Your Chicago Guide’s invitation for two to the opening reception of Gather Together courtesy of National Hellenic Museum.
A new exhibit, Gather Together: Chicago Street Photography by Diane Alexander White, opened on September 29, 2023, at National Hellenic Museum in Chicago’s Greektown. It will remain on display through April 30, 2023.
In this new exhibition, the Chicago-based Greek American photographer Diane Alexander White presents 80 historic works showcasing Chicago’s Greek American celebrations alongside other ethnic and cultural festivals and parades. The images date primarily to the 1970s and 1980s.
Depicted events include the Greek Independence Day Parade, Bud Billiken Day Parade, Chinese New Year Parade, Mexican Civic Society Parade, Jewish Festival and many more.
The National Hellenic Museum’s mission is to preserve and share Greek history, art and culture, and the Greek American experience. Diane’s works vividly capture how Chicago’s Greek American community gathers in the public space to show pride in its identity and share its culture.
Through her images of other ethnic and cultural celebrations, Diane also explores the universality of how Chicagoans gather together to show pride in their diverse communities.
Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote that human beings are only truly human when they are together. Through the keen eye of an artist comes an exhibit that captures the soul of Chicago: its people. Diversity is a treasured Chicago value. And this city has never viewed migration as a crime.
The message of Diane Alexander White’s photography is especially poignant in these post-COVID lockdown times. Our fair city comes alive amid the gatherings of its residents that hail from all continents and walks of life. A truly special exhibit, it seeks to remind us of the importance of being together. Do yourself a favor and go see it.
Gather Together: Chicago Street Photography by Diane Alexander White is currently on display at National Hellenic Museum, 333 South Halsted Street, in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood,