About the Collection

This collection of artworks, selected over the past twenty years by Bernard Friedman, represents the artistic culture of Chicago from the 1920s to the 1940s. It was a culture graced with the iconoclastic liberty that life in the modern city afforded. Many of the artists in this collection were immigrants—Greeks, Italians, Jews, Poles, Russians, Spaniards, and Swedes. In Chicago they found a unique opportunity for artistic expression in a city revitalized through modernism. Yet they didn’t simply depict this revitalization—they helped shape it.

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