Hyde Park Art Center, the renowned non-profit hub for contemporary art located on Chicago’s vibrant South Side, will host its latest Center Sunday, an all-ages program filled with art making activities, workshops, and artist talks, held on the first Sunday of each month. This month’s program, fully in-person on December 5 from 1-5 p.m., features Open Studios, family artmaking, a holiday art sale, a performance by current resident artist Candace Hunter, a jazz music listening session with resident artist Devin T. Mays, and a film screening by former resident artist Desi Mundo. The event is free and open to the public, and pre-registration is encouraged at hydeparkart.org.
Photo credit, l-r: 2019 Holiday Art Sale at Hyde Park Art Center. Courtesy of the Art Center. Courtly Whip, of the Brown Limbed Girls series. Candace Hunter. Courtesy of the artist. Film still from Alice Street. Courtesy of Desi Mundo.
Monthly Center Sundays are curated by Ciera McKissick, Hyde Park Art Center Public Programs Coordinator, as a means of introducing the community to the myriad ongoing offerings at the Hyde Park Art Center for all ages, interests and skill levels; the December Center Sunday programming includes:
Guida Family Creative Wing Open Studios
The final Open Studios of the year feature artists from the art center’s Residency Program in the Guida Family Creative Wing, with opportunities to visit them in their creative space and learn more about their practice.
Family Artmaking Activity
Second Floor, in “The Puddle”
Teaching artist Lisa Tasner leads a workshop on creating snow people out of construction paper.
Holiday Art Sale
First Floor’s D’Angelo Art Library
The art center’s Oakman Clinton School and Studios host its annual Holiday Sale, featuring art and ceramics pieces created by students in its school and studio programs.
Performance: Brown Limbed Girls by Candace Hunter
Second Floor, Studio 1 & “The Pond”
Resident artist Candace Hunter and an ensemble of performers will bring to life Hunter’s popular Brown Limbed Girls art series that has been seen on billboards throughout the Chicago area to spread COVID awareness. Hunter began the series of collages during 2020's lockdown, with whimsical and carefree brown girls created to be aspirational and to provide hope that life would be filled with joy again.
The Day I Met the Sun: Turiyasangitananda Listening Session with Resident Artist Devin T. Mays
Second Floor, Kanter-McCormick Gallery
Resident artist Devin T. Mays will present a listening session as a ritual inspired by the music and artistic practice of Turiyasangitananda, the Sanskrit name of jazz musician Alice Coltrane. Conceived as both a religious offering and meditation, Mays will share reflections on each musical selection, which will be experienced collectively. This program is in partnership with Northwestern University’s Black Arts Consortium Residency Program.
Film Screening: Alice Street Documentary and Talkback
Second Floor, in “The Pond”
A screening of former resident artist Desi Mundo’s documentary Alice Street, followed by a talkback discussion about gentrification and displacement. Alice Street tells the story of two artists who form an unlikely partnership to paint their most ambitious mural to date in Oakland’s downtown, ground zero for gentrification. The mural is dedicated to the artists of diverse cultures that intersect on the street corner, who are threatened by displacement. As the mural paint dries, a luxury condo is planned that will obstruct the art and cultural history.
About Center Sundays
The first Sunday of nearly every month, Hyde Park Art Center is activated throughout for the public, neighbors, and families, with intergenerational art making activities, artist workshops, artist talks, open studios, curatorial tours of its exhibitions, community collaborations, and music. Center Sundays are free and open for all.
About the Hyde Park Art Center
Hyde Park Art Center, at 5020 South Cornell Avenue on Chicago’s vibrant South Side, is a hub for contemporary arts in Chicago, serving as a gathering and production space for artists and the broader community to cultivate ideas, impact social change, and connect with new networks. Since its inception in 1939, Hyde Park Art Center has grown from a small collective of quirky artists to establishing a strong legacy of innovative development and emerging as a unique Chicago arts institution with social impact. The Art Center functions as an amplifier for today and tomorrow’s creative voices, providing the space to cultivate and create new work and connections.
For more information on Hyde Park Art Center’s public programs such as Center Sundays, please visit www.hydeparkart.org.