ARTISTS RUN CHICAGO 2.0

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

To mark the ten-year anniversary of the original Art Center exhibition, Artists Run Chicago (2009), this upcoming exhibition examines the core motivations, trajectories, and philosophies that have made the past decade more generative for new models of artist-run initiatives to exist throughout the city and suburbs. As they did in the 2009 exhibition, participating artists-run spaces have continued to transform storefronts, apartments, warehouses, garages, and nomadic existences into environments in which art can be experienced at its most experimental and critical stage. These spaces challenge conventional expectations of exhibition, discourse, and community, encouraging us to consider the nature of art-devoted spaces and their relationship to each other, as well as the neighborhoods they embrace and the artists they support.

Public Media Institute and Sixty Inches from Center are partnering with Hyde Park Art Center to produce the exhibition publication as a component of the spring issue of LUMPEN Magazine, distributed for free in many art galleries, museums and cultural venues across Chicago.

Free public programming accompanies this exhibition, including: opening afternoon performances, workshops, bike tours, and events throughout the city at the artist-run spaces held in conjunction with the exhibition. Visit the website in March for dates and full descriptions.

Header image courtesy of Ohklahomo

  • April 6 – July 12, 2020
  • Gallery 1, 2, 5, the Cleve Carney Gallery,
    Kanter McCormick Gallery & Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk Gallery

Participating Spaces

062 Gallery, 4th Ward Project Space, 65Grand, ACRE Projects, Adds Donna, AMFM, Annas, Apparatus Projects, Bad At Sports, Blanc Gallery, Boundary, Chicago Art Department, Chuquimarca, Clutch, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Comfort Station, Compound Yellow, D Gallery, Devening Projects, Document, Experimental Sound Studio, F4F, The Franklin, Heaven, Iceberg Projects, Ignition Projects, Julius Caesar, Lawrence and Clark, LVL3, Material, Mujeres Mutantes, Night Light Studios & Gallery, Ohklahomo, Practise, Prairie, Roman Susan, Roots & Culture, Rootwork Gallery, The Silver Room, Slow, The Suburban, Sweet Water Foundation, table, Terrain Exhibitions, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Tropiteca, VGA Gallery, Wedge Projects, and Western Pole*

Artist Run Chicago 2.0 is organized by Noah Hanna and Allison Peters Quinn with contributions from Max Guy and Andi Crist. Logo provided by JNL design, Chicago.

*Participating spaces as of January 2020

About Artists Run Chicago (2009)

Chicago has long been known for cultivating a strong entrepreneurial/Do-It-Yourself spirit in business and the arts. The 38 artist-run venues that participated in the exhibition had been responsible for transforming storefronts, sheds, apartments, lofts, industrial warehouses, garages and roving spaces into contemporary art galleries testing the notion of “exhibition” while complicating the definition of art. Coinciding with the Hyde Park Art Center’s 70th anniversary, Artists Run Chicago exhibition reconnected the Art Center to its beginnings as an artist-run space by collaborating with spaces that demonstrated a same dedication to fostering new projects by new artists.

Now a decade later, only six venues survive: 65 Grand, Co-Prospherity Sphere, Devening Projects, Julius Caesar, Roots & Culture, and The Suburban (relocated to Milwaukee). There are several reasons as to why they continue their programs, which we aim to delve into during the 2020 exhibition. Several of the spaces included in Artist Run Chicago 2.0 are celebrating a 10-year anniversary and cite the attention around the early 2000s as a reason for their existence.  All of these spaces have brought a thoughtful focus to their program centered around supporting their fellow artists to experiment, show new work, reach new audiences, and be in conversation with one another, which we hope will influence the next decade of artist-run initiatives.

RELATED EVENTS

READ THE 2009 EXHIBITION BROCHURE