ANNEX is a series of site-responsive projects developed in collaboration with local nonprofits and domestic spaces. 

Land Acknowledgment with American Indian Center Movement Studies for Berger Park Cultural Center Bibliothēca in various Public Libraries Your Gift at MdW Fair Be Happy (SMS) via text messages Consonance in the streets of Rogers Park It makes me wanna at MirrorLab Birchbark, WiigwaasProperty at Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society Restraint at Leather Archives & Museum Without Within at Experimental Sound Studio StreetlightSlideshow at Wedge Projects One Thing Leads to Another at Ralph Arnold Annex, Loyola University Chicago Water Music on the Beach from 6018North to Lane Beach Woman’s Club at 7077 N Ashland Blvd 777 at Kim’s Corner Food Sungold Pastiché at Salon Pastiché Be Happy at Estes and Glenwood Avenue Be Happy (Street Fair) on N Glenwood Ave Blueprints at Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center Cold In All The Sunshine + Dog DaysStarkfield, Massachusetts at W Birchwood Ave Plants to Prints at Howard Community Garden StreetlightParade at 1629 W Howard St Draw a line —> RelayPeanut Coladau.127The Wide OpenDraw a line —> Trial and Failure, Trial and Practice Thresh/hold at 1637-1643 W Howard St ANNEX Map

The video above has been compiled from materials and archival images generously shared by the American Indian Center and Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society. During Winter 2021, narration of the video was recorded with Grayson Alexander, Isabella Chamberland, and Edelawite Sasahulih of the 49th Ward Youth Council.

The video has been shared at 1224 W Loyola in Spring 2020, and was subsequently on view as a part of the Summer 2020 exhibition Birchbark, Wiigwaas at Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, featuring new work by Nora Moore Lloyd. The video was also featured as a part of Moore Lloyd’s installation for human / nature: the weight of our actions on the natural world at the Illinois State Museum in 2021-2022.

Please let us know if you would like to add your voice.


Movement Studies for Berger Park Cultural Center presents screenings, performance, research, and workshops created by artists investigating social and environmental transitions.

Past events: FRUTAS 02.26-04.15.24 + 10.23-11.13-12.11.23 Rising Up Angry 11.20.23 Screen Test 9.21.22 + 10.18.23 In the Future Something Will Have Happened 9.1-9.2.23 Where yo Wurkz/Where yo Mental 8.18.23 *between the tongue and the taste* 4.19-5.17-6.21-7.19-8.16-9.20.23 The Collective Mending Sessions 3.25.23 Reading the Landscape 9.28-11.02-12.07.22 + 1.11-5.31.23 Ende, Taul, Yu 10.18.22 BOUNDARYMIND 5.28.22 Drift 9.25-10.16.21 In-betweening 7.23.21 Twin Cities 3.29-5.9.21

Elaine Lemieux and Sara Zalek
Mooove Voice
Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL

Workshop Friday, May 17 at 6:30 PM

Mooove Voice combines classical vocal techniques with fundamental Butoh exercises, exploring the physical sensations of vocal sounds in our bodies and in the space around us. We work up to group improvisational scores by playfully passing sound and movement in simple patterns. No experience necessary, all are welcome!

RSVP now to ensure a spot. Walk-ins are encouraged as well; if we are at capacity, you will be placed first for the next event. Mooove Voice will last 90 minutes. The movement space at Berger Park is on the third floor of the building, up two flights of stairs. You will need to remove shoes to enter the space. Parking is limited in the area – CTA and ride share encouraged! Please leave feedback in the RSVP form if these factors present any obstacles or concerns that would prevent you from joining us.

Elaine Lemieux, mezzo-soprano, received Master’s and Post-Master’s degrees in Music Interpretation in Voice from the University of Montreal, Québec. Elaine has been teaching singing for more than 20 years. As a music lover and voice teacher, she feels that her responsibilities are to help young children, teenagers and adults to discover their vocal and singing abilities in a natural and healthy manner. She is the founder of VOIX-DE-VIVRE.

Sara Zalek (@01saratonin) is a transdisciplinary artist, producer, and curator. Rooted in physical investigations of trauma, resilience, and transformation, their work is intimate, raw, poetic. They make performances into learning situations, workshops, and sensing environments to encourage thoughtful interpersonal connections. They have performed and curated performances at the Chicago Cultural Center, High Concept Labs, Elastic Arts, Experimental Sound Studio, Links Hall, Lumpen Radio, dfbrl8r, Urban Guild in Kyoto, Japan, and so many more.

