Center Days

Sat Dec 09 2023 at 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Hyde Park Art Center | Chicago

Hyde Park Art Center
Publisher/HostHyde Park Art Center
Center Days
Join us for our final Center Day of the year, shop in our School & Studio Holiday Sale, enjoy exhibition celebrations, and open studios!
About this Event

Join us for our final Center Day of the year and shop in our School & Studio Holiday Sale + Fundraiser, enjoy exhibition celebrations for Beneath the Visible featuring work from our Center Program cohort 10, Candace Hunter: The Alien-Nations and Sovereign States of Octavia E Butler, and Marion Carrow: Savages, and visit our Radicle Resident Artists one last time before their residency 2023 ends.

For Center Days, Hyde Park Art Center is activated with activities throughout the center for the public, neighbors, and families. Guests are treated to a family-friendly filled day with intergenerational art making activities, artist workshops, artist talks, open studios, curatorial tours of our exhibitions, and community collaborations.

Exhibition Celebrations: Beneath the Visible, Candace Hunter: The Alien-Nations and Sovereign States of Octavia E Butler, and Marion Carow: Savages


Join us as we celebrate our Winter exhibitions, Beneath the Visible featuring work from our Center Program cohort 10, Candace Hunter: The Alien-Nations and Sovereign States of Octavia E Butler, and Marion Carrow: Savages

About the Exhibitions

Beneath the Visible

Beneath the Visible features the work of Center Program Artists translating impermanence, cyclical events, and transformation. By reflecting on the cultural, environmental, and social layers of their work, artists enact poetic research processing beyond immediately apparent material. Fragments are re-constructed into blueprints. What was once an idea becomes a detectable dimension.

In exploring the topographies of artistic practice, artists are considering what it means to exist today, preserve the past, and envision multiple possible futures. Ephemeral materials are transformed into a type of documentation of the processes of change. Through repetitive actions, artists are uncovering methodologies that shape the meaning of their work. The exhibition challenges baseline views by solidifying the relationships between memory, material, and process.

Candace Hunter: The Alien-Nations and Sovereign States of Octavia E Butler

In Chicago‐based artist Candace Hunter’s largest solo exhibition to date, The Alien‐Nations and Sovereign States of Octavia E Butler, she explores ideas from Parable of the Sower and Xenogenesis Trilogy (Lilith’s Brood) by speculative fiction author Octavia E Butler (1947‐2006). Hunter presents a new series of collage‐based works, installations, video, and sound works that illustrate the meticulously sculpted worlds Butler imagined in her novels, examining their significance for Black bodies and future societies.

Work with synthetic plants, remnants of an ongoing culinary experiment, a reading nook, and imagined portals to other worlds make up what Hunter describes as an “alien lush space.” The exhibition examines the concepts of nationhood, asking questions about who is other and in what situations do we see people as other to ourselves? How do we become universal? Comparing the Parable of the Sower to the Trump era and using Xenogenesis Trilogy (Lilith’s Brood) to explore what “alien” worlds might exist beyond America and its race relations today, Hunter’s exhibition creates a speculative space where multiple generations come together to envision a better future.

Marion Carow: Savages

What are the true surfaces of an object? Chicago-based artist Marian Carow considers this philosophical perspective and other formal concerns in her upcoming solo exhibition. Salvages will present new sculptural work rendered in cardboard and collages, through which Carow explores minimal forms referencing architecture as well as the constant flux and impermanence of our built urban environment. Carow is an alumna of Hyde Park Art Center’s Center Program (2016) and has been making drawings and sculptures for several decades.

Center Program Artist Activation: Mutual Agreements2- 4PM

Mutual Agreements encourages friends to join Dennissa Young across a desk to talk about their relationship stipulations, wants and expectations. These friendship contracts will help the audience define their relationships with their friends. Each session will consist of talking through and making a final agreement about the individual set of mutual agreements.

About Denissa Young

Dennissa Young is a Chicago-based, Native New Mexican, relational artist and curator. With projects focusing on friendship, connection, and collaborating, she has exhibited all across the US (Rock Hill, Boston and Charlotte to name a few), and internationally (from Bogota, Colombia to Istanbul, Turkey). She has been featured in numerous publications, including CLTure, Broadening the Narrative Podcast, York County Magazine, and the Art | Tea Podcast. Dennissa's work strives to foster intimacy, radical softness, and capture the spiritual journey of humanity. Her artistic practice creates time, space and honesty, where audience members can engage and participate however they see fit. Dennissa deemed 2023 her Jordan year: she turned 30, had her first solo show, got into the Center Program at Hyde Park Art Center.

Creative Wing Open Studios with Resident Artists1-4PM

Come and visit the studios of the artists working in our Jackman Goldwasser Creative Wing! Visit with our Radicle Residents, Eric Perez, Sofía Fernández Díaz, Kushala Vora, and Rhonda Wheatley one last time before their residencies end, and meet our Guida Family Creative Wing studio artists,Tongi Phillip Qian, Candace Hunter, zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal, Juarez Hawkins, and Malika Jackson.

Oakman Clinton School + Studio Fundraiser & Sale


Support our Oakman Clinton school and studio community and the Hyde Park Art Center through our annual School + Studio fundraiser and sale! Check out handmade items like ceramics, prints, jewelry, wearables, and more made by our students in house! These one of a kind items made great gifts this holiday season!

Semicolon Bookstore Pop-Up Shop1-4PM

Check out an Afrofuturism and Science-Fiction pop up book shop curated by local Black woman owned bookstore, Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery in honor of our CANDACE HUNTER: THE ALIEN-NATIONS AND SOVEREIGN STATES OF OCTAVIA E BUTLER exhibition.

Semicolon Bookstore is a Black-woman owned bookshop and gallery located in Chicago's River North area. Founded in 2019, we are booksellers dedicated to bridging the literacy gap among minoritized communities by providing access TO and building interest IN books. We focus on the community aspect of bookselling by putting on author events, as well as hosting our #ClearTheShelves programming, where we allow CPS students to take the books that they want free of charge in an attempt to incite a love for reading via the celebration of books!'

Open Arts Studio Art Making Activity: Kool Weaves1-4PM

Learn how to create colorful weavings using cardboard looms. You'll be working with vibrant yarn dyed using the playful hues of Kool-Aid, adding a burst of color to your creations. Learning this basic weaving technique will allow you to make your own wall art, tapestries, and more!


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, United States


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