The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood announced it has added two more exhibitions to mark its grand reopening this September.
These exhibitions join the previously announced world premiere photography exhibition Resilience by Prince Nikolaos.
In Gather Together: Chicago Street Photography by Diane Alexander White (September 16, 2022 to April 30, 2023), the Chicago-based Greek American photographer presents eighty historic works showcasing Chicago’s Greek-American celebrations alongside other ethnic and cultural festivals and parades, primarily from the 1970s and 1980s.
Depicted events include the Greek Independence Day Parade, Greek Festival, Bud Billiken Day Parade, Japanese Festival, Chinese New Year Parade, Puerto Rican Festival, Mexican Civic Society Parade, Mexican Festival, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Jewish Festival, German Von Steuben Day Parade, Polish Festival, Festa Italiana, and the Indo-Pak Parade.
“Our mission at the National Hellenic Museum is to share Greek history, art and culture, and the Greek-American experience,” says NHM Executive Director Marianne Kountoures. “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,” she adds.
Storytelling in Cloth and Light (open run beginning September 16, 2022) presents a series of textiles and photographs side by side.
The textiles, part of NHM’s expansive collection of more than ten thousand Greek-American artifacts, were meticulously woven in Greece, largely by women, and brought across the ocean to the United States.
The photographs are additional images from Diane Alexander White, which capture the people and landscapes of Greece in 1977, including her father’s village of Poulithra.
Together, these artifacts tell stories connecting audiences with the people, places, and events of the past—and encouraging viewers to remember their own stories.
New exhibitions join ‘Resilience’ at National Hellenic Museum
These new exhibitions join the previously announced world premiere photography exhibition Resilience by Prince Nikolaos (September 16, 2022 to December 30, 2022). Prince Nikolaos’ North American debut includes nineteen new works exploring Greece’s strong relationship with nature and environmental preservation.
The Resilience exhibition is sponsored by NHM Trustee John S. Koudounis.
The exhibition also features the North American premiere of Together, an immersive scene of life-sized, illuminated, embracing olive trees accompanied by sounds of Greek nature, which first premiered at the London Design Biennale in 2021.
The National Hellenic Museum (333 S. Halsted Street, Chicago) presents three new exhibitions as part of its grand reopening celebration: the world premiere of Resilience by HRH Prince Nikolaos (September 16, 2022 to December 30, 2022); Gather Together: Chicago Street Photography by Diane Alexander White (September 16, 2022 to April 30, 2023); and Storytelling in Cloth and Light (open run beginning September 16, 2022).
Beginning Friday, September 16th, museum hours are Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets to the museum are $10 and include admission to all exhibits. Discounts are available for seniors, students, and children. For more information, visit nationalhellenicmuseum.org or call 312-655-1234.
The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) is a premier museum dedicated to sharing Greek history, art, and culture from ancient times to the present day, including the modern Greek- American experience.
NHM preserves the Hellenic legacy and makes this rich heritage relevant today through its collection of thousands of physical artifacts, oral histories, exhibits, educational programs, and special events.
Originally founded in 1983 and located in Chicago’s historic Greektown neighborhood since 2011, the NHM provides lifelong learning for the community and sparks inquiry and discussion about the broader issues in our lives and society.