Chicago Home Theater Festival in Pilsen
May
23
6:00 pm18:00

Chicago Home Theater Festival in Pilsen

  • ECO

RADICAL NOURISHMENT. In the wake of the abuse of power that occurred at Dusek's, in the face of new immigration policies that puts this (and other immigrant communities) in immediate danger, in the context of gentrification and change in Pilsen over the years pushing out more and more people of color, what does radical nourishment look like? What does that look like through the framework of the art we consume to nourish & replenish ourselves? How does that interplay with a neighborhood like Pilsen? 

With artists: Soulphonetics, Enid Muñoz, Sebastian Olayo, Alejandro T. Acierto, Lily Be, Gabriela Ibarra + Brian Herrera

Purchase tickets HERE

ONE: Emerging artists for Cleve Carney Art Gallery at College of DuPage
Jun
1
Jul 29

ONE: Emerging artists for Cleve Carney Art Gallery at College of DuPage

  • Cleve Carney Art Gallery

ONE is the Cleve Carney Art Gallery’s first ever emerging artist exhibition.  This exhibition is intended to provide a survey of contemporary artwork being created by artists in the region and across the country. Surveyed artists include: Alejandro T. Acierto, Hernan Gomez Chavez, Michelle Graves, Rebecca Griffith, Daniel Hojnacki, Cathy Hsiao, Josh Johnson, Wes Kline + Erika Lynne Hanson, Abbey Muza, Kaveri Raina, Monica Rezman, Laura Skinner, Patcharida Smittinet, Jacqueline Surdell, Christina Warzecha, Hillary Wiedemann, Sara Willadsen, and Sarah Beth Woods

PARTY 2017
Jun
3
7:30 pm19:30

PARTY 2017

  • Ruth Page Center for the Arts

The annual Dal Niente PARTY: a non-traditional performance space, a flexible floor plan, music paired with food and beverages, a relaxed environment where audiences can mingle and move around, and musical performances that run the gamut from the hilarious to the sublime. Dal Niente is saving some of its most breathtaking performances for its 2017 PARTY, offering compositions of varying extremes and stylistic influence that ensure all audience members will find a personal, unforgettable experience.

Jun
18
3:00 pm15:00

Dreamlives of Debris, works of Gene Coleman

  • Logan Center for the Arts Performance Penthouse

Philadelphia-based composer Gene Coleman returns to the Ren for a dynamic performance of material from a new forthcoming media opera.

Featuring acclaimed bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood and Ensemble NJP, Dreamlives of Debris is based on a novel by Lance Olsen that reimagines the myth of the Minotaur and labyrinth. While drawing on the lasting power of the myth, brought to life here by Isherwood’s voice, Coleman also integrates cultural sources as varied as Japanese Bunraku theater, manga, Monteverdi’s operas, and neuroscience research. The works will be staged by renowned director Luca Veggetti, known for his magical use of movement and light.


Present Music’s TIME, NATURE, CULTURE, SOUND
Apr
29
Apr 30

Present Music’s TIME, NATURE, CULTURE, SOUND

  • Milwaukee Public Museum

Ensemble Dal Niente performs Ashley Fure’s Something to Hunt in the classic prehistoric Hell Creek exhibit as part of the culmination of a year-long project with the Milwaukee Public Museum. Audience members will experience brand new compositions, existing works by living composers, and original sound installations in Wisconsin’s largest natural history museum.

Apr
23
3:00 pm15:00

Assembling and reassembling: decolonizing the (media) archive

In an effort to reimagine the archive, artists Alejandro T. Acierto and Oli Rodriguez are trying to remake it. By assembling and reassembling the media archive to speculate new possibilities and other histories, we can begin to decolonize the images and ephemera from which colonialist discourses are built. Looking historically to re-invent the present, this panel asks what we can begin to do and what strategies we can engage so as to empower the historically marginalized.

Apr
15
9:45 am09:45

Towards a new materiality of care: Asian American contemporary art practices @ AAAS

  • Portland, OR

This panel features the work of four contemporary Asian American artists who approach themes and topics of care through new materialities and conceptual investigations. Engaging in various theoretical and material conversations, Aarm Han Sifuentes, Kiam M. Junio, Alejandro T. Acierto, and Leonard Suryajaya's work approach history, diaspora, migration, and self-determination through various modalities of performance and image making, offering a variety of strategies that re-imagine Asian American agency and spectatorship. Thinking through care as a lens from which to understand their work, these artists materialize processes of making that contribute to visual cultures home and abroad.   

