Karl Wirsum, Ice Pick Nick Fisherman, 1979, acrylic on wood. Image courtesy of the Elmhurst College Art Collection.

This online guide looks at the Chicago Imagists through the lens of today’s norm of social distancing. It includes videos from WTTW and the Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists documentary along with featured works from Elmhurst College’s art collection. The museum continues its partnership with the college through our Sandra Jorgensen exhibit. Also included is a special tribute to artist/curator Suellen Rocca (1943-2020), a close collaborator and friend of the museum.

From home families can play a popular surrealist game used by some of these artists to create their own outrageous and humorous figures. Show us your creations on social media by tagging the museum and using the hashtags #MuseumFromHome and #ElmhurstArtMuseum

Browse our Museum Store to see our featured item of the week - out of print copies of Chicago Imagism: A 25-year Survey.

For more, see this virtually unknown documentary of Suellen Rocca from 2012. And watch the documentary Hairy Who and The Chicago Imagists, the first film to tell the Imagists’ story, from their notoriety in the 1960s to the 21st century resurgence in popularity.

If you enjoyed this content, please consider supporting the museum by purchasing a membership, purchasing an Art-ivity pack to do at home, or donating to help our critical operating costs. Your support directly impacts our vital efforts to enrich generations and build a stronger community.

Chicago Imagism downloads

Online guide and activities to do from home.