Roman Susan strives to support the work of the artists in our midst. With the broad social consequences of COVID-19, we are very grateful to everyone who supports one another through this exceptionally stressful time. As we cannot be close physically, let's share this time and get closer in other ways.

1224 W Loyola Ave will feature new art installations and video projections while the space remains closed. These works are offered to our immediate neighbors, on view from the street. If you are not able to comfortably walk by our storefront from your residence, please enjoy these works from afar, through our website and on social media.

As always, we are doing our best to get resources into the hands of artists. Given the circumstances, Roman Susan wants to encourage and appeal to all of our fellow art organizers – commercial, corporate, collections-based, DIY, domestic, educational, inchoate, non-centered, unstructured, et al – please continue your support of artists while the doors have to close for a time. Though we cannot be open as in the past, we're still working together. Thank you all for your support, please stay safe, and let's take care of one another.

Storefront and Studio Residencies

Anette situates working artists in commercial storefronts and domestic spaces to explore studio practice, curatorial projects, and community engagement. Individual residencies will vary in duration and public accessibility. After a hiatus, this project has been re-activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the Illinois stay-at-home executive order is in effect, Roman Susan will host solo dance and performance residencies for individual artists who live within walking distance of 1224 W Loyola Ave. If an artist is in our storefront working, you are welcome to view their rehearsal or work-in-progress from the street; please do so with social distancing guidelines in mind.

We are grateful to share our space with Izah Ransohoff (March 2020); Rachel Damon (April 2020); Aram Atamian (May 2020); Anna Martine Whitehead (May 2020); Rebecca Beachy (June 2020); A.P. Vague (June 2020); Christopher Smith (August 2020); Colleen Plumb (Winter 2021); April Butcher (Spring 2021); Willyum LaBeija (Spring 2021); Hannah Santistevan (Spring 2021); Anthony Sims (Spring 2021). If you live nearby and would be interested in a future residency, visit

Playing in the Dark: 2005 or 2006
March 22, 2020 to March 31, 2020

Projected each evening after dark, visible directly from the street. 2005 or 2006 is a satellite installation of the March 2020 exhibition Playing in the Dark: Selected Work by Bill Talsma (1971-2019) at PO Box Collective.

Please visit the creative commons archive of work by Bill Talsma online, via

April 1, 2020 to April 10, 2020

On January 4 of this year, our friend and neighbor Ramona Marquitta Rouse passed away suddenly at her home in Lincoln Square. Ramona was a point of light on our block in Rogers Park, with a magnetic smile for us every time we overlapped in our next-door storefronts. Ramona operated Salon Pastiché as an independent salon in Rogers Park for 23 years at 1226 W Loyola Ave. She is missed in our neighborhood, and across Chicagoland by her family and legions of friends.

In memory of Ramona, during the evenings of April 1 through April 10, Roman Susan Art Foundation will project solid fields of color at 1224 W Loyola Ave which approximate the tones of the neon light at Salon Pastiché. To view a tribute movie and other materials remembering Ramona's life, please click here.

Contributions made to Roman Susan Art Foundation NFP during the month of April will go toward a creative initiative in honor of Ramona Marquitta Rouse planned by her family. To make a direct contribution to this project, please visit

In honoring our mother, we are seeking to raise funds to try to open a space in Rogers Park for community members who are battling depression where they can drop in and engage in art therapy, and find respite from their pain. Ramona fiercely loved and supported those around her. It is our hope to honor her legacy by creating space for people to come and heal. All funds raised will either be used to secure space and equipment for a new therapy clinic, or will be used to donate to a mental health organization that integrates art and music in an effort to heal people who are in pain as our mother would have wanted.

