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May 15, 2002 Press Contact: Sabrina Miller
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New Hyde Park-University of Chicago Arts Fest to showcase neighborhood’s diverse cultural offerings

This summer, people from all over Chicago will have the chance to explore the broad range of cultural opportunities in Hyde Park during a new two-day arts festival.

At the Hyde Park-University of Chicago Arts Fest, to be held Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, a free trolley system will link more than 20 neighborhood arts institutions. Visitors can take in a theater performance or an art film, listen to classical music or poetry readings, see ancient sculptures or contemporary photography—then hop on the trolley and try something completely different.

Among the highlights of the Arts Fest:

    • 57th Street Art Fair. More than 300 artists will exhibit work, including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics and more. This year marks the 55th anniversary of the 57th Street Art Fair, the oldest juried art fair in the Midwest. Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., 57th St. and Kimbark Ave.
    • Hyde Park Community Art Fair. An annual art and fine craft fair, part of the City of Chicago’s Neighborhood Festivals Program. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., 57th St. and Kenwood Ave.
    • Blue Gargoyle Adult Learning Program and the Neighborhood Writing Alliance. Writers of the Adult Learning Program will present readings at the Blue Gargoyle. Saturday 12 noon - 1:30 p.m., University Church, 5655 S. University Ave.
    • Chicago Storytelling Guild. Members of this non-profit group will demonstrate their craft. Sunday, 12 noon - 4 p.m., Oriental Institute’s Breasted Hall, 1155 E. 58th St.
    • Court Theatre. The University of Chicago’s professional theatre company will present Youth Theatre Workshops. Saturday and Sunday, children 12 and under (accompanied by an adult), 12 noon - 1 p.m.; teenagers (13-18) 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., 5535 S. Ellis Ave.
    • David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art. Saturday, 12 noon, free tour of the Smart Museum exhibition Nature, Myth, Allegory: Imagining Reality in the 19th Century. Sunday, 12 noon, free tour of the Smart Museum exhibition Critical Mass; 1:30 p.m. Artists’ Family Tour of the exhibition Critical Mass. Join exhibiting artist Greg Sholette and his family for a tour and conversation about what it’s like to be part of a family of artists. 5550 S. Greenwood Ave.
    • Hyde Park Historical Society. Jack Spicer will speak on "Promontory Point: Past History, Present Controversy." Sunday, 2 p.m. 5529 S. Lake Park Ave.
    • Oriental Institute Museum. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., free tours of the Joseph and Mary Grimshaw Egyptian Gallery and the Persian Gallery, and free screenings of documentary films on the ancient world. Sunday, 12 noon - 4 p.m., free festival of family programs including treasure hunts, hands-on activities, and children’s films. 1155 E. 58th Street.
    • Rockefeller Chapel. Rockefeller Bronze Revisited: carillon and gamelan unite in a unique outdoor performance featuring traditional and contemporary music. Donations to benefit the restoration of the carillon. Saturday, 3:30 p.m. 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.
    • Robie House. Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1910 Prairie-style masterpiece is internationally known as the cornerstone of modern architecture. Guided tours offer an interior look at the revolutionary space, as well as the $8 million 10-year restoration currently in process. $9/adults; $7/youth (7-18) & seniors (65+). Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave.
    • The University of Chicago Press. Alumna Mary Gray will be in front of the 1904 mural in the lobby of Bartlett Dining Hall, 57th St. and University Ave., discussing and signing copies of her new book A Guide to Chicago’s Murals, which will also be available for purchase. Saturday 10 a.m. - 12 noon.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, go to http://artsfest.uchicago.edu

Admission is free at many of the participating museums and galleries, including the DuSable Museum of African-American History (Sunday only), Hyde Park Art Center, Hyde Park Historical Society, Oriental Institute Museum, the Renaissance Society, and the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art.

Visitors can park for free at the University of Chicago, then take the trolley around the neighborhood. The trolley will stop at or near all participating organizations, as well as major shopping areas.

The Hyde Park-University of Chicago Arts Fest is a collaborative effort by the 57th Street Art Fair, Blue Gargoyle, Chicago Storytelling Guild, Court Theatre, DOC Films, the DuSable Museum of African-American History, Hyde Park Art Center, Hyde Park Community Art Fair, Hyde Park Historical Society, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, Hyde Park School of Ballet, Museum of Science and Industry, Neighborhood Writing Alliance, the Oriental Institute Museum, the Renaissance Society, the Robie House, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago Library, University of Chicago Presents, University of Chicago Press, University Theater, and WHPK. The arts festival is sponsored by the University of Chicago, with assistance from the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and Alderman Leslie Hairston’s 5th Ward Office.

 

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