Oct 24th 2018

Between the 1890s and 1920s, clubs and small arts organizations proliferated in Chicago. In a city that often seemed indifferent to aesthetics, these clubs sought to establish the city’s cultural significance in a spirit of civic uplift. How did clubs–and the idea of “club-ability” itself–contribute to Chicago art and design in the first decades after the Great Fire, and what sort of lasting impact did these clubs have?

In this panel discussion, three experts on Chicago’s cultural history–Liesl Olson, Director of Chicago Studies at the Newberry; Paul Durica, Director of Programs at Illinois Humanities; and cultural historian Celia Hilliard–will offer differing perspectives on these questions. In addition to the panel discussion, the event will also feature a display of photographs, artwork, correspondence, guestbooks, and ephemera from the archives of historically important Chicago clubs.

This program is part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy. Art Design Chicago is an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art. The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation is the initiative’s Presenting Partner.

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