MICHIGAN CITY — An artist's reception for The Chicago Imagists: Before and After, an exhibition showcasing the Chicago Imagists, those who inspired them and those they influenced, will be held at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. 2nd St., from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Featured artists include Roger Brown, Lee Godie, Richard Hull, Jeff Koons, Paul Nudd, Ed Paschke, Suellen Rocca, Karl Wirsum, Joseph Yoakum, Ray Yoshida and many more.

The Chicago Imagist movement celebrated the lowbrow, colorful nature of everyday urban life in Chicago in the '60s and '70s. These were tumultuous times that included the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Kennedy assassinations, the race riots of 1965, student protests, the rise of feminism and rebellion against the status quo. According to the Lubeznik Center, the Imagists were notorious for thumbing their noses at the art establishment and producing works of art that were witty, eccentric and impudent.

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