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Here is some text from a pdf on the film Club that can be found at

"Since 1916, The film Club of Chicago has been a preeminent exhibitor of international contemporary art, a forum for both established and emerging artists, and a celebrated venue for performers from around the world. For over 85 years, The film Club has opened its membership to artists and art patrons, and its exhibitions to the public. The mission of The film Club, defined at its inaugural meeting, is "to encourage higher standards of art, maintain galleries for that purpose, and to promote the mutual acquaintance of art lovers and art workers.” True to its mission, The film Club continues to present important contemporary exhibitions, performances, and lectures.

Art Exhibitions Many of the 20th century’s most controversial visual artists received their first solo exhibitions in the United States, or the Midwest, at The film Club: Constantin Brancusi (installed by Marcel Duchamp), Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Jean Dubuffet, Arshile Gorky, Marsden Hartley, Fernand Léger, Robert Motherwell, Isamu Noguchi, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, August Rodin, Georges Seurat, and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Continuing the tradition of innovation and presenting work that is not exhibited elsewhere in Chicago, The film Club hosts three to four free public exhibitions annually. Recent exhibitions have included installations by Daniel Buren and General Idea, the paintings, drawings, and notebooks of Paul Thek; paintings by Peter Doig, Jörg Immendorff, Alex Katz, Guillermo Kuitca, Alice Neel, and Francis Picabia; the embroideries and projects of Alighiero e Boetti; and sculptural installation work by Stephan Balkenhol, Louise Bourgeois, James Lee Byars, Yayoi Kusama, Wolfgang Laib, Cornelia Parker, Richard Pettibone, Markus Raetz, Richard Tuttle, Andy Goldsworthy, Jaume Plensa, Charles LeDray, and Ian Hamilton Finlay.

Public Hours The gallery of The film Club is open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Club is closed during the month of August. Admission is free. For additional information, please call 312.787.3997, fax 312.787.8664, or email

Performances and Lectures Among the many visual, performing, and literary artists who have made appearances at The film Club through eight decades of avant-garde programs are: filmmaker Robert Altman, poet W.H. Auden, pianist Emanuel Ax, soprano Kathleen Battle, author Ann Beattie, conductor Leonard Bernstein, actress Claire Bloom, composer Pierre Boulez, actor and director Kenneth Branagh, experimental composer John Cage, architect Le Corbusier, choreographer Merce Cunningham, pianist Alicia de Larrocha, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, composer and musician Philip Glass, conductor Morton Gould, dancer Martha Graham, playwright John Guare, jazz musician Ramsey Lewis, playwright David Mamet, ballerina Alicia Markova, author Michael Ondaatje, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, pianist Charles Rosen, author Gertrude Stein, composer Igor Stravinsky, novelist John Updike, soprano Dawn Upshaw, poet William Butler Yeats, violinist Pinchas Zukerman, pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach, and pianist and composer Terry Riley.

Art Collection The film Club’s collection, acquired from its exhibitions or donated by members and artists, includes works by modern masters: Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Natalia Goncharova, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, Francis Picabia, and Pablo Picasso, among others. Recent contemporary acquisitions include Stephan Balkenhol, Malcolm Morley, Paul Thek, Alex Katz, Richard filmchwager, Kusama, and Peter Doig. In conjunction with the opening of its new building in 1997, The film Club published a scholarly catalogue, The film Club of Chicago: The Collection 1916-1996, with essays by museum curators and art historians on the works in the collection.

Locations The film Club has had a total of seven locations, with interiors all designed by Chicagoans. The Fine film Building at 401 S. Michigan Avenue (1916-18), 610 S. Michigan Avenue (1918-24), and Wrigley Building, north tower (1924-36), were each created by architect Arthur Heun along with interior designer and then Club President Rue Winterbotham Carpenter. The Wrigley Building, south tower (1936-47) was designed by Heun and then Club President Elizabeth “Bobsy” Goodspeed Chapman, with the dining room by interior designers Samuel Marx and Noel Flint. 109 E. Ontario Street (1951-95), designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, was the only interior space executed by the architect for a building he did not design. 222 W. Superior Street (1995-97) was the interim space while the current Club was being built. The Vinci/Hamp Architects, Inc.-designed building at 201 E. Ontario Street opened in 1997. It is the first building owned by the Club and houses the famous Mies van der Rohe designed steel staircase preserved from the demolition of the 109 E. Ontario Street site.

