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Disclosed/ Undisclosed: New Curators X New Works

August 2, 2017 – August 27, 2017

Hyde Park Art Center presents new curatorial projects by 7 participants enrolled in the Curatorial Practices course, a component of the Visual Arts Certificate Program offered by the University of Chicago Graham School in partnership with Hyde Park Art Center. Disclosed/Undisclosed features painting, photography, collage, ceramic and installation work by Chicago-based artists. Presenting a range [...]

Front & Center 2017: Center Program Final Exhibition

July 30, 2017 – October 1, 2017

Front & Center is the culminating show from our Professional Development offering, Center Program, offering the unique opportunity over six months for artists to evolve their practice. The program includes feedback from guest artists, gallerists, critics, and professionals in the field, the opportunity to connect with a peer network, and ultimately produce strong new work to [...]

Virtue of the Vicious

July 16, 2017 – October 22, 2017

Hyde Park Art Center presents Virtue of the Vicious, an examination of the current political climate from the perspective of eight contemporary American artists working in sculpture, painting, photography, and video. Patriotism manifests itself in the American landscape and culture in obvious and covert ways. Artists participating in the exhibition examine the pride, loyalty, ownership, [...]

Corinna Button: Interfaces

May 14, 2017 – July 30, 2017

Hyde Park Art Center presents Corinna Button’s solo exhibition Interfaces in the Cleve Carney Gallery and Gallery 2. Highlighting the relationship between printmaking and ceramic processes, this exhibition will showcase new work in both clay and print that combine the techniques of each medium to represent the multifaceted condition being a woman.

Art for an (Un)Common Public

April 30, 2017 – July 16, 2017

New paintings, drawings, photography, art installations, and performances demonstrate the intense study by teens participating in Hyde Park Art Center’s courses on Art & Restorative Justice and Photography, in addition to our in-house arts mentorship programs: ArtShop and Youth Art Board. Under the supervision of teaching artists and staff, teens exercise their creative voices as they [...]

The Presidential Library Project: Black Presidential Imaginary

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 [...]

Rhonda Wheatley: A Modern Day Shaman’s Hybrid Devices, Power Objects, and Cure Books

February 12, 2017 – May 7, 2017

In her first solo exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center, A Modern Day Shaman’s Hybrid Devices, Power Objects, and Cure Books, artist Rhonda Wheatley showcases sculptures created using vintage and found materials which act as tools of healing and transformation, working with the user’s conscious and subconscious mind, cellular memories, ancestors, and past and future [...]

Public School

February 12, 2017 - June 25, 2017

Hyde Park Art Center welcomes back artist Jim Duignan to expand on his previous work at the Art Center highlighting art and education in the city in PUBLIC SCHOOL on view in Gallery 1 and 2. Duignan, of the Stockyard Institute, works collaboratively with artist and educator Rachel Harper, of Seen + Heard to create [...]


February 5, 2017 – March 12, 2017

Precariat, curated by Ariel Gentalen, showcases artwork by nine Chicago-based artists. While these artists have diverse interests and practice, each individual confronts socially constructed ideas – such as beauty, affluence, and gender – within their work. By reclaiming masculine identified materials through feminized craft, exposing how the greed of a few ruins the lives of [...]

Jessie Mott: A Wish to Repair

January 22, 2017 – April 23, 2017

Jessie Mott returns to the Art Center for her first solo exhibition in the space, A Wish to Repair. The exhibition explores themes of intimacy, desire, beauty, anxiety and shame through works on paper, site- specific wall paintings and the debut of a new collaboration with artist and writer Steve Reinke. (function($){ "use strict"; var spacingID [...]

Jan Tichy: Installation No. 21

December 11, 2016 – February 19, 2017

Installation no.21 illuminates Hyde Park Art Center's facade through the notion of a lit window and its relationship to the immediate neighborhood. During this season of light, Tichy’s work takes advantage of extended darkness to allow light to perform as a gesture of human will and power to make the invisible visible and vice versa. [...]

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2016

December 9, 2016 – February 5, 2017

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. 2016-17 [...]

Mary King: War Stories

October 30, 2016 – January 22, 2017

Artist Mary King depicts the wide-ranging impact of war in War Stories, a solo show of works on paper. The exhibition will be on view in the Kanter McCormick Gallery at Hyde Park Art Center from October 30, 2016 through January 22, 2017. A public reception with the artist will take place in the gallery [...]


