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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.

Never a Lovely So Real: Glimpses of a Beautiful, Brutal City

Never a Lovely So Real: Glimpses of a Beautiful, Brutal City

WDCB's Gary Zidek visits the Art Institute's new photo exhibit, NEVER A LOVELY SO REAL: PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM IN CHICAGO, 1950-1980.

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"It's a passage that I think speaks to the character of the city, what makes it so wonderful, but also what makes it so brutal. And I think what you see in this exhibition, with this constellation of projects is exactly this kind of character with all of its contradictions" - Michal Raz-Russo,  David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Associate Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago talking about the exhibit's title, which is taken from Nelson Algren's CHICAGO: CITY ON THE MAKE.

Yet once you’ve come to be part of this particular patch, you’ll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.
— Nelson Algren
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Over 160 vintage photographs and 12 films are on display in NEVER A LOVELY SO REAL.  

 Valeria “Mikki” Ferrill.  Untitled from The Garage , 1972. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Valeria “Mikki” Ferrill. Untitled from The Garage, 1972. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Photos of a Chicago not often seen by people outside of certain communities are on display in NEVER A LOVELY SO REAL.

 Danny Lyon.  Uptown, Chicago , 1965. The Art Institute of Chicago. Gift of Mr. Danny Lyon. © Danny Lyon / Magnum Photos, courtesy Gavin Brown’s Enterprise.

Danny Lyon. Uptown, Chicago, 1965. The Art Institute of Chicago. Gift of Mr. Danny Lyon. © Danny Lyon / Magnum Photos, courtesy Gavin Brown’s Enterprise.

 Bob Crawford, Untitled (Fred Hampton) 1960/69

Bob Crawford, Untitled (Fred Hampton) 1960/69

 Images from NEVER A LOVELY SO REAL

Images from NEVER A LOVELY SO REAL

 Film screening within NEVER A LOVELY SO REAL

Film screening within NEVER A LOVELY SO REAL

 Images of Sun Ra and murals captured by Alton Abraham and Aye Aton on display in NEVER A LOVELY SO REAL

Images of Sun Ra and murals captured by Alton Abraham and Aye Aton on display in NEVER A LOVELY SO REAL

NEVER A LOVELY SO REAL: PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM IN CHICAGO, 1950-1980. is part of the year-long Terra Foundation initiative ART DESIGN CHICAGO.  The exhibit will be on display at the Art Institute through October 28.

 NEVER A LOVELY SO REAL courtesy of the Art Institute.

NEVER A LOVELY SO REAL courtesy of the Art Institute.

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