Wrightwood 659 is a new exhibition space designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Tadao Ando. Who is welcome in this country?
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Then They Came For Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties
What does an American look like? What is every American’s duty in the face of racist government action? These and other important questions are posed by Alphawood Gallery’s first original exhibition, Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans dur
ing WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, debuting Thursday, June 29 and continuing through November 19, 2017. Then They Came for Me at Alphawood Gallery (2401 North Halsted Street, Chicago) is free and open to the public. Then They Came for Me examines a dark episode in U.S. history when, in the name of national security, the government incarcerated 120,000 citizens and legal residents during World War II without due process and the constitutional protections to which they were entitled. Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, set in motion the forced removal and imprisonment of all people of Japanese ancestry (citizens and non-citizens alike) living on or near the West Coast. During this 75th anniversary year of Executive Order 9066, we look back at this shameful past to learn lessons for our present and future in the face of new challenges created by fearmongering and racism at the highest levels of government. Then They Came For Me was organized in partnership with the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC). ABOUT ALPHAWOOD GALLERY
Alphawood Gallery was created by Alphawood Foundation Chicago to serve as a venue for exhibitions furthering the Foundation’s charitable mission. The 12,000-square-foot space first served this purpose for the Chicago presentation of the groundbreaking national touring exhibition, Art AIDS America, which was on display from December 1, 2016 to April 2, 2017. Alphawood Gallery is open as of JUNE 29th Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am – 8pm, and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am -6pm. Admission to Alphawood Gallery is free and open to the public. The Gallery is conveniently located at 2401 N. Halsted in Chicago near the CTA Fullerton ‘L’ stop, as well as several CTA bus routes. Limited free parking is available in an adjacent parking lot, along with more plentiful metered street parking and garage parking nearby.
Come see "About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Q***r Art"
This is an exhibition about metamorphosis. Fifty years after Stonewall, we’re still very much a community in progress. The traditional view, that Stonewall represents the birth of a gay and le***an movement, couldn’t be further from the truth on at least two counts: it hardly represents the beginning and it was never just gay and le***an. On the contrary, we have always embraced a transpolitics, in the sense of working to variously transgress, transfigure, transpose, transform, and finally, transcend a world of binary options, whether they be gay/straight, male/female, minority/majority, or conformist/nonconformist.
The Stonewall riots in New York City started the modern gay rights movement (at least, they did in the popular imagination). A new exhibition at Wrightwood 659 challenges how we think of Stonewall’s place in history.
John Dugdale is an American photographer who most frequently shot commercial work until he became nearly blind due to an HIV-related illness at the age of 33. After losing most of his sight, he turned to personal work, creating still lifes and portraits of people he was close to, and began using 19th century photographic processes, including large-format cameras and cyanotype and platinum printing techniques, which give his work a soft dream-like quality that seems to transcend time and place.
Dugdale's work will be featured in the upcoming exhibition About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Q***r Art, which will be on view starting on May 22 at Wrightwood 659. More information about the exhibition is available at https://wrightwood659.org/
(Image Credit: John Dugdale, Self Portrait in Roundout Creek, High Falls, NY, 1993, Cyanotype, 20in x 16in. Courtesy of Nature and Spirit Gallery.)
Rashayla Marie Brown is an artist from London who works in mediums ranging from poetry, photography, performance art, video, and various other disciplines. The image above is from her 2015 performance project “Wig Karma (After Adrian Piper),” and documents a 6-month span in which Brown wore a long, straight wig made of human hair from India. She says that the wig contrasts prominent parts of herself: “Afro hair, q***r, sometimes femme, sometimes androgynous.” Her work will be featured in the upcoming exhibition About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Q***r Art, which will be on view starting on May 22 at Wrightwood 659.
Photo credit: Rashayla Marie Brown, Wig Karma (After Adrian Piper)
Chicago’s WTTW reviewed Dimensions of Citizenship for their segment “Chicago Tonight.” The exhibition confronts what it means to belong as well as how architecture responds to changing notions of citizenship. The pieces often serve as representations of ideas rather than architectural models, which speaks to the broader idea of the potential of architecture as it relates to citizenship.
