Alum Chris Ware Curates and Designs Comics Exhibition at Chicago Cultural Center

Several guests looking at the colorful walls of Ware's exhibition
Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life (1880-1960). Credit: Vashon Jordan Jr. Image courtesy of Chicago Tribune

Artist, writer, and alum Chris Ware (SAIC 1991–93, HON 2019) and Chicago Cultural Historian Emeritus Tim Samuelson curated and designed the Chicago Cultural Center’s newest exhibition. Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life (1880–1960) spans almost a century of content from Chicago’s early comics scene, including pieces from Ware and Samuelson’s own collections. According to the Chicago Cultural Center’s website, the exhibition is an “intentional historical companion to the concurrently appearing survey of contemporary Chicago comics” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life (1880–1960) will be exhibited through October 3 in the Sidney Yates Gallery at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Ware recently talked to School of the Art Institute of Chicago magazine about how the city of Chicago has shaped his work