Chicago 78/79 Agenda Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Image

When: June 8-Aug. 25 2013

In September 1978, 30-year-old photographer David Gremp began a yearlong residency with the Chicago Council on Fine Arts. His job was to take pictures of nine branches of the Chicago Public Library and their surrounding neighborhoods and to teach a few workshops. The 100 rolls of film he went through that year amounted to a portrait of the city in the Bilandic/Byrne era. Gremp shot shop owners, activists, library patrons, high school couples, home owners watering their lawns, and an awkward-looking family in a bowling alley. He shot Comiskey Park on a cold and rainy weeknight in the spring. The stands were so deserted that fans could sprawl across several seats and form pyramids in the bleachers, and anyone could walk up to organist Nancy Faust and request a song. Later he paid a visit to Wrigley Field, but the game was sold out, so he shot fans in the street—including a very young Ronnie Woo Woo. Continue reading >>

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