April 2016

"Hairy Who" in the Fantom Cinema, Glasgow International Festival

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Old Hairdresser's

27 Renfield Ln


9:00 pm


We are delighted to have Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists included in the Fantom Cinema, two weeks of cinematic and performative programming presented at The Old Hairdresser's Bar & Gallery as part of the Glasgow International Fesitval 2016.

On Friday April 22nd, Hairy Who will be screened along with short films and animations by artist Martha Colburn. The entire event is free and open to the public.

For more details, check the Old Hairdresser's website (scroll down to April 22nd), and download the entire Fantom Cinema program here. If you're in Glasgow, you don't want to miss it!

"Hairy Who" Returns to the Siskel Film Center

Monday, April 25, 2016

Gene Siskel Film Center

164 N. State St.

Chicago, IL

7:45 pm


General Admission $11 // Students $7 // Members $6 // AIC students & faculty $5

As part of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's celebration of its history on the occasion of its 150th anniversary, Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists will return to screen once more at SAIC's Gene Siskel Film Center on Monday, April 25th, at 7:45 pm.

Visit the Siskel website to buy tickets and for more information: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/hairywho

Check back soon for more updates!

"Hairy Who" Screening at ACRE Projects

Thursday, April 28, 2016

ACRE Projects

1345 W. 19th St.

Chicago, IL

7 pm


Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists will screen on Friday, April 28th at 7 pm in conjunction with the exhibition "Children of the Playhouse," organized by Stella Brown, Harry Kuttner, and Emily Sher. The exhibition will be on view from April 16 to May 8, 2016.

"Children of the Playhouse" presents work by 25 artists whose work embodies the color, pattern, humor, and zaniness of the television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which aired on CBS from 1986 to 1990. Their work ranges in medium from ceramics and textiles, to illustrations, comics and zines, as well as multimedia sculptures and installations. The organizers of this show, and many of the artists presented in it, are of the generation, or have children of the generation, whose formative years roughly coincide with the airing of the program. The production design of the Playhouse itself reflects the creative team’s nostalgia for their childhood experience of midcentury American design and popular culture. Likewise, the younger artists of Children of the Playhouse have drawn inspiration from their own childhood in the late 1980s and early 1990s with a return to the squiggle- the pattern that permeated their childhood.

Chicago is an appropriate location for this exhibition as a center for appreciation of so-called outsider art, as well as being home to the Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagist movement whose influence can be seen throughout the Playhouse’s design. The artists in this exhibition continue the tradition of art that is not afraid to be representational, decorative and graphic, irreverent and playful and to embrace materiality and craft. Every object becomes an opportunity to celebrate its existence, to be the most version of that object, luxuriating in the extremes of color and form. These artists continue to work in the spirit of the Playhouse and the surreal, uninhibited creativity it represents.

More information about the exhibition (including open hours) and related programming can be found here: 


Note that the exhibition takes place at Present (2101 W. Cullerton), but the screening will be at ACRE, 1345 W. 19th St.