Alphawood Foundation is a Chicago-based, grant-making private foundation working for an equitable, just, and humane society. Each year we award grants to organizations, primarily in the areas of advocacy, architecture and preservation, the arts and arts education, promotion and protection of the rights of LGBTQ persons and people living with HIV/AIDS, and other human and civil rights.

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About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art takes as its point of departure Allen Ginsberg’s description of the participants in the Stonewall riots, in an article in The Village Voice, as having “lost that wounded look.” Indeed, the rebellion marked the advent of a new spirit of resistance, one whose tenor was decidedly activist, interventionist, and socially engaged. This self-assertion was premised on an emerging idea-that queerness was not an individual pathology but a collective political identity. In turn, this propelled a new kind of queer art, one that was not, as in the past, coded and indirect, but confident, collective, and often openly engaging in political advocacy.

Unlike other exhibitions presented on the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, About Face attempts to provide a state-of-the-field survey of queer art today with more than 450 works by an international  roster of artists. They have given form to  the idea of a collective queerness, defined by certain commonalities even as it celebrates our racial, gendered, and ethnic differences.

This exhibition is runs May 22 - August 10, 2019

For more information and to reserve tickets visit https://wrightwood659.org/exhibitions/about-face-stonewall-revolt-and-new-queer-art/