Tickets for Dimensions of Citizenship can be reserved online at wrightwood659.org.
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Seven teams of designers, artists and architects created new visions of space in the world. We visit the forward-thinking show that recently arrived from Venice, Italy.
Wrightwood 659 is included in Michigan Avenue magazine's March-April issue "Three to See" shout-out, which includes other works of modern architecture made accessible to the public including the Elmhurst Art Museum and its site-specific installation on the grounds of the McCormick House, and the Uptown Theatre with its forthcoming renovations. Wrightwood 659 is a Tadao Ando-designed gallery space that is now showing Dimensions of Citizenship, an exhibition that was previously shown at the 16th annual Venice Architecture Biennale. It is on view through April 27, and tickets can be reserved online at wrightwood659.org.
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Architectural Digest wrote about Dimensions of Citizenship and its move from Venice to Chicago. Previously on display at the 16th International Architecture Biennale, can now be viewed at Wrightwood 659 through April 27. Tickets are available online at wrightwood659.org.
Photo by Tom Harris.
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Concurrent with the opening of Dimensions of Citizenship, Tadao Ando: Architect is back on view at Wrightwood 659 through April 27, featuring models of buildings like Ando's Church of the Light in Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Clark Art Institute, among others. Also on view are an arrangement of photographs featuring Ando's built work as well as sketches and prints of plans that didn't reach realization. Tickets can be reserved now online at wrightwood659.org. We hope to see you soon!
Ecological Citizens is a project by SCAPE that requires the direct action of eco-citizens to help reshape and rebuild their environment. It examines how intertidal architecture, such as the use of ECOncrete and biodegradable coir logs, can fight erosion and positively impact the habitability of the Earth. Helping with the project are scientists from the Universitá di Bologna and the Italian Institute of Marine Sciences, who will help deploy marsh replanting units and other technology after the exhibition is over.
Ecological Citizens will be on view during at Wrightwood 659 from Feb 28 - Apr 27.
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More than just a visualization of eight watershed systems connecting the US and Mexico, MEXUS, by Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, anticipates a land conservancy project that aims to reconnect our shared geographies. One watershed that is examined in the project is the Tijuana River Watershed, in which the activities of US authorities, like installing more invasive security measures along the border, have environmentally damaged the small communities that exist along its path. MEXUS envisions creating bundles of land from slum areas that have been negatively affected and reconnecting them to the American estuary, creating new shared spaces across nations.
MEXUS will be on view at Wrightwood 659 during , which runs Feb 28 - Apr 27.
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"Dark Fiber," a short film by David Rueter and Marissa Lee Benedict, follows the route of a single cable across landscapes. The title borrows the term for the fiber-optic cable in a bundle that is unused, or "unlit," and sometimes tapped into by private networks or companies. The film follows the artists in video montage format as they install a cable across different geographies in an attempt to create a global network system.
"Dark Fiber" is one of the short films that will be on view in the during at Wrightwood 659.
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Studio Gang and SCAPE are set to redesign Tom Lee Park along the waterfront in Memphis, with the goal of creating a stronger connection between the environment and its citizens. Concurrent with their plans to revitalize the park, Studio Gang aims to revive Memphis Landing, a now-defunct section of the riverfront. Stone Stories, a display consisting of stones from the site, will be on view during at Wrightwood 659 Feb 28 - Apr 27.
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(photo courtesy of Studio Gang website)
Tickets for Dimensions of Citizenship and Tadao Ando: Architect will be available online starting Monday, February 18th at 10am! Both exhibitions open on Thursday, February 28th and will be on view at Wrightwood 659 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through April 27th. We hope to see you soon!
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In Plain Sight team: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Laura Kurgan, Robert Pietrusko, Columbia Center for Spatial Research
photo by Tom Harris.
Exodus is a short film by Mandana Moghaddam that confronts issues of migration and belonging when people are forced to leave their home en masse due to poverty, social injustice, and the like.
Exodus will be on view in the during at Wrightwood 659.