October 23, 2016 – January 15, 2017

(Re)Public is a group exhibition featuring work by socially-engaged Irish visual artists, dancers, sound artists and filmmakers whose practices engage not only with the complexities of everyday life in Ireland but are also relevant to broader issues including those pertinent to Chicago and the south side. The show is co-organized with CREATE, the national development agency for [...]

Ground Floor 2016

September 4, 2016 – November 6, 2016

Hyde Park Art Center is proud to announce the return of Ground Floor, the fourth iteration of a biennial exhibition that features artwork by some of Chicago’s most promising emergent talent. The Ground Floor tradition began in 2010 with the intention to present a survey of artists representing the top-rated art schools offering Master of [...]

Institutional Garbage

September 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Institutional Garbage is an online exhibition that presents the administrative residue of imaginary public institutions produced by artists, writers, and curators. This residue includes but is not limited to contracts, email correspondences, documented unproductivity, syllabi, scanned objects, and obstacle courses; collecting such fragments in one place, Institutional Garbage illustrates the backend activities of imaginary bureaucracies [...]

New Business: 2016 Center Program Final Exhibition

August 7, 2016 – October 16, 2016

Hyde Park Art Center is proud to present the fifth annual exhibition of work from participants in The Center Program, the Art Center’s flagship artist professional development initiative. Led by Director of Education Mike Nourse, this six-month program is designed for a group of artists who create new works, connect with peers, present to visiting [...]

Taking Shapes: New Projects X New Curators

July 28, 2016 – August 21, 2016

Hyde Park Art Center is proud to present Taking Shapes, a group exhibition featuring twelve artists and seven curators from the Visual Arts Certificate Program at the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, from July 28 until August 21 in Gallery 2. Many of the artists and curators will be [...]

Paul Mpagi Sepuya: Some Recent Pictures (Chicago)

June 19, 2016 – August 27, 2016

In the exhibition Some Recent Pictures (Chicago), Los Angeles-based artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya presents work connected to his time as a Jackman Goldwasser Resident Artist at Hyde Park Art Center in 2014. The exhibition will be the first presentation of Sepuya’s Chicago body of work. A public reception with the artist will take place in [...]

Tina Tahir: Botany of Desire

June 19, 2016 – July 17, 2016

The narrow passageway becomes an immersive painted installation by Tina Tahir. The interdisciplinary artist makes a quick intervention into the space by experimenting with a temporary site-specific installation of invasive vegetation that visitors will have to walk on, through and between all at once. Exhibition sound is created and performed by David Schulman. Tahir first showed [...]

Karen Reimer: Shoretime Spaceline

May 22, 2016 – August 13, 2016

Before Hyde Park Art Center existed on its current site, the location was inhabited by the Chicago Beach Hotel (1892-1927). The grand estate was built to host travelers for the 1893 Columbian Exposition and was said to contain land “enhanced” or fabricated by the developer after dredging sand from Lake Michigan, dumping it on shore, [...]

Alice Hargrave: Paradise Wavering

May 1, 2016 – July 24, 2016

Alice Hargrave balances a sophisticated relationship between place and perception in her most recent photographic work featured in Paradise Wavering. The exhibition will introduce two digital videos and thirty large format photographs, consisting mostly of images the artist has made from her expeditions throughout the past decade, interspersed with some images produced by re-photographing vintage travel [...]

Beyond the Mirror: Work by Art Center Teens

April 10, 2016 – June 12, 2016

New paintings, drawings, photography, prints, videos, and collages demonstrate the intense study by over 20 teens participating in Hyde Park Art Center’s five teen programs: Writer's Block, @rt+Tech Studio, Photo Studio, Youth Art Board and ArtShop. Under the supervision of artists, teens explore their creative voices as they develop artwork for the exhibition. The program [...]

Rodrigo Lara Zendejas: La Paz

April 3, 2016 – July 17, 2016

Artist Rodrigo Lara Zendejas reimagines the garden of his youth in a new multimedia installation presented in La Paz. Searching for moments where contemporary life and faith collide, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas builds an atmospheric installation with clay sculptures, paintings, projection and sound to recall the experience in his first studio: his grandparents’ garden in La Paz, [...]