The Elmhurst Art Museum proudly presents the world premiere of Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago, an examination of the intertwined histories of two of Chicago’s greatest exports: pinball and Imagist painting. Curated by Dan Nadel, this interactive exhibition invites guests to play pinball on Chicago-designed and built pinball machines from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s—including machines manufactured by Elmhurst's Gottlieb family—alongside paintings, sculptures and prints also made in Chicago in the same period. Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago will feature works by Roger Brown, Ed Flood, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke, Christina Ramberg, Suellen Rocca, Barbara Rossi, Karl Wirsum and Ray Yoshida.
In a recent review of the show, Smithsonian Magazine highlighted Hairy Who and The Chicago Imagists and our “epic website,” the Chicago Imagist Archive. On Friday, March 31st at 6pm, the film will screen at Elmhurst College in conjunction with the Kings & Queens exhibition. Suellen Rocca, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Elmhurst College, will be providing a brief introduction and, following the screening, a tour of the Elmhurst College Imagist Art Collection. The screening will take place in the Elmhurst College Schaible Science Center, Illinois Hall. Admission is free, but reservations are suggested. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.