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Ed Paschke Center Exhibit to Feature 'Humorous, Surreal' Look at Chicagoans

 Tattooed Lady, Riverview Amusement Park, 1967
Tattooed Lady, Riverview Amusement Park, 1967
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Tom Palazzolo

JEFFERSON PARK — The "humorous and surreal" work of Chicago multimedia artist Tom Palazzolo will be the subject of an exhibit at the Ed Paschke Art Center set to open Monday.

Titled "Gritty City," the exhibit, which is scheduled to run through March 6, includes Palazzolo's portrait photography and cinéma vérité documentaries spanning the Chicago artist's 50-year career.

The exhibit will include more than a dozen of Palazzolo's color and black and white photographs and five of his digitized 16mm films feature "Chicagoans of every age, background and station in life alongside lost historic Chicago landmarks such as Riverview Amusement Park and Maxwell Street Market," according to exhibit organizers.

The Paschke Art Center will also screen Palazzolo's in-progress documentary on Lee Godie, considered one of Chicago's most collected artists.

"Gritty City: is designed to show a "raw, original look at Chicago, revealing Palazzolo's dedication over a lifetime" to show "truth, not beauty," organizers said.

"Tom Palazzolo was a classmate and friend of many of the Chicago Imagists, including Ed Paschke," said Vesna Stelcer, chairwoman of the Ed Paschke Foundation. "Tom is a local legend and we're thrilled to share his Gritty City with viewers."

The Ed Paschke Art Center, 5415 W. Higgins Ave., in Jefferson Park, is dedicated to showcasing the colorful and up-close paintings of people's faces that made Paschke one of the most famous artists to call Chicago home.

For more information, call 312-533-4911, go to edpaschkeartcenter.org or email info@edpaschkeartcenter.org.

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