Never a Lovely so Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950–1980

Never a Lovely so Real addresses the ways in which Chicago's unique character influenced photographers, filmmakers, and other image makers over a period stretching from the 1950s through the 1970s, when the city underwent some of its most significant

Drawn largely from the Art Institute’s collection, this exhibition examines this turbulent and pivotal period through the work of photographers and filmmakers who focused their lenses on the city’s many distinct neighborhoods and communities, capturing them with immense pride, defiance, and nuance.

Never a Lovely so Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950–1980

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