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“Moments In Between,” on display until Nov. 24 at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC), showcases new pieces made by interdisciplinary artist Tran Tran during their ceramics apprenticeship at the center. Tran, who was born in Vietnam and raised in California, broadly engages with transitional sta…

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In an opening reception befitting the name of the Smart Museum of Art’s new exhibition — “Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40” — the Forward Momentum Youth Dance Ensemble and the Azania Youth Drummers performed in the museum’s courtyard July 17. L…

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The Renaissance Society’s new show, "Heirloom," contains a set of eight paintings by Chicago artist Matthew Metzger. Four are black paintings that appear to be black sandpaper, all named “Gray”; two are paintings of the same mannequin, both of which appear to be photographs, one the negative…

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Faheem Majeed greets you at the door to his new exhibit, “Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden: Shrouds,” at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC). The exhibit is exposed to the street — HPAC’s garage doors are open wide to Cornell Avenue and deep purple walls make a public entrance intense…

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Like other student art shows, the University of Chicago MFA exhibition "The Long Day" featured a number of artworks consisting of consumer goods stacked on top of each other so as to produce a scary effect.

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Twenty-seven years after it opened, the Museum of Science and Industry's "Take Flight" exhibit — a Boeing 727, narrow-body jet airliner built between 1962 and 1984, suspended in the museum's atrium — has reopened after a restoration.

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It can be fun and even necessary, from time to time, to wander through life like an alien which has little understanding of what it is seeing and which is just now learning what the things of the world are. It freshens life and eliminates jadedness, an important thing for a critic to do, esp…

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There ought to be a word like “ennui” which, though it travels the world over, retains its linguistic specificity (in its case, a specifically French flavor of dissipation) but instead refers to the feeling of being overwhelmed at the vastness and hidden violence of American systems.

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When a child was born in Renaissance Italy, the family would often commission a "desco da parto" — a wooden birth tray, usually painted with narratives from literature or ancient history — to mark the occasion. (Lorenzo de’ Medici, the Florentine banker and art patron, kept the one given to …

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"Ground Floor," the Hyde Park Art Center's latest biennial exhibition of work from master of fine arts graduates at five Chicagoland schools in 2019 and 2020, is on through April 3, finally allowing last year's artists to show off their work.

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Faheem Majeed, artist and former executive director of the South Side Community Art Center, and his assistant, artist Eric Perez, use an 80-foot boom to make a graphite rubbing of the façade of the South Side Community Art Center, 3831 S. State Street, Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic began to seriously affect everyday life earlier this year, museums and galleries that were forced to close responded by moving their collections online, creating viewing rooms for digital visitors. (In Hyde Park, the Museum of Science and Industry launched a websit…

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As the emerald ash borer — the beetle called “the most destructive forest pest ever seen in North America” by the Chicago Parks District (CPD) — continues to chew through the city’s trees, artists are continuing their own efforts to salvage something out of the remains. Last month, Jackson P…

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Several Hyde Park museums have confirmed they will remain closed after Friday, June 26, when the city and state will enter the next phase of their coronavirus response plans that allow movie theaters, museums, zoos and performance venues to reopen.

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Muralist Dorian Sylvain has been an artist for 40 years. Born in South Shore, she is a Kenwood graduate and mom as well, having raised three sons, Kahari, Kari, and Katon Black. For the past 10 years the family have lived in Hyde Park.

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A group of 50 or so Apsáalooke in full Crow regalia led by Chicago’s American Indian Center honor guard marched to the steady beat of drums as they moved east across the University of Chicago’s central quadrangle on March 12.

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Conghao Tian stoops down and dips his calligraphy pen in the channel of water circumscribing the base of the dark grey vertical slab of metal standing in the Smart Museum gallery.