Past Events

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

Oktoberfest in Hyde Park

Saturday October 4, 2014—Nichols Park—11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Hyde Park’s 4th Annual Oktoberfest has a fresh new look under the Discover Hyde Park Experience Series brand presented by the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement and the South East Chicago Commission.  Performances will kick off at 12 noon with a special Blues Harp Workshop by 3-time Grammy nominee Billy Branch. Free souvenir harmonicas will be provided to the first 200 attendees.

The Hyde Park Bank Sound Stage will also feature reggae, latin/cumbia, indie rock, and blues band performances by Gypsi, Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquestra, The Damn Choir, and Matthew Santos. The headline performance is a history-making collaboration of sounds from Billy Branch Presents: Bringing the Blue Back Home, an all-star blues revue featuring Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, Eddie Clearwater, Donald Kinsey, Demetria Taylor, Wayne Baker Brooks, Nora Jean Bruso, Billy Flynn, and very special guests.

Kimbark Beverage Shoppe, one of Hyde Park’s family-owned small businesses, will host the Oktoberfest beer garden from 11 am to 8pm, including a special invitation for sampling of craft beer and cider from over 30 local Chicago brewers. Sampling is by ticket only from 1pm – 5pm.  The annual Nichols Park Pumpkin Patch extends the Oktoberfest fun toward 53rd Street side of Nichols Park.

Concert: Eva Maria Houben

Monday September 22, 2014 Rockefeller Chapel — 8 pm

Eva-Maria Houben is one of the leading figures in the increasingly influential Wandelweiser Group, an international organization of avant-garde composers and performers founded in 1992. This organ performance, part of the Chicago Wandelweiser Festival, marks her North American debut.

Houben is both a formidable pianist and organist and a dynamic, prolific composer. As Steve Smith wrote earlier this year in the New York Times, she “seems to view notes less as musical building blocks than as discrete entities with complex life cycles, and absence as a substantive presence.” Houben is a devoted post-Cage minimalist, privileging silence over repetition, particularly in the way she highlights the decay of single notes or the shift from sonic density to its total absence.

still werden (becoming silent) (2002). 6-12‘
Three pieces from orgelbuch (2006), consisting of “bicinium” (14 pieces), “trio” (14 pieces) and “quatuor” (14 pieces). Each piece 5’
Intalniri fugitive (rom.) (fleeting encounters) (2010). 12 small sketches. 12-15‘
drones (2014). var. duration. First performance.

The Chicago Wandelweiser Festival is organized by the Frequency Series at Constellation and, and this concert is co-presented with the Goethe Institut.

Concert: Birgit Ulher & Andreas Trobollowitsch

Friday October 3, 2014—Renaissance Society—8pm

Hamburg-based musician Birgit Ulher studied visual arts, which has had an important influence on her improvisational and experimental music. Her work mainly focuses on extending the sounding possibilities of the trumpet by using splitting sounds, multiphonics and granular sounds, and she has developed her own extended techniques and preparations for producing these sounds. Besides this material research, she is especially interested in the relation between sound and silence.

Andreas Trobollowitsch is a Vienna-based electroacoustic musician, composer, and sound artist. He studied musicology and jazz in Vienna and Paris. In his works, he uses mainly prepared musical instruments, modified fans, tapes and field recordings. Recently, he has been focusing on sound performances, sound installations, conceptual compositions, and drawing installations.

Here Ulher and Trobollowitsch play together for the first time here, offering solo and duo sets with Trobollowitsch on acoustic guitar and fan, and Ulher on trumpet, radio, and found objects.

The concert is co-presented with the Goethe Institut alongside Traces, a site-specific sound installation by Birgit Ulher that celebrates the 20th anniversary of sister cities Chicago and Hamburg, September 17-20, 2014.

Smart Fest

Sunday September 28, 2014 Smart Museum of Art 1:00 — 4:00 pm

Join us for a community open house marking the Smart Museum of Art’s 40th anniversary. Explore the special exhibition Carved, Cast, Crumpled: Sculpture All Ways and celebrate with live music in GalleryX, sculpture-making for all ages (including the chance to chip away at a real block of marble), and festive treats.  All are welcome. All materials are provided. Free and open to the public.

The Ecological Imagination: Life and the Design of Urban Public Space

October 2, 2014 Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts — 6 PM

Commissioned to redesign Navy Pier for its 100th anniversary in 2016, landscape architect James Corner will share his vision for livable cities at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts as part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s annual Thinking Into the Future: the Robie House Series on Architecture, Design and Ideas. A cocktail reception will take place at 5 p.m. James Corner¹s new book, The Landscape Imagination: Collected Essays of James Corner 1990-2010 will be available to purchase. A book signing will take place following the lecture.

The New World, Application for Turtle Island

September 21, 2014 Renaissance Society and Kent Hall 4-7 pm

Join us to celebrate the opening of Josef Strau’s exhibition, The New World, Application for Turtle Island. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in a US museum.  Strau discusses his work and wider practice with the show’s curator, Solveig Øvstebø, at 5pm. This talk takes place in Kent Hall, Room 120, which is a short walk from the Renaissance Society.

Date: September 21, 2014
Time: 4-7pm
Location: Renaissance Society and Kent Hall

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