Jun 23rd 2018

Dramaturge-in-Residence Jesse Malmed presents:

With a special auction from world-renowned auctioneer Richard Wright and other special guests

Saturday June 23, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
(Auction at 5:00pm)
The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food
1371 W Estes Ave, Chicago, IL 60626

“Some Things Should Go! is a blowout sales event and performance series meant to facilitate the cultural exchange of ideas and materials through embodied performance tropes, exhibition aesthetics and critical approaches to attuned ambivalence in late capitalism. Witness and work with the swift, elegant auctioneer; the eager, winking flea marketer; the connected and contacted gallerist; the earnest, virtue-signaled nodder of artisanship. Bring money to buy some of the best and most interesting work in Chicago. As pseudonym Jeffy Malone reminds us by DM, “this is about getting a bit more space into Thomas’ space, more wallet into Thomas’ wallet and more Thomas into everyone else’s life”.”

—Jesse Malmed


P.S. This event coincides with a full calendar of projects and openings in Rogers Park this Saturday, including:

* FIRSTS AND STARTS, organized by Extended Practice at Roman Susan // 3-6pm
* FLESH OF MY FLESH, David Wojnarowicz at Iceberg Projects // 6-9pm
* MUSEUM OF THE MELS, Mel Keiser & Melga Blank at Wedge Projects // 6-9pm
* SPIDER PLANT, Fran Mendes Levitin and Ian Maclachlan at Wedge Extension // 6-9pm


The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food is an experimental project space and repository for thousands of collage and assemblage works made by artist Thomas Kong over the past decade. Housed in an adapted storage room behind the convenience store Kong manages in Rogers Park, The Back Room began as a collaboration between Kong and artist Dan Miller in 2015, with ongoing assistance from Nathan Abhalter Smith.

Since October 2015 The Back Room has invited artists and thinkers whose practices intersect with Kong’s in various ways to produce a series of public exhibitions, events and performances in the space. These projects each proceed from a horizontal engagement with Kong’s unique art practice and working context, and are intended to develop conversations around the art field’s relationship to production, visibility, history, hierarchy and value.

The Back Room Residencies is a six-month-long series of residencies in The Back Room, running from May through October 2018. These four residencies, made possible by our 2017 Propeller Fund grant, are conceived as platforms for experimental responses to the ongoing project of The Back Room, and its unique context in the realm of Kim’s Corner Food and Thomas Kong’s practice.


The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food is open during advertised events and by appointment. To make an appointment, email hello@thomaskong.biz.

More information on The Back Room: http://thomaskong.biz/thebackroom/

Visit Thomas Kong’s website: http://thomaskong.biz/

Enquiries: hello@thomaskong.biz

Regrettably, The Back Room is not wheelchair accessible

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