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Hairy Who members Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, and Karl Wirsum look back 50 years after the collective's first exhibition



Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Hairy Who's first exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center. As a precursor to the semicentennial celebration, three members of the group—Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, and Karl Wirsum—will converse with international curator and codirector of London's Serpentine Galleries Hans Ulrich Obrist about the collective's history and influence on contemporary art.

The international art fair courted Obrist for years; the topic of the Hairy Who cemented the curator's participation. The talk is the latest in an ongoing series of interviews inspired by Obrist's chat with oral historian Studs Terkel at the Museum of Contemporary Art some 15 years ago.

Tony Karman, president and director of the fair, believes the conversation is of international interest and will "illuminate the importance of the [Hairy Who] to a greater audience."

September 18, 4 PM, Expo Chicago at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand,, $20, $30 for three-day pass.

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