Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture is proud to announce the publication of "Prometheus: Journal of the Ph.D. Program in Architecture." The peer-reviewed journal offers a comprehensive overview of research-in-progress presented at the Ph.D. program’s annual student-run symposium, and features the work of IIT Architecture Ph.D. students and faculty—past and present—the world over.Read More
The School of Architecture, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Alphawood Foundation Chicago present "Building Intervening Connecting: Recent work of Gong Dong,” a rare public presentation by award-winning architect and Plym Distinguished Professor Gong Dong at the Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist, 55 E. Wacker Drive, Monday evening, November 18. The multi-media program will examine current projects by Vector Architects, the Beijing-based architecture practice founded by Gong in 2008 and will include video clips emphasizing the craft of the construction process.
The November 18 event, free and open to the public, begins at 5:30pm with registration and a reception, followed by the 6:30pm presentation and Q&A. Seating is general admission; advance reservations are required by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-intervening-connecting-recent-work-of-gong-dong-vector-architects-tickets-66587032607
The Wright-designed landmark earned a Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award
Buenavista at ground level. Building such sites likely entailed hundreds of people digging and carrying baskets of dirt.“The mass of earth moved is unbelievable,” said Daniela Triadan, an anthropologist at the University of Arizona. “These people were doing some crazy stuff.”CreditTakeshi InomataRead More
Lin Hwai-min has spent 46 years tackling revolt, repression and rice in his fast-changing homeland. Now he is handing over his dance-theatre juggernaut to a former slipper seller
CHICAGO — Because photographs record a moment that has passed, they are by nature poignant. But a particularly bittersweet mood infuses an ambitious exhibition here of photographs, paintings and videos of L.G.B.T.Q. art. The show, titled “About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art,” through Aug. 10 at the Wrightwood 659 art exhibition space, is the most unconventional of the Stonewall anniversary shows. It is made up of mini-retrospectives of artists who are, for the most part, underrecognized. Some were lost to AIDS in the ’80s and ’90s. A number of those spared by the virus have coped with alcohol and drug addiction.Read More
Midway through its fourth exhibition, “About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art,” the Wrightwood 659 has become a permanent yet still covert fixture of Lincoln Park. Tucked between residences on Wrightwood Avenue, the Tadao Ando-designed museum opened in mid-2018, slated as an exhibition space for architecture and socially engaged artwork. “About Face” is one of several exhibitions commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall riot, a symbolic beginning to the American gay rights movement. The exhibition takes Stonewall’s anniversary as a point of departure, offering an intergenerational survey of queer artists who investigate, bend or wholly reject stable notions of sexuality, gender, race and personhood.Read More
Oak Park, Illinois, July 16, 2019 - The 2019 ULI Chicago Vision Awards winners were named at an event held on July 10 at Rockwell on the River in Chicago. The Unity Temple Restoration Project was the winner in the category of Historic Restoration just days after the National Historic Landmark was also named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Developer UTP, LLC and restoration architect Harboe Architects helped bring this Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece back to life.Read More
Fifty years ago next month, 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 Lincoln Park’s Wrightwood 659 challenges how we think of Stonewall’s place in history – and offers a comprehensive survey of 50 years of queer art.
“About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art” uses the 1969 uprising as less of a defining concept and more of a jumping-off point.Read More
The Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed “From the Heart of the Orchestra” Concert at the historic Auditorium Theatre, the original home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, made possible by the generous underwriting of the Alphawood Foundation-Chicago.Read More
CHICAGO—On Friday, May 3rd, 2019, the University of Chicago Press and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago will present a panel discussion celebrating the work of Andrew Patner and the publication of A Portrait in Four Movements: The Chicago Symphony under Barenboim, Boulez, Haitink, and Muti (May 2019).
Andrew Patner was a Chicago-based journalist, broadcaster, critic, and interviewer. Patner was the celebrated classical music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1991 until his death, at age 55, in 2015. On his weekly radio programs on WFMT, “Critical Thinking” and “Critic’s Choice,” Patner interviewed both renowned and up-and-coming conductors and composers.
This discussion of Patner’s life and work will feature the book’s three contributors, New Yorker music critic Alex Ross, attorney John R. Schmidt, and musicologist Douglas W. Shadle.Read More
Dimensions of Citizenship: Architecture and Belonging from the Body to the Cosmos, the official U.S. entry at the recently-concluded 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, will be on view for the first time in the United States at Wrightwood 659, a new art space located at 659 W. Wrightwood Avenue in Chicago, from February 15 through April 27, 2019. Devoted to exploring the notion of citizenship today and the potential role of architecture and design in creating spaces for it, Dimensions of Citizenship comprises seven unique installations, each created by a transdisciplinary team of architects and designers. Commissioned by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and The University of Chicago (UChicago) on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the U.S. presentation of Dimensions of Citizenship on view at Wrightwood 659 in Chicago is made possible by Alphawood Foundation Chicago. The exhibition will be accompanied by a range of public programs exploring citizenship and belonging, including talks, performances, workshops, and engagement with local partners (to be announced shortly).Read More
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando returns to Chicago to discuss his body of work, noted for its visual simplicity and sensitivity to the surrounding environment.Read More
(CHICAGO, IL – April 6, 2018)—“Ai Weiwei: Trace in Chicago,” an exhibition of one of the renowned Chinese artist’s most significant projects in recent years, will be presented in Chicago—in its first showing in the Midwest—from May 9 to June 30, 2018. Presented by Alphawood Exhibitions and organized by the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, the site-specific installation will be on view at 659 W. Wrightwood Ave., in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. In order to maintain an intimate and contemplative experience of the work, admission is limited and by online reservation only. Free timed tickets will be available shortly. To receive a notification when free tickets become available, please register at alphawoodex.org. Walk-ins will not be accommodated.Read More
A dark moment in America’s history re-visited by New York’s senior senator. Chuck Schumer is here with his reaction to the International Center of Photography’s exhibition about Japanese internment camps here in the U.S. He’ll explain why he feels the exhibition is particularly timely.Read More
“This will increase our public profile, and people who didn’t know about us before will know us now,” said Masequa Myers, executive director of the center. “This new relationship will make available resources and give us exposure that the center deserves. We will be a bigger part of the tourism promotion, and visitors to the city will know the South Side Community Arts Center is a place you must see.”Read More
In the 16th century, gazing out from the decks of ships off the coast of China, Portuguese sailors saw it: a great green mass, thick with mountains and trees, rising from the sea. “Formosa!” they exclaimed—“beautiful!”—anointing the verdant place that would come to be known as Taiwan. In this new work, choreographer Lin Hwai-min and his Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan take that appraisal as inspiration for their own work of abstract beauty born from land and lore.Read More
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