Hyde Park Art Center presents the biennial “Dream” exhibition, as part of the centre’s program

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Emerging together after a year in the home and a long period of autonomy, the cohort of this year’s Center program collectively and boldly propose their vision for a better world. Each of the 20 artists brings their own personality to nuanced visual conversations about: police brutality, the female body as a monument, freedom to protest, conservation, class inequality, human migration, mortality, mental health and the visibility and rights of indigenous people.

Elaborating on the name of the exhibition, curator Asha Iman Veal said: “These artists constructively face reality amid the prolonged intensity of societal change of the present moment. In different ways, each of the works addresses larger questions about what will happen next when old dreams and ways of being must evolve, hence the title “Dream”.

ASHA IMAN VEAU (Photograph by Melody Bilbo)

Veal continues by sharing his journey as curator of the exhibition and working with the cohort: “The Centre’s program allowed me to achieve something that is not possible with all the exhibitions and all the projects: to promote the time and details of studio visits and sustained communication with the artists, which is important to me as a relationship-based curator. For a year and a half, it was a total brain pleasure to hear and interact with 20 unique people. I enjoy the process and format of spending time with such deeply thoughtful artists, as much as the process of setting up the public exhibit itself. There is a trust that grows from week to week, and month to month, within this whole group, which makes it a very interesting opportunity as a curator to facilitate group cohesion.

CYDNEY LEWIS, Clearing My Judgments Away, 2021, hand cut paper with digital drawing.

Participating artists include Cecilia Beaven Gallegos, Dorothy Burge, Cathleen Campbell, Teresita Carson, Jonathan Castillo, Jason Dunda, Sarabeth Dunton, Tanya Gill, Brooke Hummer, Janis Kanter, Mayumi Lake, D. Lammie-Hanson, Percy Lam, Cydney Lewis, Frances Lee, JeeYeun Lee, Susannah Papish, Monika Plioplyte, Monica Rickert-Bolter and Allison Svoboda.

Veal is Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, and Humanity in Action Landecker Democracy Fellow (EU / UK / US). She is an adjunct adjunct professor in the Department of Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Recent Veal exhibitions include: “Beautiful Diaspora / You Are Not the Lesser Part” at MoCP (2022); “Raisin” at 6018 / North and Chicago Architecture Biennale (2021); and Martine Gutierrez at MoCP (2021). His previous works include artistic projects or research in Chicago, New York, Edinburgh, Vietnam, Juárez, Havana, Tokyo; and was previously an associate festival producer for playwright Eve Ensler’s global V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls (New York).

For more information on the exhibit and related public programs, as well as COVID-19 protocols, visit www.hydeparkart.org.

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