Update on COVID-19 Response
Hairpin Arts Center closures, postponements and extensions

In response to the current developments in the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Hairpin Arts Center has made the difficult decision to close beginning Wednesday, March 18th . We will reassess the situation and a decision will be made when we can reopen.
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AnySquared’s LIP 20/20 Exhibit & Community Art Days

Updated Exhibit Hours & Community Art Days:

Wednesday June 24, 3pm–8pm
Friday June 26, 2pm–7pm
(Sudden Impact concert 7–9pm streaming at Hairpin)
Sunday June 28, 4pm–7pm
Monday June 29, 6pm-8:30pm
Wednesday July 1, 3pm–8pm

AnySquared hosts Community Art Days during LIP 20/20 Exhibit Hours where people can make signs/posters/wheatpastes/stickers at the Hairpin Arts Center centering on #BlackLivesMatter. We have supplies to share. See pandemic safety measures below.

LIP = Life in Progress | AnySquared Projects’ LIP20/20 Exhibit showcases work that expresses definitions and/or critiques of progress that provokes, challenges, or illustrates. Through all media, artists represent or examine what is actual progress, what some consider progress, and what is not. LIP 20/20 seeks to answer and explore this concept with our work, our art, in our communities, and as human beings, both in the city and the world. #LIP2020

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Asian Improv aRts Presents Sudden Impact

Tatsu Aoki restarts the Sudden Impact series with its first full streaming event to facilitate new catalystic events, providing a substratum for Chicago’s musical artists to create and collaborate, and conduct musical experiments. Join us June 26 at 7p.m.
Presenting Da Wei:

"For over a decade, Da Wei Wang has been a veteran guitar hawk of the Chicago avant-rock scene. He is best known for his work in the legendary punk band, Ono. He is also an improviser in Street Tentacle and the defunct Suckling Pigs.

Da Wei’s fractured, atonal guitar style spans from dada funk to existential doom to ambient raga. His solo guitar work is like a storm cloud whose gaseous firmament is carpeted with hoary sprouts and dust geysers. He employs extended techniques and tools on his guitar to conjure textured landscapes and intangible memories. Enjoy!"

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Approaching Time

Starting Monday May 11th

A virtual exhibition from the collaboration between the Exploring Social Practices class at the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) and Hairpin Arts Center

Time is defined as, "the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole." It's our role as artists to learn from the past, produce for the present moment, and inform those in the future. Taking a step back and analyzing our current times allows us to put into perspective the ways we respond to change. We are able to take the concept of time and freeze it, bend it, or lock it away. Utilizing visual media, the works of this show will reference 'Time' in a way that takes into account not only our current pandemic, but our hopes and dreams, history, and human communication.

This exhibition is a collaboration between the Professional Practice class Exploring Social Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Hairpin Arts Center.  Originally, the exhibition was based around the theme of trust, but as a result of the worldwide pandemic that is COVID-19, the class changed their theme to time. The class had intended on organizing and conceptualizing a show at Hairpin Arts Center. With the closing down of Chicago, the artists took the exhibition online in hopes of still connecting to a wide audience. The artists would like to thank Hairpin Arts Center for continuing the collaboration beyond the physical space, and for being so helpful in the promotion of the virtual exhibition.

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