At its place in the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, "Thrival Geographies" was the first piece that confronted the viewer, as an "intervention" in the courtyard. It stands in for the level of the citizen, specifically the African American experience of citizen, in which legal citizenship has not always meant having the full rights of one. The metal frame and braids of the piece stretch over the top of the courthouse and reach beyond it, symbolizing the ongoing fight for a citizen's rights.
An indoor reimagining of "Thrival Geographies," by AW Originals (Amanda Williams) and Andres L. Hernandez in collaboration with Shani Crowe, will occupy the atrium of Wrightwood 659 during .
MANY is an online platform that seeks to connect people through mutual needs. It aims to facilitate migration and alleviate the violence and oppression that often tie the two together. It is a system of mutual exchange in which "short-term project-based" visas serve to outwit forces opposing migration and makes use of both underexploited spaces and the talent of migrating individuals.
Keller Easterling is an architect, writer, and professor at Yale University, and her project MANY will be on view during at Wrightwood 659.
Due to shipping complications, the openings for both Dimensions of Citizenship and Tadao Ando: Architect will be postponed. More information will be posted here when it becomes available, or you can become a part of our email list to receive updates by signing up at wrightwood659.org. We hope to see you soon!
In her Color(ed) Theory series, Amanda Williams explores, among other concepts, the role color plays in our perceptions of a space. She painted soon-to-be-demolished houses in Englewood, Chicago in monochromatic, bright colors: "culturally coding" them in colors that match consumer products typically marketed toward black people on Chicago's South Side.
"Thrival Geographies," a collaboration piece between Amanda Williams, Andres L. Hernandez, and Shani Crowe will be on view during at Wrightwood 659.
(Harold's Chicken Shack, 2014, photo courtesy of artist's website, AW Originals (Amanda Williams))
Harriet's Refuge, digital collage, dim. variable, 2017. Amanda Williams AW Originals (Amanda Williams)
Beyond the conventional notions of the term, citizenship is "the intimate yet complex relation between ourselves and the actual and virtual spaces we inhabit -- and the future worlds of which we dream."
Coming soon! Dimensions of Citizenship: Architecture and Belonging from the Body to the Cosmos runs Feb 15 - Apr 27 at Wrightwood 659
Wrightwood 659 has been included as one of 25 notable projects Architectural Record published in 2018. http://ow.ly/G0qm30n6AmA
On display From February 15 through April 27, 2019, Dimensions of Citizenship is the second public exhibition at Wrightwood 659, a new space devoted to exhibitions of architecture and socially engaged art made possible by Alphawood Foundation.
On December 1st, World AIDS Day, we show support for people living with HIV and remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. We also think back to our 2016 exhibition Art AIDS America Chicago, which has a new catalog featuring exhibition images, performance documentation, and essays that will be released this coming Monday, December 3rd.
In Le Corbusier's first built work in Paris, a house for the painter Amedee Ozenfant, he employed a new, industrialized vocabulary of design derived from factories and mass-produced components.
TONIGHT: Kenneth Frampton delivers a keynote speech for the “Ando’s Le Corbusier” symposium, which discusses modernist architecture and the relationships between Tadao Ando and Le Corbusier. https://wrightwood659.org/programs/symposium/
Le Corbusier Houses: Models by Students of Tadao Ando (2001)
Tadao Ando had architecture students in Tokyo make these models of over 100 built and unbuilt Le Corbusier housing designs. Each housing unit is understood by Ando as both a place of formative emotional relationships among its residents and as a mathematically organized product that could potentially be mass-produced to become an urban component.
Wrightwood 659, a new exhibition pace in Chicago, officially opened to the public on October 12, 2018. Designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Tadao Ando, who has transformed a 1920s building with his signature concrete forms and poetic treatment of natural light, Wrightwood 659 will be devoted to exhibitions of architecture and socially engaged art. The inaugural exhibition, Tadao Ando and Le Corbusier: Masters of Architecture, on view October 12–December 15, 2018, will explore Le Corbusier’s pivotal influence on Ando.
In a city rich with art institutions and internationally known for its architecture, Wrightwood 659 is a site for both intimate experiences of art and architecture, and thoughtful engagement with the pressing social issues of our time.
