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Todros Geller: Strange Worlds Opening Reception

Todros Geller: Strange Worlds Opening Reception

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

This event is free. Reservations appreciated.

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Join us for the opening of Todros Geller: Strange Worlds, a new exhibition that showcases more than 30 works, the majority for the first time, by an artist central to the history of modern American Jewish art.

Todros Geller: Strange Worlds draws primarily from Spertus Institute’s collection — which includes extensive holdings of Geller’s paintings, prints, and works on paper as well as preparatory sketches, letters, books, postcards, articles, photographs, posters, and illustrations — to present the broad scope of Geller’s creative endeavors. Works in a range of mediums will be on view, along with a selection of unique archival materials to allow viewers to explore the public and private concerns that animated Geller’s work. Born in Ukraine in 1889, Geller immigrated to Chicago in 1918. He was inspired by the complex blending of old world traditions and modern culture that characterized Chicago — what he termed the collision of “strange worlds.” A prominent educator, he worked at the Jewish People’s Institute and Jane Addams Hull House, then as supervisor of art for the College of Jewish Studies (the precursor to Spertus Institute).

Geller believed that art was a powerful agent for social change, a way to enact tikkun olam, repair of the world. His work directly addressed the social, political, and artistic concerns of his time, many of which still challenge us today.

Todros Geller: Strange Worlds is curated by Ionit Behar, Spertus Institute Curator of Collections, and Susan Weininger, Roosevelt University Professor Emerita of Art History.

Todros Geller: Strange Worlds
is part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy. Art Design Chicago is an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

Todros Geller: Strange Worlds is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

Exhibitions at Spertus Institute are also made possible through the generous support of the Harry and Sadie Lasky and Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundations.

Image at left

Todros Geller, Stone Crushers, 1939, Wood engraving, 8 x 10 in., Spertus Institute, Chicago.


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