     –Aina-soe Rouse Cambridge & Michael Rouse Simmons-Gessesse

This Place
April 11, 2020 to April 17, 2020

During the evenings of April 11 through April 17, Roman Susan Art Foundation will present a video projection at 1224 W Loyola Ave compiled from materials and archival images generously shared by the American Indian Center and Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society. The video will be projected after dark, visible directly from the street, and will subsequently be on view as a part of the exhibition Birchbark, Wiigwaas at Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society this Spring.

Jordan Rosenow
Hand Washing Movement NYC

April 18, 2020 - April 23, 2020

I am spending quarantine with my girlfriend in our apartment in the Financial District, New York. New York City is being labeled the epicenter for this pandemic in the United States. Cases in the US are now the highest globally. Currently 100,500 cases have been reported in the US with 1,546 deaths. However, due to a lack of testing, we know the infection rate to be significantly higher. My partner and I both became sick with the coronavirus mid-March and our symptoms left a week later. We are grateful to return to full health and our hearts are with everyone who is being affected by this crisis. Today, Friday, March 27th, was the first time we have left the apartment since. The footage was taken midday on a Friday when the streets would normally be packed with hustling people. I filmed in five locations within four blocks of our apartment: Broadway St, Battery Park City, Oculus World Trade Center, the Federal Reserve, and our building rooftop. This movement is thinking about handwashing as both repetitive choreography and, along with isolation, our main defense against this deadly virus. This work was inspired by Yvonne Rainer, Hand Movie (1966).

     –Jordan Rosenow

Hand Washing Movement NYC will be projected each evening after dark, visible directly from the street.

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Jordan Rosenow is a visual and performance artist who focuses on the relationships of materials and movement through a queer, feminist lens using simple gestures such as touching, bending, leaning and standing. Her choreography is exploring the overlap between dance and sculpture by performing stillness and repetitive movements. Rosenow is from Minneapolis, MN and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Rosenow has exhibited at The White Page, Rochester Art Center, ACRE Projects, The Soap Factory, and Franconia Sculpture Park. Her performance work was recently presented at Lynden Sculpture Garden and the Walker Art Center. She is the editor of INREVIEW, a free, printed quarterly publication dedicated art criticism in the Twin Cities. For more information, please visit

Mark Alcazar Diaz

April 24, 2020 - May 6, 2020

panorama2(problem) will be on view to directly from street, while 1224 W Loyola Ave is closed to the public.

Mark Alcazar Diaz, born in Manila, lives and works in Chicago, Illinois as an artist, educator, and arts administrator. He works in a variety of media, including video, drawing, and object making, to explore issues around migration, memory of place, and natureculture. As an extension of his arts practice, Diaz has facilitated youth art collaborations with several community arts organizations throughout the City. Currently, Mark oversees in-school arts integration programs with Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education where he explores the intersection of aesthetics and pedagogy with teachers and artists. He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois Chicago.

Lia Kohl and Nick Meryhew
Measured in Distances

Forthcoming 2020

Intimacy and alienation do not constitute a binary, but rather operate as simultaneous phenomenon; expanding and contracting distances requiring fluid performances of vulnerability, support, propriety, and separation. For Measured in Distances, Lia Kohl and Nick Meryhew navigate this matrix, exploring alternative intimacies, physical proximities, and ambiguous distances through video, performance ephemera, and sculptural objects.

May 12 through May 17, a preview of the exhibition Measured in Distances will be projected after dark, visible directly from the street, while the storefront space at 1224 W Loyola Ave remains closed to the public.

Anna Martine Whitehead
May 18, 2020 to May 31, 2020

For the last two weeks of May 2020, Roman Susan will share selected moving image works by Anna Martine Whitehead while the artist has a solo storefront residency at 1224 W Loyola Ave. Works will be on view each evening, directly from the street, while the space itself remains closed to the public.

Anna Martine Whitehead does performance.

