Nov 14th 2019

The Scope of Surrealism: East, West, and Beyond

@ Wrightwood 659

659 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Opening Thursday, November 14th, from 6:30PM - 8:30PM

On view through Saturday, December 14th

The Scope of Surrealism: East, West, and Beyond will discuss surrealism and its evolution within different mediums throughout history. The dialogue, moderated by Janine Mileaf, the Executive Director of the Arts Club of Chicago, features contemporary artist Krista Franklin and one of the founders of the Chicago Surrealist Group, Penelope Rosemont.

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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