Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-12-07



The First Homosexuals extended at Wrightwood 659 by popular demand
-- From a press release

This article shared 2660 times since Sun Jan 1, 2023
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

(CHICAGO, IL — Dec. 1, 2022) It was announced today that the crowd-pleasing pair of exhibitions currently selling out at Wrightwood 659 will extend into the new year, now closing Saturday, January 28, 2023. The two exhibitions, which officially opened October 1, are The First Homosexuals: Global Depictions of a New Identity, 1869-1930 and Michiko Itatani: Celestial Stage. In addition, We Shall Defy: Shahidul Alam, an exhibition of images and texts illuminating the life and work of the renowned Bangladeshi photojournalist and activist, remains on view. These three distinct presentations are installed throughout Wrightwood 659's unique exhibition space, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, and are presented by Alphawood Exhibitions.


The First Homosexuals: Global Depictions of a new Identity, 1869-1930 (Second Floor Gallery)

The First Homosexuals begins in the year 1869, when the word "homosexual" was coined in Europe, inaugurating the idea of same-sex desire as the basis for a new identity category. With more than 100 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and film clips—drawn from public and private collections around the globe and including works which have never before been allowed to travel outside their countries—this large-scale international exhibition offers the first multi-media survey of some of the founding works of queer art. The First Homosexuals explores what the earliest homosexuals understood themselves to be, how dominant culture understood them, and how the codes of representation they employed offer previously unknown glimpses into the social and cultural meanings of same-sex desire. The First Homosexuals is organized in two parts, due to Covid-related delays, with Part I now on view through January 28, 2023. Three years from now, in 2025, 250 masterworks will be gathered at Wrightwood 659 for Part II, in a major exhibition that will travel internationally, accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue.

Michiko Itatani: Celestial Stage (Third and Fourth-Floor Galleries)

Michiko Itatani: Celestial Stage is an exhibition of more than 60 paintings and drawings that reveal the Chicago-based artist's fascination with humankind's efforts to comprehend the universe and the inspiring grandeur of the unknown. Over the course of her 40-year career, Itatani (b. 1948, Osaka, Japan) has created a compelling body of work that is at once private in its inspirations, and outward facing in its engagement with the mysteries and science of the cosmos. Itatani's oversized paintings—often seven-by-eight feet or even larger—burst with an energy created by densely placed images, which serve as symbols of humanity's eternal search for knowledge. Many of the paintings depict "stages" where science and culture come improbably together—linking baroque bookcases and rockets, grand pianos with Japanese tea rooms, and harps alongside helical staircases. The effect is of an artist's joyous exuberance and her wonder and awe at the world and beyond. A limited edition, 60-page publication accompanies the exhibition and is available for purchase on site or at


Inside the Cabinet of Curiosities: Author Andrew Hui on Itatani, Borges and Leibniz

Tuesday, December 6 at 7 PM CST via Zoom; visit to register

The paintings of Michiko Itatani conjure old-world fantasies of libraries, studios, cabinets of curiosities, and museums, interposed with sci-fi images of the galaxies. Western culture, ranging from the Library of Alexandria to Google Books, has been haunted by myths of ordered libraries, chaos, and the dangers of yearning to know and possess it all. How does Itatani's work continue this tradition of metaphysical speculations? Andrew Hui, author and professor at Yale University and the National University of Singapore, answers this question by looking at beguiling examples from German philosophy and twentieth-century Argentinian literature, as well as representation of cultural spaces in the photography of Candida Hofer, Andreas Gursky, and Robert Polidori.

Writing Without Words: Artist Talk with Michiko Itatani

Thursday, January 19 at 6 PM CST via Zoom; visit to register

Join us for a virtual artist talk with Chicago-based painter Michiko Itatani who has spent the better half of a century crafting a visual language which captures humanity's place suspended between the quantum and cosmic realms. In her lecture Writing Without Words, Itatani connects the history and influences of her practice and pedagogy which have layered over time into a rich lexicon of personal codes. Itatani is Professor Emeritus at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), where she has taught for 40 years. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of public museums around the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Spain; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland; and the U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil, among many others.

The Making of "The First Homosexuals," with curator Jonathan D. Katz

Recorded November 29 and online soon via

The term "homosexual," first coined in Europe in 1869, reduced the complexity of sexuality to the simple binary of homosexual and not. The exhibition explores the social and cultural parameters of same-sex desire through over 100 works created within 50 years of the term's origin. Who were the "first homosexuals"? How did they define themselves and how were they understood within the dominant culture? In this virtual lecture, Katz Jonathan D. Katz, distinguished scholar and curator of the exhibition The First Homosexuals: Global Depictions of a New Identity, 1869-1930 explores these questions, elaborating on his impetus for the exhibition and highlighting key works.

