Sep 6th 2020

Open Sheds Used for What?

@ The Franklin

3522 W Franklin Blvd, Chicago, IL 60624

Opening Sunday, September 6th, from 2PM - 4PM

On view through Tuesday, December 1st

“Open Sheds Used for What?”

Marina and Cecília Resende Santos

At The Franklin’s backyard starting on Sunday, September 6, 2020

“Open Sheds Used for What?” is an experiment in the open construction of space. Over several weeks, artists are invited to intervene and occupy a steel frame with ephemeral works that engage with the site, exploring questions of place-making and public space. For the month of June, the frame was located in an empty lot on 34th Place and Morgan Street, in Bridgeport. In July, the structure moved to Pilsen, roaming between three sites around the intersection of Sangamon and Cullerton Streets until late August. In its third life, the shed moves near the Franklin, where it will continue to host interventions. New works and events will be shared on Instagram and archived on the website and in an upcoming brochure.

“Open Sheds Used for What?” is organized by Marina and Cecília Resende Santos in collaboration with the artists, writers, and designers activating the space.



Marina Resende Santos is an artist and researcher interested in the poetics and politics of materiality and the inscriptions of desire in the environment. Her work involves walking and critical spatial practices, mapping, and urban interventions or ‘gestures.’ Marina earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago and is an incoming MFA candidate in Spatial Strategies at the Kunsthochschule Berlin. Her work has been shown at Defibrillator Gallery, ATIVA Atelier, Casa Rosada, http:// 2020 and the Festung Hohensalzburg. Her writing has appeared in Newcity, Hyperallergic, Sixty Inches from Center, THE SEEN, and more. Cecília Resende Santos is an artist, architectural historian, and gardener/beekeeper-in-training living in Chicago. Her interests include land-based practices and histories of land management, the social and intellectual formation of the built environment and the constitution of global modernities. She earned a B.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago and served as curatorial fellow at the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Marina and Cecília have collaborated on projects centered on place, knowledge, and meaning-making in the urban environment, including a 5-mile walk connecting their houses with string (Ato da Corda, 2019) and a roaming structure performing the open construction of space (Open sheds used for what?, ongoing).


3522 W. Franklin Blvd, Chicago IL 60624

Cell to text: (312)823-3632

Hours: Saturdays 2pm – 4pm and by appointment
COVID-19 update: The Franklin (outdoor project space) is accessible at all times while the exhibitions are on view. The side front and side gates will be open for easy access. No access to indoors (house) at this time. The Franklin Collection is on view by appointment only.


Instagram: @thefranklinoutdoor

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