These are some excellent photograph’s of the south side of Chicago’s social scene in the 1970’s.  They kinda make a soulbrother nostalgic.  Or, at least, more nostalgic than usual.

Rarely-Seen Photos Spotlight The 1970s Social Scene Of South Side Chicago

By Joseph Erbentraut

To say it was a different time is putting it lightly.

In the 1970s on Chicago’s South Side, revelers in their finest packed into nightclubs, dancing the night away to the soulful music of the era while knocking back a drink or three at now-extinct blues clubs like Perv’s House, Pepper’s Hideout and the High Chaparral.

No one captured the scene better than Chicago photographer Michael L. Abramson. What started as a simple student project during his time at the Illinois Institute of Technology ultimately earned him a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and catapulted him into a career as a prolific freelance photographer.

While several of the Brassai-esque shots below might look familiar – some were included in the Grammy-nominated LP set “Light on the South Side,”which featured Abramson’s photography alongside music from the era – many are being shown to the public for the very first time thanks to a new exhibition co-presented by the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Columbia College Chicago Library.

The exhibition, titled “Pulse of the Night,” comes three years after the photographer’s death at the age of 62 but marks the first large-scale public show of his work since 1977.

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Columbia Museum of Art reflects on American design history with new exhibition

Designed by Charles Eames (1907-1978) and Ray Eames (1912-1988). Manufactured by Evans Products Company for Herman Miller Furniture Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. LCW (Lounge Chair Wood), c. 1954. Molded birch plywood, rubber. 26” x 22” x 24”.

COLUMBIA, SC.- The Columbia Museum of Art announces its major summer exhibition, The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, on view beginning Saturday, April 28 through Sunday, August 26, 2012. “This is the first comprehensive exhibition of American chair design in the history of the Museum and illustrates the Museum’s commitment to presenting the many creative aspects of design,” executive director, Karen Brosius, said. “This is such a rare opportunity to see iconic American chairs in such a wide variety of styles. We are delighted that American art collector Diane Jacobsen is generously sharing her extensive and significant collection with our visitors.” Most chairs encountered throughout the day define themselves fairly simply—a place at the family table, a comfortable spot with a great view of … More

Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston: Wordless!

Did you get a chance to see the renowned New York cartoonist Art Spiegelman’s retrospective at the Jewish Museum last year? ThePulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman is acclaimed by for his groundbreaking graphic novel Maus. Tomorrrow, Friday, March 13, 7:30pm, the Heyman Center for the Humanities will present Spiegelman’s new stage show Wordless! at Miller Theatre, Columbia University.

Wordless! is a collaboration between Art Spiegelman and the composer Phillip Johnston. Spiegelman will reflect on the history of comics, accompanied with Johnston’s jazz music. The multimedia play will move between words and images, lecture and performance.

Spiegelman, noted as a historian and theorist of comics as well as an artist, collaborates with Phillip Johnston, the critically acclaimed jazz composer who wrote all-new scores performed live with his sextet. Johnston’s music accompanies the cartoonist’s personal tour of the first legitimate “graphic novels”— silent picture stories made by early 20th century masters like Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, and Milt Gross—and their influence on him.

Sydney-based New Yorker Phillip Johnston is best known for his work as a jazz composer (Microscopic Septet, The Coolerators), and as a creator of music for silent films, most recently Lotte Reineger’s 1927 animated feature, The Adventures of Prince Achmed.

Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston: Wordless!
Presented by the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University
Friday, March 13,  7:30pm
Miller Theatre

Tickets starting at $25 on sale now at Miller Theatre box office!