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Madeline Murphy Rabb

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Consultant
Curator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Turquoise
Favorite Food:
Baby Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
It Will Reveal Itself.

Birthplace

Born:
1/27/1945
Birth Location:
Wilmington, Delaware

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Consultant
Curator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Turquoise
Favorite Food:
Baby Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
It Will Reveal Itself.

Birthplace

Born:
1/27/1945
Birth Location:
Wilmington
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Biography

Collector, dealer and lover of art Madeline Murphy Rabb was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on January 27, 1945. The second of five children, Rabb is the daughter of a television personality and a judge. After completing high school, Rabb attended the University of Maryland in 1961. Leaving there in 1963, she went to the Maryland Institute College of Art, earning a B.F.A. in 1966. After moving to Chicago, she attended the Illinois Institute of Technology, earning an M.S. in 1975.

Upon completing her bachelor's degree, Rabb moved to Chicago and took a position with Tuesday Publications as assistant director of art and production. After taking several years off to devote herself to her family and various civic activities, Rabb became the vice president and business manager of Myra Everett Designs in 1977. From there, she went on to Corporate Concierge as an account executive in 1978, and in 1979 she opened Madeline Murphy Rabb Studio, where she created and sold original works. In 1983, Rabb was hired by the city of Chicago to serve as its executive director of fine arts, a position she held for seven years, during which time she heightened the organization's national visibility. After working as a freelance art consultant for a few years, Rabb once again opened her own business, Murphy Rabb, Inc. (MRI), in 1992, where she remains as president. MRI serves corporate, governmental and private clients, helping them conceptualize and build important art collections. Recently, MRI implemented the art program for the John Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Rabb has also traveled the country lecturing, serving on panels and participating in workshops on a wide variety of issues. She is the curator of African American art collections at Ariel Capital Management and Brown Capital Management, and she has served on the Illinois Arts Council, the Folk Art Advisory Committee of the Field Museum of Natural American History, and the Woman's Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art. She has testified before congressional panels on the National Endowment for the Arts and has had her original works published in several books. Rabb has also made several television appearances, including on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Her husband, Dr. Maurice Rabb, passed away in 2005. They have two children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks briefly about her parents' background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes her paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes her mother, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes her mother, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes Cherry Hill, her childhood neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes her family's isolation from the black bourgeoisie in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks about being involved in voter registration drives and taking over her brother's paper route
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes her childhood personality and interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes her social experience as a student at Eastern High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes her family's frugalness
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes her academic experience as a student at Eastern High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes her childhood home life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes her college application process and attending the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks about transferring to the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks about canceling her wedding
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes meeting her husband, HistoryMaker Dr. Maurice F. Rabb
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes working at Tuesday magazine in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks about Chicago's African American cultural arts movement in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes selling original artwork at the National Medical Association Annual Convention
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes experiencing a professional revelation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks about hosting a fundraiser for Harold Washington's first mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes her appointment to Executive Director of Fine Arts for the City of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Madeline Murphy Rabb explains how she gained control of the Public Art Program as Executive Director of Fine Arts for the City of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes being sued by a community over a controversial artist commission
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks about the customary exclusion of artists of color from grant funding, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks about the customary exclusion of artists of color from grant funding, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks about the elevation of the Department of Cultural Affairs to a cabinet level position
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks about programming at the Chicago Cultural Center during her tenure as the Executive Director of Fine Arts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks about Mayor Harold Washington's involvement in the City of Chicago's cultural affairs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Madeline Murphy Rabb remembers a collaborative exhibition between the Department of Cultural Affairs and Art Institute of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks about controversy surrounding a Chicago artists' exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks about controversy surrounding a Chicago artists' exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks about controversy surrounding a Chicago artists' exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, pt. 3
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes the precursor to her private art dealing enterprise
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks about controversy surrounding a Chicago artists' exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, pt. 4
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes curating an art collection for the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks about black-owned art galleries in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Madeline Murphy Rabb explains how an artist gets her attention
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Madeline Murphy Rabb shares her perspective surrounding whether a black aesthetic in art exists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Madeline Murphy Rabb reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Madeline Murphy Rabb talks about 'Mirth & Girth,' a controversial posthumous painting of Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Madeline Murphy Rabb describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Madeline Murphy Rabb narrates her photographs