About Wrightwood 659

Wrightwood 659 is a private, non-collecting institution devoted to socially engaged art and to architecture. Located at 659 W. Wrightwood Avenue, in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, the intimate space was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, who transformed the interior of a 1920s building with his signature concrete forms and poetic treatment of natural light. Since its inauguration on October 10, 2018, Wrightwood 659 has hosted a wide range of exhibitions, most recently: AMERICAN FRAMING; Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who's afraid of yellow, red, and green), an exhibition organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and Moga: Modern Women & Daughters in 1930s Japan — all presented May 6-July 30, 2022. For additional information, visit

About Alphawood Exhibitions

Alphawood Exhibitions is an affiliate of Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago-based, grant-making private foundation working for an equitable, just, and humane society.

Hours of Operation

Fridays 12—7pm

Saturdays 10am—5pm�


Tickets for the exhibitions are $15 and available online only at Please note, admission is by advance ticket only. Walk-ups are not permitted.

COVID-19 Response

We require all staff and guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.Visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination and booster prior to admission to Wrightwood 659.Proof of vaccine and booster can be your official vaccine card or a photo of the card, along with a matching photo ID. Any individual who does not meet these requirements will not be permitted to enter the building. Children who are not fully vaccinated or who are ineligible for vaccination cannot be admitted to the building. Masks are required throughout the gallery. .

This article shared 2660 times since Sun Jan 1, 2023
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2023 Jessie Fuentes: 26th Ward candidate talks mental health, LGBTQ+ Chicagoans
This is part of a series of interviews Windy City Times is running on LGBTQ+ candidates in the 2023 municipal elections taking place Feb. 28. The 2023 race to represent Chicago's 26th Ward—which includes parts of ...

Gay News

Windy City Gay Chorus, Windy City Treble Quire begin search for artistic directors
--From a press release - The Board of Directors for Windy City Performing Arts has started their search for two Artistic Directors for the organization's choruses. Applications are now being accepted in hopes to fill these positions prior to the 2023-2024 season. ...

Gay News

Black LGBTQ+ film festival among Chicago NEA grant recipients
The Black Alphabet Film Festival—the world's oldest Black LGBTQ+-focused event of its kind—was part of the first round of grant recipients from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), receiving $20,000. In a press release, Black ...

Gay News

Cherkasov to head Illinois Holocaust Museum
-- From a press release - Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is proud to announce the appointment of national nonprofit leader Bernard Cherkasov as the Museum's Chief Executive Officer. [Cherkasov is gay and has been a longtime advocate for LGBTQ+ rights.] ...

Gay News

PrideArts, Chicago drag artists co-produce story of a drag family's tribulations
-- From a press release - CHICAGO — PrideArts will celebrate the arrival of the year 2023 by teaming up with the Chicago drag performers Tirrany Reigns and Ramona Mirage to stage Reigns' original Queer Family Dramedy, set just after New Year's ...

Gay News

Chicago Fire FC wins first-ever Midwest Emmy Award
-- From a press release - CHICAGO (Dec. 6, 2022) — Chicago Fire FC has been awarded the Club's first ever Regional Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Crafts Achievement for Graphics Arts/Motion Graphics/ Art Direction/Set Design" as a part of ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Elton John, Leslie Jordan, Joel Kim Booster, Janelle Monae
Elton John gave Los Angeles concluded a three-show run on Nov. 20 back inside Dodger Stadium, taking a final bow as part of his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The concert ...

Gay News

Gay man to head Chicago Latino Theater Alliance
The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) announced the appointment of Jorge Valdivia as its new executive director, according to the Lawndale News. Valdivia's previous position was director of performing arts at the National Museum of Mexic ...

Gay News

Chicago History Museum holds special screening, panel discussion
The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum presented a special screening of the Youtube Originals series Supreme Models: The Documentary and a panel with an array of A-list fashion industry panelists. Among the participants were ...

Gay News

School of the Art Institute auction on Nov. 1-14, auction party on Nov. 11
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is inviting all art collectors and enthusiasts to an online auction taking place Nov. 1-14 on, where a diverse group of SAIC alums and faculty will ...

Gay News

Queer Art announces 2023 Queer Art Mentorship Fellow
-- From a press release - Queer|Art, NYC's home for the creative and professional development of LGBTQ+ artists, is pleased to announce the new Fellows for the 2023 Queer|Art|Mentorship (QAM) program cycle. The Mentorship program is ...

Gay News

Chicago mural of Kanye West painted over in wake of antisemitic remarks
A West Loop mural image of Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, was painted over on Oct. 27, as fallout continued over the Chicago native's recent controversial and antisemitic public statements, The Chicago-Sun Times ...

Gay News

'Cirque Dreams Holidaze' to take place Dec. 22-24
Cirque Dreams Holidaze is set to dazzle Chicago audiences with a Broadway-style production infused with contemporary circus arts. The production will play for six performances on Dec. 22-24 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 Ida B. Wells ...

Gay News

Ginsburg, Morrison, women's soccer to be honored with stamps
The U.S. Postal Service announced that the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the late author Toni Morrison (Beloved; The Bluest Eye) will be honored with new postage stamps next year. The sport of ...

Gay News

Chicago History Museum to host 'Supreme Models' screening Nov. 4
The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum will host the official Midwest screening of Supreme Models and an exclusive in-person celebration on Friday, Nov. 4, 5:30-9:30 p.m. at The Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark ...


Copyright © 2023 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.