DAY 2 \\ EVENTS OFF THE PINK LINE \\ Sunday, February 5

East Pilsen + Mana Contemporary • Little Village • West Pilsen


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All 2nd Floor Rear events are artist-organized and artist-run. Artists may request cash donations at their events. We encourage you to honor creative labor by making a contribution at every 2nd Floor Rear event you attend. All donations go directly to the organizing artists.

Oppressive or harmful behavior is not welcome at 2nd Floor Rear events. Oppressive behavior includes any action that perpetuates racism, misogyny, heterosexism, transphobia, and other systemic oppressions through antagonism, silencing, intimidation, or coercion. Harmful behavior includes harassment, violence, and violation of consent. (See

*All event descriptions written by the organizing artists with editorial support from 2FR staff



in silence from dawn till dusk

Open Heart Surgery Theatre*** 

43,200 moments of silent protest in response to the Muslim ban
Mana Contemporary Chicago, 2233 S. Throop St., Studio 619 \\ 6:30 AM-6:30 PM
***   in the absence of
arif mirbaghi (canada and iran)
raha javanfar (canada and iran)
bruce mackinnon (canada)
justin ruppel (canada)
performed by
coleen macpherson (canada and ireland)
rachel ellison (united states)
from dawn till dusk was originally conceived as a 12-hour participatory performance event celebrating our cultural and religious heritage through the guidance of artists rachel ellison and coleen macpherson along with a musicle ensemble comprised of arif mirbaghi, raha javanfar, justin ruppel, and bruce mackinnon. on january 27th, donald trump signed an executive order restricting the entry to the united states by citizens of iraq, syria, sudan, iran, somalia, libya, and yemen. with two of our four musicians at risk for detainment and advised not to travel to chicago, there could no longer be music.
we invite you to join us for 12 hours of silence.
we invite you to join us in 12 hours of reflection.
we invite you to join us in 12 hours of action.
in silence from dawn til dusk, we invite you to write letters speaking out against hateful legislation imposed by the united states government and the trump administration. together, let us flood the white house with our outrage.
donations encouraged. all proceeds will be used to fund postage with the remainder to be distributed to the aclu.
call for research assistance: please send all stories relating to those directly affected by the ban to until midnight saturday february 4th.
this event is produced by open heart surgery theatre in conjunction with 2nd floor rear festival @Dawn_Til_Dusk_
call for research assistance: please send all stories relating to those directly affected by the ban to until midnight on saturday february 4

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Shapes & Areas

Curated by Ericka Richardson


Exhibition \\ Tack Room, 1807 S. Allport St. \\ 12:00-4:00 PM

Shapes & Areas is a once-monthly event during which three emerging artists are selected to display their work in The Tack Room, an offshoot of Thalia Hall.  Shapes & Areas aims to expand the function of The Tack Room bar, taking it from watering hole to gathering space for artists, friends, and neighbors.

The third installment of Shapes & Areas, which includes artists Rachel Sanfilippo, Lorca Jolene and Pilsen-based artists and makers Lunartecos, opens January 19th. Tack Room will hold open gallery hours in collaboration with 2nd Floor Rear 2017 | RITUAL on February 5th from 12pm-4pm.




Adrienne Deeble

2nd Performance \\ Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St., Parking lot \\ 4:00 PM

Historically, salt has been used as a means of purification and protection. Throughout the performance of FUTILITY I, Adrienne Deeble uses the mineral to create a ring around her. Ultimately, she uses the salt to create distance and push away the audience. In the wake of trauma and loss, FUTILITY I began as a fruitless quest for self-protection and became a means of faith outside of religious dogma. The surrounding salt will wash away, but the belief will persist that one has power and control in a world that works against them.



Public Screening

Marlo Koch + Emerson Sigman

Performance \\ Mana Contemporary Chicago, 2233 S. Throop St., Studio 510 \\ 2:00-4:00 PM

We investigate the things we hold near and dear. |



A Song an Hour

Curated by Chris Reeves

Performance \\ Mana Contemporary Chicago, 2233 S. Throop St., 5th Floor Classroom \\ 2:00-6:00 PM

Micro-revolutions happen everyday, they’re just so miniature we can’t see them. A Song an Hour presents a cycle of literal micro-revolutions: one performer for one hour sings one song of their choice over and over until the hour is finished (program length: 4 hours/4 performers). A Song an Hour is a live mixtape for the Andy Warhol Instagram filter age: repetition and endurance—long a bedfellow for the market and critical but complicit art strategies—is put under a literal spotlight and surrogated through the simple act of song. When we sing the same thing over and over again, can we accidentally stumble upon a new note, a new gesture, a new moment, a new economy?

Performers include Alejandro Acierto, Jesse Malmed, Jimmy Schaus, Liz McCarthy, with an accompanying self-published book of essays and ephemera.



