This year, Sixty Inches from Center—a non-profit art publication that focuses on narratives outside of the mainstream—is partnering with Art Design Chicago, a city-wide initiative that illuminates the legacy of art and design that’s embedded in Chicago’s history and culture. As editorial partners in this effort, we’re working with them to to elevate the stories of Chicago’s lesser-known artists, designers, and creators, past and present, through comics, essays, interviews, podcasts, and videos. For the videos we’ve teamed up with On The Real Film to present short profiles that highlight the exhibitions, projects, and people who are showcasing these legacies in various ways.
For the first in this series, On The Real Film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the installation process for The Arts Club of Chicago’s 2018 exhibition A Home for Surrealism as Executive Director Janine Mileaf explains the origins of the show and discusses the planning and preparation required to make the exhibition possible. A Home for Surrealism acknowledges the deep presence of surrealism in Chicago through the work of artists Gertrude Abercrombie, Dorothea Tanning, John Wilde, Julia Thecla, Harold Noecker, and Julio de Diego.