ABOUT FACE: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art
ABOUT FACE: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art is the latest exhibition to include Jerome Caja’s work. This is one of the largest group showings of queer artwork in North America and naturally a perfect place to introduce Jerome to new audiences. The show opens May 22nd and will be on display until July 20th (see details below).
One hundred eighteen pieces of Jerome’s art are hung in his signature salon style, much like the way he displayed his own work. This is an extraordinary collection of pieces, with everything from nail-polish container paintings, tip trays, assemblages, ink drawings, to a rare ceramic wall piece that is still intact. More than half of this Jerome collection has not been displayed since his death in 1995. The exhibition also includes Jerome pieces from two local Chicago collectors, one of whom was friends with him in Cleveland before he left for San Francisco. This is one of the largest groupings of Jerome’s art on display in over 20 years.
The curator of ABOUT FACE is Jonathan David Katz, PhD, Visiting Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and chair of the doctoral program in Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo.
The show is spread out over four floors in the Alphawood Foundation’s new Wrightwood 659 exhibition space. ABOUT FACE includes over 45 artists and spotlights over 500 works of art that range from photography, pantings, letterpress and silk-screen prints, sculptures, hand-made sculpted dolls, video and film installations, and much more.
by Anthony Cianciolo