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Exhibition Momentum

When the Art Institute of Chicago banned undergraduate works from eligibility for its annual “Artists of Chicago and Vicinity” exhibition, Exhibition Momentum was born to give those young artists a place to show their work. In the inaugural catalogue, the introduction states that Exhibition Momentum will aid in “retaining artists in Chicago who might ordinarily be forced to seek recognition elsewhere.” Indeed, many young artists trained in Chicago moved away soon after their schooling to seek greater exposure in New York. Ironically, Leon Golub, one of the founders of Exhibition Momentum, was among them.

Exhibition Momentum, 1948. Leon Golub papers, 1930s-2009.
Exhibition Momentum, 1948. Leon Golub papers, 1930s-2009.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. 
Art Institute of Chicago catalog for Artists of Chicago and vicinity?exhibition, 1955. Whitney B.
Art Institute of Chicago catalog for Artists of Chicago and vicinity exhibition, 1955.
Whitney B. Halstead papers, 1920-1982.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. 
Jack Tworkov jurying Exhibition Momentumin Chicago, 1956 / Jon Pownall, photographer.
Jack Tworkov jurying Exhibition Momentumin Chicago, 1956 / Jon Pownall, photographer.
Jack Tworkov papers, circa 1918-1982.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.