Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night

Library, 624 S Michigan, Chicago, IL 60605

Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night

This exhibition presents the arresting South Side Series  created in the mid-1970s by American photographer Michael L. Abramson (1948-2011). A diverse selection of original black and white photographic prints, imbued with sensuality and subtleties, document the pulsing nightlife of black blues clubs on Chicago’s South Side. Dressed to the nines in gold, mink, elegant hats and fine jewelry, Abramson’s subjects are engaged in dancing, drinking, and smoking‒and perhaps celebrating a recent success or maybe just forgetting their troubles. This work earned Abramson a grant for the National Endowment of 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 will be the artist’s first large scale show since 1977, and the first time some of these photographs will be seen by the public.

 

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

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Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night

Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night

Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night

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This exhibition presents the arresting South Side Series created in the mid-1970s by American photographer Michael L. Abramson (1948-2011). A diverse selection of original ...

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Exhibition Opening Reception: Phantoms in the Dirt

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Please join us for an opening reception for the Phantoms in the Dirt exhibition. Several of the exhibiting artists will be present to informally ...

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The sixteen artists in this exhibition present an array of physical remnants and enigmatic traces, ranging from cryptic objects to the marks of human activity ...

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