Home Meant Improv
Peppered throughout and to taste: sixteen sweet acts ceremonially mastered by Alberto Aguilar and Jesse Malmed (each with enough gentility to name the other first in their descriptions). To inaugurate an old space with a new name and new ideas, Al and Mal have devised a structure of sorts while disorganizing a series of performances within an exhibition. Each will perform—without planning or notes—a magic trick, a stand-up bit and a song. These interstitials play host to a series of improvising guests. Expect kids, parents, friends, friends’ parents’ kids and other admirable artists, preparing for Halloween by being themselves.
Uncertainty Makes a Great Show
You are invited to a program of 16 uncertain acts. Jesse Malmed and Alberto Aguilar act as both master of ceremonies and co-curators. At this event they will perform one magic trick, one stand up comedy bit and an impromotu song. Along with this they will each invite 5 artists that will also perform during the program. An exhibition throughout the compound of all performing artists will be on view for an undetermine amount of time. Jesse and Alberto will create the backdrop for this variety show to take place.
Blair Bogin, Hui-min Tsen, Jimmy Schaus, Josh Rios, Madeleine Aguilar, Mitsu Salmon, Sadie Woods, Susy Bielak and Fred Schmalz (Balas & Wax), Alex Bradley Cohen, and more
JESSE MALMED is an artist and curator, working in video, performance, text, occasional objects and their gaps and overlaps. He has performed, screened and exhibited at museums, microcinemas, film festivals, galleries, bars and barns, including recent solo presentations at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, D Gallery, Syntax Season, Roots and Culture, the Chicago Cultural Center, Cinema Contra, Microlights, Echo Park Film Center, Lease Agreement and the University of Chicago Film Studies Center. Present platformist and curatorial projects include the Live to Tape Artist Television Festival, programming at the Nightingale Cinema, the mobile exhibition space and artist bumper sticker project Trunk Show (with Raven Falquez Munsell), programming through ACRE TV and the recently inaugurated Western Pole. A native of Santa Fe, Jesse earned his BA at Bard College and his MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was named a “2014 Breakout Artist” by Newcity and has attended residencies at ACRE, Ox-Bow, Summer Forum, the Chicago Cultural Center and Links Hall. www.jessemalmed.net
ALBERTO AGUILAR I will write this biography using 165 words but will not discover this number until it is complete. From this point forward he will be speaking in third person. Alberto Aguilar is a Chicago based aartist and was born there as well. Aguilar’s creative practice often incorporates whatever materials are at hand as well as exchanges with his family, other aartists, and people he encounters. His work bridges media from painting and sculpture to video, installation, performance, and sound and has been
exhibited at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary AArt, the Queens Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American AArt, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of AArt, the Minneapolis Institute of AArt and the AArt Institute of Chicago. He holds a BFAA and an MFAA from the School of the AArt Institute of Chicago and currently teaches at Harold Washington College one of the City Colleges of Chicago. In order to create slight confusion, he has added an extra letter A where ever the word aart appears in this bio. www.albertoaguilar.org