May 3rd 2019

Formats for Mats: Open Mic Night

@ Gallery 400

400 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Friday, May 3rd, from 5PM - 6PM

On view through Saturday, June 15th

Formats for Mats is an Open Mic Night organized by Contra Eras Co. and presented in conjunction with Alberto Aguilar moves on human scale. Each performance responds to the prompt: who will replace me? This event is free and open to all.

Calling all performers!
Anyone who is interested is welcome to sign-up for a slot through this form. The open call closes on April 24, 2019.

About the Organizers
Contra Eras Co. came together in 2018 to organize and create art that reflects the needs of the overlooked. Through workshops, open mics, and other community events they hope to give others a platform to share their stories and be heard.

About the Exhibition
Alberto Aguilar’s first large scale survey explores how the Chicago-born and based artist’s various life roles and surroundings have shaped a searching, inquisitive practice that is grounded in, and produces, a radical everyday. Aguilar’s creative work often incorporates whatever materials he has at hand and has extended into collaborations and exchanges with others, including his own family. Navigating measurement and limits, of his own body or in his ready materials—whether it’s the structure of a sheet of mini legal paper or the territory of an area rug, to name a few examples—his work bridges media, from painting and sculpture to video, installation, performance, and sound as well as the use of social media and teaching as art forms.


Gallery 400 is located on the first level of the Art & Exhibition Hall building with a push-button accessible door and can be accessed by a set of stairs with a railing or an elevator (Level 1R). If there are any barriers to entry on the day of the event, we will post updates through our social media channels.

The entrance to the building is located in a turn-around where visitors may be dropped off right outside the main door. The closest UIC public parking lot is the Harrison Street Parking Structure. Further information regarding parking on campus can be found at UIC Parking Services. Motorist assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 312.355.0555.

There are two all gender restrooms located on the same floor as Gallery 400. While the restrooms are accessible to wheelchair users, the door to the restroom is not. Visitors who use wheelchairs can request help with opening and closing the restroom doors by asking the front desk attendant who is trained in Personal Assistance.

Additionally, the front desk attendant can provide audio description, large text labels, and transcriptions of exhibition text.

Other accessibility services are available upon request and may be arranged by contacting the gallery at 312-996-6114 or emailing Megan at

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