Saturday, April 04, 2009

The Dill PIckle Club

Tonight's the opening for Brains, Brilliancy, Bohemia: Art & Politics in Jazz-Age Chicago
From Mess Hall's site...

This exhibition of 1910-1920's hobohemian ephemera is the first known overview of visual culture produced during the hobohemian era and a precursor to present day cultural resistance. The exhibition material draws heavily from the archives of the Newberry Library collection of handbills, fliers and posters from the Dill Pickle Club.

In a video installation will be Marc Moscado's "The More Things Stay the Same", a short documentary examining the life of Dr. Ben Reitman (1879-1942), known in his day as "the Clap Doctor", "King of the Hoboes", and "the most vulgar man in America". Also included in the exhibition are photocopies from 1910's pulp novels by A-No.1 Tramp (Leon Ray Livingston). An audio interview with Studs Terkel and biographer Roger Bruns on Dr. Ben Reitman will also be available.

This show is curated by Marc Moscato. It'll be up from today through April 15th, 2009. Hours are 1-5pm Tuesday - Friday, and 12-6 Saturday & Sunday.

Mess Hall
6932 N Glenwood
Chicago, IL

1/2 block south of the CTA Red Line Morse Station

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