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My name is Gary Zidek. Welcome to The Arts Section. Tune into the radio program every Sunday morning on WDCB 90.9 & 90.7 FM or listen to it online here. I'll be showcasing a variety of arts & entertainment, as well as.highlighting some creative ideas.

New Exhibit Explores History of Chicago Blues

New Exhibit Explores History of Chicago Blues

WDCB's Gary Zidek visits the Chicago History Museum's new exhibition, AMPLIFIED: CHICAGO BLUES.

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AMPLIFIED: CHICAGO BLUES recently opened at the Chicago History Museum.

 
 Joy Bivins, director of curatorial affairs at the Chicago History Museum

Joy Bivins, director of curatorial affairs at the Chicago History Museum

"I want people to understand how intimately connected this music is to the migration of African-Americans from the South to the city of Chicago." - Joy Bivins, director of curatorial affairs at the Chicago History Museumdirector of curatorial affairs at the Chicago History Museum

 Mapping the journey of the blues in the Chicago History Museum's new exhibit

Mapping the journey of the blues in the Chicago History Museum's new exhibit

When visitors walk into the AMPLIFIED: CHICAGO BLUES exhibit they'll be greeted by some history a mock record store.

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The exhibit also includes artist spotlights of some of the biggest names associated with Chicago's Blues scene.

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The candid images on display in the exhibit were captured by Chicago-based photographer Raeburn Flerlage.  The collection, which includes photos from 1959 to 1970, provides the foundation for the exhibit.

 Photos of Muddy Waters (Raeburn Flerlage)

Photos of Muddy Waters (Raeburn Flerlage)

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 Photos taken by Raeburn Flerlage line the walls of AMPLIFIED: CHICAGO BLUES

Photos taken by Raeburn Flerlage line the walls of AMPLIFIED: CHICAGO BLUES

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A map of Chicago illustrates where the city's Blues communities formed.

 Map of Chicago's Blues scene in the 50's & 60's

Map of Chicago's Blues scene in the 50's & 60's

One of the interactive components of the exhibit encourages visitors to get on stage and sing the Blues.

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The Chicago History Museum's new exhibit, AMPLIFIED: CHICAGO BLUES just opened and will be on display all the way into August 2019. Visit the museum's website for more information.

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