Organized by Lia Alexopolous, Arthur Fournier, Ken Indermark, Ben Rubin, Elizabeth Smullens, and Chuck Thurow, Hyde Park Art Center presented Howl in conjunction with the Chicago’s millennium celebrations. Howl borrows from the Latin American tradition of the “Old Year” figures in which neighborhoods build representations of the current year that they destroy on New Years Eve as they welcome in the new year.
Over a period of several months, the Center worked with groups and individuals to embody the legacies for the past 1000 years that communities do not want to carry into the new millennium. Some participants took a personal and immediate approach- to shed identities of personal like choices that were made. Others took a global perspective identifying legacies of war and authoritarianism that all of society would benefit from disappearing.
This exhibition was supported by the John T. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago Park district, and the Museum of Science and Industry.