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Joseriberto: Bobo Deco

Drawing inspiration from both 20th century modern painting and neighborhood aesthetics, paintings by Joseriberto are composed of vibrant, abstract representations of Miami’s landscape and architecture, family heirlooms, and symbolic objects traditionally found in Afro-Caribbean homes. He reinterprets a host of Miami’s palm varieties and decorative fences into colorful patterns that he hand-prints onto textiles and [...]

Regarding the Missing Objects

Guest curated by the art historian and critic, Ruslana Lichtzier, the exhibition Regarding the Missing Objects presents artworks by eight contemporary artists that draw attention to the schism between artistic knowledge production and institutional power while spotlighting the hidden force of censorship in forming both aspects.

Lola Ayisha Ogbara: Hues of Black & Blue

Hues of Black & Blue presents new work by artist Lola Ayisha Ogbara made during her year-long Ceramics Apprenticeship at the Art Center in 2021.

Alexander Fair,

Lemme Know When You Make It

Curated in collaboration with the Youth Board of Artists, this year’s teen exhibition brings together work by young artists from Teen Programs, teaching artists, exhibiting, and residency artists. The exhibition’s title refers to the caring reminder Chicago teens text to check that their friends arrived home safely and alludes to “making it” as creatives of many types. Works in the exhibition explore themes of collective safety, movement of people throughout the city and world, diasporic identities, boundaries crossed either physically or metaphorically, and coming of age on the South Side of the city.

Stan VanDerBeek: Panels for the Walls of the World: Phase I, 1970

Chicago-based artist and educator, Malika Jackson presents emotional narrative works in painting, drawing and sculpture inspired by her lived experience as well as texts by writers like Langston Hughes and Sonia Sanchez.

Artists Run Chicago: In Focus at EXPO Chicago

November 11, 2018 – February 24, 2019

Hyde Park Art Center participates in EXPO CHICAGO by featuring artists participating in artist-run spaces in Chicago.

Toolbox @ Twenty: The Seldoms

November 11, 2018 – February 24, 2019

Experimental dance troupe, The Seldoms partners with visual artists to create unique multidisciplinary art installations that are activated by choreographed bodies.

Ground Floor 2022

August 2 - November 8, 2020

Ground Floor, an ongoing Biennial exhibition since 2010, brings together work by Chicago’s most promising emerging talent. The exhibition offers a single destination to discover artists, who have recently graduated (in 2021 and 2022) from one of Chicago’s five outstanding MFA programs and whose work demands to be seen and supported. Ground Floor presents art [...]

Bad at Sports: Bad @ Reality


Even before stepping into the Hyde Park Art Center, visitors are welcomed by Bad @ Reality (2020), a site-specific AR-interactive mural by Bad at Sports, a Chicago-based, multidisciplinary art collective. A collaboration of Brian Andrews, Ryan Peter Miller, and Duncan MacKenzie, the mural fills the whole wall of the center’s entrance and was presented as [...]

The Language Between Worlds

July 16, 2017 – October 22, 2017

An exhibition featuring the work of Nyame Brown, Bethany Collins, Nicole Marroquin,  Chris Pappan, and Jessica Vaughn who examine traditions in popular American culture that continue to reinforce inequality in the everyday.

Wheel of Life

Mysterious, novel, and internally optical, the zoetrope is a pre-cinema, spinning drum that when put in motion creates a quick analog animation. For this exhibition, guest curator and interdisciplinary artist Scott Wolniak invites 13 artists that don’t normally make moving image work to make new work to be activated by a custom-made zoetrope.

Touch Points

An exhibition of work from participants in New Edition, a 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.

Loving Repeating: New Work by Miller & Shellabarger

Longtime collaborators Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger premiere their largest multimedia installation in Loving Repeating. The Chicago-based artists have been creating works on paper, performances, and installations that draw attention to the human condition as experienced through the queer perspective since 1993. The exhibition will incorporate their signature style featuring silhouettes of each other’s bodies – recognizable from their long beards – to build an immersive installation. Combining cut paper, vinyl, video, light and shadow, the artists aim to address the presence and absence of human touch experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Malika Jackson: Whispers of a World Without Words

Chicago-based artist and educator, Malika Jackson presents emotional narrative works in painting, drawing and sculpture inspired by her lived experience as well as texts by writers like Langston Hughes and Sonia Sanchez.

Sequences, Iterations, and Permutations (SIP)

Sequences, Iterations, and Permutations (SIP) started as an online class in May of 2020. Instead of art-making that leads to one thing, artists in this class make collections of artworks that tell stories, depict emotions, or communicate ideas. Artists work in a range of mediums from photography, collage, printmaking, and drawing, to video, dance, sculpture, and poetry. This exhibition celebrates the community of over 50 artists who have participated in the class and is curated by Jasper Goodrich who designed and teaches the class.


Ghostmail is a public installation that facilitates messages between the living and the dead. The last year has been filled with collective loss including the passing of artist Paige Naylor’s own partner in October of 2020. She says, “I find myself in a constant state of preservation: gathering letters, videos, and voice messages shared between us. [...]

Heather Brammeier: Maybe Never

March 31, 2019 – July 14, 2019

Heather Brammeier’s exhibition Maybe Never is an immersive installation that incorporates contrasting colors and geometric forms to engage viewers’ physical and perceptual boundaries.


Quantum features new and in-progress work across media by teens from the Art Center’s after-school virtual programs made during the 2020-2021 academic year. The exhibition includes work at different points of development as a way to define artistic practice as something that is always evolving. The exhibition’s title, Quantum, selected by the Youth Board of [...]

Tran Tran: Moments In Between

Moments In Between presents new work by interdisciplinary artist Tran Tran made during their year-long Ceramics Apprenticeship at the Art Center in 2020.

A.J. McClenon: Notes from VEGA

March 31, 2019 – July 14, 2019

Notes from VEGA features work derived from McClenon’s ongoing VEGA series that imagines an aqueous Black future, parallel universes and an escape route fleeing from anti-Blackness, climate change and the destructive forces of capitalism and systemic racism.


November 11, 2018 – February 24, 2019

Dream introduces powerful new work that often determine bold directions for local artists who participated in the Hyde Park Art Center’s Center Program in 2021.

Toward Common Cause

December 9, 2018 - March 3, 2019

Environmental racism and its disproportionate impact on communities of color, in rural and urban environments, is the subject of this sub-chapter of Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change and the MacArthur Fellows at 40. The impacts of environmental racism, exacerbated by infrastructural inequalities including limited access to healthcare, healthcare workers, food, and clean drinking water are [...]

What Time Is It? A Portrait Project by Irina Zadov

July 26 – November 15, 2020

“What Time Is It?: A Portrait Project by Irina Zadov” is a digital portrait series projected on the exterior of the Art Center building in the Jackman
Goldwasser Catwalk Gallery.

Cecil McDonald Jr.: Cuts and Beats

November 11, 2018 – February 24, 2019

February 22, 2021 – June 12, 2021