Jun 18th 2022

Alberto Aguilar: Seeing Thoughts Through: Mole Celebration

@ ENGAGE Projects

864 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Saturday, June 18th, from 1PM - 4PM

On view through Saturday, July 9th

ENGAGE Projects will also host an in-house Mole Celebration with Alberto Aguilar on June 18th, 1 – 4 PM. Aguilar will prepare a traditional mole sauce for ENGAGE Projects’ artists, patrons, and community. As a social practice artist, Aguilar’s work relies on his community to incite the conversations that unmoor systems of power. By preparing a mole sauce in the gallery, the artist fosters the environment for a community-focused experience. Ingredients will be for sale at the show with a chance to have Aguilar himself prepare a mole sauce in your home. Don’t miss your chance to have a home-cooked meal and conversation with the artist behind our upcoming show!

About the Exhibition

ENGAGE Projects is pleased to present Seeing Thoughts Through, a solo exhibition by Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist Alberto Aguilar. Harnessing the use of formal elements such as shape, line, and color, Aguilar will transform the gallery into familiar chaos using everyday materials from settings such as storefronts and grocery stores, similar to the one his parents owned when he was a child.

Alberto Aguilar (b. 1974, Chicago) is an artist, curator, advocate, and dedicated educator at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. He has shown and presented his work at various museums, galleries, storefronts, homes and street corners around the world. Some of these include the Queens Museum, El Torito Supermercado, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, the corner of Cesar Chavez Ave and North Broadway (Los Angeles, CA), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Detroit, MI), Chicago City Hall, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), Museo Del Jamon (Madrid, Spain), The Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago River Jackson Bridge, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park, KS), El Cosmico Trailer Park (Marfa, TX), El Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (Havana, Cuba), Iowa rest stop I-80. His work is in the collection of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Jorge Lucero Study Collection, Soho House, Meta – Facebook, The National Museum of Mexican Art, The Office of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Along with some members of his family he collectively organizes Mayfield, a multi-use space which operates on the grounds of his home. He is also the recipient of the 3Arts Award.

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