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Ed Paschke Art Center presents Palazzolo’s Gritty City

Posted by Admin On January - 5 - 2016

Photographs and films featuring four decades of Chicago’s citizens and landmarks go on view


CHICAGO, IL – The Ed Paschke Art Center (EPAC) is pleased to announce the opening of Gritty City, an exhibition of renowned multi-media artist Tom Palazzolo. His humorous and surreal work has been the subject of a solo exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago and screened at festivals around the world.
Palazzolo’s portrait photography and cinéma vérité documentaries on view in Gritty City span over fifty years of his career. They feature Chicagoan’s of every age, background and station in life alongside lost historic Chicago landmarks such as Riverview Amusement Park and Maxwell Street Market.
Beginning Monday, January 11, 2016 and running through March 6, 2016, the Ed Paschke Art Center (5415 W. Higgins Ave., Chicago IL) will exhibit over a dozen of Palazzolo’s iconic color and black and white photographs and five of his digitized 16mm films. His arresting portraits and dramatic tableaus of parades, festivals, fair grounds and open-air markets present the people and places of Chicago like you’ve never seen them before. EPAC will also be the inaugural venue to screen Palazzolo’s in-progress filmic documentary on Outsider Art’s grande dame Lee Godie. Gritty City is a raw, original look at Chicago, revealing Palazzolo’s dedication over a lifetime to, as he himself puts it, “truth, not beauty.”

Tom Palazzolo (b. 1937, St. Louis, MO) is a multi-media artist who makes films, photographs and paintings. He moved to Chicago from St. Louis in 1960 to attend The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received his Masters in 1965. An informal mentor to generations of artists, Palazzolo is also professor emeritus at Columbia College and Daley City College. He has received grants from the The American Film Institute, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council. His films have screened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Gene Siskel Film Center, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Lincoln Center, and the Walker Art Center among others. Palazzolo has participated in both national and international film festivals, and his work is represented in the film collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

“Tom Palazzolo was a classmate and friend of many of the Chicago Imagists, including Ed Paschke,” said Vesna Stelcer, chair of the Ed Paschke Foundation. “Tom is a local legend and we’re thrilled to share his Gritty City with viewers.”
About The Ed Paschke Art Center
The mission of the Ed Paschke Art Center (EPAC) is to preserve and provide public access to the work of the legendary Ed Paschke; to serve as an educational resource for youth, adults, artists and academics; and to function as an accessible platform for artists to showcase their work.
Located in Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood, EPAC opened June 22, 2014, almost ten years after the artist’s death, on what would have been his 75th birthday. Built in tribute to Chicago’s most famous artist, EPAC provides permanent access to the world’s largest public collection of Paschke’s work. EPAC houses 2,800 square feet of gallery space and 1,700 square feet of educational space, alongside a re­imagination of Ed Paschke’s 2004 studio.
The Ed Paschke Art Center is free and open to the public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information call 312.533.4911 or visit our website.

Photo Caption: Tattooed Lady, Riverview Amusement Park, 1967

Digital print from 35mm slide


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