Madeleine Aguilar
yard model
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
May 11, 2024 - May 25, 2024

Opening Saturday, May 11 at 4 PM

yard model is a modular, multi-functional platform outside of the street facing windows of ROMAN SUSAN. The platform will be a site of activation, collaboration, and play throughout the duration of this exhibition. It will be host to a series of performances and workshops, while also serving as a space for the passerby to sit, loiter, and rest. The platform will consist of modular sections that can be rearranged to suit the needs of its user(s). A series of interactive and performative sculptures will be on view inside of the gallery as well as a public library presenting collaborative book projects produced by bench press.

Saturday, May 11 at 4 PM
Leana E Allen, Jordan Knecht, Veronica Anne Salinas, and Madeleine Aguilar
bex ya yolk

Saturday, May 25 at 4 PM
Elizabeth Flood
Mauricio López

Madeleine Aguilar tells stories, builds archives, maps spaces, constructs furniture, records histories, organizes data, catalogs objects, prints publications, creates frameworks, collects imagery, acquires trades, ties knots, re-purposes materials, imitates structures, utilizes chance, plays instruments, follows intuition, prompts participation, guides observation, leaves evidence, develops routines, takes walks, breaks habits, and makes lists. Using the archive as form, she acknowledges the passing of time by cataloging lived spaces, collected objects, familial histories, personal relationships, natural phenomena, mundane routines, and ephemeral moments. She runs bench press, a collaborative Risograph press based in Chicago, and currently manages the Print Lab in the School of Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago. More information and work at

Chicago Must See | ARTFORUM - May 9, 2024