Many of us have realized the benefits of going to school in Chicago: the lake, great improv groups, and most importantly, delicious deep-dish pizza. Still, one asset that often goes unused by students is the public library system. You not only get access to thousands of books, but can also attend the hundreds of cultural events hosted by CPL throughout the year.
One ongoing exhibition, A Little Night Music Costume Designs by Virgil C. Johnson, showcases award-winning designer Virgil C. Johnson‘s beautiful costume designs from the Goodman Theatre’s 2004 production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. These designs won Johnson the 2004 Jeff Award for Costume Design.
Johnson has been active in costume design since the mid-60s, winning several awards along the way. Johnson has also designed for other productions at the Goodman, as well as productions at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
This Saturday, June 2nd at 2 PM, Johnson will be on hand to meet with visitors and give a gallery talk about these award-winning designs. On June 19th, he’ll return to present a costume drawing demonstration.
The exhibition runs through August 12 in the Special Collections Exhibit Hall on the 9th floor of the Harold Washington Library Center.