 

BREATHING ROOM (solo show) @ ROMAN SUSAN
Apr
8
Apr 28

BREATHING ROOM (solo show) @ ROMAN SUSAN

  • ROMAN SUSAN

A solo show of new works for the breath.

This collection of work seeks to visualize the seemingly immaterial and proposes the breath as a material of becoming. As part of a larger body of work that emerges from the recurrence of historically marginalized bodies stripped of their agency to speak, I am offering the breath, the seemingly silent gesture of resilient presence, as a site of agency, reclamation, and power in the context of historic oppression and disempowerment. For this work, I am offering these pieces as aesthetic strategies that provide a different, alternative stage from which these voices may become present. —Alejandro T. Acierto

IMPACT @ Marwen
Mar
14
Apr 14

IMPACT @ Marwen

In celebration of Marwen's 30th anniversary we are very pleased to present IMPACT, a new group exhibition featuring current works by Marwen Alumni. IMPACT highlights the many ways that Marwen Alumni are leaving their mark on the arts, education and their communities.

The exhibition will be on view until April 14, 2017. A closing reception will be held on Friday, April 14 from 5-7pm.

subdivision (part of a work by Allison Lacher & Jeff Robinson)
Mar
10
Apr 2

subdivision (part of a work by Allison Lacher & Jeff Robinson)

  • University Galleries of Illinois State University

With its seven framed-out wooden façades,­­ Allison Lacher and Jeff Robinson’s Subdivision transforms two galleries into a faux neighborhood where, on a weekly basis, additional artists are invited to manipulate one of the home-like structures in any manner of their choosing. Glossy white sheets of acrylic are attached to the face of every façade, each bearing its own vinyl decal depicting a common household object such as a vent, light switch, or power outlet. The installation immerses visitors in a landscape that evokes a recession-stricken, partially developed subdivision that is strangely populated by utilitarian-looking, Mondrian-like sculptures surrounded by decals of picket fences.

Subdivision will continually evolve during its six-week duration as the artists selected by Lacher and Robinson incrementally build upon, alter, or reinvent one of the aforementioned sculptures “causing,” according to Robinson and Lacher, “the exhibition to develop in ways not entirely within anyone’s control.” As people gather for the exhibition’s opening on Tuesday, February 21, at 5pm, Andy Roche and Selina Trepp will be the first participating artists to respond to their assigned structure. Following suit on successive Fridays, artists Amanda Bowles and Erin Hayden, Alejandro T. Acierto, Thad Kellstadt, and collaborative duo Melissa Oresky and Zak Boerger, will “perform” their work with a free public event in the gallery. In the last week of the exhibition, the “subdivision” will have changed from a conglomeration of similar architectural forms to a mash-up of different aesthetics, styles, practices, materials, and tastes—from a series of houses to a community of neighbors.

Friday, March 10, at 7 pm

Alejandro T. Acierto will activate the space through an experimental participatory project that considers the nature of political organizing in the era of Web 2.0. Using a real-time social media monitoring program as a backdrop to activate a set of megaphones within the installation, Acierto engages the structure as an open framework that student organizations and activists can inhabit. After a preliminary solo performance for megaphones and voice, the structure will offer various communities a temporary site to return to, work in, strategize, and recoup for the rest of the exhibition. Using open source technologies, Return, refresh, sustain attempts to embody and present a framework that enables collaborative interactions between organizers, communities, and the public.

Feb
26
10:00 am10:00

Practices of Transgression: Accessing the creative potential of liminal identities to imagine radical futures @ CMRS

  • University of Southern California

This round table will bring together a transdisciplinary group of artists, writers, and thinkers to explore theoretical strategies that can point us as creative practitioners towards praxis that imagines the unimaginable: a future that centers blackness, the feminine, the queer. We ask, how do we approach mixed-race or trans-racial experiences in critically productive ways through our work? How do the underlying ideologies of creative spaces and institutions founded on white supremacy negatively impact our practices, and how can we most effectively speak back to and destabilize these ideologies? What is our relationship to re/telling history, and how does this lead us to new futures?

