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Todros Geller: Strange Worlds - Gallery Talk
3:00 PM - 11:59 PM Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
Date: November 04, 2018 to November 04, 2018
Where: Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, 610 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60605
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Event Type: Arts & Theater
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In conjunction with Todros Geller: Strange Worlds, join Exhibition Curator Susan Weininger for an informal gallery talk about Todros Geller's work on display, the artist's social activism, and his contributions to the art scene of the interwar period. Todros Geller: Strange Worlds draws primarily from Spertus Institute's collection - which includes extensive holdings of Geller's paintings, prints, and works on paper as well as preparatory sketches, letters, books, postcards, articles, photographs, posters, and illustrations - to present the broad scope of Geller's creative endeavors. More than 30 works in a range of mediums will be on view, the majority for the first time, along with a selection of unique archival materials to allow viewers to explore the public and private concerns that animated Geller's work. Born in Ukraine in 1889, Geller immigrated to Chicago in 1918. He was inspired by the complex blending of old world traditions and modern culture that characterized Chicago - what he termed the collision of "strange worlds." A prominent educator, he worked at the Jewish People's Institute and Jane Addams Hull House, then as supervisor of art for the College of Jewish Studies (the precursor to Spertus Institute). Geller believed that art was a powerful agent for social change, a way to enact tikkun olam, repair of the world. His work directly addressed the social, political, and artistic concerns of his time, many of which still challenge us today. Todros Geller: Strange Worlds is organized by Ionit Behar, Spertus Institute Curator of Collections, and Susan Weininger, Roosevelt University Professor Emerita of Art History. Todros Geller: Strange Worlds is part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago's art and design legacy. Art Design Chicago is an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Image above: Todros Geller (center left) with students Victor Shwarzstein, Evelyn Allen, Margol
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