CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Richard M. Daley is the subject of many accolades and assessments as he prepares to leave office, and now, he can count an art gallery show among the tributes.
“The Daley Show,” now at the Chicago Urban Art Society in the Pilsen neighborhood, commemorates Mayor Daley in what organizers call his “role as the preeminent political figure in Chicago during the past two decades, and his undeniable importance in shaping the future of the city.”
The exhibition does not take pro or con stance on the mayor and his legacy, but rather is the result of a request that artists “look beyond their existing perceptions of the mayor, and the roles that he plays before the public,” and instead focus on him as a human being.
Mayor Daley announced in September that he will not run for reelection. Rahm Emanuel, Carol Moseley Braun, state Sen. Rev. James Meeks (D-Chicago), Gery Chico, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), and city Clerk Miguel del Valle are among the candidates who have lined up to replace the mayor.
“The Daley Show” features works by Ray Noland, Nick Adam, Peter Kepha, Ruben Aguirre, Don’t Fret, Billy Craven, Kevin Wilson, Ryan Duggan, and Abraham Velasquez Tello, among others. Kepha and Anna Cerniglia are serving as curators.
The gallery show is on display through Jan. 8. The Chicago Urban Art Society is located at 2229 S. Halsted St., and is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.