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Spatial City brings together an i nternational\, multi-generational array of artists—with an emphasis on arti sts living in France—whose work contends with idealism\, utopian thinking\, and\, in counterpoint\, the cynicism that follows failed revolution and th e retreat of optimism in the face of pragmatic reality. The exhibition trac es the connection between the vanguard concepts of urban space dominant in the mid-twentieth century and championed by Yona Friedman to the art of the present\, bringing together historical and recent examples of artists from the US and abroad. Originating curator Nicholas Frank (Institute of Visual Arts\, Milwaukee) worked with participating curators Allison Peters Quinn (HPAC) and Luis Croquer (the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit) to develop the exhibition and tour.

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The ex hibition Spatial City is inspired by the theoretical architecture of the sa me name by Yona Friedman (b.1923). In his first manifesto Mobile Architectu re (1958)\, Friedman defined the structures in this ideal city as being tra nsformable\, transportable and occupying as little ground area as possible\ , pushing the structures to hover over the earth rather than occupy the sur face directly. Friedman’s ideas\, disseminated in the aftermath of World Wa r II\, have influenced subsequent generations both indirectly and directly. While Friedman’s concepts informed the framework of the show\, the selecti on of artwork reflects the cycling and recycling of optimism and cynicism i n postwar and contemporary culture. Artists in the exhibition are respondin g to society’s complex problems: the failed utopian social experiments that resulted in the dehumanizing conditions of Brutalist architecture\, the ri se and fall of totalitarian states\, the tensions resulting from post-colon ial immigration\, and the destruction of the environment in the name of pro gress.

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Beginning with Friedman’ s Ville spatiale drawings of 1959-1960\, the full touring exhibition includ es the sculpture\, video and installation work of Lida Abdul\, Élisabeth Ba llet\, Yves Bélorgey\, Berdaguer &\; Péjus\, Katinka Bock\, Monica Bonvi cini\, Jeff Carter\, Maurizio Cattelan/Philippe Parreno\, Jordi Colomer\, F rançois Dallegret\, Peter Downsbrough\, Philippe Durand\, Jimmie Durham\, S imon Faithfull\, Didier Fuiza Faustino\, Cao Fei\, Robert Filliou\, Elise F lorenty\, Dora Garcia\, Séverine Hubard\, Stefan Kern\, Bertrand Lamarche\, Vincent Lamouroux\, Didier Marcel\, François Morellet\, Sarah Morris\, Jua n Muñoz\, Stéphanie Nava\, Philippe Ramette\, Kristina Solomoukha\, Tatiana Trouvé\, Marie Voignier\, herman de vries\, Clemens von Wedemeyer\, Stephe n Wetzel and Raphaël Zarka. Each exhibition venue will amend the artist lis t according to their space. The Hyde Park Art Center is pleased to add the work of Chicago-based artists Sara Schnadt and Hui Min Tsen\, and Detroit-b ased artist Ben Hall. The exhibition will also include a program of video a rt on view in the Black Box Gallery on the second floor.

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The Hyde Park Art Center will host Paris-based pho tographer Philippe Durand in residence from June 22nd until July 12\, 2010. The residency is made possible through the support of the Cultural Service s of the French Embassy in the United States. The artist is represented by Galerie Laurent Godin\, Paris. This is the first exhibition of the Frac co llections in the United States\, and it will tour the Midwest throughout 20 10. Curator Nicholas Frank (Institute of Visual Arts\, the Peck School of t he Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) originated the concept an d exhibition. Participating curators are Allison Peters Quinn (Hyde Park Ar t Center)\, Luis Croquer (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit - MOCAD)\, Eva González-Sancho (Frac Bourgogne)\, Yannick Miloux (Frac Limousin)\, and Ma rie-Cécile Burnichon (Platform). The project and tour were developed in par tnership with Platform (Regroupement des Fonds régionaux d’art contemporain —the association of the Frac) and the Cultural Services of the French Embas sy in the United States.

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Works i n the exhibition are drawn from the following French Regional Contemporary Art Collections (FRAC): Alsace\, Aquitaine\, Auvergne\, Basse-Normandie\, B ourgogne\, Bretagne\, Centre\, Champagne-Ardenne\, Corse\, Franche-Comté\, Haute-Normandie\, Ile-de-France/Le Plateau\, Languedoc-Roussillon\, Limousi n\, Lorraine\, Nord-Pas de Calais\, Pays de la Loire\, Poitou-Charentes\, P rovence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur\, Réunion\, and Institut d’art contemporain Ville urbanne/Rhône-Alpes. The project Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism was developed with assistance from Platform (Regroupement des Fonds région aux d’art contemporain et structures assimilées\, France) and benefits from the support of Culturesfrance-French Ministry of Foreign and European Affa irs\, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (Délégation aux Arts Plastiques) as well as from the Cultural Services of French Embassy in the USA.

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