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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 [...]

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

Ground Floor

December 6 – February 28, 2021

Hyde Park Art Center is proud to announce the return of Ground Floor, the fifth iteration of a biennial exhibition that features artwork by some of Chicago’s most promising emergent talent.

Future Fossils: SUM by Lan Tuazon

August 2 - November 8, 2020

Every person living in America today will produce 109 tons of waste in their lifetime. To help imagine such a volume, the Future Fossils: SUM exhibition confronts the viewer with the visual evidence of only a portion of that amount. In her largest sculpture to date, Lan Tuazon constructs a house-like installation to bring together [...]

Maggie Crowley: Playmate

January 17, 2016 – April 3, 2016

In her first solo exhibition in Chicago, artist Maggie Crowley presents a new series of large figurative paintings in acrylic on silk in which she examines her admiration and personal connection to the service industry. Uniforms and accessories, like safety vests, helmets, and coolers, identify public workers and render them visible, while conducting labor that [...]

Personal Action, Public Display: A Balcony of Video Game Art

April 5 - July 12, 2020

Video art exhibition in conjunction with the exhibition Artists Run Chicago 2.0


April 5 - July 12, 2020

Hyde Park Art Center is proud to celebrate the work of fifty artist-run spaces and organizations that fuel Chicago’s independent art scene in the upcoming exhibition Artists Run Chicago 2.0

Next Window, Please

July 19 - September 12, 2020

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 develop their creative voices over the course of 15 weeks. These young artists chose to address the challenges in articulating perplexed thoughts, feelings, and emotions into individual works of art.

Image credit: Stevia Ndoe, Patriotic Sufferance, 2020.

The METAMORPHOSIS of Gabriel Villa

July 26 – November 15, 2020

Through an extensive studio and public art practice, Chicago-based artist Gabriel Villa seeks to seamlessly translate the language of Mexican traditions and the personal, urban American experience into charged intimate narratives. Villa’s subjects are ever evolving but always concentrate on psychological and social inequity in our multifaceted contemporary world. His stream of consciousness approach to painting and drawing expose the heightened reality found in everyday objects and places. Hyde Park Art Center is proud to introduce Villa’s new direction into installation, clay sculpture created during his Jackman Goldwasser Residency along with previous paintings.

Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden: Shrouds by Faheem Majeed

August 2 - November 8, 2020

Artist Faheem Majeed creates an ambitious new installation that furthers his investigation of culturally specific institutions by focusing on the history and memory of the historic South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC). Majeed will produce a monumental charcoal rubbing of building facade of the SSCAC as the central focus of his first large-scale solo exhibition. [...]

Space Between Lines

December 6, 2019 – January 30, 2020

Hyde Park Art Center presents the work of Assaf Evron, SaraNoa Mark, Sarah Nishiura, Sonja Thomsen, and Selina Trepp at a special off-site exhibition in the Lakeview neighborhood at 50,000 ft. The exhibition features  a selection of artwork in photography, textile, ceramics and animation by contemporary artists who approach historical and social content through formal [...]