Wrightwood 659 Exhibition Space / Tadao Ando Architect and Associates


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© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto


© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

Text description provided by the architects. Wrightwood 659 is an exhibition space in Chicago, designed by Tadao Ando, who has transformed a 1920s building with his signature concrete forms and poetic treatment of natural light. Wrightwood 659 will be devoted to exhibitions of architecture and socially engaged art.


© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

In a city rich with art institutions and internationally known for its architecture, Wrightwood 659 is a site for both intimate experiences of art and architecture, and thoughtful engagement with the pressing social issues of our time.


© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

Located at 659 W. Wrightwood Avenue, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, it is a private, non-commercial initiative envisioned as

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto
© Jeff Goldberg / Esto
© Jeff Goldberg / Esto
© Jeff Goldberg / Esto
© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

integral part of the cultural and civic fabric of Chicago, as well as a new kind of arts space and cultural resource.


© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

Lisa Cavanaugh, Director of Wrightwood 659, states “We are delighted to be opening a new space for art in Chicago, one conducive to quiet reflection and thoughtful engagement, while also provoking activism on behalf of a more just society. We look forward to welcoming visitors to Wrightwood 659.”


© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

Wrightwood 659 will host exhibitions generally alternating between socially engaged art and explorations in architecture and design. The Gallery does not possess a collection and it is not intended to be a collecting organization.


© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto
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