This event is being shared at Berger Park Cultural Center as part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions.

Parque Cultural de Berger
6205 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL

2024 26 de febrero, 15 de abril, 17 de junio, 19 de agosto, 21 de octubre a las 6:30 p.m.

FRUTAS es un evento en español que intenta a apoyar hispanoparlantes LGBTQAI+ de todos niveles de competencia. FRUTAS ha sido un lugar (antes de la pandemia) para personas cuyo primer, segundo o tercer idioma es el español. Tanto si eres fluido o principiante, FRUTAS te da la bienvenida.

Se proporcionan bocadillos y bebidas.

February 26, April 15, June 17, August 19, October 21 at 6:30 PM

FRUTAS is a Spanish language event working to elevate LGBTQAI+ Spanish language speakers. FRUTAS has been a place (before the pandemic) for people whose first, second, or third language is Spanish. Whether you’re fluent or beginning, FRUTAS welcomes you.

Snacks and beverages provided; just bring your queer self!

Eventos pasados / Past Events

Estos eventos se realizan en colaboración con la artista de performance multimedia Sofía Moreno, radicada en la Ciudad de México y Chicago, y los organizadores Flor, E. Mar García, Mitch Monroy, y blake nemec, radicados en Chicago. FRUTAS se comparten en el Centro Cultural Berger Park como parte de Estudios del Movimiento, una serie de programación que investiga las transiciones sociales y ambientales.

These events are in collaboration with Mexico City and Chicago-based multimedia performance artist Sofía Moreno, and Chicago-based organizers Flor, E. Mar García, Mitch Monroy, and blake nemec. FRUTAS is being shared at Berger Park Cultural Center as part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions.

Still from a video by Laura Glover Rivera

23 de octubre de 2023Laura Glover Rivera, trabajadora sexual, periodista independiente, activista e investigadora social. Como toda mujer trans provinciana huyó del escarnio a la Ciudad de México, donde en 2021 fundó junto a Rojo Génesis, La Tianguis Disidente una okupa-mercado en la Ciudad de México pensada para paliar la violencia económica que padece la comunidad LGBTIQA+. Desde entonces supo su lugar era con las personas trans de la calle, iniciando la cuenta de divulgación @transyfugas donde comparte historias de supervivencia, cárcel e infamia con un tono irónico y contestatario, a modo de contraproducción del legendario periódico "Alarma", un tablón que por décadas colaboró a la violencia sistemática y estatal de personas trans en México.

October 23, 2023 – Laura Glover Rivera, sex worker, independent journalist, activist and social researcher. Like all provincial trans women, she fled the ridicule to Mexico City, where in 2021 she founded, together with Rojo Génesis, the dissident Tianguis, an okupa-market in Mexico City designed to alleviate the economic violence suffered by the LGBTQIA+ community. Since then she knew her place was with the trans people of the street, starting the extension account -transyfugas where she shares stories of survival, imprisonment and infamy with an ironic and contested tone, as a counterproduction of the legendary newspaper "Alerta," a tabloid that for decades collaborated with the systematic and state violence towards trans people in Mexico.

Still from a video by Gizeh Trejo

13 de noviembre de 2023 – Gizeh Trejo, escritora y artista de performance de la Ciudad de México. La obra de Trejo ha sido presentada en diversos espacios culturales y museos como: Museo de Arte del Tolima, Museo Nacional de la Ciudad de México, Museo Carillo Gil, etc. en colaboración con otros artistas visuales.

November 13, 2023 – Gizeh Trejo, a writer and performance artist from Mexico City. Work by Trejo has been presented in various cultural spaces and museums such as: Tolima Art Museum, National Museum of Mexico City, Carillo Gil Museum, etc. in collaboration with other visual artists.

11 de diciembre de 2023 – Mitch Monroy es un poeta trans guatemalteco y artista multimedia que sueña despierto con lo queer y identidad. Sus proyectos exploran realidades trans a través de fronteras y esta tradición de ausencia. fueron seleccionados como becario de invierno de Tin House 2023. Sus trabajos anteriores han aparecido en The Polyglot Magazine, Parrish. Museo de Arte y Ashawagh Hall. También organizaron y fundaron Queer Lit Dreams, un programa en Lambda. Festival de iluminación. Actualmente residen en Chicago, IL. Conéctese con ellos en Instagram @mitch_monroy.

