National Hellenic Museum Presents “Layers Revealed: Identities Explored”

On Thursday, November 29, the National Hellenic Museum will present “Layers Revealed: Identities Explored”, a conversation between a panel of people who best knew the late artist George Kokines. The event is part of Chicago Cultural Alliance’s ‘Culture at the Intersection’ series.

George Kokines (1930–2012) was a first-generation Greek American born in Chicago. The National Hellenic Museum in Chicago says Kokines was known for “employing free-form organic and geometrical forms, abstract figures, and intense spaces of color. He inserted humor, and references to Greek mythology” in his artwork.

For this event in celebration of his work and life, the museum will host a conversation with his daughter Anna Miller, NHM Resident Scholar Dr. Katherine Kelaidis and NHM Exhibitions Manager Jacqueline Wayne Guite. They will also discuss the challenges Kokines faced with his immigrant background and how his Hellenic roots influenced his artwork.

His oeuvre spans from Chicago to New York, and in 2012, the museum opened the largest exhibition ever of Kokines’ work, titled “George Kokines: Layers Revealed”.

The event is being presented as part of “Art Design Chicago”, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art, exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. For more information, click here.