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The last time I checked, the show was a collaboration between Chicago Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson and scholar and collector David James, author of a companion book, Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design, scheduled to be published this coming July. (I had the privilege of previewing some of the pages, and it looks to be spectacular.)
No curators are mentioned in the sketchy information on the exhibition's page on the Cultural Center website, but I can't believe either Samuelson or Jameson had anything to do with the shockingly inane description that manages to say nothing of the qualities of the art but tries to sell the show as some kind of pulpy True Romance . . .
Opening on May 18 and continuing through August 27 in the Chicago Rooms at the Chicago Cultural Center, (78 E. Washington) is Modernism’s Messengers: The Art of Alfonso and Margaret Iannelli – 1910 to 1965. In this show, one discovers not only the love they both had for modernism, but also the love that they had for each other.Yep, that's the entire description. There's more information on the press release, which reveals near its end the real reason we should find the exhibition interesting. It's because the show . . .
Despite very different backgrounds and very different approaches to life, their work together and apart displayed such a partnership that one could not tell where Alfonso’s work ended, and Margaret’s began.
emphasizes a strong tenet of the Chicago Cultural Plan which is attracting and retaining artists. That is a practice in Chicago’s history and a goal of today. Additionally, this exhibit promotes the values and impact of culture and fosters cultural innovation.
Artist Rediscovered - Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design
Iannelli (and Wright) out of the Storeroom