EventsAuthor Patricia Balton Stratton and Friends discuss "The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure"

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Harold Washington Library Center


To many, Chicago's monumental and iconic Picasso sculpture is synonymous with the city itself.
Art historian Patricia Balton Stratton, along with an esteemed group of panelists, tells the inside story of the sculpture through an exciting panel discussion. The Chicago Picasso is published to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebration of the famous statue's unveiling. Relying on exclusive archival interviews and extensive research, all the controversial possibilities of the sculpture's inspiration are explored. Stratton tells the full story of monumental achievement in all of its historical and artistic glory. Join us for a lively celebration of The Chicago Picasso!

Panelists include: Ms. Stratton; Richard Hunt, legendary sculptor, Chicago native, and graduate of The School of the Art Institute, Fred Lo, retired Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architect who worked on the original project; Lynne Warren, curator of contemporary art at the MCA; and David Van Zanten, Ph.D., is a nationally known and highly recognized authority on architectural history. The program will be moderated by John W. McCarter, Jr. a Life Trustee and President Emeritus of The Field Museum and Chair, Board of Regents of Smithsonian Institutions . This program is presented as part of the City of Chicago's 2017 Year of Public Art.

Seating in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium is first come, first served (385 max.). Books are available for purchase and the author will autograph books at the conclusion of the program.

Photo of Ms. Stratton is by Caronchi Photography.

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