Just Good Art: The Chuck Thurow Gift

February 3, 2017 to May 7, 2017

This exhibition highlights a major gift of over 100 contemporary artworks given to the Illinois State Museum in 2016 by Chicago collector and arts advocate Chuck Thurow. Mr. Thurow, former Executive Director of the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, fostered direct engagement between artists and audiences through innovative exhibitions and commissioned projects. This is a significant addition to our permanent collection of outstanding work by Illinois-related artists, and is one of the largest, single donations of artworks in the Museum’s 139 year history. There are 56 artists represented in this gift; 34 of which are new to our museum collection. The gift includes artworks by Dawoud Bey, Phyllis Bramson, Margaret Burroughs, Theaster Gates, Neil Goodman, Jackie Kazarian, Gladys Nilsson, Paul Sierra, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, and Karl Wirsum.

Paul Sierra, Untitled, untitled, 1981, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 38”
  • Paul Sierra, Untitled, untitled, 1981, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 38”
  • Suellen Rocca, Eek, n.d., oil on canvas, 20 x 16"
  • David Kargl,Wind, 1986, mixed media, 36 x 30 x 1.5”
  • Michael Hernandez de Luna, La Cucaracha (detail), 2000, 3/200 ed., Digital print, 10 ¾ x 8”
  • Roger Brown, False Image Decals, 1969, 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 “ , Color silkscreen decals, commercially manufactured, Chicago Decal Company


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