Not To Be Taken

Alexandria Eregbu performs at 3pm on Saturday, May 23rd

As part of Ellen Rothenberg’s current exhibition, elsetimeThe Green Lantern Press presents Not to be Taken a series of Saturday actions. This Saturday, May 23rd, Alexandria Eregbu will present her 30 minute action at 3pm.

Not to be Taken Performance Series invites select artists and thinkers to publicly use elsetime as a generative studio space in which she can engage questions about legacy and politics, place and time, through discrete actions; these subjective, ephemeral responses momentarily transform the exhibition with the performer’s unique potential.

Saturday May 16th at 3pm : Tim Kinsella

Saturday May 23rd at 3 pm : Alexandria Eregbu

Saturday May 30th at 3 pm : TBA

Saturday June 06 at 3 pm : TBA

Saturday June 13 at 3pm : Mark Booth

Saturday June 20th at 3pm : Terri Kapsalis & Anne Elizabeth Moore

Alexandria Eregbu is a visual artist, whose work often takes shape in the form of performance, programming, and curatorial practices. Her concerns frequently address community, materiality, performativity, and visibility of racialized and gendered bodies in space. In 2012, Eregbu was commissioned by Out of Site Chicago to perform 11/10/10, a project that confronted the physical and geographical boundaries of the city of Chicago. The following year in 2013, Eregbu curated Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, Revisited at Columbia College Chicago. This curatorial project reexamined the first Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire— a Surrealist exhibition that took place in Chicago in 1976. Eregbu’s work has been featured in two solo exhibitions and several group exhibitions including Seminar (New York); Exodus at the University of Chicago’s Arts Incubator in Washington Park; and Mythologies at Sullivan Galleries (Chicago). Eregbu was a recipient of the Propeller Fund Grant (2013), a 2014-2015 Resident Curator with HATCH Projects at Chicago Artists Coalition, and a Public Studio Artist in Residence at the Chicago Cultural Center. Eregbu received her BFA from the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago.


T.S. Eliot: Reading Group

Winter/Spring 2015

In tandem with the 100th anniversary of the publication of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Sector 2337 is holding a monthly reading group focusing on the work of T.S. Eliot. The group is still open, and members may drop in and out as they please. For more information please contact Devin at: devin at sector2337 dot com.

The full schedule of dates is: 2/28, 4/4, 4/25, 5/23, and 6/20.

Reading List:

1. 2/28:

Prufrock and Other Observations (1917)

Poems (1920)

Tradition and the Individual Talent

2. 4/4:

The Waste Land (1922)

Hamlet and his Problems



3. 4/25:

The Hollow Men (1925)
Ash-Wednesday (1930)
Choruses from ‘The Rock’ (1934)

4. Note time and day change: 6/16 at 6pm:

Murder in the Cathedral (1935)

The Cocktail Party (1949)

Poetry and Drama (1951) 

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Please Don't Bury Me Alive! Part Two

Anthony Romero & Josh Rios

Opening Reception Sat May 09 from 6-9pm

On view in the Project Space from May 09-Jun 13 2015

Josh Rios and Anthony Romero will present Part Two of Please Don’t Bury Me Alive!—a project space installation that features various arrangements of the artifacts from their inaugural performance along side other works that deal with Chicano centered imagery and histories. In addition, a suite of drawings by Chicano sci-fi writer Ernest Hogan will be on display. The collection of works on paper represents the smallest of fragments culled from Hogan’s vast archive of sketchbooks, notes, and drafts, which Rios and Romero are working to curate for an exhibition in the Summer of 2016.

While in residence at Sector 2337, Josh Rios and Anthony Romero will present a two-part project titled Please Don’t Bury Me Alive! Part One features a performative lecture that draws on gestures associated with pedagogy and dramaturgy in an effort to Other Modernism. Robert Smithson’s lecture Hotel Palenque, for example, is reperformed in reference to San Diego’s Chicano Park; while Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot is both set in the future and takes place in an unnamed detention center, presumably along the US-Mexico border. Part Two, on view for one month, occurs in the project space.

