Public Programs

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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.

CENTER SUNDAY

Every First Sunday of the month, Hyde Park Art Center is activated with activities throughout the center for the public, neighbors, and families. Join us for the next Center Sunday on August 1 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. This event will be an outdoor socially distanced event. Masks Required. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Join us for an evening live performance of Push Pull by The Seldoms dance company member Damon Green. This short performance, choreographed by Artistic Director Carrie Hanson, activates Faheem Majeed’s rubbing of the Southside Community Art Center as part of his Hyde Park Art Center Exhibition, Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden: Shroud. Push Pull is a 20 minute video performance recorded in the New Bauhaus designed gallery of the South Side Community Art Center that will be playing on the facade of the Hyde Park Art Center during the duration of the exhibition.

In Push Pull, performer Damon Green unfurls, bundles, and carries the full weight of a living historic institution, embodied in Faheem Majeed’s 34 x 42 foot graphite rubbing on muslin of the historic Bronzeville landmark, South Side Community Art Center. Both the live performance and its companion short dance film are inspired by Majeed’s own earlier “Piano Push,” which references his tenure as SSCAC’s Director. Green’s formidable presence is on full display in this meditative, patient and determined solo that expresses labor, the acts of lifting up and holding on, histories, and accumulation.

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Join us for a Saturday matinee performance of Push Pull by The Seldoms dance company member Damon Green. This short performance, choreographed by Artistic Director Carrie Hanson, activates Faheem Majeed’s rubbing of the Southside Community Art Center as part of his Hyde Park Art Center Exhibition, Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden: Shroud. Push Pull is a 20 minute video performance recorded in the New Bauhaus designed gallery of the South Side Community Art Center that will be playing on the facade of the Hyde Park Art Center during the duration of the exhibition.

In Push Pull, performer Damon Green unfurls, bundles, and carries the full weight of a living historic institution, embodied in Faheem Majeed’s 34 x 42 foot graphite rubbing on muslin of the historic Bronzeville landmark, South Side Community Art Center. Both the live performance and its companion short dance film are inspired by Majeed’s own earlier “Piano Push,” which references his tenure as SSCAC’s Director. Green’s formidable presence is on full display in this meditative, patient and determined solo that expresses labor, the acts of lifting up and holding on, histories, and accumulation.

PAST EVENTS

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Join the Hyde Park Art Center and South Side Community Art Center for a joint program in conjunction with both of our respective Faheem Majeed exhibitions: A roundtable discussion current living artists from different generations who have shown both at the Hyde Park Art Center and South Side Community Art Center during the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Join us for a virtual portrait painting session with artist Irina Zadov! Zadov’s exhibition What Time Is It? features a series of large-scale digital portraits of some of Chicago’s most influential cultural community members, contemporary artists, authors, activists and thinkers working now to radically transform our city. The exhibition was showcased on the facade of the Hyde Park Art Center in April 2021 – May 2021. Zadov joined us virtually and painted a teen from our Art Shop program, Abigail Huang.

Maggie Playmate

Join us for a virtual exhibition walkthrough of Maggie Crowley’s first solo exhibition in Chicago, Playmate, featuring a new series of large figurative paintings in acrylic on silk in which she examines her admiration and personal connection to the service industry. Crowley examines the invisible labor and value placed on essential work – a discrepancy recently heightened in the US by the pandemic. The walkthrough will be followed by a facilitated Q&A with Exhibitions and Residency Coordinator, Mariela Acuna. Video shot and edited by Alexis Thomas.

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