh … makes a compelling case for the continued relevance of the Midwest’s merry pranksters." – Richard Vine, Art in America
The audacious work of the Hairy Who – aka the Chicago Imagists – first decked the walls of highbrow galleries with provocatively lowbrow images in the late Sixties, when media put the spotlight on a ragtag group of young artists nurtured by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lurid renderings of neon-tinged wrestlers, sideshow freaks, cartoon creatures, and giant genitalia shocked, then won over snooty art critics and the public, as artists including Karl Wirsum, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca, Ed Paschke, Roger Brown, and their mentor Ray Yoshida took their unique Chicago style to the world. Director Buchbinder connects all the dots in this thoroughly affectionate profile. DCP digital. (BS)