Professor Emeritus Michiko Itatani’s Solo Exhibition Spotlighted by WTTW

Professor Emeritus Michiko Itatani’s Solo Exhibition Spotlighted by WTTW

Professor Emeritus Michiko Itatani’s Solo Exhibition Spotlighted by WTTW

A woman with short black hair stands in front of three paintings and looks to a person off-screen with a smile on her face. She is wearing round glasses, a yellow, green, and purple scarf, and a yellow and magenta shirt with circular patterns.

Professor Emeritus Michiko Itatani speaks about her solo exhibition for WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.” Image courtesy of WTTW.

Professor Emeritus Michiko Itatani speaks about her solo exhibition for WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.” Image courtesy of WTTW.

Professor Emeritus Michiko Itatani’s (SAIC 1983-91) latest solo exhibition Michiko Itatani: Celestial Stage was recently spotlighted on Chicago’s PBS television station WTTW as part of their “Chicago Tonight” segment. In the feature, Producer Marc Vitali visits Itatani’s show at the Wrightwood 659 gallery and explores the imaginative environments depicted in her paintings, which are inspired by outer space. In addition, Vitali talks to the artist herself about her fascination with science fiction; her childhood in Osaka, Japan; and how she hopes visitors will engage with her artworks. 

“In my youth, I wanted to be a fiction writer and somehow what I’m doing is using the painting language to write my fiction,” Itatani told WTTW. “That means I’m inviting the viewer to participate and complete my painting.”

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