Mar 16th 2019

Careful Material

@ The Back Room at Kim's Corner Food

1371 W Estes Ave, Chicago, IL 60626

Opening Saturday, March 16th, from 2PM - 6PM

On view through Saturday, March 16th

Join us for the release of Careful Material, ed. Robin Hustle, a publication that celebrates and engages Thomas Kong’s art practice and convenience store, Kim’s Corner Food. Careful Material emerges out of Robin Hustle’s tenure as ‘Ruth-in-Residence’ in 2018 as part of The Back Room Residencies.

The event will feature readings and performances by CM contributors Grace PT Tran, Sara Heymann, Fionnuala Cook, Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson, Marnie Galloway, and Nance Klehm, with ceramics and soup by Ruth aka Robin Hustle.

Event is FREE
Careful Material is $10
Free book w purchase of artwork by Thomas Kong.

This book release will be the final event presented by The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food. The Back Room began its activities in October 2015, and during its three-and-a-half years has hosted fourteen exhibitions, four residencies and numerous events and performances. Although The Back Room’s program will be coming to an end, Thomas Kong continues his work at Kim’s Corner Food and the store remains open daily. We hope you can join us to celebrate on March 16th.


The Back Room Residencies are supported by the Propeller Fund, a regional re-granting program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food is a 2017 Propeller Fund awardee. The four residencies 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 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.


More information on Kim’s Corner Food and The Back Room can be found at

Kim’s Corner Food is open for business 8am–8pm, 7 days a week. The Careful Material book release on Saturday March 16 will be the final event hosted by The Back Room.


Regrettably, Kim’s Corner Food and The Back Room are not wheelchair accessible.

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