The exhibit In the Eye of the Storm: An Art of Conscience, 1930-1970 tracks the art of social commentary in America from the Great Depression to the Vietnam-era. Yet art collector Philip Schiller, a Chicago attorney, says he wanted to avoid work that was strictly political, favoring a broader consideration of life and times. Shown at left is Lunch, a 1964 painting by "magic realist" George Tooker. Schiller notes that the work carries a sense of estrangement common in Tooker's art, but the presence of one black man in the midst of a fair-haired crowd also refers to the lunch counter sit-ins of the civil rights movement. The exhibit continues at the Terra Art Museum of American Art, 666 N. Michigan, through January 7. Art historian David Sokol will give a gallery talk at 6 PM this Tuesday night; tickets cost $6. Call 664-3939 for reservations.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): reproduction/courtesy Phillip J. and Suzanne Schiller.