The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle | Hyde Park Art Center | Galleries | Chicago Reader
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The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle Agenda Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Aug. 24-Nov. 23 2014
This fall the Hyde Park Art Center celebrates its 75th birthday. That's an advanced age for an arts organization, but HPAC's administrators and curators hope it's still in the middle of its life. Its latest exhibit, "The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle," considers the idea of middleness in terms of age, geography—Chicago is, after all, in the middle of the country—and in other, more metaphorical ways. It's also a tribute to the way the arts are practiced here, particularly at places like HPAC, which is neither the largest and richest art center and gallery in the city nor the smallest and poorest but—you guessed it—in the middle. "The idea of partnership is key," says Megha Ralapati, who cocurated the exhibit with Christopher Ho and Allison Peters Quinn. "It's not specific to Chicago, but it's a mode of working and practicing, of sharing resources and tools that characterizes the way artists work in Chicago." Continue reading >>



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