Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night

Library, 624 S Michigan, Chicago, IL 60605

Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night

This exhibition presents images from Michael L. Abramson’s (1948-2011) South Side Series documenting the pulsing scene of black night clubs on Chicago’s South Side in the mid-1970s.  Through lush black-and-white prints Abramson shows his subjects socializing and dancing while dressed to the nines, evoking the soulful and sensual spirit of this time and place. This work earned Abramson a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1978 and launched his successful career as a portraiture photographer and photojournalist. Abramson's photographs can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and the California Museum of Photography. This is the artist’s first large scale show since 1977, and the first time some of these photographs will be seen by the public. 

The Michael L. AbramsonPulse of the Night  exhibition is located on the second floor of the Columbia College Chicago Library, 624 S Michigan Avenue. 

This exhibition is copresented by Columbia College Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography and Library.

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