As the start of the 2012-13 Despres Family Memorial Lecture Series nears, we’re happy to present the opening of a special exhibit featuring the works of our first presenter Dmitry Samarov. Mr. Samarov, an artist and painter trained at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is an astute observer of human nature. He records those observations in his debut book Hack: Stories From a Chicago Cab and on canvas.
The art exhibit will open at Blackstone Library on October 1, 2012 and run thru the end of the month. Samarov will read from Hack and share from his upcoming work on Wednesday, October 24th. Join us.
sponsored by Friends of Blackstone Library
“View From A Chicago Cab”
an exhibit by Dmitry Samarov
I drove a cab in Chicago from 2003 to 2012. The artwork in this exhibition documents some of those days and nights behind the wheel. The gouache paintings of cabs were done on site at the O’Hare Airport Taxi Staging Area and the Yellow Cab garage, while the Sumi ink pieces were done from memory as illustrations for my book, Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab and my blog, Chicago Hack.
Together these pictures give some sense of an aspect of life in this city. The vehicles, drivers, and passengers of Chicago taxis occupied much of my time and thoughts for nine years. It is my hope that you’ll see something you know or recognize in them from your own experience as well.