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Poetry AIDS Chicago: A Response to Art AIDS America

Roger Brown, Peach Light, 1983, oil on canvas, 72 x 48 1/2 in., Photo: James Connolly. Kavi Gupta and the Roger Brown Estate, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Thursday, February 2nd, 7:00 PM

Alphawood Gallery
2401 North Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614

The groundbreaking exhibition Art AIDS America underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in art as it introduces and explores the whole spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present. This reading brings together queer and trans poets based in Chicago, who will conduct their own poetic tour of the exhibition, reading works inspired by the themes in the show. Featuring poets and multidisciplinary performers Bea Cordelia, T Clutch Fleischmann, Ruben Quesada, and avery r. young.

Cosponsored with the Alphawood Foundation

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  • Detail, photograph by Jun Fujita, circa 1930s, courtesy of the Graham and Pamela Lee private collection.
    Current Exhibition
    Jan 12, 2017 – May 26, 2017

    This exhibition presents photographs and ephemera from the poet Jun Fujita (1888-1963). Fujita is an English-language tanka poet who published regularly in Poetry during the 1920s. The first Japanese-American photojournalist, he is responsible for the most famous photos of the Eastland disaster, the Chicago race riots of 1919, and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, among others. This show will explore his lesser-known landscapes.