December 11, 2023 – Mitch Monroy is a trans Guatemalan poet and multimedia fine artist, daydreaming about queerness and identity. Their projects explore trans realities across borders and this tradition of absence. They were selected as a Tin House 2023 Winter Scholar. Their past works have been featured in The Polyglot Magazine, Parrish Art Museum, and Ashawagh Hall. They also organized and founded Queer Lit Dreams, a program at Lambda LitFest. They currently reside in Chicago, IL. Connect with them on Instagram @mitch_monroy.

26 de febrero de 2024Rojo Génesis es una artista visual e investigadora trans nacida en México. Creadora del colectivo audiovisual de mujeres trans Casa de Hadas en México. Elaboró el concepto de terror transexual a través del fotografía, vídeo y archivo desde el 2020. La propuesta estética de su trabajo gira en torno al terror corporal, intervención estética-clínica y transfeminidad. Actualmente dirige Disparo Transexual, espacio para la curaduria de fotografía y vídeo hecho por mujeres trans latinas, donde se hacen muestras de arte trans, foto publicaciones y actividades de formación. Conéctese con ellos en Instagram @_rojogenesis.

February 26, 2024 – Rojo Génesis is a visual artist and trans researcher born in Mexico. Creator of the audiovisual collective of trans women Casa de Hadas in Mexico. Elaborating on the concept of transsexual terror through photography, video and archives since 2020. The aesthetic proposal of the work revolves around body terror, aesthetic-clinical intervention and trans femininity. Rojo Genesis currently directs Disparo Transexual, a space for the curatorship of photography and video made by trans latina women, where trans art exhibitions, photo publications are made and training activities are held. Connect with them on Instagram @_rojogenesis.

Michael James
Rising Up Angry: Our Fight for a Better World
Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL

Book Release and Reading Monday, November 20 at 7 PM

Join us for a book launch with Michael James celebrating the work of Rising Up Angry. The first 30 attendees will receive a free signed book. Rising Up Angry was both a newspaper and radical community based organization in Chicago. From 1969-1975, 82 issues of the paper were published and distributed throughout Chicago and beyond. The organization worked to bring people of all races and ethnicities together, hoping to build a better World. Like other members of Chicago’s Rainbow Coalition, RUA set up and ran a series of Serve the People Programs, including a free legal clinic and a free medical clinic. RUA also produced peoples’ dances, had a peoples’ sports institute, and worked with returning veterans to help end the war in Vietnam. RUA supported the Black Panther Party, Young Lords Organization, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and the American Indian Movement. This collection of writings, photographs, and graphics will introduce you to the important and inspirational work RUA did during its time, food for thought for today’s activists working for social, economic, and political justice.

Michael James is a photographer, teacher, actor, and activist/organizer. He graduated from Lake Forest College in 1964, and spent that summer working on a study of Southern white migrants in Chicago’s Uptown. That fall he headed to UC Berkeley to study sociology on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.  There he was arrested in the Free Speech Movement, joined Students for a Democratic Society, and then returned to Uptown to work with JOIN Community Union, an SDS project in Chicago’s Uptown seeking to build an interracial movement of the poor. He co-founded the newspaper and organization Rising Up Angry in 1969, and the venerable Heartland Café in 1976, a progressive community based restaurant he co-ran for 36 years. He has worked in major motion pictures (Above the Law, The Fugitive, Chain Reaction, et cetera), is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and teaches at DePaul. He has published three books of his photography and is working on more. James produces and hosts the Live from the Heartland Show, which airs Saturdays 9 AM Central on 88.7 FM and, on CANTV21 Thursdays at 9 PM Central, and on YouTube. His photos are online at and selections of his writing at

This event is being shared at Berger Park Cultural Center as part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions.

Screen Test
Berger Park Cultural Center (Coach House)
6215 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL

Screening October 18, 2023 at 7 PM

Featuring new work and work-in-progress by Ruth K. Burke, Ali Georgescu, Tracie Kunzika, Kristin McWharter, Alan Perry, Ruby Que, Ramin Takloo-Bighash, and Oona Taper.

This series operates as an open mic for moving image – an open call for artists. Share a video that has never screened in public before, and we will debut the work together! Artists must be in attendance at the screening. Partial edits and work-in-progress are welcome. All artists whose work is screened are paid. We’ll share one question each artist has for the audience, and a discussion of the works will follow. Total runtime will be approximately 60 minutes.

