May 7, 2021

Commissions in 2021: Faheem Majeed and Lan Tuazon

Hyde Park Art Center

[1] Faheem Majeed, Push and Pull (Spiritual), 2021. Archval inkjet print, 20 x 30 inches. [2] View of Lan Tuazon: In the Land of Real Shadows, Visual Arts Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 2018.

Hyde Park Art Center increases its commitment to supporting artists producing ambitious new work by funding new large-scale installations by contemporary artists addressing critical social concerns. The 2021 exhibition program features back-to-back solo shows of work commissioned by the Art Center from artists Faheem Majeed and Lan Tuazon, respectively.

The spring welcomes Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden: Shrouds by Faheem Majeed, in which a 30 x 25 foot charcoal rubbing on fabric cascades from the ceiling to reveal the façade of an African American cultural landmark, the South Side Community Art Center. Majeed continues his decade-long inquiry into the value, past, and future of culturally specific institutions through this new work on view until July 24, 2021. The exhibition and programs are generously supported in part by the Joyce Foundation, the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Illinois Arts Council.

Lan Tuazon invites us to consider the geological implications to scale of our consumer habits in Future Fossils: Sum by sculpting a single-story shelter bisected and filled with recovered materials that have been cooked, altered, and reinvented. In her first major exhibition in the Midwest, Tuazon imposes natural processes onto mass-produced containers to show the finitude of human culture, while imagining methods for future solutions. Some of this body of work was developed during the artist's participation in the 2017 Jackman Goldwasser Residency at the Art Center.The exhibition runs from August 20 until November 6, 2021 and is generously supported by the Abakanowicz Arts & Culture Charitable Foundation and the Henry Moore Foundation.

Since 2007, Hyde Park Art Center has supported large-scale solo projects by artists at critical points in their careers. Such exhibitions have featured work by Cándida Alvarez, Juan Angel Chavez, Anna Kunz, Sabina Ott, John Preus, and Folayemi Wilson. The commitment to supporting the creation of challenging new work is reinforced through the Art Center’s strategic plan, which sets out to support Chicago-based artists, particularly women artists and artists of color, mount career-altering exhibitions.

Both exhibitions will be accompanied by publications. Majeed’s publication will include essays by Allison Peters Quinn, Megha Ralapati, and Lori Waxman. Tuazon’s catalog will include an essay by Daniel Quiles and Taylor Bradley.

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