Mar 29th 2019

Goat Island Archive

@ Chicago Cultural Center

78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

Opening Friday, March 29th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, June 23rd

Join us in the Exhibit Hall & Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North, for the FREE preview of “goat island archive – we have discovered the performance by making it.”

The evening will include a 7pm performance & world premiere by UK-born and Germany-based artists hancock & kelly. Performing the Archive: Jackie Kennedy Flees the Scene of Her Husband’s Murder responding to Goat Island’s “Soldier, Child, Tortured Man” (1986).


The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to announce the details for “goat island archive–we have discovered the performance by making it” at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). In conjunction with the city’s Year of Chicago Theatre, nine national and international performance groups and artists have been commissioned to develop and present new work, each inspired by one of Goat Island’s original performances. The exhibition archive will occupy adjacent galleries and open in two parts, with the performance space and activations open February 2–June 23 in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North, and the exhibition open March 30–June 23, in the Exhibition Hall, 4th Floor North.

Throughout the 23 years of its existence (1986–2009), the Chicago-based Goat Island contributed to the conception of nine major performance works, accompanied by publications, film and video projects, workshops, summer schools, lectures and symposia, inventing a complex institution bigger than the individual works. Freed from prescribed narrative and dialog, the work of Goat Island is built slowly in a creative process informed by repetition, chance and individual perception. The company was known for its sustained collaborative production approaches with work created over the years by Karen Christopher, Joan Dickinson, Matthew Goulish, Lin Hixson, Greg McCain, Tim McCain, Mark Jeffery, Bryan Saner and Litó Walkey. Their democratic, shared activations continue to influence generations of artists, theatre makers, cultural theorists, social philosophers and teachers.

All exhibitions and performances, including “goat island archive–we have discovered the performance by making it,” at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Building hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; closed holidays. Admission is FREE. For information, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChiCulturCenter.

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