Gems from the Koehnline: The Harold Haydon Collection


Dec. 6, 2018 – Jan. 25, 2019

Harold E. Haydon (1909-1994) was born in Canada and came to Chicago with his family in 1917. From 1944 until 1975, he taught art at the University of Chicago. Haydon was also an art critic for the Chicago Sun Times from 1963 to 1985. Throughout his career, he developed and promoted a unique theory, which he called “binocular vision.” He saw it as revolutionary, a radical new approach to painting composition. His “double vision” images followed a visual perception concept of the overlapping capture of images by human eyes. This exhibition is a selection from a major Haydon collection donated recently to the museum by Harlan and Pamela Berk. Works on display consist of oil paintings, drawings, prints, and experimental 3D objects reflecting Haydon’s artistic evolvement from the Great Depression until the late 20th century.

Public Reception: Thursday, Dec. 6, 5 - 8 p.m.