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Discover Chicago in the 20th Century at the Never a Lovely So Real Exhibit

In his 1951 book Chicago: City on the Make, Nelson Algren offered bittersweet praise for the city: “Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.” This unique character is revealed in the work of photographers and filmmakers who documented Chicago in the second half of the 20th century as cultural, social, and political events transformed the city.

Drawn largely from the Art Institute’s collection, this exhibition highlights the work of artists who through their images and films captured the life of their own communities or those to which they were granted intimate access as outsiders. Featured among them is a network of photographers who focused on Chicago’s South Side during a period coinciding with the emergence of the city’s Black Arts Movement.

This rich history of street photography is complemented by the parallel emergence of filmmakers such as Tom Palazzolo and Kartemquin Films, who poetically captured the city’s changing landscape. Together, these works reveal Chicago’s character, lovely and ever so real. We encourage you to stop by the Art Institute of Chicago to see this unique exhibit!

We know you love your home at 444 Social Apartments in Lincolnshire, Illinois, but it’s important to stay active and involved in your community. Attending this event is the perfect chance for you to journey outside your comfort zone to meet new people and seek new opportunities.

Event Time/Date:
Thursday, July 26, 2018—10:30 AM

Event Venue Location:
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603

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