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Curious Worlds: The Art of Ellen Lanyon

December 5, 2015 – April 17, 2016

Ellen Lanyon, Arabian Nights, 1998. Acrylic on canvas, 44 x 52 inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Gift from the Estate of Ellen Lanyon.

Drawing from its rich holdings of Chicago School art, MMoCA presents an exhibition devoted to the work of Ellen Lanyon, a celebrated painter and printmaker who grew up in Chicago and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1948. Lanyon’s work embodies a unique combination of the surreal and fantastic imagery characteristic of the Chicago-based Monster Roster of the 1950s, and the eccentric figuration and meticulous detail favored by the Chicago Imagists, whose work dominated the Chicago art scene in the later 1960s and 70s. Curious Worlds: The Art of Ellen Lanyon will be on view in the museum’s State Street Gallery from December 5, 2015 through April 17, 2016.