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Arts Club of Chicago Event Features Ray Johnson’s Link to Sybil Shearer

On Thursday, September 15, Jenny Harris, COSI Research Fellow for Modern and Contemporary Art at The Art Institute of Chicago presented a talk on her research into the fascinating connections between the seminal Pop Art figure, Ray Johnson, and Sybil Shearer. Her investigation was inspired by the acquisition of a collection of Ray Johnson’s Taoist Collages and related correspondence with Shearer that were recently purchased by the Museum from the Morrison-Shearer Foundation. Months of research led her to discover Johnson’s surprising ties to dance and the dance world, resulting in an in-depth article in the NY Times. (see below)

At the event, Harris shared her discoveries that have revealed a previously unknown part of Johnson’s life and work. The full house at the lunch-time gathering was deeply appreciative of the new insights into these two seminal artists and their unexpected relationship.

Jenny Harris addresses the audience at the Arts Club Chicago
board members Shayne Bullen, Alida Szabo, Sue Bolea, and Tain Balfour R-Rear: Scott Lundius, and board members Mary Sue Wheeler and Toby Nicholson