• Mitchell Siporin
    Dispossessed
    1941
    casein on illustration board

  • Henry Simon
    War Mask
    1942
    gouache and pastel on paper

  • Rainey Bennett
    Diamond Alkali, Houston, Texas
    1949
    watercolor on paper

  • Henry Simon
    Chicago River
    1939
    gouache on paper

  • Henry Simon
    P.T. Barnum
    no date
    pencil on tracing paper mounted on card

  • Henry Simon
    Untitled
    1939
    oil on canvas

  • Rainey Bennett
    Tin #2
    c.1956
    watercolor on paper

  • Rainey Bennett
    Scrap Yard Towers, Marietta, Ohio
    c.1956
    watercolor on paper


PRESS RELEASE

 

These four artists were all well known as Chicago muralists, contributing paintings to public buildings across the Midwest and elsewhere during the period of the Works Progress Administration. But Simon, Spears, Bennett and Siporin were all accomplished studio artists before and after the period of the WPA, and this exhibition presents a selection of works they produced – canvases, works on paper, prints – when they weren’t making murals. A new view of some of our city’s most acclaimed artists.