HYDE PARK — It’s going to be a “Super Sunday” at the Hyde Park Art Center over the weekend with new exhibit openings, open studio time with resident artists and community art projects culminating in a dance party.
The art center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., is calling the confluence of a plethora of free arts events “Super Sunday,” which starts at 3 p.m. Sunday and ends at 7 p.m. with music and a dance party.
The events all center around the opening of “Public School,” the new exhibit from Jim Duignan and Rachel Harper that stretches over two galleries and includes a fort, stage, tower piano and decommissioned school bus.
The exhibit will change over it’s four-month run as things are added from artists doing their own community projects within the larger exhibit, including Jacinda Bullie, William Estrada, Jaquanda Villegas, Bianca Bernardo and Irina Zadov.
The exhibit’s community involvement starts Sunday with artist William Estrada screen printing posters with the Chicago ACT Collective.
High school students in the art center’s classes will present an impromptu performance before the “Drag Ball” starts at 5 p.m.
The ball is a celebration queer culture and is held in conjunction with the “Precariat” exhibition. It will include a runway showcase and performances by Petty Crocker, Abhijeet Rane, The Vixen Tony and Shadiamond before a 6 p.m. dance party.
The art center’s artists-in-residence will also open their studios starting at 2 p.m. for people to see what they’re working on. The artists include Justine Pluvinage, Sara Black, Bethany Collins, Lan Tuazon and Rashayla Marie Brown.
Teaching artists Dierdre Fox, Elisabeth Hogeman, Randall Miller, Gabe Moreno, Sheri Rush, Kunal Sen, Suzanne Torres, Melissa Weber, Julian Williams and Gwendolyn Zabicki will also have open their studios.
All the events are free and open to the public.