The first Screen Test on September 21, 2022 featured new work and work-in-progress by Crystal Beiersdorfer, Salome Chasnoff, Ben Creech, Laleh Motlagh, Klaus Pinter, and Elspread (Jane Tao X Hyeji Kang).

These events are being shared at Berger Park Cultural Center as part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions. Share a work with us for a future Screen Test.

Lucky Pierre
In the Future Something Will Have Happened
Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660

Friday, September 1 from 10 AM to 8 PM
Saturday, September 2 from 10 AM to 5 PM

If you could fast forward time and skip ahead into the future—a month, a year, or a decade—which would you choose? Two people sit in a room talking. Two people take a silent walk. The probable is sidelined in favor of the possible. By the time a letter from the future arrives, something will have happened.

This hour-long performance is for a single audience member and will be performed multiple times Labor Day Weekend. The performance begins and ends at the Berger Park Cultural Center and includes a short walk. Audience members of all abilities are encouraged to join. When registering for the performance, please indicate any accommodations needed.

Lucky Pierre is a Chicago-based art making collective working in performance, writing, objects, events, and education. Since 1993, they have collaboratively created numerous works and initiatives. More info at

These performances are being shared at Berger Park Cultural Center as part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions.

Diamond Hardiman
Where yo Wurkz/Where yo Mental
Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL

Battles + Cyphers August 19 from 12-3 PM

Where yo Wurkz/Where yo Mental hosts footwork and all-styles battles, dance cyphers, and shares resources for mental wellness. To introduce this all ages event, organizer Diamond Hardiman aka Dreka will discuss her mental journey in dance and footwork culture. This will be followed by two rounds of battling, with $200 grand prizes for the footwork and all-styles battles. Sounds will be provided by DJ Mya Unique and DJ Stepz.

Dreka aka Diamond Hardiman was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago in the Austin. Dreka began dancing at the age of 10 and started battle footworking at the age of 13 and grew through legendary crews Aggression, 187/Nemesis, HA2(active), TerraSquad, and now House Of Wurkz. Today Diamond lives on the North Side of Chicago and represents Chicago footwork and HipRoll culture independently on platforms such as Red Bull Dance Your Style and Wala Cam throughout the whole country. During her journey of dance Diamond worked for Chicago Park District, where she worked with children and young adults, using dance to teach confidence and how to express in healthy matters during after school hours. Diamond is also a Dance Mom of a beautiful daughter who also loves to dance. Diamond wants to be able to give back to her community and start her own dance company and also own a dance space for all ages to express themselves in a safe manner!

The image above was created by @williamfrederkingphotography.

This event is being shared at Berger Park Cultural Center as part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions.

*between the tongue and the taste*
Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL

Call for Art-Writers Waitlist
Sessions Wednesdays April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20 from 6:30-8:30 PM

The third assembly of the art-writing group *between the tongue and the taste* is now in session. The group meets to read, discuss, and offer helpful criticism of the writing of its members for six meetings, April through September 2023.

Joining the group at Berger Park are Lichen Bouboushian, Maddie Brucker, Deirdre Colgan Jones, Eliza Fernand, Laura Goldstein, Millicent Kennedy, Maya Lea, Annette LePique, Craig Neeson, Caroline Preziosi, Robin Reid Drake, Taylor Rogers, Sara Zalek, with guests Kayla Anderson and Amber Ginsberg.

The group interprets the idea of art-writing loosely, serving as a space for its members to receive feedback on writing that constitutes part of their artistic practice. The group encourages diverse forms, including but certainly not limited to: pieces of writing meant to be artworks in their own right, performance scripts, poetry, fictocriticism, statements, studio logs, etc. The purpose of this group is to give its participants access to an audience of critical readers—a rare resource outside academic institutions—as well as to further develop Chicago's strong community of artist writers.

Each monthly session features a guest art-writer, and three members volunteer to share a piece for the following session. Pieces are anywhere from loose ideas to final versions, and writers include a brief statement with each piece about the type of feedback for which they’re looking.

*between the tongue and the taste* is led by Mel Keiser and Matt Martin. The upcoming events are being shared at Berger Park Cultural Center as part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions. Previous iterations of the group in 2018-2019 were hosted at Wedge Projects.

