Profiles and Portraits : African Americans in Niles' Past, Present, and Future
VE Exhibit Label 1:
Original bronze plaque for "Large Hybrid Form" sculpture created by Richard Hunt.

Richard Hunt was born in Chicago and graduated from the School of the Art Institute. One of the most prominent and prolific artists of his time, Huntís work is found among collections across the nation including the Modern Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Museum of American Art. One of his recent works is installed in lobby of the newly opened National Museum of African American History in Washington D.C. Huntís art has travelled across the globe for international exhibitions. A prominent and influential voice for the arts, Hunt has served on the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution and was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to the Board of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The sculpture was originally presented as a gift to the City of Niles in 1974 by the Albert, Howard and Robert Haas families of Chicago, Illinois, as a lasting memorial to their grandparents, Albert and Freda Green, who settled in Niles in 1874.

Today the sculpture is known as "Hybrid Form II." This plaque and the sculpture were removed in 2014 when Main Street bridge was torn down. "Hybrid Form II" was reinstalled at the foot of new Main Street Bridge in 2016 and rededicated in 2017 with a new plaque.

Object ID:
2017.004.001
Object Name:
Plaque
Title:
"Large Hybrid Form" plaque
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Original bronze plaque for Original bronze plaque for "Large Hybrid Form" sculpture by Richard Hunt
Richard Hunt speaking during the sculpture rededication ceremony on April 2Richard Hunt speaking during the sculpture rededication ceremony on April 2