With Alejandro T. Acierto, Maya Mackrandilal, Erica Mena, and Shylah Pacheco Hamilton; co-organized by Alejandro T. Acierto and Maya Mackrandilal

Feb
16
3:30 pm15:30

Other Media: Decolonizing Practices and Cyborg Ontologies @ CAA

“Rather than going for the new object of study, the new product to consume, one should work on new ways of seeing, of being, or of living in the world.” – Trihn T. Minh-Ha from D-Passage: The Digital Way

“Cyborg writing is about the power to survive, not on the basis of original innocence, but on the basis of seizing the tools to mark the world that marked them as other.” – Donna Haraway from A Cyborg Manifesto


Following Donna Haraway’s epochal work A Cyborg Manifesto in which she imagines the cyborg condition as a site of liberation and decolonized subjectivity, this panel considers diverse approaches of artists, historians, theoretician-practitioners, and media activists that encode strategies of decolonization in their work and practice. Through a critical engagement of code as a (rhetorical) tool to re-inscribe historically marginalized bodies, this panel looks at a broad array of efforts, tactics, and projects that consider the ethos of a cyborg condition imagined by Haraway’s writing. As part of this conversation, we may begin to ask: through what means and technologies are these situations deployed? What are the strategies that allow for decolonized processes that are situated within feminist, queer, and anti-colonial subjectivities? And how do these methods enable, embody, and construct new realities of being?

Recognizing new media’s ability to rupture obsolete systems in the efforts to reconstruct other idealized ontologies, this panel extends the cyborg condition through theoretical approaches and practice in an effort to re-imagine human relation. In particular, this panel seeks to address how new media practice and theory can reconfigure our understandings of marginality as well as offer strategies that enable the repositioning of subjects so as to decolonize their subjectivity.

Panel presentations by Oli Rodriguez, Dan Paz, Mailee Hung, and Alejandro T. Acierto

Feb
10
7:30 pm19:30

Easy Not Easy

  • Constellation Chicago

Originally based on composer David Behrman’s idea of “deceptively simple scores with complex results”, Easy Not Easy asks a group of composers/makers to write (or submit) simple scores that can be performed with no rehearsal. An ad hoc ensemble is then organized to perform those pieces. Organized by Matthew Mehlan.

more info coming soon.

Feb
8
6:00 pm18:00

Conversation with Anthony Stepter

  • The Mission Projects

Following the opening of the means by which we make an opening, artist Alejandro T. Acierto will speak in conversation with Anthony Stepter, program coordinator for the Museum and Exhibition Studies program at UIC.

more info to come shortly!

Dec
6
8:00 pm20:00

Nine to Five @ Comfort Station

  • Comfort Station

NINE TO FIVE is a group exhibition of video art curated by Richard Medina. Nine artists, musicians, and filmmakers were invited to put together five minutes of any combination of video, music, collage, and sound art responding to the concepts of "advertisement" and "autobiography"

ARTISTS:
Keren Cytter
http://www.kerencytter.com/
Luis Mejico
http://luismejico.com/
Alejandro T. Acierto
http://alejandroacierto.com/
Daniel Fromberg
http://danielfromberg.com/
Lyra Hill
https://vimeo.com/lyralou
Lee Ferdinand
https://vimeo.com/user4158773
Drew Hanks
https://vimeo.com/user39119339
Ben Medina
https://vimeo.com/medinaben
Pedro Bello
https://vimeo.com/pedrobello

Re/Night/Live/Mare: Transmit 2.0 live broadcast
Dec
5
6:00 pm18:00

Re/Night/Live/Mare: Transmit 2.0 live broadcast

Transmit 2.0 hits the airwaves of ACRETV.

Other works screening November 1 – December 31, 2016

Concept by Joseph Herring
Programmed by Joseph Herring, Kera MacKenzie, and Andrew Mausert-Mooney

RE/NIGHT/LIVE/MARE re- considers your nightmares; re- examines your daydreams; re- contextualizes pre-existing (video art? videotaped performance work? found footage?) through re- presenting, re- editing, re -mixing. Featuring works that re- search, re- consider, re- examine, re- contextualize nightmares, daydreams, flying-fancies, hyper-realities. Also included: live re- mixing pre- existing work with new live footage to re- consider it in under the cold, hard, clinical (or soft warm fuzzy *wicked grin ) light of the telematic screen.

RE/NIGHT/LIVE/MARE includes work by Alejandro Sajgalik, Antonio Anton, Arthur Tuoto, Blanca Rego, Chanhee Choi, Chris Collins, Dakota Gearhart, Danielle Zorbas, David Ian Bellows/Griess, Devin Harclerode, DSK (Juan Lesta & Belén Montero), Dxn Anahí, Eden Mitsenmacher, Francesca Fini, Heejin Jang, Isabelle McGuire, Jan & Dave, Janelle VanderKelen, Jen Clay, Katya Yakubov, Lana Z Caplan, Lauren Kimball-Brown & Julia Zinn, Lauren Valley, Leslie Rogers, Lili White, Lori Felker, Maddie Hewitt, Manuela De Laborde, Mark Kent, Nowhere Mountain, Paul Wiersbinski, Richard Haley, Tommy Becker, Usumurasaki, Vivian Ostrovsky, Yvette Granata, and Zachary Epcar.

