Lee Godie (born Jamot Emily Godee) on the northwest side of Chicago in 1908 was an artist, who appeared on the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago around 1968 with scrolled up paintings, photo booth self-portraits and pen/ink drawings. She lived her life openly on the streets of Chicago and when the weather demanded in transient hotels. She sold her art to collectors, art students and pedestrians on Michigan Avenue for over twenty years until her death in 1994.
Through her art work, memories and stories from major collectors and her art-world friends we are completing a documentary about her life, her art and her eccentricities that either endeared her or made people fear her during this vibrantly productive time in her life. Noted as one of Chicago's most collected artists, she was a charming raconteur, who wove a veil of mystery about her life. She lived life independently on her own terms and decided who could or could not buy her work, at least directly from her. We look forward to sharing this story of an amazingly unique artist who embodied the spirit of Chicago at its core.
We have interviewed the following collectors to date:
Beth and Jim Arient
Dr. David Edelberg
Linda and John Platt
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Lee often signed her work “the French Impressionist”. Whether she was trying to market to the crowds of patrons visiting the Impressionism galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago or by simply using a French pronunciation of her last name "Go-DAY", she always made an impression. She had a wonderfully inventive personality that touched many who found her year-round selling her art up and down Michigan Avenue from the Drake Hotel lobby to the Art Institute lions.