Free events at Daley Plaza under the Picasso. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents FREE cultural programs year round in Daley Plaza under the Picasso.
When: Performances begin @ 12 Noon (Schedule is subject to change).
Where: Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington (Corner of Washington and Dearborn Streets).
Friday, March 5 National Steppers Society
Gotta get your groove on, come out and join us and the National Stepper’s Society for a lunchtime dance hour.
Monday, March 11 Consulate General of Lithuania
Come out and join us on the plaza for the raising of the flag, celebrating the Independence Day of Lithuania.
Thursday, March 14 Women’s History Month
Join us in the east lobby to celebrate women in Music and Theater
Friday, March 15 Trinity Irish Dancers
Join us in the lobby of the Chicago Civic Center for an afternoon of dancing with the Trinity Irish dancers celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Monday, March 25 Greek Flag Raising
Join us on the plaza at noon for the flag raising and program, celebrating the Hellenic Independence.
Monday, March 26 Push the Pain Away
Come out and join us in a rally to bring light into the patient neglect due to Opiods prescribing regulations.
Thursday, March 28 Equal Pay Rally
Join us for a rally to raise awareness of the issue of equal pay discrimination based on gender.
How did the Picasso end up in Daley Plaza? Per the City of Chicago website:
The Chicago Picasso was commissioned in 1963 by the architects of the Richard J. Daley Center to anchor the plaza on the east side of the building. Most public art in large cities at this time was calm and stoic, mainly depicting historical figures, but in the 1960s, architecture in American cities began to reflect the many cultural and modern changes taking place throughout the country. The Daley Center’s architects decided to commission the renowned Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso, to create a monumental sculpture for their plaza.
Picasso worked on this commission for two years, combining and modifying sketches and motifs from some of his earlier works in the design of the sculpture. This resulted in a 42-inch tall maquette, or model, of the sculpture. Both the maquette and sketches of the sculpture may be seen today at the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Chicago Picasso is built of Cor-Ten steel, the same material as the exterior of the Daley Center, and was assembled not far from Chicago at the U.S. Steel Company in Gary, Indiana. On August 15, 1967, thousands of people gathered in Daley Plaza to witness the unveiling and dedication of the city’s newest piece of public art. In his dedication letter, Picasso gave the sculpture as a gift to the people of Chicago, without ever explaining what the sculpture was intended to represent.
Standing 50 feet tall and weighing over 160 tons, the Chicago Picasso in Daley Plaza is much more than just artwork to Chicagoans. The untitled Picasso sculpture that originally sparked controversy in the city has now become one of Chicago’s most famous sculptures and beloved icons.