Featuring live broadcasts by Alejandro T. Acierto, Jan & Dave, Jen Clay, and Richard Haley.

Oscillations: Alejandro Acierto / Allen Moore
Nov
18
7:30 pm19:30

Oscillations: Alejandro Acierto / Allen Moore

Alejandro Acierto performs Transmit, a performance installation for voice and breath mediated through an 8-channel speaker system in multiple rooms.

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Allen Moore is a Black American male born and raised in the small town of Robbins, IL. His work converses with the signifiers of African American and popular culture, bringing to view the underlying themes of our racial and emotional experiences. Moore creates experimental sounds and objects that parallel his own biographical narrative, casting inverted recordings (graphite and adhesive) from popular vinyl records from his childhood. His subjects/compositions exist in an environment on the fringe of order and disorder, and then are stripped down to an elemental form. The conception is an attempt to deconstruct and then reassemble the subjects/symbols, making sense of discourse, and portraying the subjects with elegance and volume through the formal principals rhythm, repetition.


Moore's use of materials necessitates a variety of found and handmade objects, “Relics” emerging from the formal elements of Music, Painting, and Design. In his recent work, the use of graphite/carbon has been a continual thread. The bodies of work employ traditional 2-D materials with 3-D substrates, whose surfaces are gradually manipulated and carefully engineered.

Nine to Five @ Nightingale
Nov
12
7:30 pm19:30

Nine to Five @ Nightingale

  • The Nightingale

NINE TO FIVE is a group exhibition of video art curated by Richard Medina. Nine artists, musicians, and filmmakers were invited to put together five minutes of any combination of video, music, collage, and sound art responding to the concepts of "advertisement" and "autobiography"

ARTISTS:
Keren Cytter
http://www.kerencytter.com/
Luis Mejico
http://luismejico.com/
Alejandro T. Acierto
http://alejandroacierto.com/
Daniel Fromberg
http://danielfromberg.com/
Lyra Hill
https://vimeo.com/lyralou
Lee Ferdinand
https://vimeo.com/user4158773
Drew Hanks
https://vimeo.com/user39119339
Ben Medina
https://vimeo.com/medinaben
Pedro Bello
https://vimeo.com/pedrobello

Nov
6
6:00 pm18:00

Interlude for Focusing (Vol. II) @ Corner

Witness the unfolding of the controlled breath through an afternoon of musical interludes and performances with some of Chicagoland’s most innovative musicians. Orchestrating a group of experimental musicians who are reshaping the trajectory of music and instrumental technique, the artist performs new musical and sound works to coincide with the exhibition Focusing (Vol. II).

Oct
16
3:00 pm15:00

Public Screeming for Focusing (Vol. II) @ Corner

Participate in a public ritual of amplification and focused breath. Bring your frustrations and constrictions and be prepared to let it all loose. Moments of unimpeded screaming will be coordinated by the artist on the sidewalk outside Corner.

Focusing (Vol. II) @ Corner
Oct
1
Nov 15

Focusing (Vol. II) @ Corner

  • Corner Gallery

Focusing (Vol. II) is a continuation of Alejandro T. Acierto’s exploration of the breath through the colonial history of Filipino involvement in the 1904 World’s Fair.  Focusing delves into the history of the Philippine Constabulary Band (PCB), a group of militarized musicians brought to the 1904 World's Fair in connection with the 'live zoo' exhibition of Filipinos.  This history touches on the representation of savagery vs. civilization, control and freedom, adaptation and displacement and how Filipinos, through the direction of an African American musician Walter E. Loving, sought their own liberation. Within the context of the PCB, the act of playing a wind instrument evokes an experience of constricting the breath and is a way to begin to articulate methods of control, power, and restriction. For Acierto, the marching band became a technology through which US colonialism was able to impose its own imaginary, and it is through this research that he investigates how Filipinos could reassert themselves.


As a musician and installation artist, Acierto will be activating the history of the PCB through archival images, sonic and sculptural interventions, and a series of performances and programming. The centerpiece of the gallery will feature a sound installation surrounded by archival images from the Fair and other ephemera from the era.  Acierto will be partnering with local schools and music organizations to host a series of performances including open rehearsals and public screamings.  

Power and Politics @ Filter Photo
Sep
25
5:30 pm17:30

Power and Politics @ Filter Photo

  • Filter Space

How does political power manifest itself visually and how much of its appearance is illusion, how much truth? When united, are power and politics dirty words, forces for good, or just the reality of life with a social structure?  Curated by Barbara Tannenbaum, Curator of Photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Power and Politics is on display September 16 - October 22 but mark your calendar for September 25, 5:30 - 8pm for the Artists' Reception on the final day of Filter Photo Festival.

