One of the biggest news stories for Chicago in 2010 was the announcement by Mayor Richard M. Daley that he would not be seeking re-election. Even before this announcement The Daley show co-curators Anna Cerniglia, of Johalla Projects and Peter Kepha, of Chicago Urban Arts Society had already began preparations for a show on Mayor Daley. After Daley's announcement they decided to continue on with the show, and to treat it as a farewell to the mayor's public persona.
For this show artists were asked to look beyond their preconceived notions of the mayor and to create works that explore both the public image of the mayor but also look the person behind the image.
Sixty Inches From Center sat down with a few of the artists to find out how they approached creating a portrait of Chicago’s most influential and powerful public figure.