Catherine Reinhart
The Collective Mending Sessions
Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL

Workshop Saturday, March 25 from 1-4 PM

The Collective Mending Sessions is a series of socially engaged workshops led by artist Catherine Reinhart, centered on collectively mending abandoned quilts. This project cultivates care for cloth and community through the meditative process of slow stitching. Since 2018, Reinhart has led over 40 workshops both in-person and online, repairing seven quilts with hundreds participants from around the world. These workshops resemble a quilting bee where participants learn basic mending and textile care, while building community in a warm, inclusive environment. They cultivate care for cloth and community through mending together and discussions centered around the value of repair. The resulting quilts are transformed from unwanted textile objects into contemporary fiber artworks through the work of many hands, moving toward a more egalitarian model of work. Shared alongside the workshop is an extensive library of resources, ranging from instructional texts on mending to textile history to cultural and craft theory.

Catherine Reinhart is an interdisciplinary artist living in Ames, IA, U.S.A. Reinhart creates fiber work and conducts social practice with abandoned textiles around themes of domestic labor, connection, and care. She received her BFA in Integrated Studio Arts in 2008 from Iowa State University. In 2012, she completed her MFA in Textiles from the University of Kansas. Her works have been exhibited locally, regionally, and nationally. Catherine is the recipient of numerous grants and residencies. She was recently honored as a 2020 Iowa Artist Fellow, a 2021 Artist-in-Residence at the Terrain Residency in Springfield, IL, and an inaugural recipient of the Alex Brown Foundation’s Artist-in-Residence in Des Moines, IA (2022). The Collective Mending Sessions was recently selected for the "Mending and Making" Workshop presented by  Endangered Material Knowledge Programme, The British Museum (London 2023). For more information, please visit

This event is being shared at Berger Park Cultural Center as part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions.

Reading the Landscape
Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL
September 28 + November 2 + December 7, 2022
January 11 + May 31, 2023

Join us for an evolving reading group, named after our seed text Reading the Landscape by May Theilgaard Watts. The 1957 edition of this work carried the subtitle: ‘An Adventure in Ecology’ and this is what we wish our group reading and discussion to be – purposefully following where the text/landscape takes us.

You do not have to read a particular book to join or participate in this group. With Reading the Landscape as a starting prompt, we will chart and document the unpredictable path of ourselves reading, as the group spreads out to follow individual curiosities, and gathers together to share field reports on what we have learned. Broad themes under discussion are related to Chicagoland, Ecology, and Art. We have started a small give-a-book, take-a-book shelf in the library of Berger Park Culture Center to reflect and share related texts.

May Theilgaard Watts was a naturalist at The Morton Arboretum, and many of the ecologies examined in ‘Reading the Landscape’ are in close proximity to the City, including the Indiana Dunes, Rock River, Wisconsin lakes and forests, Wheatland prairie, Chicagoland highways, and elsewhere. For additional biographical information about May Theilgaard Watts, and to view samples of the diagrammatic and botanical drawing style which are found throughout her published texts, please visit The Morton Arboretum online archive.

Roman Susan will aim to have a handful of copies of Reading the Landscape we can loan to anyone who would like to participate. Right now we are reading the second edition of this work, Reading the Landscape of America, which was published 18 years after the first publication. This edition includes postscripts to chapters that revisit landscapes described decades earlier. You can start wherever you want – first version, revised, or something else entirely, in the spirit of ‘An Adventure in Ecology’ – let us know what you find!

This event is being shared at Berger Park Cultural Center as part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions.

Movement Studies: Ende, Taul, Yu
Berger Park Cultural Center (Coach House)
6215 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL
October 18, 2022 at 7 PM

Join us for a screening of films by Shir Ende, Paige Taul, and Cherrie Yu at Berger Park. The program features short works that reference and reframe canonical moving image by Bruce Nauman and Yvonne Rainer, alongside new narratives, choreography, and personal storytelling.

