In a surprise 80th-birthday gift for Printworks Gallery co-director Sidney Block, nearly 200 contemporary artists, including Chicagoans Ed Paschke, Audrey Niffenegger, and Karl Wirsum, created individual works of art to make a special version of a surrealists’ parlor game. This online exhibition celebrates the artists' collaborative work.

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The Exquisite Snake
Surprise birthday party for Sidney Block,
December 16, 2003
Bob Hiebert and Sidney Block

The Exquisite Snake
Gallery installation, Jean Albano Gallery

The Exquisite Snake
Gallery installation, Jean Albano Gallery

The Exquisite Snake
Gallery installation, Jean Albano Gallery
Click on each artwork for an enlarged view
Anne Abrons Heather Accurso Keith Achepohl Edith Altman
Barbara Aubin Robert Barnes Susan Barron Curtis Bartone
Paul Berlanga Gerda Meyer Bernstein Mary Bero Patricia Bramsen
Phyllis Bramson John Buck Ken Burkhart Lou Cabeen
Jane Calvin Paula Campbell Scot Campbell Sally Chandler
Phil Chen Eleanor Coen Lynne Cohen Warrington Colescott
William Conger Antonia Contro Barbara Cooper Patrick Corrado

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