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Pelosi gets emotional touring Art AIDS exhibit in Chicago

April 5th, 2017

Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, was in town last weekend and made time to tour the Art AIDS America exhibition at the Alphawood Gallery.

Good thing. She toured the exhibition April 2—the last day of the exhibition.

Alphawood Foundation Executive Director Jim McDonough joined Pelosi as she walked through the exhibit, which told the story of AIDS in this country. Pelosi was particularly moved by the AIDS Quilt that was on display.

“She reminisced about sewing a quilt panel for a friend she lost to AIDS.  It was an emotional moment,” he told me.

Pelosi represents the city of San Francisco in Congress, “and knows intimately the pain that HIV and AIDS brought to that community and to Chicago,” McDonough added.

Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt and Director of Exhibitions Anthony Hirschel also joined Pelosi for the tour.

The Alphawood Gallery was built by philanthropist Fred Eychaner. It’s located adjacent to his Lincoln Park offices.

The Chicago presentation of the show was the last of four venues it had appeared around the country.  All of the works are now being returned to their owners.

In June, the gallery will feature an exhibition about internment camps titled: “Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties.”

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