The Thing That Does Not Need to Come up for Air

Mairead Delaney with Tamer Hassan


Performance + Text \\ Mana Contemporary Chicago, 2233 S. Throop St., 6th Floor Project Space \\ 2:00-6:00 PM

A durational performance examining the ritual of the interrogation through gesture and metaphor, using the bell as both object of extracted information and clamoring voice. Alongside the inexorable elements of repetition and duration, the voices of the bells add incomprehensible communication—question and response will peal and re-peal.

Ritual unfolds and the bell tolls. They mark time, peal madness, set the rhythm of the prison and the schoolroom and the mass. Violence comprises a rupture, created in the psycho-somatic body by a traumatic event. Violence may be incorporated into systems, bureaucratized. In this way violence becomes ritual. The piece will examine—cross-examine—the interrogation as it exists as institutional ritual of violence, and as it looms in our current political climate.



Memory Mandala (Found Objects)

Nancy VanKanegan

Participatory Performance  \\ Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St., 4th Floor Project Space \\ 2:00-6:00 PM

Mandalas are objects for meditation, and physical/spiritual healing. Concentricity is a common element of mandala design. The center is surrounded by bands that represent the pulsation of energies into and out of the center symbolizing the journey into and out of the deepest self.

This community-built mandala will evoke a sense of time and memory by using found objects that are present in both celebratory and mundane aspects of life. All are invited to participate in the construction of the mandala using materials provided by the artist (egg shells, keys, plastic army men, flower petals, lost single gloves). Chanting and meditation will consecrate the mandala, the parts of which will then be dispersed among the participants.




A Sonic Feast as Venus Approaches Mars

Participatory Music Coalition

Sound + Text + Movement + Ritual Participatory Event \\ F4F, 2846 W. 21st St., #3F – 4 \\ 2:00-4:00 PM

Our performance will proceed through journeys of sound, text, movement, poetry, song, moving images, and cuisine. Both free and planned improvisational offerings will leave plenty of space for guests to contribute and share. We encourage participation by all! By thought, word, deed, and sound, we invite you to celebrate with us the divine unity of all the cosmos that music represents. We welcome your sound, your spirit, your voice and your heartbeat! Please RSVP to this event: 




This Ritual of Dreams

Curated by Danielle Wordelman

Exhibition + Participatory Ritual \\ F4F, 2846 W. 21st St., #3F – 4 \\ 2:00-6:00 PM

This Ritual of Dreams will be a place for quiet keeping and tender mending. We will traverse liminal spaces on a cold weekend in Pilsen by accessing the communal cosmos, creating alternative realities and exploratory processing. Centered around a collection of handmade objects from local artists, this exhibition will deconstruct ways we learn and negotiate by creating a small community of people actively pursuing healing, which will transform the way they engage their own communities. The artworks examine small reminders and process-based art practices of overlooked artists. Through a series of writing exercises, herbal magic and communal sharing, we will manifest our own desires and build protection within our community in a manifestation ritual at the end of the evening. We will acknowledge and give gratitude for the witches, healers, artists and travelers before us and draw down their power to enrich our communities. Please RSVP to this event:

Featured artists: Danielle Wordelman, Allie Shyer, Molly Berkson, Magritte Nankin, Carolina Proveda, Olive Stefanski, Yani Aviles, and Emily Schulert.





Adrienne Deeble

1st Performance \\ 18th St. Pink Line Stop \\ 1:00 PM

Historically, salt has been used as a means of purification and protection. Throughout the performance of FUTILITY I, Adrienne Deeble uses the mineral to create a ring around her. Ultimately, she uses the salt to create distance and push away the audience. In the wake of trauma and loss, FUTILITY I began as a fruitless quest for self-protection and became a means of faith outside of religious dogma. The surrounding salt will wash away, but the belief will persist that one has power and control in a world that works against them.



Glitter Beach Oasis

Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero

Performative Experience  \\  AMFM, 2151 W. 21st St. \\ 1:00-5:00 PM

Created by Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, aka CQQCHIFRUIT, Glitter Beach Oasis is an installation, a multidimensional erogenous zone, and ultimately an interactive, performative experience which seeks to facilitate connection into other realms while simultaneously deeply rooting into our earthly forms. The artist will consensually guide their audience-collaborators through a sequence of moments focusing on breath, relaxation, interconnection, mindfulness, sensation, vocal rhythmic harmonization, restorative movement, and dance. There will be many opportunities for independent study on the beach! Please wear movement-and-stretch friendly attire and be prepared to remove your shoes upon entry. All participants will be asked to leave an offering at the door but nobody will be turned away 🙂

AMFM is on the first floor and the space is wheelchair accessible; the bathroom is also on the ground floor but it is not ADA accessible.

Refreshments served will include fresh fruit and lemon-rose water!

About AMFM:

AMFM is a brand for artists and the people, supporting emerging and established artists by offering a platform for them to showcase their talents and their passions on a larger scale. We feature in-depth Q&A’s and content with artists and creatives from all over the globe. AMFM curates and hosts monthly events combining the arts to cultivate community, and good vibes. 




