2014: Celebrating 75 years of making Chicago’s art happen
2014 marks 75 years of Hyde Park Art Center working to advance the visual arts in Chicago.
When we were founded by idealist, creative do-gooders in 1939, the Art Center was made up of a handful of artists and community members who set up shop in a defunct saloon and felt that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in the visual arts. (Ever the trailblazers, they embraced a hippy mentality before hippies even existed). Their openness to creative innovation shaped the organization into an inclusive incubator for artistic risk-taking, which resulted in some really fun parties as well as the formation of internationally recognized artist groups The Monster Roster, The Hairy Who, and The Chicago Imagists in the 1960s.
In 2006, ambitious, pioneering do-gooders transformed the Art Center yet again, and we’re willing to bet that our founders never imagined this is where we’d be 75 years after our first exhibition opening (unless they also had access to psychedelic drugs way before their time). Today we continue their legacy of connecting the public to Chicago art and artists while supporting artists’ ability to take risks. It is because of this commitment to our founding values that the Hyde Park Art Center now welcomes 45,000 people annually and has become a nationally recognized model for how an institution can develop its city’s artists while remaining accessible and relevant to its immediate community.
To celebrate our 75th Anniversary and honor our progressive, visionary ancestors, throughout the year our programming points to the role the Hyde Park Art Center has played and continues to play in pushing forward the careers of Chicago artists—past and present, youth to established.
We invite you to look through these pages to learn more about what’s coming up this season and to continue to visit hydeparkart.org to find out more about how you can get involved throughout the year. We look forward to celebrating with you all year long. After all, it is because of lovely people like you that we’re still here.
See you soon!
Don't Miss These 2014 Events
Throughout the year, Hyde Park Art Center’s programming points to the role the organization has played and continues to play in advancing the careers of Chicago artists—youth to established, past and present.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2-4 pm
January 28 until May 1
Do you have 2D materials from the Art Center’s illustrious founding days, experimental adolescence, and fun-loving middle age? During our virile 75th anniversary year in 2014, we want to strengthen our archive by adding ephemera from 1939-1980.
You can be part of an ongoing showcase by donating materials mentioning Hyde Park Art Center programs, events, exhibitions, or classes, like newspaper and magazine reviews, posters and postcards, snapshots of events at the Art Center, or notes between exhibiting artists. The bounty will be presented throughout 2014.
For more information on the materials requested and how to submit, contact Allison Peters Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.324.5520 x1010.
Inside the Outside
Jan 26 – May 20, 2014
Hyde Park Art Center’s 75th Anniversary exhibition season begins with a twist, featuring a guest-curated exhibition of work by two Imagist artists: Richard Loving and Eleanor Spiess-Ferris. Inside the Outside presents an appropriately upended and inverted look at the Art Center’s heritage as the birthplace of Chicago Imagism, an internationally recognized movement that emerged in the 1960s through Art Center exhibitions like Hairy Who and False Image. Quintessential Chicago artists with careers spanning decades, Loving and Spiess-Ferris both have history with the Art Center, and each offers a unique insight on Imagism—from the edges of the genre. Inside the Outside, curated by Aaron Ott, addresses how Loving and Spiess-Ferris have navigated their artistic practices over the past fifty years through and alongside the influential Imagist movement.
John Preus: The Beast (Zoned B-3, Mixed Use)
April 13 – August 10
The Beast is an architectural intervention with companion public programming that raises questions about the use and social value of public space. The project will be developed and completed during John Preus ’ residency at the Art Center from September 2013 until August 2014. His first solo exhibition, John Preus ambitiously presents an architectural sculpture that could not have happened in any other space. The Beast is two stories high, including an open space on the first floor that will be programmed to engage the community. Only when on the Art Center’s catwalk will visitors see that they were actually inside the belly of The Beast.
May 25 – August 10
ArtShop is one of the Art Center’s teen programs, and focuses on investing in south side teens who are particularly interested in the visual arts by providing them with hands-on training, assistance with developing a portfolio, mentorship by a working artist, assistance with college applications, and involvement in the broader Art Center community. The exhibition is an opportunity for these teens to show what they have accomplished during the year, and is also a chance for the Art Center to bring attention to its outreach programs focused on south side youth.
The Chicago Effect
August 24 – November 23
Curator in Residence Christopher K. Ho is working with the Art Center’s curatorial staff to examine the past and future role of Chicago’s political, social, economic, and physical climate in shaping contemporary art. Programming includes performances, panels, and temporary experiments.
Front & Center
September 14 – January 4
The culminating exhibition of works created by the Art Center's 2014 Center Program class. The Center Program is the Art Center's professional development program for working artists. Over the course of the program, guest artists, critics, and a supportive peer network push Center Program artists to answer tough questions about their work, evolve their practice, and ultimately produce a strong new body of work. The Art Center partners with the UChicago Graham School to offer a visual arts certificate, and the Center Program provides the studio component for the certification.
December 14 – March 29
Ground Floor brings together work by Chicago’s most promising emerging talent, offering a single destination to discover diverse artists whose work demands to be seen and supported. Ground Floor—so named because it provides a crucial platform for young artists and fills the entire lower level of the Art Center—is an ongoing biennial project. Ground Floor gives the top talent coming out of the city’s five MFA programs an extraordinary opportunity to show their work at this critical stage in their career, and is accompanied by a catalogue including critical writing about the project.