Tuesday, August 08, 2017
50th Anniversary of Chicago's Picasso Unveiling TODAY at noon on Daley Plaza
THE CITY OF CHICAGO WILL CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE ICONIC CHICAGO PICASSO ON DALEY PLAZA
WHAT: EVERYONE’S CHICAGO – A RESTAGING OF THE 1967 DEDICATION OF THE SCULPTURE
WHERE: DALEY PLAZA – 50 West Washington Street
WHEN: TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 - NOON
WHO: Participants include arts and civic leaders, Chicago artists and performers Orbert Davis, Tatsu Aoki, Avery R. Young and Edra Soto and youth performances by the Chicago Children’s Choir, the After School Matters Orchestra and YouMedia teens interviewing attendees while in character as the legendary Studs Terkel.
As part of the Year of Public Art, the City of Chicago will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Picasso at Everyone’s Picasso – a restaging event of the 1967 unveiling at Daley Plaza. Originally met with mixed reviews by the public, the Picasso has become a Chicago icon attracting visitors from around the world. The 50th anniversary and restaging will welcome Chicagoans and visitors alike, and include both attendees present at the original 1976 unveiling, as well as engage a new generation of young people with the artwork.
The Chicago Picasso is considered to be artist Pablo Picasso’s first large-scale civic sculpture in America. The world-renowned sculpture stands 50 feet tall on a base of granite and is constructed of the same Cor-Ten steel as the building behind it. In the 1960s, at the request of William Hartmann, Senior Partner at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), Picasso designed the monumental artwork to relate to the Civic Center on what is known today as Daley Plaza.
An additional free-admission film and lecture series will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chicago’s Picasso at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). The Public Art Film Series on August 12 and 13 at 2 p.m. and August 14 and 15 at 6:30 p.m. will feature films providing a time capsule to when public art, murals and sculpture were just beginning to take form in Chicago. The August 15 screening will include a film related to Picasso’s 1967 dedication. Also on August 15, at 12:15 p.m., cultural historian Paul Durica will moderate a conversation with Chicago artists, YouMedia teens and representatives from the Studs Terkel Radio Archive on “50 Years Later: Reflections on Chicago’s Picasso.”
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of both the Picasso and the Wall of Respect that once stood at 43rd Street and Langley Avenue, 2017 has been designated the “Year of Public Art” with a new 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project, the creation of a Public Art Youth Corps, a new Public Art Festival in October, exhibitions, performances, tours and more—representing a $1.5 million investment in artist-led community projects.
For additional details and a listing of all Year of Public Art events, visit cityofchicago.org/yopa—and join the conversation on Facebook (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events), Twitter and Instagram, @ChicagoDCASE #2017isYOPA #ChiPublicArt.