MEDIA NOTE MAY 29, 2015 MEDIA CONTACTS: Amanda Hicks (312) 443-7297 [email protected] Nina Litoff (312) 443-3363 [email protected] PHOTOGRAPHER WOLFGANG TILLMANS CHOSEN TO INAUGURATE THE ART INSTITUTE’S HUGH EDWARDS LECTURE IN PHOTOGRAPHY CHICAGO—The Art Institute announces the launch of the annual Hugh Edwards Lecture in Photography on Thursday, June 4, 2015, with internationally renowned German photographer, Wolfgang Tillmans. Tillmans—one of the most widely seen and highly regarded photographic artists today—was the first photographer, and first non-British artist, to win the Tate Turner Prize. He has exhibited throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America since 1988, with solo exhibitions this past year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Hermitage, St. Petersburg; and the Beyeler Foundation, Basel, among other institutions. He joins the Art Institute for this event with a brand-new talk on recent work and future projects. Hugh Edwards served as the first named curator of photographs at the Art Institute (1958-1970). An annual lecture in his honor was established in 2014 with an endowment from the Crossed Purposes Foundation. The inaugural Edwards Lecture, hosted by the Department of Photography and the Art Institute Sustaining Fellows, will take place from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the museum’s Rubloff Auditorium. The event is open to the public and free with general museum admission. On Thursdays, general admission to the Art Institute is free to Illinois residents from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Images: Wolfgang Tillmans. affinity, 2009. Charina Foundation and Photography Purchase fund; courtesy of David Zwirner, New York; Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin; and Maureen Paley, London. # # # www.artic.edu Twitter Facebook MUSEUM HOURS Daily: 10:30–5:00 Thursdays until 8:00 Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days Children under 14 always free Members always free The Art Institute of Chicago gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the citizens of Chicago.