A large-scale rectangular sculpture with a grid of barbed wire and red paint greets visitors at the DePaul art museum – the caption is “…for Mayor Daley.”

Other works portraying Daley, weapons, protest and outrage toward Chicago accompany Barnett Newman’s “Barbed Wire” at  the “1968,” exhibit, which looks at the violence and protest in Chicago just before the 1968 election. Other artists involved include Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Robert Motherwell and Roy Lictenstein.

courtesy of museum site

courtesy of museum site

One caption explained how days before the 1968 election, the artist revolution group exhibited works that criticized Mayor Daley and his term as mayor, which saw riots and pandemonium at the democratic national convention that preceded. Warhol’s one contribution was a silkscreen image of a photo taken during the riots, showing police officers and their dogs in a violent response.

Robert Motherwell’s piece was a 4″x6″ canvas with a splatter of black paint. According to the caption, Motherwell was so well-known for his work and his refusal to participate in any politically-related events that his mere contribution was enough to be highlighted.

On the north side of the hallway of the DePaul Museum, is a second gallery with photos explaining the significance of Chicago in 1968 with regards to the election. The exhibition began Sep. 18 and will run until Nov. 23.

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