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Expanded Fields

December 13, 2019 - February 23, 2020

EXPANDED FIELDS, is an exhibition of works from participants in New Edition, a pilot program developed by the Art Center for artists to learn and make work in a medium with which they have had little to no previous experience. The exhibition will take place in Gallery 5, from December 13, 2019 – February 23, [...]

2019 EXPO CHICAGO: Time as a tool

September 19, 2019 – September 21, 2019

Entering its eighth year as a leading international art fair, EXPO CHICAGO, has included Hyde Park Art Center in the Special Exhibitions program to exhibit ground-breaking Contemporary Art produced in Chicago alongside more than 135 leading international exhibitors in Navy Pier Hall. At EXPO BOOTH #469, Hyde Park Art Center introduces a new collaboration between [...]

Extended Self: Transformations and Connections

October 12, 2019 - January 19, 2020

Extended Self: Transformations and Connections features artwork by a diverse group of artists at various stages of art-making and parenting. All works included in the show reveal the physical engagement of the body of the artist as a mother - in metaphor, form, process, image, data or motion. This is a unifying yet divergent premise, allowing [...]

Tokyo Show: Black and Brown are Beautiful

June 30, 2019 - September 29, 2019

The Tokyo Show advocates for redirected routes of dialogues across global space—through the leadership of artists, and as a way to reconsider complex identities. In addition to the selection of artwork, the exhibition includes a wider project to circulate ephemera by contemporary Black and Brown artists to special collections libraries globally, as an act of [...]

New Curators X New Projects

March 26, 2017 - July 2, 2017

The Presidential Library Project: Black Presidential Imaginary addresses the long history of representations of a black president of the United States in visual culture, both comedic and aspirational, through contemporary art installation and institutional archives. The exhibition, curated by Ross Jordan, presents visual, performance, architecture, and discussions that proposes a participatory, decentralized, speculative, and multinarrative [...]

New Curators X New Projects

August 18, 2019 – September 9, 2019

Hyde Park Art Center presents new curatorial projects by 8-12 participants enrolled in the Curatorial Practices course, a professional development course offered through the Oakman Clinton School at Hyde Park Art Center.  Each show is conceived of, produced, and installed by the students working in teams.  The exhibitions feature artwork in a variety of media [...]

Ashley M. Freeby: Plots & Hems

September 15, 2019 - November 24, 2019

Artist Ashley M. Freeby, reflects on the traditions of her family as methods for healing. Born to a Black farmer and a Pennsylvania Dutch quilt maker, Freeby reflects on the crafts her family members mastered. A family divided by race, Freeby uses language, constructs fabric works, and a series of schematic drawings to collaborate with [...]

Intersectional Touch: Center Program 2019 Final Exhibition

August 18, 2019 - November 10, 2019

Intersectional Touch highlights the multilayered art practices and a genuine interest in humanity demonstrated by this year’s artists participating in the 2019 Center Program. The program is the Art Center’s professional development initiative for artists ready to challenge their art work through experimentation, research, and critique while growing their peer community during a six-month course. [...]

Frances Whitehead & Jim Elinski: The Gary Projects

June 16, 2019 – August 4, 2019

Civic practice artist Frances Whitehead and Jim Elniski, artist and clinical social worker, collaborate on this urban agriculture-based installation that illustrates, in tangible measure, how social justice and environmental justice are deeply linked. The partners spent the past five years growing an edible landscape and Community Lab Orchard in their residential community in Gary, Indiana. [...]

Aram Han Sifuentes: to ward off authorities and to protect my neighbors

November 25, 2018 – March 10, 2019

The U.S. Constitution protects all people living in the United States, regardless of immigration status, with certain rights and protections. Using the household window curtain format, Aram Han Sifuentes appliques messages to authorities (such as police and I.C.E.) and messages to neighbors of basic constitutional rights to protect themselves if such authorities show up at [...]

Found Gestures: A collaborative project by Sally Morfill and Susan Giles

April 14, 2019 - May 11, 2019

As part of a Spring research residency and collaboration at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago-based artist Susan Giles and Manchester-based artist Sally Morfill will respond to their shared interest in the visual language of co-speech hand gestures, and make new work that has conversational dialogue at its heart – both as subject and method. Their [...]


March 3, 2019 – April 7, 2019

The Art Center celebrates its 80th Anniversary by inviting our current community of class-taking artists, and faculty to reflect on the history of Hyde Park’s shifting categorization. Hyde Park began as a rural township, but by the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition was officially annexed to the city of Chicago. Located a mere seven miles south [...]