Her work considering a Black queer relationship to time and space has been presented by venues including the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art; San José Museum of Art; Velocity Dance Center; Links Hall; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has developed her craft working closely with Onye Ozuzu, Jefferson Pinder, taisha paggett, Every house has a door, Keith Hennessy, BodyCartography Project, Julien Prévieux, and the Prison + Neighborhood Art Project, among others. She has been recognized with awards and fellowships from the Graham Foundation, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, 3Arts, Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Daring Dances, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Rauschenberg Foundation, and Djerassi. Martine has written about blackness, queerness, and endurance for Art21 Magazine, C Magazine, frieze, Art Practical; and has contributed chapters to a range of publications including Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings (Oxford, 2017). Martine is the author of TREASURE | My Black Rupture (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016).

She is currently in residence at the University of Chicago Arts + Public Life.

Paige Taul
It makes me wanna

June 1, 2020 to June 10, 2020

An exploration of the expression one makes when the music is just that good. Meant to expand on the assumption of universality and generality in Black expression and whether or not such a feeling is a common experience. It makes me wanna will be projected each afternoon and evening, visible directly from the street at 1224 W Loyola Ave while the space itself remains closed to the public.

Paige Taul is an Oakland, CA native who received her B.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in cinematography from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Moving Image. Her work engages with and challenges assumptions of black cultural expression and notions of belonging. Her interests lie in observing environmental and familial connections to concepts tied to racebased expectations and expose those boundaries of identity in veins such as religion, language, and other black community based experiences. To view more work by the artist, please visit

Ben Creech: time
June 11, 2020 - June 20, 2020

every instance of the word "time"
from gilles deleuze's cinema 2: the time image

I am an experimental human who makes and unmakes films, texts, sounds, and time. Originally from Kentucky, transplanted to Chicago, my work is based in a sense of radical pedagogy and raw experimentation with material culture, primarily the history of cinema. I've just completed my debut feature film, SELF & other Early Works: the mixtape cut, available on Vimeo. I'm after alternative strategies.

  – Ben Creech

time will be projected each afternoon and evening, visible directly from the street at 1224 W Loyola Ave while the space itself remains closed to the public. The audio on time is Episode XVI from Madlib's Medicine Show #5 – The History of the Loop Digga, 1990-2000. To view more work by the artist, please visit

A.P. Vague
Forthcoming 2021

This project is inspired by the uncanny experience of unfamiliar locations. I’m interested in the process of capturing information about a given place, and I want to explore the potential slippage between the feel of direct experience and mediated representation. For this work, I will deconstruct images taken in Rogers Park into component elements such as individual colors and values. This is a way to render an area as raw information.

– A.P. Vague

June 21 through June 30, 2020 a preview of the exhibition Ext will be projected during the afternoon and after dark, visible directly from the street, while the storefront space at 1224 W Loyola Ave remains closed to the public.

Christopher Smith
Casual Hexagonal Relations

Forthcoming 2021

In lieu of his scheduled exhibition, Christopher Smith will be taking up residence at Roman Susan presenting a shifting selection of sculptures and flat works orbiting the work Honey Never Spoils, a high definition video of an archival yet edible sculpture in storage waiting to be consumed. Honey Never Spoils will be visible directly from the street August 11 through August 20, 2020 while the storefront space at 1224 W Loyola Ave remains closed to the public. The exhibition Casual Hexagonal Relations will be rescheduled and presented in 2021.

From 2008–15 Christopher Smith organized exhibitions in a vacant lot, a fire pit, and a medicine cabinet. His work has been presented at The Franklin, Roots and Culture, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. He received his MFA from Northwestern University. For more information, please visit visualdesolation.tumblr.

Burrow, Tousle
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
August 22, 2020 - September 2, 2020

Burrow, Tousle is comprised of two improvised solos existing, meeting, and colliding in the same space; unearthing what it looks and feels like to be at home with another person. This work is an ongoing collaboration between Kara Brody and Amanda Maraist (movement, direction), Chien An Yuan (film) and Chrissy Martin (sound). The work is currently in its second year of performance and process.

