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Faheem Majeed, Graphite rubbing of the South Side Community Art Center’s facade 1, Photo courtesy of Eric Perez
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Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden: Shrouds by Faheem Majeed

Hyde Park Art Center, the renowned non-profit hub for contemporary art located on Chicago’s vibrant South Side, announces major new solo exhibition Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden: Shrouds by Faheem Majeed. Curated by Allison Peters Quinn, Hyde Park Art Center Director of Exhibition & Residency Programs, the exhibition—which is available for in-person viewing—runs from May 3 – July 17.

Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden: Shrouds by Faheem Majeed is an ambitious new installation and exhibition that furthers his investigation of culturally specific institutions by focusing on the history and memory of the historic South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC). The centerpiece of the exhibition will be a monumental charcoal rubbing of the SSCAC’s building facade at 3831 S. Michigan Ave. that Majeed has been working on since August 2020. Also incorporated, in addition to this new fabric work, is his ongoing series Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden, which reuses one set of cedar wood panels over many spaces. For this installation, the wooden planks, repurposed from the SSCAC’s Burroughs Gallery, will take the form of a platform that will both raise the massive building sized fabric rubbing on a pedestal, and be host to a performance by the Seldoms. In this exhibition, Majeed will debut his first video work on the Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk Facade featuring dancer Damon Green in movement with the shroud choreographed by Carrie Hanson in the SSCAC’s wood-paneled art gallery.

Faheem Majeed is a builder—literally and metaphorically. A resident of Chicago’s South Shore  neighborhood, Majeed often looks to the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into larger questions around civic-mindedness, community activism, and institutional critique. As part of his studio practice, the artist transforms materials such as particle board, scrap metal and wood, and discarded signs and billboard remnants, breathing new life into these often overlooked and devalued materials. His broader engagement with the arts also involves arts administration, curation, and community facilitation, all which feed into his larger practice. From 2005-2011, Majeed served as Executive Director and Curator for the SSCAC. In this role he was responsible for managing operations, staff, programs, fundraising, curation, and archives for the SSCAC. During his time with the SSCAC, Majeed curated exhibitions of numerous artists including Elizabeth Catlett, Dr. David Driskell, Charles White, Jonathan Green, and Theaster Gates. Majeed received his BFA from Howard University and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).


Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden IV: Shrouds by Faheem Majeed is generously supported by The Joyce Foundation, The Terra Foundation for American Art, and The Illinois Arts Council.


COVID-19-related safety protocols

Hyde Park Art Center views its community’s safety as the number one priority and is utilizing the guidance from the City and State to inform its reopening procedures including the requiring of masks to be worn in the building at all times; instituting extra cleaning and disinfecting procedures; wide availability of hand sanitizer throughout the building; and the careful configuring of exhibition hours so as to help regulate the number of people and maintain proper social distance in the Art Center at one time.


Admission and hours

Exhibition admission is free, and advance registration is required. For latest exhibition hours and advance registration, visit www.hydeparkart.org.


About the Hyde Park Art Center

Hyde Park Art Center, at 5020 South Cornell Avenue on Chicago’s vibrant South Side, is a hub for contemporary arts in Chicago, serving as a gathering and production space for artists and the broader community to cultivate ideas, impact social change, and connect with new networks. Since its inception in 1939, Hyde Park Art Center has grown from a small collective of quirky artists to establishing a strong legacy of innovative development and emerging as a unique Chicago arts institution with social impact. The Art Center functions as an amplifier for today and tomorrow’s creative voices, providing the space to cultivate and create new work and connections.


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