Tadao Ando Lecture

Tadao Ando Lecture

Alphawood Foundation Chicago and the Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago are pleased to present an evening with Tadao Ando. 

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Can the Incarceration of Japanese Americans Shed Light on Today’s Immigration Questions?

Can the Incarceration of Japanese Americans Shed Light on Today’s Immigration Questions?

Alphawood Gallery used to be a bank. For its latest exhibition, focusing on Japanese Americans incarcerated in U.S. camps during World War II, Alphawood curators placed a video of former Chicagoan inmates in front of the old bank vault, bars and all. The effect is striking: A familiar gallery in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood has become a jail.

“Then They Came For Me” marks the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the "internment" of all people on the West Coast thought to be a threat to national security. Nearly 120,000 people of Japanese descent were “evacuated to and confined in isolated, fenced, and guarded relocation centers,” according to the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

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John Vinci: Life & Landmarks

John Vinci: Life & Landmarks

Please join
IIT College of Architecture and
the Mies van der Rohe Society

as we honor John Vinci (ARCH '60), and celebrate the new book by Robert Sharoff and William Zbaren: 
 

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Then They Came for Me on CAN TV

Then They Came for Me on CAN TV

Alphawood Gallery presents “Then They Came for Me,” an exhibition about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. This program was recorded by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV).

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Arts Organization, Sustain Thyself: Foundations Join Forces to Build Capacity

Arts Organization, Sustain Thyself: Foundations Join Forces to Build Capacity

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, along with Alphawood Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (GDDF), and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation—collectively known as AD3—understand this dilemma, so they created an "Innovation Bootcamp" geared toward small nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area.

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Grantmakers for Effective Organizations The Learning Conference 2017 Recap

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations The Learning Conference 2017 Recap

The Learning Conference 2017 offered a range of perspective and ideas on learning for continuous improvement. As grantmakers, we want to know if our efforts are making a difference and how we can improve our work over time. Often, we are not getting the most from evaluation, because it is in isolation from grantees, communities and peers, and too few of us are sharing what we’re learning, both in our successes and failures.

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Kids Facing Racism, Trauma Find Safe Haven At People's Music School

Kids Facing Racism, Trauma Find Safe Haven At People's Music School

While the trek is stressful enough, she says her biggest issues stem from her daily interactions with her fellow commuters as well as her classmates.

“There’s a lot of racism at my school, and it's hard to talk to someone at the school, because they don’t understand as much," Barih said.

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Then They Came for Me

Then They Came for Me

CHICAGO (March 9, 2017) Alphawood Gallery announces Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, an original exhibition opening at 2401 N. Halsted Street, Chicago in June 2017.

 

Then They Came for Me will examine a difficult and painful episode in the history of the United States when the federal government forcibly removed and imprisoned thousands of American citizens without due process simply for being born Japanese American.  Through an exploration of art, artifacts and programming, Then They Came For Me will invite comparisons between this dark chapter in America’s past and current political events.  The exhibition will be free and open to the public.

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Third Coast Percussion wins a Grammy!

Third Coast Percussion wins a Grammy!

We are honored and humbled to have won this year’s Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance, for our album Third Coast Percussion | Steve Reich, released on Cedille Records.

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AIDS art gets its first major survey

AIDS art gets its first major survey

Almost inconceivably, this is the first such survey to appear in major museums; it debuted at the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington, and its most recent stop before Chicago was at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York City.

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‘AIDS in America’ Exhibition Responds to Cultural Climate of 1980s

‘AIDS in America’ Exhibition Responds to Cultural Climate of 1980s

A massive new art exhibition just opened in a new gallery created specifically for the show. At the corner of Halsted Street and Fullerton Avenue, a former bank has been re-imagined as a museum. Now called the Alphawood Gallery, the space is home to an exhibition that offers a variety of creative points of view on AIDS, art and America.

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WINDY CITY TIMES Art AIDS America co-curator talks activism, exhibition

   WINDY CITY TIMES Art AIDS America co-curator talks activism, exhibition

On World AIDS Day Dec. 1, The Alphawood Gallery in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood will officially open the extraordinary and historic new exhibit for which the building was conceived and designed.

Since its Oct. 3, 2015 premiere at the Tacoma Art Musuem ( TAM ), Art AIDS America has been touring the country with pieces depicting the history of AIDS in the United States as seen through the uncompromising eyes and limitless creativity of the visual artist.

The Alphawood Gallery and the city of Chicago will be the exhibit's home until April 2, 2017.

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Tulane archaeologists help unearth Maya monuments

Tulane archaeologists help unearth Maya monuments

“More than half the temple is still to be excavated,” notes Marcello A. Canuto, co-director of the project and Director of Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute. “This is a beautifully preserved stucco mask from one of the early periods of this interesting site.”

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In Search of the Lost Empire of the Maya

In Search of the Lost Empire of the Maya

Take a closer look, and you may notice that most of these hills are arranged in massive rings, like travelers huddled around a fire on a cold night. An even closer look reveals that parts of the hills are made of cut stone, and some have tunnels carved into their sides. In fact they’re not hills at all but ancient pyramids, left to decay after the collapse of the Maya civilization a millennium ago.

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Visibility: Art AIDS America exhibit converts Chicago bank into gallery

Visibility: Art AIDS America exhibit converts Chicago bank into gallery

"Art AIDS America is the first exhibition to explore how the AIDS crisis forever changed American art," the Chicago exhibit's website states. "While acknowledging and honoring the enormous anger, loss and grief generated by the epidemic, the exhibition refutes the narrative that AIDS is only a tragic tangent in American art. Instead, Art AIDS America offers a story of resilience and beauty revealed through the visual arts, and of the communities that gathered to bring hope and change in the face of a devastating disease."

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'Art AIDS America' coming Dec. 1

 'Art AIDS America' coming Dec. 1

(CHICAGO) July 14, 2016 — Art AIDS America, a groundbreaking exhibition which underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art, culminates its U.S. tour here at the Alphawood Gallery (2401 North Halsted Street, Chicago). This temporary space has been created in a former bank by the Chicago-based Alphawood Foundation to bring the exhibition to its only Midwest venue. Admission to the exhibition will be free with timed tickets; it opens on World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1, 2016, continuing through Sunday, April 2, 2017. Prior to Chicago, Art AIDS America will have appeared at the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington State, the Zuckerman Museum in suburban Atlanta, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York City generating considerable interest and attention at each location.

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‘Art AIDS America’ exhibit coming to Chicago in December

‘Art AIDS America’ exhibit coming to Chicago in December

“Art AIDS America’s” goal is to show the intersection of art, AIDS, and how the 1980s epidemic changed America,” said James McDonough, executive director at the Alphawood Foundation.

Anthony Hirschel, formerly the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, is overseeing the Chicago presentation of the traveling exhibit. “By working with the local arts community, academics, and Chicago’s advocacy organizations who have been supporting those affected by HIV/AIDS for decades, we intend to present an exhibition that will strengthen and bring together communities from across our great city like no other,” he said in a prepared statement.

The works featured will showcase “a story of resilience and beauty,” and of community even “in the face of a devastating disease,” according to the official statement about the exhibit.

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