Discover five Chicago women who blazed a trail for the arts with ‘Chicago Avant Garde’ at the Newberry Library

John Landecker

American writer Gwendolyn Brooks, of Chicago, Ill., poses with her first book of poems titled “A Street in Bronzeville,” 1945, in this undated photo at an unknown location. Brooks was awarded the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for “Annie Allen,” 1949, becoming the first African American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize. (AP Photo)

The history of Chicago arts has been built by many artists from many backgrounds. But a new exhibit at the Newberry Library highlights the contributions of five Chicago women who broke barriers of both gender and artistic convention to put their stamp on the creative arts. Exhibit curator Liesl Olson joins John Landecker to share what visitors can find at the Newberry.

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