This is from a series done about the Habad Hasidic Jewish community in Chicago. This is from the holiday Lag Baomer.
Jay Wolke lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. He has had solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, the St. Louis Art Museum, Harvard University and the California Museum of Photography. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Three monographs of his work have been published: All Around the House: Photographs of American-Jewish Communal Life (Art Institute of Chicago, 1998), Along the Divide: Photographs of the Dan Ryan Expressway (Center for American Places, 2004) and Architecture of Resignation: Photographs from the Mezzogiorno (Center for American Places, 2011). Kehrer Verlag will publish his fourth monograph, Same Dream Another Time, in 2017.
Wolke received his B.F.A. in Printmaking / Illustration at Washington University, St. Louis, and an M.S. in Photography at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Since 1981 he has taught photography and art at various universities. From 1992-1999 he was Coordinator of Graduate Documentary Photography at the Institute of Design (IIT). In 1999-2000 he was Head of Art and Graduate Studies at Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy. He is currently a Professor of Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where he also served as Chair of the Art and Design Department from 2000-05 and again from 2008-14. Wolke has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, Focus Infinity Fund and the Ruttenberg Arts Foundation. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications including Geo France, New York Times Magazine, Financial Times Magazine, Village Voice, Exposure and Architectural Record.
SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Mostre Marte, Salerno, Italy, “Architecture of Resignation”
2014 PrimoPiano Gallery, Naples, Italy, “Architecture of Resignation”
2014 Foundation Studio Marangoni, Florence, Italy, “re-Located”
2014 Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University, Chicago, “re-Located”
2013 Spertus Institute, Chicago, “All Around the House”
2012 University of Indiana Northwest Savanna Center, “Architecture of Resignation”
2010 Sheldon Arts Galleries, St. Louis, MO, “Architecture of Resignation”
2007 California Museum of Photography, Riverside, “Architecture of Resignation”
2006 St. Xavier University SXU Gallery, Chicago, “Architecture of Resignation”
2005 Schneider Gallery, Chicago, “Architecture of Resignation”
2005 City Gallery, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, “Along the Divide”
2002 Foundation Studio Marangoni, Florence, Italy, “Architecture of Resignation”
2002 St. Louis Art Museum, "All Around the House"
2000 Comunita Ebraica Salle Servi, Florence , Italy, “All Around the House”
1998 Art Institute of Chicago, "All Around the House"
1995 Harvard University, Carpenter Center, Cambridge, MA, "A Jewish View"
1994 Quad City Arts Center, Rock Island, IL "Temporary Usage"
1993 Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, "Temporary Usage"
1992 OK Harris Gallery, New York, NY, " Photographing American Dream Cities"
1991 Mid-Town Y Photography Gallery, New York, NY, "American Dream Cities”
1988 Portland School of Art, Portland, ME, "Las Vegas Portraits"
1987 Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, " Vegas Portraits"
1985 Chicago Historical Society, “Dan Ryan Project”
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 Le Murate, Florence, Italy, “Arno Collective Imaginary” w. Massimo Vitali, Arno
2015 Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy, “Henri Cartier-Bresson e gli altri. I grandi fotografi e
2014 Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA, “Racial Imaginary”
2014 Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR, “Architecture, Landscape”
2014-15 Millennium Park Foundation, Chicago, “An Anatomy in Photographs”
2012 Chicago Cultural Center, “Industry of the Ordinary: 2003–2013”
2009 David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, “Social Landscapes”
2009 Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, “39 Verbs”
2009 University of St. Francis, “The Night Hope Won”
2008-09 Chicago Cultural Center, “Made In Chicago: Photographs from Bank of America
2006 David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, "7 Documentarians:
Berenic Abbott, Walker Evans, Larry Clark, Jim Dow, Danny Lyon, Garry Winogrand,
2006 Art Institute of Chicago. “Darkroom to Digital”
2005 Fort Worth Community Arts Center, “Cattle Drive”
2001 Illinois Art Gallery, “The Land Around Us”
1998 Carol Ehlers Gallery, Chicago, "Chicago Streets"
1996 Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, "In Focus"
1995 Madison Arts Center, "Photography from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois"
1994 Chicago Cultural Center, "Broad Spectrum"
1991 ARC Gallery, Chicago, "National Exposure"
1989 Art Institute of Chicago, "The City Inside and Out"
1989 Chicago Historical Society, "Changing Chicago, Public Diversions"
1988 Illinois State Museum, Springfield, "Lenscapes"
1987 Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; Nabisco Corp., NJ; Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
"American Interiors", traveling exhibit curated Lieberman/Saul Gallery, NY
1986 National Endowment for the Arts/ Midwest Arts Alliance, national traveling
1985 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, "New Color Photography"
1985 Society for Cont Photography, Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO, "Photo '85"
1984 Art Institute of Chicago, "Recent Acquisitions"
1984 MoCP Chicago, IL "New Chicago Photographers"
1983 Art Institute of Chicago, "Chicago, The Architectural City"
1982 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, "Space Framed I"
1982 Los Angeles Center for Photography, "ORD to LAX"
1981 Bronfman Center for Photography, Montreal, Quebec, "12 From Chicago:"
SELECT PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Minneapolis Museum of Art
St. Louis Art Museum
Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth, TX
Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Brown University, Bell Gallery, Providence, RI
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
Snite Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
Chicago History Museum
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
FACULTY– RESIDENCIES, WORKSHOPS
2016 Arno Collective Imaginary residency and commission, visiting faculty Arno Collective
Imaginary workshop, Foundation Studio Marangoni/ Florence
2016 Teacher Portfolio Development workshop, Filter Photo, Chicago, IL
2014 Professional Residency, PrimoPiano, Naples, Italy
2014 Visiting Graduate faculty, Foundation Studio Marangoni/ Florence
2012 Graduate Advisor, Boston Art Institute
2007-12 Master Teacher, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
1992-99 Internship Supervisor, Associated Colleges Midwest
2016– Executive Board, Filter Photo, Chicago, IL
GRANTS AND AWARDS
2005-06 Illinois Arts Council Grant
1995-96 National Endowment /Midwest Arts Alliance Grant
1993-94 Ruttenberg Arts Foundation/ Focus Infinity Fund, Project Grant
1990-91 Illinois Arts Council Grant
1987-88 Focus Infinity Fund, Project Grant, "Changing Chicago"
1985-86 National Endowment/Great Lakes Arts Alliance Grant
1985-86 Illinois Arts Council Grant