Past Events

You'll find some of our most recently archived events listed below.

The Chicago Effect Gallery Tour

September 15, 2014 Hyde Park Art Center 6-8 pm

Experience the current exhibition The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle with a tour from the curators Allison Peters Quinn and Megha Ralapati.   The exhibition includes artwork that explores permeable boundaries, liminal spaces, and in-betweens, identifying and asserting the necessity of the middle as a fertile improvisational space that becomes a creative engine. The exhibition aims to consider the value of a broker, a middle class, or a moderate political position, for a society on the brink of losing the middle ground.

Date: September 15, 2014
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Hyde Park Art Center
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La Imprenta Móvil with Nuria Montiel

Join the Hyde Park Art Center during the 75th Anniversary Block Party to welcome Mexico-City based artist Nuria Montiel to the Jackman Goldwasser Residency, as she debuts her Chicago version of La Imprenta Móvil (mobile printing cart). Join Nuria in making letter press prints using her original type set design. All levels are welcome and those new to printmaking encouraged!

Date: September 13, 2014
Time: 1-4pm
Location:  Hyde Park Art Center
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Open Studio and Workshop: Susan Giles

2014-2015 Chicago resident Susan Giles opens her studio doors during the Hyde Park Art Center’s 75th anniversary Block Party. Meet the artist for a first view into her studio as she develops a new exhibition to open in the Art Center next Spring. More information on Susan’s residency, click here.

Explore the process of making three-dimensional art inspired by Susan Giles in a hands-on workshop during her Open Studio. The workshop will explore the steps in problem solving and artistic decision making, which result in dynamic sculptural works. Led by artist Dorothy Bowser, participants will create small-scale sculptures that investigate mood and perspective in Giles’ work. Join us to paper, wire and tape to transform a simple cube into 3D artwork that provokes the senses. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged!

Date: September 13, 2014
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Hyde Park Art Center
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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

HPAC 75th Anniversary BBQ Block Party Bash

Come celebrate the Hyde Park Art Center’s 75th Anniversary with art, music, food, and more!

Location: Hyde Park Art Center
Date: September 13, 2014
Time: 12-9pm

Family Day: Blob Monsters

Drop by the Smart on the first Saturday of each month for free family art activities.  This Saturday, make blobby clay and papier mâché sculptures inspired by the art in the Smart’s sculpture garden.  All materials provided. Activities are best for kids ages 4–12, accompanied by an adult.

Location: Smart Museum of Art
Date: September 6, 2014
Time: 1-4pm
Blob Monsters

Image: Richard Hunt, detail of Why, 1974.

43rd Street Festival

The South East Chicago Commission presents the 43rd Street Festival on Saturday September 13, 2014.  Highlights include arts, crafts, music, food, beer garden, children’s activities and more!

Cinda Firestone’s ATTICA: A Screening and Discussion

Friday, August 29, 2014
7:00 PM
Logan Center for the Arts

In September 1971, prisoners at New York’s Attica Prison rebelled and seized control of the prison, taking 42 hostages and demanding civil rights and better living conditions. Four days later, state police stormed the prison, killing 33 inmates and 10 hostages. Cinda Firestone’s documentary ATTICA (1974, 80 min, 16mm print) combines interviews with the participants—prisoners and hostages, police and civilian observers, government officials and lawyers—with documentary footage of the conditions that prompted the riot, the riot itself, the violent retaking of the prison, and the inquiries that attempted to sort out the truth of what happened. The film sheds light both on a shameful episode in the history of the US prison system and on a pivotal moment in the course of civil rights.

Michael Deutsch and Benneth Lee will be present for discussion after the film. Mr. Deutsch, of Chicago’s People’s Law Office, was one of the attorneys for the Attica prisoners during their criminal trials and in their successful civil suit against New York State officials. Mr. Lee, a former gang member who is now president of the National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated, was part of a 1978 uprising at Pontiac State Prison in Illinois that left three guards dead, and was charged and subsequently acquitted. They’ll talk about Attica, Pontiac, and the growing culture of punishment in the United States.


Block Party: A Celebration of Arts and Culture on Garfield Boulevard

In celebration of the development of Washington Park’s artistic and cultural potential, Arts + Public Life and the Office of Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago are hosting a Block Party. The plan for Garfield Boulevard, between Prairie Avenue and King Drive will be presented and attendees will experience the culture of Washington Park through fun activities, eclectic food vendors and music and dance performances. Celebrate the artistic and cultural potential of the Washington Park neighborhood. Check out the draft plan for the Garfield Boulevard corridor and provide feedback while enjoying a wide range of fun activities, performances, and a variety of food vendors.  Visit for more information


Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts – Through August

The University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, and Logan Center Exhibitions present Testimony, an exhibition featuring the 2013/2014 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture artists-in-residence. Coming from diverse disciplines and approaches but finding common ground in their interest in oral culture (both musical and discursive) David Boykin, Krista Franklin, and Andres L. Hernandez set out to develop ambitious new works that move beyond the act of witnessing towards laying truth claims and also grounding fantasies.

Special Events:

Sunday, July 20, 12–1:30 pm, Café LoganPublic discussion with Andres L. Hernandez as part of the ongoing series

Absence is Fullness: A (E)utopian Assembly

Wednesday, July 23, 6–7:30 pm, Café Logan

Krista Franklin in conversation with Alexander Weheliye

Wednesday, August 27, 6-7:30 pm, Café Logan

David Boykin in conversation with Nicole Mitchell

Photo Credit: David Boykin in collaboration with Angel Elmore and Kasandra Skistad, 2014, Drone of Testimony: A Vigil Against US Drone Attacks, installation view, four channel video and sound (20:36), paper; photo by Mitch Marr

Chicago’s Watershed: A 156-Mile Choreography

June 27 - 28, 2014

Clinard Dance Theatre’s new Chicago’s Watershed: A 156-Mile Choreography, takes Stravinsky’s revolutionary Rite of Spring as a launching off point for an exploration of the ebb and flow of life along the Chicago River. Driven by Wendy Clinard’s original flamenco-based choreography and with musical accompaniment by Estrella Duo and video-projected ink work by Dmitry Samarov, Chicago’s Watershed is a striking rhythmic dialogue between city, man and river.

This program also features excerpts from Clinard Dance’s critically acclaimed repertory work From the Arctic to the Middle East: (Broken Narratives by an American Flamenco Dancer)

General Admission – $25 / $10 students with a valid ID
VIP Ticket (Saturday only) – $55 includes preferred seating, complimentary drink, and a show poster

A contemporary dance company on the leading edge of American flamenco, Clinard Dance brings together people from a diverse range of artistic disciplines and cultural backgrounds to create provocative works that explore personal and global concerns that connect the audience to the world through art.

This event will take place June 27-28 at 8:00 pm in the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall. For tickets, please visit