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Panel Discussion: Monster Mash Up

The years following World War II were marked for many as a time of growing unrest and anxiety.

The burgeoning Cold War and McCarthyism were shaping the country’s political climate, while the growing Civil Rights Movement was beginning to reveal the vast and brutal injustices faced by persons of color in America. Perhaps most emblematic of their times, Chicago artists associated with the Monster Roster employed a figurative style imbued with deep, and often dark, psychological tones portraying what one critic referred to as “the figure under stress.”

This panel convenes writers, curators, historians, and artists to plumb the social, political, and cultural context of postwar Chicago, to better understand what contributed to the making of the Monster. 

Free, but space is limited. Please register in advance


Thomas Dyja
Author of The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Thomas Dyja will no longer be able to participate in the panel discussion

Lynne Warren
Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Mark Pascale
Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago

John Corbett
Co-curator of Monster Roster at the Smart and adjunct associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

This program is supported by The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago

Seymour Rosofsky, Patient in Dentist's Chair (detail), 1961, Oil on canvas. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Gift of the Rosofsky Estate, 2014.16.