Sat May 21, 12:30 PM - Sat May 21, 2:30 PM
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Veteran soldiers/clowns march in anticipation of Memorial Day and discuss their work with Artist Adrian Wong

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In an installation at once humorous and grave, Artist Adrian Wong brings his ongoing engagement with the clown community to The Arts Club of Chicago’s garden in a new work titled Oogenesis. Large-scale, egg-shaped sculptures that feature clown facial designs populate the space.

These works derive from Wong’s in-depth conversations with practitioners of the clowning arts, and his recognition of the complex identities that these performers occupy, many of whom are also military veterans. Jay-Jay the Clown, whose likeness is portrayed in the garden installation, marches annually with a troupe of veteran soldiers who perform as clowns in Wauconda, Illinois’ Memorial Day Parade.

To celebrate Wong’s Garden Project and to bring the aforementioned complexities of identity in the work of clowning to the fore, Jay-Jay and compatriots come to The Arts Club for a prelude to their Wauconda march, traipsing in and around the club and its grounds with accompanying military salute and instruments.

Join for a reception and conversation afterward.

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