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Creative Living Series – Leisl Olson “Chicago Avant Garde: Five Women Ahead of Their Time”

January 20, 2022 - 10:00 am

Creative Living Series – Leisl Olson “Chicago Avant Garde: Five Women Ahead of Their Time”

Chicago Avant-Garde, subject of a Newberry Library exhibit (September 10 – December 31, 2021) tells the story of painter Gertrude Abercrombie, poet Gwendolyn Brooks, choreographers Katherine Dunham and Ruth Page, and dealer-curator Katharine Kuh in the period between the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Communist scare of the 1950s. Unafraid of subverting convention, the women of Chicago Avant-Garde creatively challenged the limitations placed on them because of their gender. They found freedom in poetry, dance, exhibitions, and visual art. Committed to making and supporting provocative art that would activate social change, they took radical risks. Inspired and challenged by Chicago, they helped transform the city into a hub of avant-garde experimentation.

Presented by the Woodstock Fine Arts Association.

Tickets are $27 and may be purchased through the box office

Event Location:
121 West Van Buren Street
Woodstock, Illinois 60098

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