February 26 – June 25, 2017
PUBLIC SCHOOL is an exhibition by Jim Duignan, of Stockyard Institute, and Rachel L. S. Harper, of Seen + Heard. Drawing deeply from their personal histories of self-education and their public histories of community pedagogy in Chicago, the artists offer sculptural objects to accumulate an installed sanctuary for peacemaking curricula, spiritual rest, technical city skills, and an utopian center for civic love.
PUBLIC SCHOOL offers a series of free programs that bring the quiet, self-motivated, non-institutionalized, Chicago-style works of education from every corner of the city in a garden into its sculptural environment. Arcs of educational programming are designed by Jacinda Bullie, William Estrada, Jaquanda Villegas, and Irina Zadov. Other collaborators, and all Chicagoans, are invited to attend programs and create events of their own as part of the exhibition.
PUBLIC SCHOOL collaborates with community businesses-particularly Chicago Crucible, Ek Automotive, and Rebuilding Exchange-highlighting the technical learning resources nestled in neighborhoods to run on-site and off-site workshops. The exhibition also becomes a satellite for other organizations, like the local access media station, which will broadcast and record programs included in PUBLIC SCHOOL, and the Chicago Read/Write Library, which expands an archive of knowledge being produced below the radar in homes across the city.
Learn more about the exhibition, daily programs, and its collaborators, view the PUBLIC SCHOOL calendar and propose your ideas directly, at www.hydeparkartcenter.org.