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Street View 222: Spectacular spectacles and the Chicago Imagists

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Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.

Gertrude Abercrombie c. 1970s
  • Mary Baber
  • Gertrude Abercrombie, c. 1970s

There's a place much better than fashion week for seeing cool outfits: art events. Usually artists are in tune with their times as much as with themselves, creating a look that's both current and timeless, on-trend but original. Today with the opening of the documentary Hairy Who & the Chicago Imagists (screening through October 9 at the Gene Siskel Film Center) comes the opportunity of appreciating the sartorial choices of an important group of artists, the Chicago Imagists. Their representational work deviated from New York-based pop art by referencing quotidian objects like comic books, pinball machines, and flea-market finds as opposed to the glossy world of advertising. If you want to know more about their art, Reader critic J.R. Jones wrote a wonderful review about the movie when it played a sold-out show at the MCA back in May. But if you'd like to check out their fabulous eyewear—the fastest, easiest way of adding personality to any look—just click below and/or go see Hairy Who & the Chicago Imagists this weekend.

Karl Wirsum, 1967
  • William Arsenault
  • Karl Wirsum, 1967

Don Baum c.1970s
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  • Don Baum, c. 1970s

Ellen Lanyon c.1970s
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  • Ellen Lanyon, c. 1970s

Ted Halkin c. 1970s
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  • Ted Halkin, c. 1970s

Artist Rodney Quiriconi at the Hyde Park Art Center
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  • Artist Rodney Quiriconi at the Hyde Park Art Center

Dominick Di Meo c. 1970s
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  • Dominick Di Meo, c. 1970s

Visitors at the opening reception for Hairy Who exhibition, 1969, Hyde Park Art Center.
  • Visitors at the opening reception for Hairy Who exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center, 1969

Honorable mention: no eyewear on this one, but still plenty of personality. Suellen Rocca with Curly Head, 1967.
  • Chicago Sun-Times, Bob Kotalik.
  • Honorable mention: No eyewear on this one, but still plenty of personality. Suellen Rocca with Curly Head, 1967

How about these oxfords? Detail of Karl Wirsum’s hand-painted shoes at the opening of “Nonplussed Some” exhibition, 1968, Hyde Park Art Center.
  • William Arsenault
  • How about these oxfords? Detail of Karl Wirsum's hand-painted shoes at the opening of "Nonplussed Some" at Hyde Park Art Center, 1968

Hairy Who & the Chicago Imagists, through October 9, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org, $11.

See more Chicago street style in the Chicago Looks blog.

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