Hairy Who? 1966-1969

Sponsor Tour and Luncheon

Tour & Luncheon

Please join us for the Society for Contemporary Art’s annual Sponsor Tour, which recognizes the special commitment and generosity of Sponsor, Patron and Benefactor members and provides an opportunity for our Board to thank you for your extraordinary support during the past season. This year Ann Goldstein, deputy director, and chair and curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Mark Pascale, Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints and Drawings, will lead a tour through the exhibition, Hairy Who? 1966-1969.


Neither a movement nor a style, Hairy Who was simply the name six Chicago artists chose when they decided that the best way to find success as individuals was to join forces and exhibit together. As the Hairy Who, Jim Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca, and Karl Wirsum—all recent graduates of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago—began mounting unconventional displays of bright, bold graphic work at the Hyde Park Art Center on the city’s South Side. Over a period of four years, they transformed the art landscape of Chicago, injecting their new and unique voices into the city’s rising national and international profile. The Art Institute is proud to organize this first-ever major survey exhibition dedicated solely to the groundbreaking exhibition group.


Karl Wirsum. Screamin' Jay Hawkins, 1968. The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Logan Purchase Prize Fund. © Karl Wirsum.