First Wednesday

Patricia Balton Stratton has her own image of her favorite workplace neighbor for the 1960s in Chicago. (Photo: J.C. Heithaus)

Date-Wednesday, October 4
RSVP- Sallie Smith

Celebrate Chicago Picasso sculpture 50th Anniversary
Presented by Patti Stratton, Art historian and author

Join us in celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the Chicago Picasso sculpture and welcoming Patti Stratton, our own Kenilworth Union First Wednesday Attendee, Art Historian and author of The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure. Patti will give a talk and share the inside story of the sculpture.  

Relying on exclusive archival interviews and extensive research, all the controversial possibilities of the sculpture’s inspiration are explored.

The Chicago Picasso made its debut in downtown Chicago in August 1967 and was immediately recognized as a supreme achievement in monumental sculpture and civic art. The capstone to Picasso’s long and fabled career as a sculptor and modernist, the sculpture has defined the city of Chicago for generations and stands as a peerless example of the union of modern art and civic architecture.

Copies of Patti’s book will be available for purchase and signing. Books published by Ampersand, Inc. $24.99


Patricia Stratton has told the story of the Picasso brilliantly—the artist, the architects, the civic ambition, the negotiations, the design and fabrication, the ownership, the controversy—all the elements that lie behind this most famous of all Chicago sculptures and its transformation from drawing and maquette to a monumental 162 tons of Cor-Ten steel standing 50 feet high. —John W. McCarter, Jr.

Patricia Stratton has just written an absorbing book on the story of Picasso’s gift to Chicago….Through her research she takes us into the curious world of Parisian art and Chicago politics that found a place for one of the most remarkable of Picasso’s sculptures…modern, exciting and complex. —Thomas J. O’Gorman, Inside Publications

 About the Author

Patricia Balton Stratton was born in Cincinnati and received both her undergraduate and graduate education at Northwestern University, where her masters thesis in art history concentrated on the acquisition, construction, and iconography of the Chicago Picasso. She served as a docent and guide for a number of regional art museums, as well as a volunteer and board member of the Chicago Public School Art Society (later known as Art Resources in Teaching) that was an affiliate of the School of the Art Institute. She divides her time between Chicago and Naples, Florida. Her daughter and four grandchildren live in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Please RSVP no later than Friday, September 29.

If you need to cancel at the last minute we would appreciate a $10 check being sent to Kenilworth Union Church, attention “First Wednesday Luncheon.” Thank you, this will help us come out even.