Hairy Who? 1966-1969
  • The Hairy Who was a self-named group of six artists—Jim Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca, and Karl Wirsum—who all came of age in Chicago, graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and began exhibiting at the Hyde Park Art Center on the city’s South Side in the late 1960s. Their exhibitions and shows were gonzo displays that featured bright, bold, graphic work full of personal symbolism. Made with unconventional media and chiefly figurative, their works transmitted progressive ideas that challenged prevailing notions of gender and sexuality, social mores, and standards of beauty, nostalgia, and obsolescence.

    Presented on the 50th anniversary of the final Hairy Who exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center, this comprehensive overview features major large-scale paintings, sculpture, and sculptural objects, as well as works on paper, including prints, watercolors, and drawings. The Hairy Who’s distinct aesthetic transformed the landscape of art in Chicago, bringing the city immense national and international attention, and the Art Institute is proud to organize this first-ever major survey exhibition dedicated solely to them and presented as part of the museum’s participation in Art Design Chicago, an initiative funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Hairy Who? 1966-1969
  • Location: Art Institute of Chicago
  • Address: 111 S. Michigan Ave.
  • January 1, 2019 - January 1, 2019
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Recurring every January 1st