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35 Years of Public Art

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Nick Cave, detail of maquette for West Chicago Library installation

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This exhibition included a selection of artwork from various satellite locations including libraries, police stations and other public buildings. Highlights of the installation include many maquettes (models) including Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, Jacob Lawrence’s mosaic, Events in the Life of Harold Washington and Mary Brogger’s Haymarket Memorial. The exhibition will also feature a chair and ottoman from Suite Home Chicago and a mural from the Legler Branch Library by Kerry James Marshall. The mural celebrates the library as a source of mystery and wonder.

Also featured from the District 23 police headquarters at 850 W. Addison is a work of public art by Todd Palmer, a Chicago-based curatorial design and museum planning consultant. His wall mural, entitled CODESWITCH, features the hands of diverse Chicagoans, gesturing in sign language, and representative of the human diversity of the neighborhoods served by this police station.


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February 22-May 4, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, February 21 from 5:30-7:30 pm




Chicago Cultural Center Hours:
Chicago Cultural Center
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Friday, 9 am–6 pm
Saturday, 9 am–6 pm
Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

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Friday–Sunday, 10 am–6 pm




Chicago Cultural Center, Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602








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