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February 5, 2017 – March 12, 2017

Precariat, curated by Ariel Gentalen, showcases artwork by nine Chicago-based artists. While these artists have diverse interests and practice, each individual confronts socially constructed ideas – such as beauty, affluence, and gender – within their work. By reclaiming masculine identified materials through feminized craft, exposing how the greed of a few ruins the lives of [...]

Jessie Mott: A Wish to Repair

January 22, 2017 – April 23, 2017

Jessie Mott returns to the Art Center for her first solo exhibition in the space, A Wish to Repair. The exhibition explores themes of intimacy, desire, beauty, anxiety and shame through works on paper, site- specific wall paintings and the debut of a new collaboration with artist and writer Steve Reinke. (function($){ "use strict"; var spacingID [...]

Jan Tichy: Installation No. 21

December 11, 2016 – February 19, 2017

Installation no.21 illuminates Hyde Park Art Center's facade through the notion of a lit window and its relationship to the immediate neighborhood. During this season of light, Tichy’s work takes advantage of extended darkness to allow light to perform as a gesture of human will and power to make the invisible visible and vice versa. [...]

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2016

December 9, 2016 – February 5, 2017

Created by Hyde Park Art Center, Not Just Another Pretty Face allows the Art Center to play matchmaker for artists and potential art buyers, facilitating a fun, accessible commissioning process that builds lasting relationships between artists and patrons, creates a new base of support for artists, and invests in the vitality of Chicago’s cultural community. 2016-17 [...]

Mary King: War Stories

October 30, 2016 – January 22, 2017

Artist Mary King depicts the wide-ranging impact of war in War Stories, a solo show of works on paper. The exhibition will be on view in the Kanter McCormick Gallery at Hyde Park Art Center from October 30, 2016 through January 22, 2017. A public reception with the artist will take place in the gallery [...]


October 23, 2016 – January 15, 2017

(Re)Public is a group exhibition featuring work by socially-engaged Irish visual artists, dancers, sound artists and filmmakers whose practices engage not only with the complexities of everyday life in Ireland but are also relevant to broader issues including those pertinent to Chicago and the south side. The show is co-organized with CREATE, the national development agency for [...]

Ground Floor 2016

September 4, 2016 – November 6, 2016

Hyde Park Art Center is proud to announce the return of Ground Floor, the fourth iteration of a biennial exhibition that features artwork by some of Chicago’s most promising emergent talent. The Ground Floor tradition began in 2010 with the intention to present a survey of artists representing the top-rated art schools offering Master of [...]

Institutional Garbage

September 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Institutional Garbage is an online exhibition that presents the administrative residue of imaginary public institutions produced by artists, writers, and curators. This residue includes but is not limited to contracts, email correspondences, documented unproductivity, syllabi, scanned objects, and obstacle courses; collecting such fragments in one place, Institutional Garbage illustrates the backend activities of imaginary bureaucracies [...]

New Business: 2016 Center Program Final Exhibition

August 7, 2016 – October 16, 2016

Hyde Park Art Center is proud to present the fifth annual exhibition of work from participants in The Center Program, the Art Center’s flagship artist professional development initiative. Led by Director of Education Mike Nourse, this six-month program is designed for a group of artists who create new works, connect with peers, present to visiting [...]

Taking Shapes: New Projects X New Curators

July 28, 2016 – August 21, 2016

Hyde Park Art Center is proud to present Taking Shapes, a group exhibition featuring twelve artists and seven curators from the Visual Arts Certificate Program at the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, from July 28 until August 21 in Gallery 2. Many of the artists and curators will be [...]

Paul Mpagi Sepuya: Some Recent Pictures (Chicago)

June 19, 2016 – August 27, 2016

In the exhibition Some Recent Pictures (Chicago), Los Angeles-based artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya presents work connected to his time as a Jackman Goldwasser Resident Artist at Hyde Park Art Center in 2014. The exhibition will be the first presentation of Sepuya’s Chicago body of work. A public reception with the artist will take place in [...]

Tina Tahir: Botany of Desire

June 19, 2016 – July 17, 2016

The narrow passageway becomes an immersive painted installation by Tina Tahir. The interdisciplinary artist makes a quick intervention into the space by experimenting with a temporary site-specific installation of invasive vegetation that visitors will have to walk on, through and between all at once. Exhibition sound is created and performed by David Schulman. Tahir first showed [...]