Exhibiting artists include:
Alejandro Acierto, Jasmine Clark, Gina Costa, Robert Drea, Whit Forrester, Tria Giovan, Lindsay Godin, Daniel Gonçalves, Alexander Gouletas, Karen Hirsch, Kevin Jones, Dave Jordano, T.J. Kirkpatrick, Charles Ledford, Nate Matthews Charles Mintz, Greer Muldowney, Kelley O’Brien, Matt Rahner, Jim Ramer, Kevin Shick, Rebecca Sittler, Harit Srikhao, Sarah Sudhoff, Leonard Suryajaya, Lorenzo Tassone, Scott Tavitian, Kristine Thompson, Tom Wagner, Zhiyuan Yang

Sep
23
Sep 25

searching for the thing that may not be real in the Good Times Waiting Room @ EXPO Chicago

Chicago-based artist and Field Trip, Field Notes, Field Guide Fellow Richard Williamson has invited a series of artists to take part in Good Times Waiting Room, an installation being shown at the University of Chicago booth at EXPO Chicago. As an invited guest, I'll be performing a new work searching for the thing that may not be real at some point during the fair. Meant to be spontaneous and fleeting, these performances Williamson is organizing have no set days or times for their presentations. More information will be coming soon, but look to social media to find out when I'll be performing!

New Business: 2016 Center Program Final Exhibition @ Hyde Park Art Center
Aug
7
Oct 16

New Business: 2016 Center Program Final Exhibition @ Hyde Park Art Center

A cap-stone program for artists who are ready to push their practice to the next level, The Center Program is the Art Center’s answer to traditional professional development offerings for artists. The Center Program offers the unique opportunity to develop new work, receive feedback from professionals in the field, and work towards an exhibition to be held in the Art Center's main gallery. Over the course of six months, a supportive peer network, guest artists, gallerists, critics, and professionals push Center Program artists to answer tough questions, evolve their art, and ultimately produce strong, new work to show. This exhibition will be guest curated by Dan Devening. - See more at: http://www.hydeparkart.org/exhibitions/emfront-centerem-2016-center-program-final-exhibition#sthash.7oDedXN1.dpuf

Jun
11
1:00 pm13:00

21 Minus @ MCA

Designed by Chicago youth and curated and hosted by the MCA’s Teen Creative Agency (TCA), 21Minus is the MCA’s annual exposition of teen creativity and passion. Join us for an afternoon of workshops, performances, art installations, and interventions—all designed to showcase the talents of the next generation of artists and cultural producers.

The event is free for people ages 21 and under and their families, though all are welcome to attend.

 

Rapid Pulse 2016
Jun
1
Jun 5

Rapid Pulse 2016

Rapid Pulse presents a dynamic range of styles and forms of performance art. The festival embraces the local and the global simultaneously. We aim to invigorate Chicago by bringing to the city artists of exceptional caliber from around the world with dynamic programming, decidedly fearless and unique.

performance details (date, location, and time) TBA

CODE/SWITCH @ Woman Made Gallery
May
27
6:00 pm18:00

CODE/SWITCH @ Woman Made Gallery

  • Woman Made Gallery

CODE/SWITCH | May 13th-July 28th
Opening Reception May 27th | 6-8pm

In linguistics, code-switching occurs when a speaker alternates between two or more languages, or language varieties, in the context of a single conversation. But beyond this connotation, code-switching is a phenomenon that references any way in which we subtly, reflexively change how we present ourselves. It becomes a means of expressing different parts of our individual identities, in different cultural and linguistic spaces.

Highlighting this spectrum of code-based art, the work in code/switch will explore technology as subject as well as medium, and will offer a survey of art that critically reflects on the creative use of tech, through a socio-cultural lens. This immersive and interactive exhibition brings together a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers, all pushing the boundaries of their fields using digital media. Juried by Kayla Anderson.

May
11
12:30 pm12:30

Expanded Art History for Plants #4

The fourth installment of EAHFP sails around Sir Thomas More’s island of Utopia, attempting to wrap its head around the idea that we will never know what More actually sounded like. What more (or More), critical consensus has never been reached on just what More meant of the Utopia island’s musical entertainment section: Musica Reservata. What IS agreed upon, however, is that whatever this music is, it is something new: a relationship between words and sound, symbolic expression & artistry unheard of. Imagining that More’s Utopia band were to be present today, what might they sound like? EAHFP #4 anchors into the sand, sets up speakers, and attempts to deliver an aural equivalent of the sound of Utopia in all its contemporary glory. 

organized by Chris Reeves