Oakton hosts first art exhibit focused on Evanston artist

  • The painting "Old Men Dancing" is just one of the many self-portraits of Leopold Segedin on display at Oakton Community College's Koehnline Museum of Art through Jan. 31.

    The painting "Old Men Dancing" is just one of the many self-portraits of Leopold Segedin on display at Oakton Community College's Koehnline Museum of Art through Jan. 31. Courtesy of Oakton Community College

 
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Posted12/10/2021 12:44 PM

Visit the first art exhibition to focus entirely on the self-portraits of noted Evanston artist Leopold Segedin at Oakton Community College's Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Segedin painted himself hundreds of times for more than 75 years. "Leopold Segedin: Self-Portraits" focuses on his artwork, including paintings of himself at play, dancing, and clothed and naked at his easel. The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 31, 2022, also features the artist as a subject and character, both old and young.

 

"This is a unique opportunity to see self-portraits of an exceptional painter, and the collection focuses on his self-exploration over history," says Nathan Harpaz, curator of the Koehnline Museum of Art.

The Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s inspired Segedin, born in Chicago in 1927. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois. Distinctive museums across the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, D.C., have highlighted Segedin's work.

The Koehnline Museum of Art, which advocates for the work of prominent Chicago-area artists, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, contact Harpaz at nharpaz@oakton.edu or (847) 635-2633.

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