Ed Paschke Art Center

Ed Paschke Art Center, Chicago: Address, Phone Number, Ed Paschke Art Center Reviews: 5/5

Ed Paschke Art Center
5
What people are saying
Have you seen Vaca Victoria, the controversial cow?
Nov 2019
The Ed Paschke Art Center in Chicago is a different kind of art museum. All you have to do is examine the exhibit of Vaca Victoria, the controversial cow, and you'll know what I mean. Located at 5415 West Higgins Avenue, in the heart of Jefferson Park, it opened in 2014, on what would have been Ed Paschke's 75th birthday, as a tribute to the legendary Polish-American artist's work and life. Housed in a renovated building, the museum features 2,800 square feet of exhibition space and 1,700 square feet of educational space, alongside a re-imagination of Paschke's Howard Street studio. Paschke was born, raised, lived and worked on Chicago's Northwest Side and, as a Polish American, his ethnic heritage reflects part of the community's own diversity. The museum is open daily from 10 to 7. Admission is free. We were most interested in Paschke's Vaca Victoria. Remember Chicago's "Cows on Parade" exhibit from June to October in 1999, featuring over 300 cow sculptures embellished by local artists that went on public display throughout the city? Did you take pictures of them all? Like us, you probably missed Vaca Victoria, which stood at 215 West Superior in River North for just three days before it was removed because of the controversial gang signs that Paschke covered the cow with. Less controversial were other elements of the composition, like the head painted in the style of the Chicago Bulls logo. He signed his name over the cow's haunches, similar to a cattle brand.

Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

5.0
18 reviews
Excellent
15
Very good
3
Average
0
Poor
0
Terrible
0

Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,381 contributions
Have you seen Vaca Victoria, the controversial cow?
Nov 2019
The Ed Paschke Art Center in Chicago is a different kind of art museum. All you have to do is examine the exhibit of Vaca Victoria, the controversial cow, and you'll know what I mean. Located at 5415 West Higgins Avenue, in the heart of Jefferson Park, it opened in 2014, on what would have been Ed Paschke's 75th birthday, as a tribute to the legendary Polish-American artist's work and life. Housed in a renovated building, the museum features 2,800 square feet of exhibition space and 1,700 square feet of educational space, alongside a re-imagination of Paschke's Howard Street studio. Paschke was born, raised, lived and worked on Chicago's Northwest Side and, as a Polish American, his ethnic heritage reflects part of the community's own diversity. The museum is open daily from 10 to 7. Admission is free. We were most interested in Paschke's Vaca Victoria. Remember Chicago's "Cows on Parade" exhibit from June to October in 1999, featuring over 300 cow sculptures embellished by local artists that went on public display throughout the city? Did you take pictures of them all? Like us, you probably missed Vaca Victoria, which stood at 215 West Superior in River North for just three days before it was removed because of the controversial gang signs that Paschke covered the cow with. Less controversial were other elements of the composition, like the head painted in the style of the Chicago Bulls logo. He signed his name over the cow's haunches, similar to a cattle brand.
Written 23 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jfadds
chicago4,709 contributions
Lots of art action going on here
Oct 2019 • Couples
Wow- plenty to grab your attention here
Shows on main level and downstairs
Upstairs is recreation of Ed’s studio- very cool
Written 19 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Michelle K
25 contributions
Hidden Gem
Aug 2018 • Solo
Small little store front. Free entry. Easy walk from Jefferson blue line EL. Next to Jefferson Park. Fast food restaurants nearby as well as Gale Street Inn, a nice sit down restaurant.
Written 18 August 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Diane K
Venice, FL3,629 contributions
Small interesting art center
Aug 2018 • Couples
We took the Blue Line out to Jefferson Park to see the art center. It was just a short walk from the train. We hadn't known much about Ed Paschke prior to our visit. They had a half hour video where he discusses art - which was interesting. They also have a recreation of his art studio. I enjoyed learning about him and his art work. Entry was free. We were there about an hour.
Written 4 August 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Terence M
Chicago, IL8 contributions
Essential
Aug 2018 • Couples
To the Chicago experience along with the Elmhurst Art Museum and Elmhurst College Library. All can be managed in a day trip to north-west Chicago.
Written 1 August 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rolf A
Chicago, IL460 contributions
Chicago Imagist art at its best
May 2017 • Friends
A bit out of the way from the main gathering of galleries and museums, the Ed Paschke Art Center is an experience in Chicago Imagists that no other museum in the city offers. This is the place to see Chicago art of the 60s, 70s, 80, at its finest.
Written 28 May 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Juli B
Chicago, IL18 contributions
Family day
Dec 2016 • Family
We took our kids (young thru adult) out for a family day and this was our first stop. We were really impressed with the center. The space is clean, light and airy and it was interesting learning more about Ed Paschke from a video running upstairs. I wish the lower level had more of his work instead of someone elses, we all left wanting to see more and understand about him as a person and artist. It was a very quick visit because the space is small, 45 minutes including watching part of the video.
Written 19 December 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Bruce S
Chicago, IL11 contributions
WASALU JACO'S "BETA"”
Sep 2016 • Couples
You don't have to go downtown for relevant art. Jefferson Park is as far (or close) as you have to go!
Written 23 September 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

EkimEvanston
Washington DC, DC41 contributions
Blazing work from a modest man
Aug 2016 • Couples
This fine, small museum houses a representative sample of the works of one of Chicago's, and the world's, great artists. Ed Paschke's use of color and his fascinating images reflect a whimsical, sometimes searing view of the world. As he said in the riveting film that runs in the museum, Ed never sought to explain his work, but left it to viewers to draw from it what they would. A real highlight is the re-creation of Ed's studio, looking just as it did on the second floor of a building on gritty Howard St. near the El, where he worked. This museum is not in the oft-visited center of things in the City, but the short trip out to Jefferson Park will be richly rewarded.
Written 31 August 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

hurdlehouse
valparaiso, Indiana115 contributions
Terrific insights and much pleasure in learning
May 2016 • Friends
Every member of our group of 25 was smitten with the Ed Paschke Center. A spellbinding video allows to viewer to watch Paschke work, to watch him teach at Northwestern, to hear him talk about his work and its raison d'etre, to hear both his son and his wife talk about him and his work, and to see him in his studio and at his house in this very neighborhood which he loved so much. Then we went on to the paintings, with one of the young founders as a guide. We were overwhelmed by a true original. None of our art group had ever seen anything quite like these works, except of course for one, a collector who set up the trip. The web site, reproductions, none of it prepares one for the sheer beauty of the pieces. Even the outside of the building is a treat--a wraparound of one of his works, fronted by three giant iron sculptures by the Zhou brothers. We all lingered over his reconstructed studio, featuring the painting on which he was working at his death along with ephemera which sparked many of his ideas. All those meticulously cleaned brushes in Pringle cans spoke of his industry and dedication. The paintings, the studio, the video, our guide, all made us feel as if we had an intimate glimpse into an extraordinary person and artist. A further treat awaited downstairs where there was an exhibition of recent works by Jeannette Pasin Sloan. This downstairs gallery is in great demand by Chicago area artists and is booked into 2017. The Center is a marvel. Don't miss it and it is free with lots of street parking.
Written 26 May 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 18
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Ed Paschke Art Center


Restaurants near Ed Paschke Art Center: View all restaurants near Ed Paschke Art Center on Tripadvisor