Nov 7th 2019

Ishida in his Time

@ Wrightwood 659

659 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Opening Thursday, November 7th, from 6:30PM - 8:30PM

On view through Saturday, December 14th

An expert panel will discuss Ishida, inserting him into both the art historical canon and Japanese history. Participants to date include Janice Katz, Roger L. Weston Associate Curator of Japanese Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, Laura Allen, Chief Curator and Curator of Japanese Art at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and E. Taylor Atkins, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Assistant Chair in Northern Illinois University’s Department of History.

Tetsuya Ishida: Self-Portrait of Other is the first and only retrospective exhibition of Japanese contemporary artist Ishida (1973−2005) in the United States. This expansive exhibition of 70+ paintings and works on paper reveals the sense of disorientation and alienation that permeated Japan’s consumer society during and after the recession in the 1990s. The exhibition is traveling to Chicago from Spain where it was organized by and on display at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia this summer. Tetsuya Ishida: Self-Portrait of Other opens on Oct 3 and runs through Dec 14, concurrent with Tadao Ando: Museums and Galleries, an exhibition of models, drawings and photographs documenting some of the Pritzker Prize-winning master architect Tadao Ando’s most famous public museums and galleries.

The work of Japanese artist Tetsuya Ishida (Yaizu, Shizuoka, 1973–Tokyo, 2005) visually depicts the uncertainty and desolation of Japanese society that arose during the artist’s lifetime, stemming from technological advances and successive crises that affected economies and politics across the world. More specifically, Ishida portrays the collective mood of his generation, defined by the bursting bubble of finance and real estate markets and the mass lay-offs that plunged the country into a deep recession in 1991.

All visits to Wrightwood 659 require a reservation. Program reservation is included with admission and open to the public. Tickets for Tetsuya Ishida: Self-Portrait of Other and Tadao Ando: Museums and Galleries are available, online only, at During the exhibition, free general admission tickets will be released each Monday for the current week. Unless otherwise noted, Wrightwood 659 will be open to the public during Tetsuya Ishida: Self-Portrait of Other on Thursdays 12:00pm – 8:00pm, Fridays 12:00pm – 8:00pm, and Saturdays 10:00am – 7:00pm through December 14, 2019. For additional information:

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