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"Happy Now?" with Photographer Jay Wolke and Author James McManus

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Happy Now?

Discussion with Photographer
Jay Wolke
James McManus

What are the mechanisms of temptation?
How do industries that profit from hope and fantasy foster economic disparity?
Can fulfillment be found in the American Dream?

Join photographer Jay Wolke and writer James McManus at Kibbitznest for an evening's discussion around the allure and impact of gaming, celebrity, and material excess. Both artists have created works that address our love for, and participation in, the enterprises that encourage risk and reward. Wolke's recently published monograph of 1980s and 90s Las Vegas, Reno and Atlantic City, Same Dream Another Time will inform and inspire our conversation. McManus, author of Positively Fifth Street and essayist for Wolke's book, will contribute extensive insights from his years of experience in the world of poker.

Signed copies of publications by both artists will be available.

FREE & OPEN to the Public!

Registration is not necessary,
but appreciated due to space limitations

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About Jay Wolke:

Jay Wolke is an artist and educator living in Chicago, Illinois. His photographic monographs include All Around the House: Photographs of American-Jewish Communal Life, 1998; Along the Divide: Photographs of the Dan Ryan Expressway, 2004; and Architecture of Resignation: Photographs from the Mezzogiorno, 2011. His works have been exhibited internationally and are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York MoMA, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco MoMA, among others. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, Geo France, Exposure, Newsweek, Fortune, and The Village Voice.  In the 1990s he was coordinator of graduate documentary photography at the IIT Institute of Design and served as head of art and graduate studies at Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy. He is currently professor of photography at Columbia College Chicago.

About James McManus:

James McManus is the author of Positively Fifth StreetCowboys FullGoing to the Sun, and eight other books of poetry, fiction, and fact. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Poetry, Harper's, and Paris Review. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.