Through Public Programming, Hyde Park Art Center serves as a hub of exploration, relevant conversations, and ideas for people of all communities and ages. We seek to be a fresh and forward-thinking space for today and tomorrow’s creative voices in our local and broader communities across Chicago and beyond.
Public Programs are supported by The Jentes Family Foundation.
For Center Days, Hyde Park Art Center is activated with activities throughout the center for the public, neighbors, and families. Join us for the next Center Saturday on December 10th for a family-friendly filled day with intergenerational art making activities, artist workshops, artist talks, open studios, curatorial tours of our exhibitions, and community collaborations.
In conjunction with Toolbox @ Twenty exhibition, experimental dance company, The Seldoms will present a series of dance performances and conversations from their Toolbox program that invites visual artists to create unique multidisciplinary art installations.
Experimental dance company, The Seldoms reinvigorates their program by partnering with visual artists to create unique multidisciplinary art installations activated by choreographed bodies. Titled Toolbox, the program pairs a dancer with an artist to collaborate on a new combined work and share their processes, techniques, and creative values with one another. This performative installation and exhibition marks the Seldoms’ twentieth year of performance in Chicago.
Join exhibiting artist Lola Ayisha Ogbara in a short presentation about the inspiration behind her practice and the work featured in her solo exhibition “Hues of Black & Blue” currently on display in Gallery 2 and Cleve Carney Gallery.
“My practice explores the multifaceted implications and ramifications of being in regards to the Black experience. I work with clay as a material in order to emphasize a necessary fragility which symbolizes an essential contradiction implicit in empowerment.”
PAST VIRTUAL EVENTS
Check out excerpts from our screening and the full discussion centering the youth and filmmaker behind the “Change The Name” campaign and documentary on Chicago’s West side. In our 2020 Virtual MLK Day Celebration: Gamechangers and Namechangers, we featured the young people behind the fight for the Douglass Park name change. In this virtual program we caught up with these fearless young leaders, who have since been featured in a BET documentary filmed by Cai Thomas.
Center Program and Dream Exhibition artists, Teresita Carson Valdéz, Monica Rickert-Bolter, Cydney M. Lewis, and Cecilia Beaven, discussed their works featured in the Dream exhibition, and what it means to incorporate and transform the cultural heritage within their work and imagine the future and mobility of a cultural aesthetic for a new world. Moderated by D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem.
Center Program and Dream Exhibition Artist, Mayumi Lake, and Dr. Ayako Yoshimura (University of Chicago Japanese Studies Librarian) discuss the history, myth, and the symbolic importance of flower designs in Japanese textiles and kimonos.