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How to Draw in Museums, Part I

Poster for the first Hairy Who group exhibition (detail)

Drawing The Hairy Who

Make the most of your museum trip through the act of drawing the art on view. Join the Smart Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago for a special two-part workshop on drawing in museums.

PART I

Thursday, December 13, 5:30–7:30 pm
Smart Museum of Art
The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue

Pick up a sketchbook and pencil and learn secret techniques from an incredible group of Chicago artists who got their start in Hyde Park, the Hairy Who. Part I of this two-part program begins with an in-gallery drawing exercise and a deep dive tour of a masterful painting by Sullen Rocca as well vintage Hyde Park Art Center posters and comix on view in the exhibition The Time Is Now! Then, draw and sketch motifs and Hairy Who-inspired tattoo designs for use in Part II at the Art Institute.

PART II

Thursday, December 20, 5:30–7:30 pm
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Avenue
Meet at the entrance to Galleries 124–27

In the second part of this two-part program, delve deeper into the fearless work of the group known as The Hairy Who in the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition, Hairy Who? 1966–1969. We’ll investigate works of Jim Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca, and Karl Wirsum and practice various drawing techniques, including the game “Exquisite Corpse,” collaborative comic-book making, and using motifs in your own work. 

FREE, all materials provided. Open to all skill levels. Space is limited, please RSVP in advance and let us know if you plan to come to one or both sessions.


Presented by the Smart Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Image: James Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Suellen Rocca, and Karl Wirsum, Poster for the first Hairy Who group exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, February 25–April 9, 1966 (detail), 1966, Offset lithograph commercially printed on buff wove paper, based on an original exquisite corpse drawing made for the purpose by the six artists. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Gift of Dennis Adrian in honor of Don Baum, 2001.581

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