Art Institute of Chicago Displays “The Trogens” by SAIC Alumna
Last year, Hairy Who? artist Gladys Nilsson (MFA 1967) donated her work The Trogens to the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) in memory of her mentor and SAIC faculty member Whitney Halsted, and it is now up on view in the Modern Wing. Halsted was an art historian who promoted the series of exhibitions held at the Hyde Park Art Center in which both Nilsson and her husband Jim Nutt (BFA 1967) participated. On his death, Halsted willed that all artwork in his collection be returned to artists. In an interview with Newcity, Nilsson said she decided to give the artwork to AIC to honor both Halsted and the Institute’s role in her artistic development. The piece features “a lively circus of differently scaled and eccentrically patterned figures climbing and weaving among larger, ambiguously biomorphic forms,” commenting on gender roles and sexual revolution taking place at the time it was made.