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- William H. Bengtson
- Overview, living/dining rooms, Roger Brown Study Collection, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Alice Kain, Smart Museum of Art staffer and independent curator is rummaging through:
The Roger Brown Study Collection Behind a storefront on Halsted [1926 N. Halsted] lies one of Chicago's most extraordinary secrets: Roger Brown's collection of art, artifacts, and ephemera. You could go past the Lincoln Park location numerous times without realizing that it contains a treasure trove left to the city by the prominent Chicago imagist artist.
The house has been preserved as a historic home, and everything on the second floor is how it was left by Brown. It's incredible to imagine how he lived amongst such a wild array of inspirational objects—self-taught artists like Henry Darger and Joseph Yoakum hang next to sideshow posters, African masks and a Pee-Wee Herman doll. Works by Chicago imagists like Jim Nutt and Christina Ramberg somehow blend with a collection of face jugs, a porcelain Elvis bust, Hawaiian shirts, and birdhouses. My highlight, however, is in the garage, where you can sit in Roger's car, a 1967 Ford Mustang, and find a connection with the artist's vision.
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