Located at 659 W. Wrightwood Avenue, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, it is a private, non-commercial initiative envisioned as an integral part of the cultural and civic fabric of Chicago, as well as a new kind of arts space and cultural resource.
Wrightwood 659 will host exhibitions generally alternating between socially engaged art and explorations in architecture and design. The Gallery does not possess a collection and it is not intended to be a collecting organization.
Behold! Newcity's Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago 2019. Congratulations to everyone involved, including our newly minted Hall of Fame entries.
Modern Sprout, Siren Betty Design, Cards Against Humanity, Lost Girls Vintage, M2057 by Maria Pinto, we are MATERIAL, Sweet Water Foundation, Gertrude, Boxed Water, The Object Company, The Brilliance, Rebirth Garments, Vichcraft, Someoddpilot, 555 International, Ol'Style Consulting, Johalla Projects, Norman Kelley LLC, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, UIC School of Design, Studio/lab, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority, AIA Chicago, The Silver Room, ColorJar, The Big Jump, mHUB Chicago, BaseCamp, UIC School of Architecture, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Landmarks Illinois, Chicago Architecture Center, Multiple Inc., Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, You-Are-Beautiful.com, Terra Foundation for American Art, 1871 Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Colossal, International Interior Design Association (IIDA), FFerrone design, Wright Auction, Design Museum of Chicago, Navy Pier, ikram, Vinci | Hamp Architects, Inc., Ross Barney Architects, Holly Hunt Design, Alphawood Exhibitions, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton.
Students and alumni of UIC School of Architecture were able to contribute to the exhibition 'Ando and Le Corbusier: Masters of Architecture.' Faculty members Thomas Kelley and Ryan Palider were in collaboration with the students and produced a model of Tadao Ando's Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth, TX.
Exhibition is on display till December 15 at Wrightwood 659, the Alphawood Exhibitions Chicago Gallery.
The inaugural show at Wrightwood 659 will focus on Ando and Le Corbusier.
Time is flying--only 12 days left to see this amazing art installation. If you can possibly get there, go see it!
Ai Weiwei's exhibition, TRACE makes its Chicago debut on May 9 via Alphawood Exhibitions. In the meantime, check out the provocative artist's insightful interview with the Chicago Tribune.
“First I think you have to be sure you have something to say.” -- Ai Weiwei, when asked for advice for aspiring artists
"Trace" is on view at Alphawood Exhibitions starting May 9, and is in Chicago for the preparations. Check out this great Chicago Tribune interview covering everything from Ai's beginnings as an artist and activist, to advice for artists, to what comes next (spoiler alert: ever-cheeky Ai sees "sleep... and another interview" in his future).
TONIGHT @ — Alphawood Exhibitions Presents: "A Conversation with Ai Weiwei"! Tickets are going quickly — grab yours now: theaud.us/aiweiwei
"The prominent Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has long used his fame and social media as a megaphone for his activism. It was because of his blogging and Twitter activity criticizing the government that he was detained by the Chinese police for nearly three months and had his passport taken away in 2011."
Ai Weiwei comes to on Monday, April 30 for a conversation presented by Alphawood Exhibitions! Hear directly from him about his experience in China and his activism since. Grab your tickets now: theaud.us/aiweiwei
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Didn’t get a ticket in advance? Never fear —we’ll have tickets at the door! Come by to get a photo taken with Phyllis and Niki at the photo booth, bid on a selection of outstanding silent auction items, honor Alphawood Exhibitions & Alphawood Foundation, and celebrate Tuyet Le’s 18 years of leadership.
is coming up on WEDNESDAY April 25!
Join us in celebrating Tuyet Le's 18 years of leadership, as well as the work of the Alphawood Foundation and Alphawood Gallery on their exhibition on Japanese American internment.
This list from the Chicago Tribune of best museum shows includes the Then They Came for Me Exhibit at the Alphawood Gallery!
Prof. Theaster Gates's Stony Island Arts Bank collects antiquities with bigoted messages to educate and spark discussion, alongside galleries like the Alphawood Gallery - viaChicago Tribune http://trib.in/2j0KiYX