Hyde Park Art Center publications complement our exhibitions program, often while producing the first-ever monograph catalog of a Chicago artist’s work. Since 1945, we have generated over seventy publications that range from black-and-white booklets to substantial perfect bound books and everything in between. Art Center’s publications are dedicated to increasing scholarship and writing on contemporary art, providing quality documentation, and representing a diverse range of experimental art practices generated in Chicago.
In 2022, the Art Center integrated Green Lantern Press (GLP), the small independent Chicago-based publishing platform, into its existing publications program. The merger of the two organizations continues the legacy of work that GLP passionately and effectively stewarded since 2005 and simultaneously increases the Art Center’s capacity to invest in publications that document, reflect upon, and contribute to the work of Chicago artists and art writers.
The Mandorla Letters is part memoir, part manifesto, part Black speculative novella. The Mandorla Letters: for the hopeful blurs boundaries between this world and an imagined future whose overlapping wisdoms make cooperation with our natural environment a central concern for collective thriving. Extending her ongoing musical project Mandorla Awakening, Nicole Mitchell Gantt explores inequity, the musical legacies of jazz, creative music, and intercultural collaboration to guide readers toward an alternative society that disrupts binaries, hierarchies, and western ideas of progress. Paying homage to artists, musicians, and writers who have inspired her, Mitchell Gantt opens channels for artistic proliferation that are integral to the collective survival of our planet.
Nicole Mitchell Gantt is an award-winning creative flutist, conceptualist, and composer. She is a former chairwoman of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and founder of the Black Earth Ensemble, and a Professor of Music at University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
ABOUT GREEN LANTERN PRESS
Founded by Caroline Picard in 2005, Green Lantern Press (GLP) is an artist-run, nonprofit publishing house dedicated to the support, production, and dissemination of contemporary art, poetry, and philosophy. GLP was committed to funding artists in the commission and development of new work that raised ethical questions about how to ensure a more equitable and sustainable creative life, with support from key collaborators like Fulla Abdul-Jabbar, Jason Bacasa, Sam YiYao Chao, Zach Dodson, Lindsey Dorr-Niro, Becca Mir Grady, Devin King, Young Joon Kwak, Sharmyn Cruz Rivera, Lily Robert-Foley, Moshe Zvi Marvit, Nick Sarno, Lara Schoorl, Edra Soto, Sonnenzimmer, John Tipton, and others. Since its inception, GLP organized over 250 events and exhibitions and published more than 40 paperback editions in a range of genres from contemporary art, critical theory, fiction, and poetry.