Shir Ende is a Chicago-based artist and educator. Ende received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has shown at University of Illinois Springfield, Riverside Art Center, Comfort Station, Chicago Artist Coalition, Hyde Park Art Center, Heaven Gallery, Gallery 400, Terrain Biennial, Mana Contemporary, Woman Made Gallery, and was a sponsored artist at High Concept Labs. She has participated in the Center Program at the Hyde Park Art Center and was a 2018 - 2019 Hatch Resident at the Chicago Artist Coalition. For more information, please visit

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

Cherrie Yu is an artist born in Xi'an, China and lives in the US. They work in choreography, moving image, writing, and installation. They have been an artist in residence at ACRE, McColl Center, Yaddo, Monson Art, and Kala Art Institute. Their works have been exhibited at Contemporary Calgary Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Mint Museum, Links Hall, Wassaic Project, and Roman Susan. For more information, please visit

This event is being shared at Berger Park Cultural Center as part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions. The first image above is a still from How to Make a Structure with the Horizon/How to Make Windows for the Horizon by Shir Ende, 2019; second image: still from What’s good bruce? by Paige Taul, 2018; third image: still from Trio A Translation Project by Cherrie Yu, 2022.

Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL
May 28, 2022

Hi! We are Katie Young and Linda Jankowska, musical long-distance collaborators and creators of the multimedia project boundarymind. Much of the music comes from recordings of personally significant objects. You are invited to explore the sounds of your own object with personal significance. All you need to bring is the object! Any object! Childhood toys, tattered T-shirts or sentimental souvenirs. Anything! Without damaging the object, you can scrape, tap, bow, boing, ping, and otherwise resonate it. Play around. Explore the quiet details it offers. We will provide microphones and other tools so you can listen in to your object and the memories it holds. You will get a copy of the recording, and, with your permission and if you’d like to participate, your recording could be added to a database of sounds for participants and future iterations of boundarymind.

BOUNDARYMIND is a collaborative work which will culminate in an evening-length electroacoustic sound piece and aggregating installation that explores and transgresses the geographical, cultural, psychological, and musical boundaries that impact how we share our past, present, and future selves with others. Related events this season include community recording at PO Box Collective and a premiere performance at 6018North. For full project information, please visit

This event is being shared at Berger Park Cultural Center as part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions.

Mark Alcazar Diaz
Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL
September 25 + October 16, 2021

Drift is a video documentation of a constructed native habitat situated in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. The camera lens surveys its prairies and woodlands and visual intimations of its very nature as a built environment. The focus slowly shifts to birdwatchers, as the area is a recognized resting place for migrating birds that traverse states, countries, and continents. Their behaviours and desire to track and identify borderless birds become the subject of observation.

Mark Alcazar Diaz, born in Manila and lives and works in Chicago, Illinois, is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. He works in a variety of media, including video, drawing, and object making, to examine issues around migration, memory of place, and natureculture. As an extension of his artistic practice, Diaz has facilitated youth art collaborations through several community arts organizations in Chicago. He also develops and leads interactive workshops for teachers and artists to form dynamic collaborations to explore the intersection of aesthetics and pedagogy. He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois Chicago.

Drift is being shared as part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions. This work is being shared at Berger Park Cultural Center in alignment with The Available City as a partner program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson

Roman Susan to Berger Park Cultural Center
1224 W Loyola Ave to 6205 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL
July 23, 2021

In-betweening is an animated listening tour about the tenderness of insecurity. Written text and imagery will be the flawed, wiggly guide for sensing how everything is in a constant state of change.

Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson focuses on what is habitually avoided. Her experimental animations are spells to transform violent cycles, expose the illusion of isolation, and celebrate each other as interconnected, weird phenomena. She has presented work at Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Roots & Culture, Roman Susan, the Experimental Sound Studio, Constellation, Hyde Park Art Center, and 6018North in Chicago; St. Charles Projects in Baltimore; FRISE in Hamburg; and @ptt in Geneva. Her work has appeared in Newcity Chicago, Chicago Artist Writers, the Chicago Reader, and Chicago Magazine, and is included in collections at FRISE and the Institute of Contemporary Art Library in Baltimore. She holds a certificate in Deep Listening, is a member of the anti-racism collective Make Yourself Useful, and thinks all bios are deceptive. For more information, please visit

In-betweening is a part of Movement Studies – a programming series investigating social and environmental transitions.

Movement Studies, Twin Cities
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
March 29, 2021 - May 9, 2021

Initially planned for Berger Park Cultural Center, this selection of moving image works by artists from Minneasota was shared at Roman Susan during Spring 2021 – on view directly from the street after dark, while the space was closed to the public due to COVID-19. Works by Christopher Corey Allen, Ellie Durko Finch, HIJACK, Jordan Rosenow, Karen Sherman, Anna Marie Shogren will be shared again as a group presentation at Berger Park in the future as part of Movement Studies.

