Alibi Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of photography by David Gremp. Chicago 78/79 is a selection of 30 black and white photographs created during a 12-month artist-in-residency with the Chicago Council on Fine Arts, a program that existed from 1977 to 1981. This is Gremp’s second solo exhibit at the gallery.
This was Chicago in 1978-79, in-between Daleys, with both Bilandic and Byrne as mayors, Lincoln Park was still a little blue around the collar, State Street was being converted into a “mall” for bus and pedestrian traffic only, the White Sox were lucky to draw more than a few thousand fans for a mid-week night game and you could barely get a seat in Wrigley Field on game day. While much of what he photographed is long gone (Comiskey Park, for one), some elements still exist. Chicago is still largely known – and appreciated – as a city of diverse neighborhoods, many of which still flaunt their ethnic roots, and south-side/north-side colors with pride.
David has been involved with photography for more than 40 years. He received his M.A. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 1978, and has taught at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL, and Columbia College, Chicago, IL. He received a humanities grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1980 and a completion grant from the Illinois Arts Council in 1982. He has also worked as a writer and editor at Calumet Photographic since 1981. The Chicago Council on Fine Arts A.I.R program was federally funded by the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) which allowed the city to hire artists of varying disciplines, including musicians, painters, sculptors, writers, poets, playwrights, actors, filmmakers and photographers. David was assigned to the Chicago Public Library and asked to photograph nine different branch libraries and their adjoining neighborhoods throughout the city.