The extraordinary four-color etchings of draftsman and printmaker Tony Fitzpatrick is the starting point for a project designed to benefit Chicago school children. Fitzpatrick’s latest series of prints is a delightful children’s alphabet that can appeal to audiences of all ages. Drawn in his characteristic style that is informed by sources such as children’s books, field guides, circus posters, tattoo designs, and folk art, this series receives its first showing at the MCA before embarking on a national tour. The artist also works directly with Chicago Public School students in MCA workshops to create their own alphabets. Some of these artworks will be selected to hang alongside Fitzpatrick’s. Proceeds from the sales of exhibition-related products and other fundraising efforts go toward a fund to enable teachers to purchase art supplies. Tony Fitzpatrick: Max and Gaby’s Alphabet is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
The exhibition is organized by MCA Curator Lynne Warren.
Support for this exhibition is generously provided by the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust, Janice and Mickey Cartin, and the State of Illinois.