Julia Thecla: Undiscovered Worlds

September 14 – November 22

/ 2006

Widely known in Chicago during the 1940s and ’50s, Julia Thecla is now largely forgotten, but her ethereal and sensuous portrayal of dreams, fairytales, and planetary realms were extraordinary explorations of alternative social orders. This exhibition of her work examined her struggle for recognition as a female artist, and revealed the tensions of the art world at mid-century, encompassing representation as well as abstraction, fascinated by psychoanalysis and the unconscious. The exhibition was documented in an illustrated catalogue and accompanied by a lecture series (see events tab).

The exhibition and accompanying programs were supported in part by a grant from The Terra Foundation for American Art.