Amuleto is a collaboration between the independent art spaces The Franklin, Mayfield, and Hyde Park Art Center to present artwork by artists that address the ideas of the amulet/amuleto: portable objects that are attributed to magical, emotional, or sentimental value. Civilizations have believed in the energy of amulets going all the way back to ancient times. These talismans are often worn to aid or protect their wearer or given a spiritual significance that varies from person to person and is symbolically compared to armor. How do contemporary artists incorporate the alchemy of artifacts in their work?

This exhibition concept originated from the artists Edra Soto, Madeleine Aguilar, and Alberto Aguilar in relation to their own art practices and how they consider found, personal objects to be infused with power from memories generated from the object’s history of use or existence. The exhibition will take place in three companion shows spread throughout the three venues in the spring/summer of 2023 and run simultaneously at the Art Center with the solo exhibition Destination/El Destino: A Decade of GRAFT by Edra Soto.

Banner image: design by Madeleine Aguilar 

  • April 22 – August 13, 2023
  • Gallery 2 & Cleve E. Carney Gallery
  • Opening Receptions

    Hyde Park Art Center: April 22, 1 – 4 pm

    The Franklin: April 23, 12 – 2 pm
    3522 W. Franklin Blvd, Chicago

    Mayfield: April 23, 2 – 6 pm
    505 Marengo Avenue, Forest Park


Featured Artists

Nelly Agassi, Selva Aparicio*, Jess Bass, Cecilia Beaven, Renata Berdes, Whitney Bradshaw, Maria Burundarena, Paola Cabal, Juan Chavez, Liz Chilsen, Alex Chitty*, Michelle Chun, Keny De La Peña, Jim Duignan, Sofía Fernández Díaz, Juan Baños Fonseca, Lin Foust, Krista Franklin, Dianna Frid, kg, Diana Gabriel, Noelle Garcia, Erin Hayden, Joseph Josué Mora, Jenny Kendler, Janhavi Khemka, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, Cydney Lewis, Saranoa Mark, Ciera McKissick*, Jonas Mikosch Mueller-Ahlheim, Margarita Moreno, Matt Morris, Sarah Nishiura, Melissa Oresky, Josue Pellot, John Preus, Ndivhuho Rasengani, Monica Rezman*, Jeff Robinson*, Jessee Rose Crane, Bun Stout, Devin T. Mays, Lan Tuazon, Frank Vega, Natalia Villanueva Linares, Kushala Vora, Oli Watt, Rhonda Wheatley, Dennissa Young.
*These artists do not have work on view at Hyde Park Art Center.

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