Burrow, Tousle will be projected each afternoon and evening, visible directly from the street at 1224 W Loyola Ave while the space itself remains closed to the public.

Kara Brody is a native of Detroit, Michigan and received her BFA in dance from Wayne State University. She dances with Chicago companies Khecari, Lucky Plush Productions and The Cambrians, and has performed works by Kevin Iega Jeff, Shannon Alvis, and Alice Klock. Brody teaches in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. She has been on faculty at Visceral Dance, Dovetail Studios, The Cambrians’ Winter and Summer intensives, Brighton Dance Festival, and The Actors Gymnasium. She guest teaches at University of Chicago and regularly teaches company and master classes for Lucky Plush Productions.

Amanda Maraist is a movement deviser, improviser and performer from the Texas Gulf Coast. She performs in Chicago with Khecari, and acts as an operations assistant for the company. She participates in several other collaborative processes with local musicians and artists, with her personal work imagining the body as a sloppy archive, and aiming to incite coinicidence. Through authentic movement practices and meticulously rendered improvisational scores she welcomes unwieldy processes and a DIY demeanor.

Chrissy Martin is an interdisciplinary performing artist with a background in dance, vocal performance, and experimental theater. She graduated with a BFA in music and performance studies from New College of Florida in 2006 and is currently pursuing an MFA in Dance at Smith College. She has been lucky to be a part of numerous companies around the US, including Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, Dead White Zombies, and BodyCompass Dance Projects in Chicago. Somatic practices such as Pilates, Gyrotonic ® Expansion System, Body Mind Centering, and Laban Movement Analysis deeply inform Chrissy’s integrated movement style. Chrissy is part of the global contact improvisation community, which has inspired her to develop her own improvisational structures.

Chien An Yuan is an interdisciplinary artist – photography, music composition / performance, sound design, graphic design, film direction, and quite recently, stage design. He runs a record label, 1473, focused on experimentation, electronics, and improvisation.

Joelle Mercedes and Amina Ross
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
September 3, 2020 - September 6, 2020

To mark the occasion of Artists Run Chicago 2.0 at the Hyde Park Art Center, Roman Susan is grateful to revisit Delight by Joelle Mercedes and Amina Ross. This work was first shared at Roman Susan as a part of the exhibition twinskin in November 2016. Delight is a single channel video of 5 minutes and 59 seconds duration, with camerawork by Ladan Osman. Delight will be on view from the street in a 24/7 loop at 5020 S Cornell Ave in Hyde Park from September 1 to November 1, 2020. Delight will be projected each afternoon and evening, visible directly from the street at 1224 W Loyola Ave while the space itself remains closed to the public.

twinskin – a collaborative project by Joelle Mercedes and Amina Ross – has performed across Chicago and the internet, making magic in DIY punk spaces, dance studios, and gay nightclubs. Work from twinskin will be a part of Foundation, a new community-hosted art collection featuring artists from each year of Roman Susan programming from 2012 to present.

Joelle Mercedes is an artist and educator who amalgamates text, time-based media and objects to speculate on partial, unstable, and contested histories. Joelle has presented work nationally and internationally at venues including: TrueQué Residencia Artística (Ayampe, Ecuador), Links Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Threewalls, Sullivan Galleries (Chicago), Lynden Sculpture Garden (Milwaukee) and California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA). Joelle participated in Strange Attractors, a book project curated by Nomaduma Rosa Masilela for the 10th Berlin Biennale: We Don't Need Another Hero.

Amina Ross creates boundary-crossing works that embrace embodiment, imaging technologies, intimacy and collectivity in physical and digital spaces. Amina has exhibited work, spoken on panels, and taught workshops at venues throughout the United States and abroad. Amina founded and co-organized ECLIPSING, a multi-media festival celebrating darkness, the participatory performance series Beauty Breaks, and the venue F4F. Amina was a 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence at Arts & Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. Ross is currently an MFA candidate at Yale School of Art within the sculpture department.