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Storytelling Series with Art Design Chicago: Cesáreo Moreno and Errol Ortiz

March 4, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Drawing Room Library

Chicago Athletic Association hotel is proud to collaborate with Art Design Chicago on a collection of co-hosted Storytellings throughout the year, taking place in our intimate Drawing Room Library. Each Storytelling will feature Art Design Chicago exhibition curators and contemporary Chicago-based artists and designers, conversing about the city’s art and design legacy and focusing on ways in which contemporary creative practice is influenced by generations of artists and designers that came before.

This March, in alignment with the National Museum of Mexican Art’s exhibition, Arte Diseño Xicágo: Mexican Inspiration from the World’s Columbian Exposition to the Civil Rights Era, opening March 23, curator Cesáreo Moreno talks with artist Errol Ortiz about the experiences of Chicago’s Mexican-American artists and designers and their contributions to the city’s reputation as a hub of creative production.

Cesáreo Moreno is the Director of Visual Arts and Chief Curator at the National Museum of Mexican Art. As curator of Arte Diseño Xicágo, Cesáreo is shedding new light on early artistic involvement of Mexican travelers and immigrants to Chicago.

Artist Errol Ortiz is a Chicago native affiliated with the Chicago Imagists, a group of artists who emerged in the late 1960s with an expressive style of figurative painting. An integral member of this city’s art scene to this day, his iconic puzzle-like paintings are influenced by mass media and popular culture.

This complimentary event will take place in the Drawing Room Library at 11:00AM with seating first come, first served. RSVP below and check out April’s storytelling.


Photo Credit: Errol Ortiz, Astronaut Targets, 1965. Courtesy of Corbett vs. Dempsey. Photo by Tom Van Eynde.

About the Storytelling Series
The Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s Storytelling Series shares compelling stories and interviews from inspiring movers, shakers and visitors making an impact in Chicago and beyond. From artists to musicians, innovators and adventurers to visionaries with a great story to tell – the series gives an inside look into the experiences that have shaped the speakers’ work and lives.

While our 125-year-old walls may not be able to tell tales of the past – and boy if they could – the Storytelling Series honors the tradition of welcoming the world’s finest into its halls by capturing today’s tales. The ongoing series takes place fireside in the Drawing Room, is complimentary to attendees, and affords one hour of storytelling followed by a brief Q&A. To withstand the test of time, sessions are recorded for our Storytelling Series Podcast, available for download and listening at and on iTunes.

About Art Design Chicago
Art Design Chicago is a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of creativity and commerce. Led by the Terra Foundation for American Art, this citywide partnership of cultural organizations explores Chicago’s art and design legacy with more than 25 exhibitions and hundreds of events throughout 2018. For more information visit

March 4, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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