Art Institute of Chicago

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1930s

1920s–30s 1930

Throughout grade school and high school, Charles White wins scholarships to attend Saturday classes at the Art Institute of Chicago.

1936

Charles White wins a scholarship to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

1938

Charles White graduates from SAIC.

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1940s

mid-1940s 1947

Karl Wirsum attends Saturday classes at the Art Institute of Chicago as a child.

1940s 1948

Judy Chicago attends classes at the Art Institute of Chicago as a child.

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1950s

1950–52 1950

Roy De Forest attends the California School of Fine Arts (now San Francisco Art Institute).

early 1950s 1951

Gladys Nilsson receives a scholarship to attend junior school classes at the Art Institute of Chicago.

1953

Bruce Conner attends the Kansas City Art Institute one summer and takes classes in watercolor and oil painting.

1956

Billy Al Bengston enrolls at the Los Angeles County Art Institute (now Otis College of Art and Design) and studies with Peter Voulkos but leaves after a year.

1956

Ed Ruscha plans on enrolling at ArtCenter College of Design in Los Angeles, but the student quota is full. Ruscha attends Chouinard Art Institute instead.

late 1950s 1956

Jim Nutt briefly attends college at the University of Kansas, then the University of Pennsylvania, then Washington University in St. Louis. He eventually settles on the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where he meets his future wife, Gladys Nilsson.

1957

Karl Wirsum is awarded a full ride to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

1957–59 1957

Larry Bell attends Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles.

1958–62 1958

Gladys Nilsson and Jim Nutt meet at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), which they both attend.

1958–60 1958

At Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, and Ed Ruscha meet and befriend fellow Okies Patrick Blackwell and Don Moore. They refer to themselves as the “Students Five.”

1959–61 1959

Joe Goode attends Chouinard Art Institute.

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1960s

1961

Garo Antreasian, Untitled, 1961. Lithograph with embossing in violet and black on ivory wove paper; 30 × 22 2/10 in. (76 × 56.5 cm). Published by Tamarind Lithography Workshop. Collection Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Burt Kleiner 1963.1364. Photo: The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY.
June Wayne, Tenth Memory, 1961. Lithograph on paper; 30 × 22 2/10 in. (76.4 × 56.6 cm). Published by Tamarind Lithography Workshop, printed by Bohuslav Horak. Collection Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Burt Kleiner, 1963.1772. Photo: The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY.

1961

Karl Wirsum earns his BFA from SAIC.

1962

Allen Ruppersberg enrolls in Chouinard Art Institute. Robert Irwin and Emerson Woelffler are some of his professors.

1962

Terry Allen moves to Los Angeles to attend Chouinard Art Institute.

1965

Charles White begins teaching at Otis Art Institute.

1965

Five recent SAIC graduates including Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, and Karl Wirsum coin the term Hairy Who while working on a title for their group exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center. The name is in reference to Chicago radio station WFMT’s art critic Harry Bouras.

1965

Jim Nutt earns his BFA from SAIC.

1965

Judithe Hernández receives the first Future Masters Scholarship from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which allows her to attend Otis Art Institute.

1966

David Hammons attends Chouinard Art Institute and graduates in 1968.

1967

Carlos Almaraz is part of a group exhibition at Otis Art Institute.

late 1960s 1967

Suzanne Jackson serves as a model for Charles White’s classes at Otis Art Institute.

1968

Robert Cumming, Bill Wegman’s Screen Sculpture, Milwaukee, WI, 1968. Gelatin silver print; image: 9 3/5 × 7 3/5 in. (24.5 × 19.5 cm); paper: 10 × 7.8 in. (25.2 × 19.9 cm); mount: 20 × 16 in. (50.9 × 40.6 cm). Collection Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Arnold and Temmie Gilbert, 1984.1279. Photo: The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY.
Vija Celmins, Untitled (Ocean), 1968. Graphite on paper; sheet: 14 × 18.7 in. (35.5 × 47.5 cm). Collection Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Lannan Foundation, 1997.106. Photo: The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY.

1968–72 1968

David Hammons takes night classes at Otis Art Institute. Hammons’s drawing teacher, Charles White, makes a profound impact on him as the first successful black man whom Hammons has encountered.

1968

Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, and Karl Wirsum are included in the exhibition Now! Hairy Who Makes You Smell Good at the Hyde Park Art Center. It travels to the San Francisco Art Institute.

1968

Suzanne Jackson founds Gallery 32 (1968–70) out of her studio at 672 North Lafayette Park Place, near MacArthur Park, around the corner from Otis and Chouinard Art Institute.