It Be Like That Sometimes

May 26, 2019 - August 18, 2019

New paintings, drawings, photography, prints, and multimedia works demonstrate the intense study by young adult artists participating in Hyde Park Art Center’s Teen programs. Under the guidance of professional artists, nearly twenty teens developed their creative voices over the course of 15 weeks. These young artists chose to address the challenges in articulating perplexed thoughts, [...]

Beginning to See the Light

March 17, 2019 - July 27, 2019

Public Programs at the Hyde Park Art Center marks its official launch this spring equinox with Beginning to See the Light: an exploration into the experiences and obsessions that generate collective joy & happiness. Written in 1977 for the Village Voice, Ellen Willis’s essay of the same name explores the ever shifting politics of freedom [...]

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

December 13, 2019 – March 1, 2020

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. 2019-20 [...]

Steve Reber: Anemic Compass

March 10, 2019 - June 16, 2019

Anemic Compass introduces a new body of work in which Steve Reber considers the high-performance vehicle as a multi-layered point of departure for examining American culture. The exhibition will feature the large sculpture Auto Mending; a full-scale model of an automobile that is stripped down and modified. The girth of the vehicle is absent, while [...]

Folayemi Wilson: Dark Matter: Celestial Objects as Messengers of Love in These Troubled Times

March 31, 2019 – July 14, 2019

Dark Matter: Celestial Objects as Messengers of Love in These Troubled Times is a solo exhibition by artist and designer, Folayemi (Fo) Wilson that reconsiders the power of objects to create a dynamic atmosphere for reflection, meditation and healing. 

Health Club

December 9, 2018 - March 3, 2019

Health Club presents work by artists considering the interdependence of human wellness on constructed notions of place. Not in the obvious spots like the gym or the spa, but the seemingly benevolent locations like museums, hospitals, or parks, can we really examine how a society relies on the built environment to foster mental or physical health. [...]

2018 EXPO CHICAGO: Terra Firma

September 27, 2018 – September 30, 2018

Come see the new installation at booth #176 including a temporary new wall painting by 2016 . Jackman Goldwasser Resident Artist, Eric J. Garcia and material intervention by current Center Program artist Frances Lightbound. This special project is curated by Hyde Park's Residency & Public Programs Manager, Ariel Gentalen. These talented artists seek to call [...]

Unique View of Chicago Artists

Unique View of Chicago Artists was on view at the Hyde Park Art Center January 17, 1975 – February 8, 1975 Partial list of artists exhibited includes: Cosmo Campoli, Seymour Rosofsky, Ellen Lanyon, Evelyn Statsinger, Don Baum, Theodore Halkin, Karil Wirsum, Steve Urry, Ed Paschke, Phil Hanson, Miyoko Ito, Kerig Pope, Frank Piatek, Barbara Rossi, Ray […]

Aldo Piacenza

Aldo Piacenza was on view at the Hyde Park Art Center November 12, 1971 – December 18, 1971. The exhibition was curated by Roger Brown, M.F.A. Art Institute of Chicago. Aldo Piacenza was born in Sant’Anna Telago, Italy in 1888.  He moved to Chicago in 1903 with friends in search of opportunities beyond working in agriculture […]

The Body

“The Body” was a juried exhibition of works by Chicago artists.  The show consisted of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and mixed media works all concerned with representations of the human figure or parts of the body. Artists exhibited: Eric Anderson, Vincent Arcilesi, Richard Beard, David Brumfield, Barry Burlison, David Driesbach, Ann Elbaum, Edward C. Flood, […]

David Schalliol: Mining Basin (Hauts-de-France)

January 7, 2018 – April 22, 2018

The two lens-based artists David Schalliol (Chicago/Minneapolis) and Justine Pluvinage (Paris) individually present their work resulting from a two-year international residency exchange project in collaboration with the Centre régional de la photographie Nord—Pas-de-Calais (CRP) located in the North of France.

Justine Pluvinage: Amazons

January 7, 2018 – March 4, 2018

The two lens-based artists David Schalliol (Chicago/Minneapolis) and Justine Pluvinage (Paris) individually present their work resulting from a two-year international residency exchange project in collaboration with the Centre régional de la photographie Nord—Pas-de-Calais (CRP) located in the North of France.