Chicago 1968: The Whole World Is Watching


Land and Sea Dept. is excited to partner with Hat & Beard Press on the opening of "CHICAGO 1968: THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING,” a book and photo exhibition featuring the work of Terry Southern and Michael Cooper, from September 14, 2018 – October 7, 2018

Editors Nile Southern and Adam Cooper, having dreamt for many years about a print collaboration featuring their fathers’ collective work, here present a kaleidoscopic, on-the-ground account of the notorious protests (and historic riots that followed) that took place in Lincoln and Grant parks during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, 50 years ago this summer. Told primarily through Terry Southern’s words and Michael Cooper’s photographs, Chicago 1968: The Whole World is Watching is Nile and Adam’s tribute to two great artists of the 20th century, who happen to be their fathers.

Timed to coincide with the 50-year anniversary of the protests, the 136-page book, with dozens of Michael Cooper’s unpublished never-before-seen photographs, will be out September 14th, the same day as the opening of the exhibit being held at Land & Sea Department, an alternative arts and culture space on Chicago’s North Side.

Proto-New Journalist, novelist, and screenwriter Terry Southern [Candy, The Magic Christian, Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider] traveled to Chicago that fateful year to report on the convention with William S. Burroughs and Jean Genet for Esquire magazine. Rock photographer extraordinaire Michael Cooper, famous for his indelible images of the Rolling Stones and the cover of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart's Club album, was there as the all-seeing lens. Together they captured the turbulence and civil unrest from which the whole country was reeling that year and crystallized it in words and pictures for all of time.

“They left without a murmur, as though they were guilty of something and had been discovered—which was, in fact, the case; they were FBI agents, attempting to discredit the demonstration by their conduct.”

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Michael Cooper: Chicago 1968 Opening Night
Friday, September 14, 2018 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Land & Sea Dept
3124 W. Carroll Avenue Chicago, IL 60612

Drew Ryan