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April 24, 2006 Press Contact: Josh Schonwald
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36 hours of fun: New Hyde Park Art Center opens this Saturday


An artist’s rendering of the new Hyde Park Art Center is shown above.

Explore, meet, create and move is the call to action as the new Hyde Park Art Center, located at 5020 S. Cornell Ave., opens its doors to the general community for the first time this Saturday, April 29 at 9 a.m. To celebrate its new home, the art center is throwing a weekend-long celebration called “Creative Move,” in which the building will be open continuously for 36 hours, until 9 p.m. Sunday, April 30.

The free opening weekend will include a chance to see Takeover, the center’s inaugural show comprised of work by more than forty different artists and collaborators, as well as listen to music, watch theater and dance performances, and even see the Chicago Storm demonstrate its soccer moves. Events geared toward families will take place during the day, and at night, bands will play and cocktails will be served for adults. There will also be a midnight ceramics class for those who want to try their hand at the creative arts.

The opening of the new Art Center creates a new cultural destination on Chicago’s South Side. The 32,000-square-foot building is being provided rent-free by the University of Chicago, and it represents the first time in its 67-year-history that the Hyde Park Art Center has a home of its own.

“This move was made possible by an incredible partnership and is what I consider to be a model for how south side communities, government and the University can work together to make great things happen,” said Henry Webber, the University’s Vice President of Community and Government Affairs. “Driven by Chuck Thurow’s (HPAC’s long-time executive director) inspired leadership, this new world-class building and the programs it will make possible bring so much vitality and energy to our community and the city — I’m thrilled to be part of this excitement.”

The building triples the Art Center’s capacity for exhibitions and studio classes, and will house a long-term artist residency program co-sponsored by the University of Chicago. Designed by the internationally recognized Chicago firm Garofalo Architects, the new building features the world’s largest outdoor, digital façade, an 80-foot high glass projection system dedicated to experimental artworks.

For more information, visit or call Deborah Halpern at (773) 363-1587.
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