Roger Brown, Edward Flood, Art Green, Phil Hanson, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke, Christina Ramberg, Sullen Rocca, Barbara Rossi and Karl Wirsum.
Curated by Deven Golden and organized by Hyde Park Art Center and the Renaissance Society of Chicago, these three gallery exhibitions celebrated Chicago’s Imagist artists – artists who received their first opportunities to exhibit in Hyde Park and went on to gain national and international attention. The three exhibitions included Drawings of the Chicago Imagists, Edward C. Flood: Retrospective, and The Chicago Imagist Print.
A showing of Imagist prints were featured at the David and Alfred Smart Gallery and the Renaissance Society exhibited Imagist drawings. Hyde Park Art Center presented a memorial retrospective of the work of Imagist artist, Ed Flood. The retrospective of Ed Flood chronicled his career as an innovative artist whose work defined the Chicago Imagists movement in Chicago. As one of the original Chicago Imagists, Flood began showing his work at Hyde Park Art Center in the late sixties. Flood’s youthful period reflected the irreverent exuberance of the young Imagists, while his later work, from the late seventies revealed the emergence of a more serious sensibility that surfaced in conjunction with his move to New York City in 1975. Fifteen pieces appeared in the retrospective, that ranged from the early framed, picture-like objects painted on plexiglass to the later heavily impasoted wall-reliefs.
This exhibition was sponsored in part by grants from the Illinois Art Council, a State agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and by Hyde Park Art Center membership. Indirect support was also received from the Institute for Museum Services, a Federal Agency.