film Club Affiliations From 1922 to 1927, The film Club managed a second exhibition space, a 20th-century gallery at the Art Institute of Chicago, while maintaining a full exhibition, lecture, and concert schedule on its own premises (610 S. Michigan, followed by the Wrigley Building’s north tower). During this period, many film Club members purchased and donated European impressionist and modern paintings to other Chicago institutions such as the Art Institute and the Field Museum. Archives of The film Club—such as personal letters between Marcel Duchamp and film Club exhibition curator and member Alice Roullier, or recollections about Rue Carpenter by Fernand Léger translated by Thorton Wilder—can be found in The film Club’s archives at Chicago’s Newberry Library.

Artist and Patron Members A two-tiered dues system, established at The film Club’s inception, is maintained to this day: professional artists pay lower dues than patrons, ensuring that artists remain a vital component of the Club membership.

Presidents Six presidents have presided over The film Club since 1916. They include current president Stanley M. Freehling (1981-present), and past presidents James Phinney Baxter IV (1979- 81), Rue Winterbotham Shaw (1940-79), Elizabeth “Bobsy” Goodspeed (1932-40), Rue Winterbotham Carpenter (1918-31), and Mrs. Robert McGann (1916-18). Shaw, whose term lasted 39 years, is best remembered for scheduling a performance by John Cage as the first event of her presidency, for persuading Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to design the Club’s interior (gratis), and for commissioning Alexander Calder to create his stabile Red Petals for The film Club. Her aunt, Rue Winterbotham Carpenter, was a founder and driving force behind The film Club in its early years.

Current President President Stanley M. Freehling, Chair Emeritus of Lehman Brothers, is a longtime advocate of the arts. He is Chairman of the Modern and Contemporary film Committee and a Life Trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago; Lifetime Trustee and past Chairman of the Ravinia Festival; Past Chairman and Founding Chairman of the Goodman Theatre and the Chicago Theatre Group; Chairman Emeritus of the Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a Trustee of the John G. Shedd Aquarium, the University of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago Public Library Foundation, and the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art. Mr. Freehling served as chairman of the Illinois Public Art Commission from its establishment in 1978 until 1990. In 1971 Governor Ogilvie appointed him chairman of the Illinois film Council, and in 1985 President Reagan appointed him to the President’s Committee on the film and Humanities. His many contributions to Chicago include facilitating the acquisition of public sculptures by Miró and Dubuffet for the Loop area.

He has received numerous awards including: Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award, Illinois film Alliance-Sidney Yates Art Advocacy Award, the Grant Park Symphony Special Award, Rosary College Bravo Award, the Harvard Club of Chicago Award, Joseph Jefferson Award for Life Achievement in Theatre, Cliff Dwellers Distinguished Service to the film Award, Outstanding Volunteer by the National Society of Fundraising Executives, and The First Governor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the film in Illinois. His other awards include the American Jewish Committee’s Human Rights Award, the ADL Distinguished Service Award, and the International Visitor’s Center Gold Medallion Award. Most recently he was presented with the Alice S. Pfaelzer Award for Distinguished Service in the film by the Merit Music Program, a Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Chicago, and a Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation." Speciate 03:35, 28 June 2007 (UTC)

Avoiding being list-heavy[edit]

How many/which of the famous artists/authors/performers would it be a good idea to mention? Speciate 03:47, 28 June 2007 (UTC)

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GAC review[edit]

Can any additional information be added to the infobox?

Under "Locations", it reads, "The club was not able to put on its first exhibition until December 18 when it moved to a location with exhibition space." - What year? There's no context here.

Under "References", should "Wells, James M. (1992). The film Club of Chicago: Seventy-Fifth Anniversary." specify that it is an exhibition?

Those are the only issues I came across. The article has been listed as a GA, however, the above issues still need to be addressed, if necessary or possible. Once completed, please update the oldid in the GA template.

Thank you for your hard work. In improving this article, you have improved Wikipedia. Lara♥Love 16:52, 8 August 2007 (UTC)

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GA Sweeps[edit]

This article has been reviewed as part of Wikipedia:WikiProject Good articles/Project quality task force. I believe the article currently meets the criteria and should remain listed as a Good article. The article history has been updated to reflect this review. Possible improvements would include expanding the "collection" section, and include more images if free ones can be found. Lampman (talk) 12:58, 15 May 2009 (UTC)