Curated by Anja Morell + Sarita Hernández

2-D Exhibition + Video Screenings + Performance + ‘Zine Production \\ Nitecap Coffee Bar, 1738 W. 18th St.  \\ 2:00-8:00 PM

As queer artists, we engage ritual every time we process moments, experiences, and histories that we translate into our own creative languages in order to phantom nightmares, realities, and dreams. This queer and creative translation allows for intermingling of contradictions, exposure of branded rejections and hidden desires, and travel transgressing the borders of time. As we release into new realities, we exhale and inhale the toxins and remedies of popular culture, emotions, voices, and movements. Processing is a language that we’ve inherited from the relentlessly queer.

Lenses is a multimedia exhibition that shares digital videos, prints, collage, interactive sculpture and video installation by artists A.J. McClenon, Alicia Obermeyer, Anja Morell, Iryne Roh, Jose Luis Benavides, Ruby Thorkelson, Sarita Hernández, Tiffany Johnson, and Vicko Alvarez Vega. There will also be an ongoing interactive zine project, accepting audience contributions. Through this exhibition, zine project, and performance night, we hope to stitch together the plethora of processing as a ritual of witnessing and creating. As Audre Lorde states, “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is an act of self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” Queer processing, queer creating is existing and translating the world that has tried so hard to tame our wild tongues as Gloria Anzaldúa would write. Lenses encourages queer tongues to continue unearthing their process by releasing their tongue wild until new languages and realities are created.

2-D Artwork: Sarita Hernandez, Vicko Alvarez Vega, Alicia Obermeyer, Ruby Thorkelson
Video installation: Iryne Roh
Interactive Sculpture: Tiffany Johnson
Video: Jose Luis Benavides, Anja Morell, Tiffany Johnson
Sound Performance: A.J. McClenon
Vending and ‘zines: Anja Morell, Alicia Obermeyer, Ruby Thorkelson, Sarita Hernández


A.J. McClenon Vimeo | | | Iryne Roh |  Sarita Hernández insta.gram | Tiffany Johnson YouTube | Vicko Alvarez Vega 




Wish Piece

Arranged by Lauren Sudbrink

Performance  \\ 2107 W. 21st Pl., 3rd Floor \\ 4:00-7:00 PM

Inspired by Yoko Ono’s early instruction-based works and in response to the recent political turn of events in the United States, Wish Piece is an invitation to the community: join in writing wishes, worries, concerns, hopes, dreams, etc. onto little pieces of paper that will be lit on fire, one by one, and released into the air in the spirit of Chinese sky lanterns. Wish Piece is an act of collective hope and healing. An opportunity to create a micro-moment of possible empowerment against a continuing moment of oppressive macro. This simple collaborative gesture exists in a still and safe environment where our wishes and worries will be sent off into the universe.



Oracles and Remains

Charles E. Roberts III

Multimedia Exhibition  \\  Showboat, 2058 W. 21st St. \\ 4:00-8:00 PM

Oracles and Remains is a solo exhibition of videos and objects by Charles E. Roberts III. Guests will encounter a series of moving images in which the mythical and theatrical threaten to overwhelm intimacy with spectacle. There will also be relics plundered from the staging of these videos and other mise en scene in the artist’s oeuvre 



To Clarify or Force a Pause


(Janelle VanderKelen + Takahiro Suzuki)

Video Screening  \\  Eco, 2042 W. 21st St. \\ 7:00-10:00 PM

aCinema is thrilled to present To Clarify or Force a Pause, a program of video works that delve into the ever-changing nature of the perceived self. The body is examined as a (false?) locus of the self, and stereotypes are questioned during enactments of found answering machine tapes and oral narratives, reconstructions of childhood memories, excavations into geographical locations past and present, and the act of learning to read. Contributing artists include Kim Kielhofner, Alison SM Kobayashi, Jason Robinson, Josh Yates, Eeva Siivonen, and Colleen Plumb. 



and then there was REPAST

And Then There Was Blak

(Phillip Lambert + Jordan Gillespie + Gerardo Romero)

Interactive Multimedia Installation \\ The Dojo, 2304 S. Blue Island Ave. \\ 7:00-11:00 PM

and then there was REPAST is a versatile interactive multimedia installation project on the urban millennial black and brown gaze when relating to death consumption. We would like to express the ritual of ethnic funerals, eulogies, repast and public consumption of death by celebrating brown lives that still exist juxtaposed with brown lives that have passed and become #hashtags. A special focus on marginalized black and brown people of color, i.e. women, impoverished, immigrants, cisgender, lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, and gender non-conforming individuals who have encountered death via state-sanctioned violence. These celebrations will be rooted from different ethnic backgrounds and diasporas such as Black, Mexican, Jamaican and Cuban.

Featured artists include Phillip Lambert, Jordan Gillespie, Gerardo Romero, Roger Rogelio Fierro, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Jared Brown, Angel D’Cuba, and Atlantis Island.