Wrightwood 659's Latest Exhibition Honors the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall

By J.P. Anderson | June 26, 2019 | Culture

Wrightwood 659 commemorates the 50th anniversary of Stonewall with an in-depth survey of works by LGBTQ artists.

Deborah Kass, “Daddy I Would Love to Dance” (2008, acrylic on canvas), 78 inches by 78 inches (Photo courtesy of Wrightwood 659)

Fifty years after the Stonewall riots kick-started the contemporary movement for LGBTQ equality, the issue is more relevant than ever. With its new exhibition, About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art, Lincoln Park gallery Wrightwood 659 both commemorates the milestone and uses it as a vehicle to explore work by emerging and established artists—the majority of them non-white male—from around the globe. Expect pieces from notables like Jacolby Satterwhite, Harmony Hammond, Peter Hujar and Deborah Kass, whose painting “Daddy I Would Love to Dance” features prominently.

“It perfectly encapsulates our main themes,” notes curator Jonathan David Katz of the work. “It’s a disco hit widely associated with the gay male community that’s painted by a lesbian artist, [which] transcends the usual categories. It has more than a touch of camp and, even more poignantly, a recognition that politics must always be coupled with pleasure.” Through Aug. 3, 659 W. Wrightwood Ave., 773.437.6601

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