Chronology MMoCA Collects


Chicago Imagism (1955–1980)

Chicago Imagism refers to a new figurative art that appeared in the "Windy City" in the mid-1950s. Influenced by Surrealism and postwar European expressionism, it was marked by violent and sexual imagery that was often satirical. One critic named a first generation of artists the Monster Roster, which included Leon Golub and Ellen Lanyon. A second generation of the 1960s, composed of Roger Brown, Gladys Nilsson, James Nutt, and Ed Paschke became known as the Hairy Who.