|Event Start Date||05/06/2022|
|Event/Announcement Name||Wrightwood 659 opens Japanese painting exhibition|
|Organizer Name||Wrightwood 659|
Wrightwood 659 hosts three new exhibitions opening May 6, 2022, including “Moga: Modern Women & Daughters in 1930s Japan.” The exhibition presents an intimate selection of Japanese paintings exhibited for the first time in the United States. These works expand on the common depiction of the urbane “modern girl” (modan garu or moga). Moga captured the public imagination in 1920s Japan—prioritizing an independent lifestyle and challenging the traditional state-sanctioned ideal of the “good wife, wise mother.” Nonetheless, the ideal role of women in Japanese society was not one-dimensional, and continued to diversify during the 1930s. “Moga: Modern Women & Daughters in 1930s Japan” brings paintings of mothers and daughters back into the conversation about the moga, exhibiting them beside other, more popular imagery of the “modern girl.”
“Moga: Modern Women & Daughters in 1930s Japan” will open alongside “American Framing,” a reinstallation of the U.S. entry in the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale; “Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who’s afraid of red, yellow, and green),” an exhibition organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and “We Shall Defy,” an exhibition of images and texts illuminating the life and work of renowned Bangladeshi photojournalist and activist Shahidul Alam.
Wrightwood 659 is a new exhibition space conceived for the presentation of exhibitions of architecture and socially engaged art. It is designed by Tadao Ando, the Osaka-based architect awarded the Pritzker Prize for his inspired and poetic use of light and space—on full display in Wrightwood 659’s concrete and glass interior. Located at 659 W. Wrightwood Avenue, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Wrightwood 659 is a private, non-commercial initiative envisioned as an integral part of the cultural and civil fabric of Chicago, as well as a new kind of arts space and cultural resource.
Timed entry by reservation only, visit wrightwood659.org for more details.