1969

Charles White and Judithe Hernández at the Otis Art Institute, c. 1969–70. The Charles White Archives.

1969

Gladys Nilsson has a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Art Institute's Clay Street Gallery.

1969

Roy De Forest has a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Art Institute.

decade

1970s

1970

Charles White, Wanted Poster Series #15 or Hasty B, 1970. Lithograph in brown on cream wove paper; 21 × 27 in. (53.5 × 68.7 cm). Published by Tamarind Lithography Workshop, printed by Edward Hamilton. Collection Art Institute of Chicago, Margaret Fisher Fund, 2017.286. Photo: The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY.

1970

Gladys Nilsson and Karl Wirsum are included in the group exhibition Surplus Slop from the Windy City at the San Francisco Art Institute. Wirsum creates a poster for the exhibition.

1970

Larry Bell is included in the Art Institute of Chicago’s 69th American Exhibit.

1970

Vija Celmins begins a printmaking practice in earnest at the Tamarind Art Institute and is invited to work there.

1972–74 1972

Carlos Almaraz and Judithe Hernández are friends and classmates at Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles. Almaraz graduates with an MFA in 1974.

1973

Judy Chicago, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and Arlene Raven cofound the Women’s Building, which opens on November 28. They first rent the former Chouinard Art Institute building, located at 743 Grandview Avenue.

late 1970s 1974

Judith Barry pursues studies with Bertrand Augst at the University of California, Berkeley, and the San Francisco Art Institute.

1975

Jim Nutt has a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Art Institute.

1970s 1975

Karl Wirsum teaches at SAIC. Aaron Curry cites Wirsum as an important figure for him.

1978

After visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, José Antonio Aguirre changes his focus and enrolls in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

1979

Carlos Almaraz is included in the group exhibition L.A. Parks and Wrecks: Reflects on Urban Life at Otis Art Institute.

decade

1980s

1982

José Antonio Aguirre earns his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

1982

Judith Barry teaches a class about video and performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and creates the video Space Invaders with SAIC students at the home of Laura Kipnis.

1983

Carlos Almaraz is included in the group exhibition Miles Above at Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design Gallery.

1985

decade

1990s

1990

Andrea Bowers teaches at Otis Art Institute.

1990

Gladys Nilsson accepts a teaching position at SAIC.

1991

Rebecca Morris moves to Chicago and earns a Post-Baccalaureate Studio Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 1992.

1993

Kori Newkirk earns his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

1994

Rebecca Morris earns her MFA from the SAIC.

1990s 1994

Rebecca Morris works in the Painting and Drawing Department at SAIC.

1996

Jessica Jackson Hutchins meets Rebecca Morris at SAIC when Morris was working in the Painting and Drawing Department.

1998

Amanda Ross-Ho earns her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

1999

Jessica Jackson Hutchins receives her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

1999

Sterling Ruby moves to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where he meets fellow student Aaron Curry.

decade

2000s

2000

Aaron Curry attends SAIC and receives his BFA in 2002 alongside friend and classmate Sterling Ruby. Curry fondly remembers teachers Barbara Rossi and Karl Wirsum.

2000

Rodney McMillian earns his Post-Baccalaureate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

2000s 2000

Sterling Ruby works at the Video Data Bank, an organization cofounded by SAIC. In Ruby’s words: “I wasn’t exposed to a lot of video art until I started my employment as a secretary at the Video Data Bank. Prior to Chicago, I studied at a four-year foundation program in Pennsylvania where I did figure and still life drawing for eight hours a day. Needless to say, there was no video art in the curriculum. After being promoted from the VDB front desk, I learned how to edit and wound up dubbing endurance-based performance art for eight hours a day. I was holding the [Vito] Acconci, [Lynda] Benglis, and [Bruce] Nauman master tapes and it was a nice opportunity to learn the history of video art in parallel to watching the history of performance art.”

2002

Sterling Ruby earns his BFA from SAIC.

2007

Lynn Hershman Leeson becomes chair of the Film Department at the San Francisco Art Institute.

decade

2010s

2010s 2011

Kori Newkirk holds a dual teaching appointment at SAIC and Otis College of Art and Design.

2018

Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, and Karl Wirsum are included in the group exhibition Hairy Who? 1966–1969 at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Cover of the Womanhouse exhibition catalogue, 1972. Pictured from left: Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. California Institute of the Arts Institute Archives: Feminist Art Materials Collection.

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