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Children of the Wall Artist Talk and Concert in the Gallery: Bill Walker Suite

Community members and lead artists Rahmaan Statik and Liz Lazdins will talk about their experience participating in the mural project at Hyde Park Art Center, the influence Walker’s work has on their practice, and will speak to the future plans of the design. Afterwards, Aki Antonia Smith, composer, bandleader and longtime friend of Bill Walker, […]

Super Sunday: Exhibitions Reception & Art Making Activities

Hyde Park Art Center 5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615, Chicago, IL

The Art Center celebrates the new round of exhibitions with the artists and public and hosts several free art-making activities for the family. 1-4 PM: FREE ART ACTIVITIES Create something fun at the Art Center’s series of free, family-friendly art-making activities led by Hyde Park Art Center professional teaching artists. Join Candice Latimer to take a collection […]

Martin Luther King Day of Reflection: Film Program and Discussion

Spend the day with us to reflect on the remarkable contributions of Black artists! Filmmaker Floyd Webb curates a selection of short films highlighting the Black Arts/Black Power movements, in conjunction with our current exhibition of work by Bill Walker, co-founder of the Wall of Respect. Program: 11 – 11:45 a.m.: MLK Day of Reflection […]

The Artist’s Artist: Bill Walker

Friends of Walker discuss his impact and influence on a new generation of socially-conscious artists in Chicago and across the world. Artist and educator, Turtel Onli, photographer and author John Pitman Weber, and exhibiting artist Dorian Sylvain join artist and activist Arlene Turner-Crawford in discussing the pivotal role Walker and his artwork played in the […]

The Sebau: Concert in Response to Urban Griot

Hyde Park Art Center and Sacred Jazz Institute presents The Sebau in concert at United Church of Hyde Park (1448 E. 53rd Street) in conjunction with the current exhibition, Bill Walker: Urban Griot The Sebau is the most recent project of the Chicago-based composer, saxophonist, and conceptual artist, David Boykin, whose work, like Bill Walker's artwork, also […]


DJ Activation: Ayana Contreras + Bill Walker

Hyde Park Art Center 5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615, Chicago, IL

Join DJ Ayana Contreras who will curate a selection of jazz records and tunes that come from the era of  Bill Walker inspired by the works in the exhibition Bill Walker: Urban Griot. 

Loud and Clear: Speaking the Language of Bill Walker

Hyde Park Art Center 5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615, Chicago, IL

Bill Walker’s use of lyrics, poems, and personal text in his work is important to understanding the social codes and cultural signifiers he criticized through his art work. Moderated by Romi Crawford, Victor Sorell and Jeff Huebner will discuss the various modes of expression in Walker’s work and the efficacy in getting across his message […]