Alphawood Foundation Chicago and the Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago are pleased to present an evening with Tadao Ando.Read More
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.Read More
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) suggested Tuesday that Republicans want to put "Dreamers" in internment camps while speaking at a press conference.
Pelosi joined the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus to praise Dreamers, young immigrants who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children, for "advancing the American dream with their courage and their optimism and their inspiration." She thanked the lawmakers present for being there before she warned that Dreamers may face the same fate as Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II.
"A week and a half ago, I was in Chicago, and I saw this art exhibit that I was invited to see. It's called ‘And then they came for me,' and it's about the internment of the Japanese-American patriots in our country who were interned into camps during World War II while their family members were fighting for freedom for America and for the world in World War II," Pelosi said.Read More
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:
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).Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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 or other 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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
For more than three decades, choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones has made an incredible mark on American dance.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
"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."Read More
(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.Read More
“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.Read More