Karen Reimer: Shoretime Spaceline

May 22, 2016 – August 13, 2016

Before Hyde Park Art Center existed on its current site, the location was inhabited by the Chicago Beach Hotel (1892-1927). The grand estate was built to host travelers for the 1893 Columbian Exposition and was said to contain land “enhanced” or fabricated by the developer after dredging sand from Lake Michigan, dumping it on shore, [...]

Alice Hargrave: Paradise Wavering

May 1, 2016 – July 24, 2016

Alice Hargrave balances a sophisticated relationship between place and perception in her most recent photographic work featured in Paradise Wavering. The exhibition will introduce two digital videos and thirty large format photographs, consisting mostly of images the artist has made from her expeditions throughout the past decade, interspersed with some images produced by re-photographing vintage travel [...]

Beyond the Mirror: Work by Art Center Teens

April 10, 2016 – June 12, 2016

New paintings, drawings, photography, prints, videos, and collages demonstrate the intense study by over 20 teens participating in Hyde Park Art Center’s five teen programs: Writer's Block, @rt+Tech Studio, Photo Studio, Youth Art Board and ArtShop. Under the supervision of artists, teens explore their creative voices as they develop artwork for the exhibition. The program [...]

Rodrigo Lara Zendejas: La Paz

April 3, 2016 – July 17, 2016

Artist Rodrigo Lara Zendejas reimagines the garden of his youth in a new multimedia installation presented in La Paz. Searching for moments where contemporary life and faith collide, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas builds an atmospheric installation with clay sculptures, paintings, projection and sound to recall the experience in his first studio: his grandparents’ garden in La Paz, [...]

Sabina Ott: who cares for the sky?

February 21, 2016 – May 1, 2016

Hyde Park Art Center presents the most ambitious project to date by Sabina Ott in  who cares for the sky?, which challenges our understanding of the proverbial mountain in relation to human faith, perseverance and ability to achieve a higher knowledge.” With the assistance of Space Haus, a Chicago-based art,design, and engineering firm, Ott composed an 8,000-cubic-foot [...]

Residual Lives

January 31, 2016 – April 24, 2016

Residual Lives features new and recent work by a selection of US-based artists Tyanna Buie, Tirtza Even, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Jenny Polak, Emmanuel Pratt, and the Portraits of Resolution Project by William Estrada, Erica Brooks, and Anthony Rea. The thought-provoking and personal work by these contemporary artists highlight topics of violence, immigration, human rights, and [...]

Alex Chitty: Turning Spoons into Forks

January 17, 2016 – April 3, 2016

Artist Alex Chitty liberates ordinary objects from their mundane life in her solo show Turning Spoons into Forks. Muted elements of our complex and vibrant physical surroundings are intentionally amplified in Chitty’s work. Through the studied placement of objects, photographs, and sculptures, she assembles artworks-as-physical-invitations that ask viewers to regard detail and quirk. Her solo exhibition [...]

The Weight of Rage

January 10, 2016 – March 20, 2016

The Weight of Rage is the third annual exhibition of work developed in classes in the Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project at Stateville Prison. The show brings together work from incarcerated artists and teaching artists and writers in the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project (PNAP) at Stateville Correctional Center (Joliet, IL) to explore the question, “how [...]

Justin Witte: Regenboog Broer

January 10, 2016 – April 3, 2016

Regenboog Broer features an immersive painting installation using geometric distortion, light and color to transform the passage spaces at the Art Center. Overlapping large-scale monoprints, paintings on canvas and tinted plastics saturate the 70-foot-long gallery wall in gradual bands of blue-green. The radiating design is inspired by decorative faux-Malachite treatments applied to surfaces or objects often to [...]

Jefferson Pinder: Onyx Odyssey

November 8, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Interdisciplinary artist, Jefferson Pinder continues his extensive meditation on black identity with Onyx Odyssey. The show features a mix of his previous work dating back to 2008 as well as new works, displaying Pinder’s versatility as an artist, with works of sculpture, video and light installation. In particular, this show explores and connects the various [...]

In Bringing Forth

October 18, 2015 – December 13, 2015

Artists take a step back from their everyday studio practice to create new artwork that serve as visual metaphors for the routine of art-making in the group exhibition In Bringing Forth. The show, curated by Jeannette Tremblay, features ten artists whose process of making photographs, paintings, sculptures, and performances contradicts the historical image of the Artist working [...]

Daniel Bruttig: Timekeeper

October 11, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Interdisciplinary artist, Daniel Bruttig, explores the grey area between sculpture and painting in his solo exhibition Timekeeper. The show will introduce a new series of artworks combining cuckoo clock components and thick paint. The assemblages are a continuation of an ongoing project in which Bruttig transforms the original context and presentation of a found object into an [...]