Join us on our Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk overlooking our main gallery for Catwalk Concerts, a music series in partnership with Experimental Sound Studio sponsored by our Artist Run Chicago Fund. Enjoy a performance from experimental sound artists, alongside illuminated video projections and film based art on our façade.
Featured Artists: Allen Moore & Valencia Bey
Allen Moore is a Black Interdisciplinary Visual Artist, Experimental Turntableist, Sound Artist, Educator and Youth Mentor born and raised in the Historic Village of Robbins IL. Moore holds a Bachelors of Arts from Chicago State University, a Masters in Arts from Governors State University and a Masters of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University in 2016. His recent body work investigates both the audio and visual element of black death and black grief. His conceptual premise is to analyze the signifiers of Blackness through performative Improvisation and experimentation. Moore is driven to nurture and expand the agency of the Black Imagination. Currently he is a Makerspace Manager specializing in STEM/STEAM and DIY education in the greater Chicagoland area. Moore has exhibited and performed across the greater midwest, including exhibitions at Heaven Gallery, Compound Yellow, Experimental Sound Studio, Elastic Arts, Threewalls, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Roots & Culture Gallery, Lula Cafe, The Star Media Group, Union Street Gallery, The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, etc.
Acclaimed Chicago vocalist and award-winning songwriter Valencia Bey is a unique and versatile talent whose rousing acoustic performances, husky and soaring alto voice, and ability to perform across musical genres earned her nationwide acclaim as well as a presence on Chicago’s music scene. Richard Milne of WXRT called her “…a little bit of Tracy Chapman, but more of the big wailers like Odetta.” Her moving delivery of soul, folk, rock and funk originals and covers has gained her a solid following, and each time she performs, she makes new friends and earns new fans.
About Experimental Sound Studio
Founded in 1986 by Dawn and Lou Mallozzi, Eric Leonardson, and Perry Venson, Experimental Sound Studio (ESS) has occupied its Edgewater location since 2006. The facility is home to a full-service recording, mixing, and mastering studio for hire; Audible Gallery, a small public space for exhibitions, meetings, workshops, performances, and artists’ projects; and the Creative Audio Archive—an invaluable collection of recordings, print, and visual ephemera related to avant-garde and exploratory sound and music of the last five decades. ESS presents eclectic performance and installation programming, workshops, and artist talks year round—both in the various spaces around the studio (including its beautiful garden) and at various partner venues around Chicago.
About Artist Run Chicago Fund
Initiated during the challenging years of the COVID-19 outbreak, the ARC Fund has created breathing room for artist-run projects to continue to innovate and thrive. The grants have increased the platforms’ capacity to pay artists to make new work, hire staff, build residency programs that attract visiting artists to the region, and invest in socially engaged practices.
For over two decades, Hyde Park Art Center has been an ally for independent art spaces. The Art Center presented the f