Obama: The Art Show

A new exhibition, sponsored by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, explores art inspired by the city’s most famous recent resident. “Officially Unofficial: Inspired Art for Obama” is a multi-media display of prints, posters, photographs and videos that surfaced during the campaign—the artistic reaction to Obama’s candidacy.

The show—curated by Chicago designer Scott Thomas, former Design Director of the Obama Campaign; Chicago artist Ray Noland; and Nathan Mason, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs—will feature both materials designed officially for the campaign as well as the independent work created by artists and designers from across the country, including Ray Noland’s “GoTellMama!” poster series and Shepard Fairey’s controversial “Hope” poster.

The show opens April 1 at the Chicago Tourism Center, 72 E. Randolph Street, and runs through May 15. For more information, visit www.explorechicago.org.

The exhibition poster, “Officially Unofficial,” above, was designed by exhibition co-curator Ray Noland.

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