Iconic Alumnus Showcased in Two Chicago Exhibitions
On February 13, ChicagoNow writer Kirstin Hicks previewed two upcoming exhibitions at the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) focusing on the “humorously sadistic” and “frightfully delightful” work of SAIC alumnus Edward Gorey (1943). The combined presentation, co-presented by Loyola University Chicago Libraries and LUMA with the cooperation of the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, marks the artist’s first hometown exhibition. Gorey’s “style is rather quirky and weird, bringing about a comical look at the untimely deaths of his exceptionally well-dressed characters set in Victorian and Edwardian times,” says Hicks. “His perfect execution of juxtaposing humor with bizarre death scenarios has earned him a large cult following.” Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey features more than 170 of the artist’s illustrations, including unpublished works and theatrical costume designs. G is for Gorey–C is for Chicago: The Collection of Thomas Michalak illuminates elements of Gorey’s personal life and surveys his drawings for children’s books and magazines. Both exhibitions run from February 15 through June 15.