Dec 16th 2018

Elmhurst Art Museum and Elmhurst College will partner with the Art Design Chicago initiative to present a full-day symposium on specific ways the Imagists used humor in their depictions of the figure. “The Figure, Humor and the Chicago Imagists” will take place Sunday, December 16, from 11am – 3pm, and is free and open to the public with Museum admission. Art Design Chicago is a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of creativity and commerce. Led by the Terra Foundation for American Art, this citywide partnership of cultural organizations explores Chicago’s art and design legacy with more than 30 exhibitions and hundreds of events throughout 2018.

Over and over, the Chicago Imagists cast the figure in numerous roles, distorting it and layering it with metaphor and personal meaning. Outrageous, irreverent, and humorous and inspired by popular culture, these works reflect highly original expressions of the human form. “The Figure and the Chicago Imagists” features over 20 works from the Elmhurst College Art Collection, focused on artists working in Chicago between about 1950 and the present. The extraordinary collection is overseen by the A.C. Buehler Library at Elmhurst College. Numerous pieces in the collection have traveled to retrospective and thematic exhibitions at major museums throughout the United States and Europe. Jim Nutt’s Toot-Toot Woo-Woo, for example, represented the United States at the 1972 Venice Biennale in Italy and has since served as a pivotal piece in many more exhibitions.

About Elmhurst Art Museum
Elmhurst Art Museum is located at 150 Cottage Hill Avenue in Elmhurst (IL), 25 minutes from downtown Chicago by car or public transportation (Metra). The Museum is both an international destination for Mies van der Rohe scholars and fans and a regional center where people from Chicago and the western suburbs learn to see and think differently through the study of the art, architecture and design of our time.

The Museum is one block from the Elmhurst Metra station and open Tuesday-Sunday from 11 AM– 5 PM (7 PM on Fridays). Admission is $12 ($10 for seniors) and free for students and children under 18. For more information, please call 630.834.0202 or visit

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