Mar 28th 2020

This event has been postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and related restrictions on travel. We will try to reschedule this event this fall.

Ryerson & Burnham Archives at the Art Institute of Chicago

Spring Green-born, New York-based artist Richard Haas created his very first outdoor mural in 1974. Commissioned by Citywalls, Inc., the mural on 112 Prince Street in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood repeated the cast iron wall of the front of the building on its east wall. Since then, he has created over 100 interior and exterior murals throughout the world. Cities like Boston, Fort Worth, Munich, Pittsburgh, Portland, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. are home to his large-scale architectural murals that use the trompe l’oeil style. Chicago has been the focus of several of his interior and exterior murals, including Homage to the Chicago School located on 1211 North LaSalle Street and completed in 1980. Homewood, Illinois, is home to the largest collection of Richard Haas murals anywhere in the world, with fifteen murals completed since he was first invited in the early 1980s. Besides the interior and exterior murals, Richard Haas has employed a multitude of media, including dioramic boxes, paintings, and prints.

During this event, internationally renowned artist Richard Haas will give an overview of key aspects of his remarkable five-decade career and discuss a selection of original drawings that are part of the Ryerson & Burnham Archives. This will be a unique opportunity to enjoy these original items and hear first-hand from the artist.

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