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Event: Performance Carpet Diem: Variety Show on an Area Rug

A drawing of a textile with multiple square designs. The string ends of the drawing of the textile vertically reach the top and bottom of the picture plane.
Alberto Aguilar, 09.28.12, 2012, Pen on mini legal, 5x7 in, courtesy the artist.


May 16, 2019


6:00–7:00 pm


Gallery 400


400 S. Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607
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Carpet Diem re-pre-sent-ed by the Shag gs kilim softly: spices, lifeses. A squar’d MC, an out-of-the-box confection and conflation, sometimes constraints are freeing. Who is the one in the sum? Whose are the bodies in the sum? What happened to all the hot lava we were promised?

Or so Jesse Malmed, host of Carpet Diem, frames the tone of this one-night-only artistic showcase. Making creative use of the limitations intrinsic to an area rug, performances respond to the concept of allotted space and the idea of a carpet. Each artist has a short burst to present, perform, or transform their interpretation of the evening’s themes.

Carpet Diem is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Alberto Aguilar moves on human scale, on view April 26 – June 15 at Gallery 400. The event is free and open to all. 

Performances by:

Maryiah Imani Winding, Erin Hayden, Katy Albert, Chris Santiago, Ruby T, Alejandro Jiménez-Flores, and No Fingers.