Past Events

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

How to Make a Smart Museum: The Museum Proposition

Thursday, October 23, 2014 6:00 pm - Chicago Innovation Exchange Skydeck

The Smart Museum’s 40th anniversary season is nestled within a period of tremendous debate over the function and future of museums. Questions of audience engagement and access, technology, institutional sustainability, cultural representation and authorship, creative placemaking, and responsible stewardship – all permeate the museum landscape.


Over the next few months, the Smart will be speculating on the future of museums in five public forums. The first panel on October 23 invites creative thinkers to explore the question: what is the one thing, above all others, that must sit at the heart of an engaged art museum?

Panelists include:

* René De Guzman, Oakland Museum of California
* Carroll Joynes, Cultural Policy Center, The University of Chicago
* Lisa Junkin, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
* Faheem Majeed, University of Illinois at Chicago
* Elizabeth Merritt, Center for the Future of Museums, American Alliance of Museums

The How to Make a Smart Museum programming series was made possible by the Efroymson Family Fund. Additional support was provided by the Illinois Humanities Council and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.

Free, but space is limited. Please register in advance.

Granted: Crafting a Winning Grant Proposal

October 9, 5:30-8pm - Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter Chicago, IL

Learn how to craft a clear, effective grant application! Several of Chicago’s most respected grantmakers for individual artist programs will share knowledge and advice on the entire application process, from research to completion. Give yourself the best possible chance at winning funding in the upcoming grant season!

This workshop will feature an hour-long panel discussion followed by one-on-one sessions with our speakers. During these 15-20 minute meetings, participants will receive productive and critical feedback on artist statements, statements of intent, project budgets, work samples, and any other application material in need of review. One-on-one sessions are filled on a first come, first served basis. Attendees interested in a one-on-one session may sign up at the door the evening of the workshop starting at 5pm. A limited number of slots are available.

$15 General Admission; $10 Members; FREE for BOLT, HATCH & LAUNCH Residents

Hyde Park Used Book Sales

October 11-13, 2014 Hyde Park Shopping Center

Feed your inner bookworm at HPKCC’s used book sale at the Hyde Park Shopping Center.  Over 35,000 used books in an array of subjects, all donated by Hyde Parkers and for sale at low prices.  Monday is Bag and Box Day, $4/bag;$5/box.  We’ll be there, rain or shine!

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ART, WINE, & ENTERTAINMENT: Masquerade

Come as you aren¹t! In the spirit of Carnival and Mardi Gras the DuSableMuseum presents “A.W.E. The Masquerade!” Prepare yourself for a night of interactive art demonstrations, magic, costume revelry, wine and musical entertainment in a way you’ve never imagined. Enjoy art with a dark twist featuring some of Chicago¹s talented visual and performing artists. Bring a mask of your own or create one while here. On All Hallow’s Eve join DuSable for a night of mystery and awe inspiring entertainment.
ADMISSION: $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

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Finding FELA! – The Southside Premier

October 17, 2014 — Dusable Museum — 7 PM

FINDING FELA, is a compelling and unforgettable look at the late Fela Kuti, a Nigerian cultural and political hero who was a pioneer of the AfroBeat sound; a fusion of traditional Ghanian and Nigerian music with jazz. The power and potency of Fela’s message is as current today as it was decades ago and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, in their struggle for freedom. ADMISSION:$10 tickets.

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Adapting Native Son: A Conversation

Thursday, October 9, 2014 — DuSable Museum — 6:30 PM

Join Court Theatre and DuSable Museum of African American History for a discussion featuring distinguished guest lecturers Arnold Rampersad, professor emeritus Stanford University, Melissa Barton, PhD, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Nambi Kelley, playwright and adapter of Native Son now playing at the Court Theater. Moderated by Kenneth W. Warren; Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Department of English University of Chicago.  ADMISSION:FREE at http://thedusablemuseum.eventbrite.com

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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.

Family Day: Blockheads

Saturday November 1, 2014—Smart Museum of Art—1:00 - 4:00 pm

This Saturday, make helmets that look like buildings in the Chicago skyline, play Jenga, and build action figures and dolls with blocky bodies.

Drop by the Smart on the first Saturday of each month for free family art activities.  All materials provided. Activities are best for kids ages 4–12, accompanied by an adult.  Free and open to the public.

Epic Wednesday: Afterlife After Party

Wednesday October 29, 2014—Oriental Institute—5 - 8 pm

Humans have been interested in immortality for thousands of years. Come to the Oriental Institute to celebrate this ongoing desire and join the immortals on a “haunted tour” that explores the archaeological mysteries and magical texts of ancient Egyptians in our Research Archives.  More Information. Join a “haunted tour” that explores the archaeological mysteries and magical texts of ancient Egypt in our Research Archives. Come with your best costume or borrow one from King Tut’s closet. This event is exclusively for 21+.

Registration required oi.uchicago.edu/register Advance: $12 members/student/faculty; $15 non-members Group: $10 per person for groups of 5 or more At Door: $15 members; $20 non-members

Epic Wednesday: Afterlife Afterparty is part of Chicago Artists Month 2014, the 19th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For more information, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org.

Epic Wednesday: Afterlife After Party

Wednesday October 29, 2014—Oriental Institute—5:00 - 8:00 pm

Humans have been interested in immortality for thousands of years. Come to the Oriental Institute to celebrate this ongoing desire and join the immortals on a “haunted tour” that explores the archaeological mysteries and magical texts of ancient Egyptians in our Research Archives.  Additional Information.

Epic Wednesday: Afterlife After Party is part of Chicago Artists Month 2014, the 19th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For more information, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org.