Center on Halsted presents exhibit of LGBTQ artists PREVIEW: SAY OUR NAMES AND DRAG LANDSCAPES

Center on Halsted presents art exhibit
Photo by: Lilly Wachowski


Artists focus on capturing the beauty of trans*

Artist Lilly Wachowski comments on her exhibit Say Our Names, “This is a series of portraits that began toward the end of July, 2016; an outlet of the overwhelming emotion I was feeling in the relentless waves of mortal acts of violence against trans people over the course of the year. With each headline, each murder, I felt wanting to connect, to remember, to honor. Acrylic on wood panels. The organic fibers of the wood felt apropos of the organic nature of these lives and our disconnectedness.”

Tennessee Loveless has been painting drag queens for decades:

Tennessee Loveless is an acclaimed Chicago-based contemporary artist. He began his career painting drag queens in San Francisco before working at Disney in licensing and product development. The he moved on to become a licensed interpretive artist for Disney Art Editions. Loveless has produced art around the world in diverse places such as Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Seattle, Las Vegas, New York, and Los Angeles. 

His new project, entitled "Drag Landscapes" focuses on his portraiture subjects of drag culture globally, and formulates their story through actual text, shapes, and symbols into the totality of their portrait. Tennessee's aim is not just create a painting, but tell a story that a story that the viewer can read about the personal stories, history, hardships, benefits, social constructs, geographic relationships, and experiences of drag. Furthermore he seeks to communicate the parallels and divergence of the gender performance community within these geographical contexts. 


Opening Night, June 2, 6 – 8 pm.

From June 3 – July 11, 8 am until 9 pm, 7 days a week


Center on Halsted, second and third floor art galleries

3656 N. Halsted St. 



Suggested $10 donation                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Photo by: Tennessee Loveless
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