Anthony Romero and Josh Rios, both originally from south Texas, now live and work in Chicago. Over the past several years they have been developing various performances, two and three dimensional works, curatorial projects, installations, writings, and screenings that deal with the experience of being US citizens of Mexican origin in these challenging times. Broadly speaking, their collaborative works center on contemporary Chicana/o aesthetics, the elided histories of the Chicana/o struggle, and the dismissal of Chicana/o contributions to US culture in general.

Image: Ernest Hogan, “Serpent-Headed Spaceships” (detail) , [n.d]. Charcoal, 8.5 x 11in. Courtesy of the Artist.

Patient Sounds

Patient Sounds + Patient Presses

An Evening / Release Party

At 7pm on May 22nd, we will celebrate new releases from Patient Sounds + Patient Presses. Here will be shared several new releases, some new cassettes, a new chapbook, as well as performances, readings, and live music. Doors open at 6:30pm. This event is free.

Patient Sounds + Patient Presses is a private press record label + book publisher, established in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2009 ~ currently based in Chicago, Illinois. Established first as a means to self-release audio recordings in allegiance to some naive renegade spirit punk ethos, Patient Sounds + Patient Presses has evolved into a project about publishing media in various formats with the same vision. More than 70 cassettes, 6 chapbooks, 4 vinyl releases…



Tonight, Patient Sounds will release Patient Sounds Audio Poesis Cassettes from the following writers/artists/performers. Along with celebrating the release of these cassettes, several will also be showing, reading, and performing works.
Galen Bebee is a writer and artist based out of Chicago. She is a founder of Etc. Gallery, a digital gallery for web-native experimental narratives, and its imprint, Etc. Press. Find her at etc-gallery.com and @galenbeebe
Elizabeth Bertch writes poems and bakes pies.  She is interested in hybrid movement, performance, and poetry projects.  She is originally from Iowa.
David Hall is an MFA candidate in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is from Los Angeles. He is concerned with exhaustion and failure.
Hannah Keene lives as an indigo bunting. Her work is an unfurling of anti-memoir, an alchemical reaction between myth, landscape, and trauma.
Paula Nacif was born on 19.9167° south of the Equator and 43.9333° west of the Prime Meridian (Cancer rising, ascendant). Now, she is an artist and organizer (1-800-SPACE; g(URL)_FREAX) living in the mid(west)dle and working with digital media, performance and writing. Her work has been shown online and off. She has controlled crowds in Chicago, Illinois.
Willy Smart is an artist and reader currently studying and producing Visual Culture and Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Willy directs the conceptual music label Fake Music.
Grant Souders is a writer and artist from the Rocky Mountain West, and he holds an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of the chapbook, Relative Yard (Patient Sounds, 2013), and a collaborative book with Nathaniel Whitcomb and Matthew Sage, A Singular Continent (Palaver Press, 2014). His work has appeared in the Boston Review, jubilat, Denver Quarterly, and other venues. His first full length collection, SERVICE, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press.
Sammi Skolmoski is a human (we ran tests). More specifically she’s an MFA candidate at
the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, working in writing and fiber and material studies. She likes sounds and sometimes makes them.


Music & Sound:

M. Sage is Matthew Sage. He is a weird son of West America. He is an MFA writing candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His audio experiments explore mixed media sound collage, ambient sound, field recordings, plunderphonics and hauntology as processed by computer interface. He runs Patient Sounds with his wife, Lynette Sage. He writes about dust and mountains and data​.​
The Variable Why is Nick Sherman. He makes music using computer-processed guitar, creating lush and orchestral digital arrangements that evoke deep space atmospheres. He is based in Chicago, but has coordinates set for the sun.


