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The Future is Breath: An Artist Talk on Afrofuturism and Speculative Fiction

Hyde Park Art Center, the renowned non‐profit hub for contemporary art located on Chicago’s vibrant South Side, announces programs for Chicago‐based artist Candace Hunter’s largest solo exhibition to date: Candace Hunter: The Alien‐Nations and Sovereign States of Octavia E Butler.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Hyde Park Art Center presents a conversation centering the work of exhibition artist Candace Hunter and the legacy of Black science fiction writer, Octavia Butler, that inspires Hunter’s current exhibition. The conversation will focus on the shared sense of world-building within Butler’s literary work and Hunter’s reimagining of spatial representation. The conversation will explore the legacy and impact of Butler on the Afrofuturism movement and speculative fiction as a literary genre.  The title of the program, “The Future is Breath,” speaks to the current conversations surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement and highlights conceptual ideas relating to the future of Black people and their evolution in lieu of the grief surrounding Black death.

Hyde Park Arts Center is proud to be free and open to the public seven days a week. The Center is open Mondays – Thursdays from 10 am – 7 pm, Fridays from 10 am – 4:30 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm, and Sundays from 11 am – 4 pm.

Photo: Candace Hunter, The Future is Breath, film still 2023


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