Gems from the Koehnline: African-American Movie Posters
February 6 – March 21, 2014
Enraged by the portrayal of black people by white actors in make-up during the silent film era, African Americans began making their own movies. From the 1930s through the 1950s, the black movie industry continued to expand, its struggles and the triumphs echoing the nationwide Civil Rights Movement that culminated in the 1960s. Celebrate Black History Month with this special exhibit featuring a recently acquired collection of original posters from such films as Gun Moll (1938), Prison Bait (1939), House-Rent Party (1946), and Bright Road (1953).
Public Reception: Thursday, February 6, 5 - 8 p.m.
April 3 – 25, 2014
Oakton’s art students exhibit their paintings, drawings, ceramics, digital art, and photography.
Public Reception: Thursday, April 3, 5 – 8 p.m.
Tribute to Will Petersen and the Plucked Chicken Press
May 8 – June 19, 2014
Founded in 1978 by Will Petersen and Cynthia Archer, the Plucked Chicken Press was once the Chicago area’s leading lithographer. Petersen’s reputation as a master printer attracted many of the city’s prominent artists, and Plucked Chicken thrived until his death in 1994. Twenty years after his passing, the Koehnline Museum pays homage to Petersen – painter, printer, and poet – with a new portfolio of prints produced by his friends and colleagues, and a selection of lithographs from the Museum’s collection.
Public Reception: Thursday, May 8, 5 – 8 p.m.
Egon Weiner: Pillar of Human Emotions
July 10 – September 19, 2014
Born and trained in Vienna, sculptor Egon Weiner (1906-1987) came to the United States in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution and served as professor of sculpture and life drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1945-1971). Best known for the 30-foot Pillar of Fire (1961), a bronze sculpture marking the origin of the 1871 Chicago Fire, Weiner once noted, “We want the emotions in art, the expression of that fire that burns in all of us.” Pillar of Human Emotions features sculptures from the Museum’s collection and a recently discovered selection of bronze, metal, and wooden pieces.
Public Reception: Thursday, July 10, 5 – 8 p.m.