Chapbook Release:

Patient Presses are proud to announce the release of “Bodies Found” by Kylie McLaughin. This was the entry that won the first ever Patient Presses Poetry Chapbook Contest.
Kylie McLaughin grew up in Somerville, Massachusetts, and holds a BA in English from Harvard College, as well as an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Recent poems of hers can be found in DIAGRAM and CutBank. Her first chapbook, BODIES FOUND, is available through Patient Sounds, Intl.

Hannah B. Higgins & Ellen Rothenberg in Conversation

on the subject of elsetime

Join us for a conversation about Ellen Rothenberg’s exhibition, elsetime, featuring Rothenberg, and Hannah B. Higgins on May 30th from 5:00-6:30pm. The conversation will be an informal gallery talk and is free and open to the public.

Hannah B. Higgins has been teaching at UIC since 1994. Her research and course topics examine twentieth century avant-garde art with a specific interest in Dadaism, Surrealism, Fluxus, Happenings, performance art, food art and early computer art. Her books and articles argue for the humanistic value of multimodal aesthetic experiences. Higgins is solo author of Fluxus Experience (University of California Press, 2002) and The Grid Book (MIT Press, 2009) and co-editor of with Douglas Kahn of Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of Digital Art (University of California Press, 2012). She has received the UIC University Scholar Award, DAAD, Getty and Philips Collection Fellowships and is co-executor of the Estate of Dick Higgins and the Something Else Press.

Ellen Rothenberg’s work is concerned with the politics of everyday life and the formation of communities through collaborative practices. Her installations and public projects often employ the iconography of social movements and their residual documents to interrogate the mechanisms underlying contemporary political engagement and social dialogue. Her work—architecturally scaled installations, public projects, performance, collaborations, and writing —uncovers histories embedded in the present, particularly those of women, labor, and feminism. Her approach to form and material is informed by these concerns, and inflect meaning beyond their historical conventions. Her work has been presented in North America and Europe at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Museum of Fine Arts and The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; The Museum of London, Ontario; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; The Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen; Royal Festival Hall, London; The Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania; among others. Awards include NEA Regional Fellowships, The Bunting Institute Fellowship Radcliffe College Harvard University, Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, The Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowships, and grants from CEC Artslink, The Charles Engelhard Foundation, The LEF Foundation, and NEA Artists Projects. Rothenberg teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Vermont College Fine Arts Graduate Program.


In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy Book Release

Readings from Daniel Borzutzky, Johannes Göransson, Sade Murphy, & Nikki Wallschlaeger

On Friday June 5th at 7pm, we will celebrate new books from Daniel Borzutzky, Johannes Göransson, Sade Murphy, and Nikki Wallschlaeger will give readings. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

Daniel Borzutzky is the author of In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy (2015), The Book of Interfering Bodies (2011), The Ecstasy of Capitulation (2007) and Arbitrary Tale (2005) His work has been anthologized in, among others, A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years, Seriously Funny, and Malditos Latinos Malditos Sudacas: Poesia Iberoamericana Made in USA. He has also translated books of poetry from Spanish.  He lives in Chicago.
Johannes Göransson is the author of six books, including most recently The Sugar Book (just out from Tarpauin Sky Press), as well as the translator of such Swedish and Finland-Swedish poets as Aase Berg, Johan Jönson and Henry Parland. He teaches at the University of Notre Dame and edits Action Books.
Sade Murphy was raised in Houston but she lives in South Bend. Her poems have recently been published in Lit and Action, Yes. Her first book, Dream Machine, was published by Co*im*press this past winter.
Nikki Wallschlaeger is the author of two chapbooks, Head Theatre (2007) and “I Would Be The Happiest Bird” (2014). Her work has been pubished in Nervehouse, Coconut Poetry, Word Riot, Spork, DecomP and other journals. Her book “Houses” was just published by Horse Less Press. She is currently working on her first full-length manuscript of poems called Crawlspace. She lives in Milwaukee with her spouse and son.