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For Immediate Release

July 13, 2017
 
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“WALL OF NOW: CHILDREN OF THE WALL” MURAL TO CONVERT EXTERIOR WALLS OF HYDE PARK ART CENTER INTO A VIBRANT SPACE FOR ART AND DISCUSSION

Graffiti Artists Miguel Aguilar, Liz Lazdins and Rahmaan Barnes to Collaborate on Mural Honoring 50th Anniversary of the Iconic “Wall of Respect”

“Graffiti Jam,” A Public Event Featuring Live Music and Interactive Art Activities Will
Take Place on August 20

 

CHICAGO – Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell, presents “Wall of Now: Children of the Wall,” a mural project inspired by and paying tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the “Wall of Respect,” an iconic mural presenting portraits of African-American heroes on Chicago’s South Side in 1967. Beginning on July 15, graffiti/mural artists Miguel Aguilar (Kane One), Rahmaan Barnes (Statik) and Liz Lazdins (Beloved) will collaborate to highlight the diverse hip-hop community found throughout Chicago and the South Side, inviting other artists to contribute to the mural and utilizing a variety of media including spray paint, wheat paste, photography and new technology.
 
Challenging the standard notion of a mural as a commemorative or celebratory presentation, “Wall of Now: Children of the Wall” will emphasize a mural’s potential to activate the social and dynamic qualities inherent within art and architecture. “The wall will be an opportunity for open discussion on issues facing our community,” said Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions and Residency Programs. “The mural will continuously be added to over the summer of 2017, serving as a call for solidarity and collaboration among Chicago artists.” “Graffiti Jam,” a community event taking place on Sunday, August 20 from 1 – 4 p.m., will feature special performances by DJ Lunchbox Law and Urbanized Music, live painting with mural artists, interactive activities for the public and an open mic.

Subjects of the mural will include local hip-hop heroes such as Urbanized Music, Brickheadz break dancers and Kuumba Lynx founder Jacinda Villegas. The mural is also one of three exhibitions at the Art Center to take part in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, speaking directly to this year’s theme, “Make New History.” A community programming series in conjunction with the “Wall of Now: Children of the Wall” exhibition will connect the South Side’s mural history to the broader Chicago community. Further details to be announced at a later date.

The “Wall of Respect” was a large-scale outdoor mural on 43rd Street and Langley Avenue on Chicago’s South Side, created in 1967 by a group of visual artists called the Organization of Black American Culture. Later damaged and then demolished, the mural illustrated “Black Heroes” and scenes from the Civil Rights movement. Artwork by William “Bill” Walker, a leading figure in the creation of the “Wall of Respect,” will be exhibited at the Art Center from November 5, 2017 to April 8, 2018. On Sunday, November 5, the artists from Children of the Wall will give an artist talk at 3 p.m. followed by a live jazz concert honoring Bill Walker and his work performed by Aki Antonia Smith, composer, bandleader and longtime friend of Bill Walker.

For more information visit hydeparkart.org. 

Image:  Rendering of the Wall of Now: Children of the Wall mural installation (South Facing Wall)

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Hyde Park Art Center 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 through expanded networks. The Art Center functions as an amplifier for today and tomorrow’s creative voices, providing the space to make, see, learn about, and engage art with freedom. The Art Center is funded in part by:  Allstate Insurance Company; Alphawood Foundation; Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Foundation; The Chicago Community Trust; Crown Family Philanthropies; David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation; Field Foundation of Illinois; Harper Court Arts Council; Illinois Arts Council Agency; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; The Joyce Foundation; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; National Endowment for the Arts; Polk Bros. Foundation; Reva and David Logan Foundation; Smart Family Foundation, Inc; Terra Foundation for American Art; and the generosity of its members and people like you.

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Alyssa Larkin
Carol Fox and Associates, 1412 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL, 60657 Phone: 773-327-3830 x 107