Ellie Durko Finch
And So Which / W*tching Body

May 3, 2021 - May 9, 2021

Anna Marie Shogren
April 26, 2021 - May 2, 2021

Karen Sherman
Hildas and Trojans + The Part That’s Human

April 19, 2021 - April 25, 2021

Jordan Rosenow
A Place to Fall Into
April 12, 2021 - April 18, 2021


April 5, 2021 - April 11, 2021

Christopher Corey Allen
una cosa che sente
March 29, 2021 - April 4, 2021

Bibliothēca is an open-participation prompt, encouraging artists and writers to contribute works on paper which are individually installed in libraries. Contributions are placed within books in the stacks – an insert, an annotation to the ever-growing accumulation of public dialogue and shared creation. If you would like to participate and have your work recognized through our online archive, please place your contribution in a book as a gift to the next reader, and share your work with us.

Artists Run Chicago: Here and Now
Navy Pier, Chicago IL
April 11, 2024 - April 14, 2024

At EXPO Chicago, Roman Susan joined fellow artist-run spaces Contra Corriente, in c/o Black women, and Space Shift Collective as a part of the special exhibitions program organized by Art Design Chicago and Hyde Park Art Center. We're grateful to have this opportunity to share elements from ongoing Navigations projects by Christa Donner, Eliza Fernand, J. Kent, John-Michael Korpal, and JeeYeun Lee.

Navigations + Artists Run Chicago (pdf)

EXPO Chicago Puts the Second City on the World Stage | Loyola Phoenix – April 17, 2024

Your Gift
MdW Fair
2233 S Throop St, Chicago IL
September 9, 2022 to September 11, 2022

10 years into the process, Roman Susan is becoming a real nonprofit – we have tote bags for our supporters! If you’d like to share your Roman Susan love with the world through tangible swag, make a personally significant donation via

We know there are too many totes already in the world – and maybe too many nonprofits? Reusable bags are only worthwhile if they are actually used, and reused, and reused, without necessitting more new material production, more accumulation, and more excess.

All of our totes are hand-constructed by RS founder Kristin Abhalter with thrift store fabrics – or printed directly over the top of existing token bags. The work behind this includes many folks – importantly: Kit Rosenberg devised the original reverse ‘Roman Susan’ design; Vida Sačić helps us look sharper in all things graphic-designed; and John Lacefield is doing the printing.

Do you have excess tote bags we can use in this project? Reach out to and we’ll make them newly new and reused. Want a tote but can’t donate right now? We are live screen printing bags on Saturday, September 10 in the Printing Zone on the 2nd floor of MdW. BYOTote and then share the Roman Susan icon wherever you go grocery shopping, gathering, foraging, prepping, or hoarding other things. . . .

"An organic cotton tote needs to be used 20,000 times to offset its overall impact of production, according to a 2018 study by the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark. That equates to daily use for 54 years — for just one bag."

    ––Grace Cook, The Cotton Tote Crisis

Thomas Kong
Be Happy (SMS)
(773) XXX-XXXX to (312) XXX-XXXX
March 19, 2022 - April 15, 2022

At the end of Winter 2022, Thomas Kong began sending text messages of daily work to Roman Susan director Nathan Abhalter Smith. After a few days and many collages, the pair decided to share this work in an online project, highlighting daily compositions until this was no longer what they were doing. The correspondence lasted about a month, and more work in this mode by Kong are available daily via @thomaskkong. These images are best viewed on a phone.

Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 1:15 PM.

Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 2:34 PM

Monday, March 21, 2022 at 11:19 AM

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 7:41 PM

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 9:18 AM

Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 3:09 PM

Friday, March 25, 2022 at 8:16 AM

Saturday, March 26 at 1:38 PM

Sunday, March 27 at 10:41 AM

Monday, March 28 at 3:14 PM

Tuesday, March 29 at 11:22 AM

Wednesday, March 30 at 12:28 PM

Thursday, March 31 at 1:58 PM

Friday, April 1 at 3:16 PM

Saturday, April 2 at 9:54 AM

Sunday, April 3 at 10:09 AM

Thursday, April 7 at 12:53 PM

Saturday, April 9 at 12:15 PM

Sunday, April 10 at 10:29 AM

Monday, April 11 at 10:51 AM

Tuesday, April 12 at 12:39 PM

Wednesday, April 13 at 10:21 AM

Thursday, April 14 at 2:05 PM

Friday, April 15 at 9:39 AM