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Dave Swensen’s New Video

Posted By Rooms / July, 11, 2013 / 0 comments

Sept 14th 6:30PM-10PM

Dave Swensen - New Video

Midwestern artist Dave Swensen will present his most recent work at this special one night event! New Video will feature several new two channel experimental video works. These new works focus on the interpretation of space, real or imagined, and the untold events that take place within them.  Special guests Michael Krause and Alyssa Moxley will push the concepts within New Video and will each preform their own audio interpretations. The live guest performances start at 8 PM.

Dave Swensen -
Alyssa Moxley -
Michael Krause -

trip. presents HOPE

Posted By Rooms / March, 12, 2013 / 0 comments

trip. is pleased to present
a theatrical mashup of people, performances & portraits
written and directed by graham brown
photography by matthew septimus
In a world of greed, hatred and indifference is there room for hope?

March 22 & 23 @ 8 PM ROOMS Gallery
1835 South Halsted, Chicago
limited seating
tickets available at

Featuring Maggie Scrantom, Carley Cornelius, Serena Pomerantz, Jason M. Hammond, Jason Clements, Tori Buckley, Cyra K. Polizzi, Julie Pearson. Kasey O’Brien, Tony Rossi, Christopher Bott & Kelly Gene

hope…., an original multi-media one act with music performed in and through the audience “framed” by “Greetings From Zuccotti Park” by Mathew Septimus.

Combining poetry, projection, burlesque and song, hope… is a fast paced, uplifting exploration of theatre, love and of course, hope.

Over the course of several months, Matthew Septimus generated over 1,200 images documenting the scores of people who were drawn to Lower Manhattan to experience the energy and potential of the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon.

trip. , a New York based, not for profit production company, is dedicated to reaching out to a new audience
by producing original work that is vital, challenging and relevant. Equally dedicated to developing and nourishing a sense of community, trip. seeks to bridge the gap between artist and audience.

March 8th features work by Steve Juras

Posted By Rooms / February, 28, 2013 / 0 comments

ROOMS Gallery has a new project by Christian Cruz, our studio manager. Christian is curating our 2nd Fridays by exhibiting outside artists with similar conceptual practices.

This month we are happy to present Ritual No. 4 TOLL OF EYES with work by Steve Juras!

The Wail of Silence is an exhibition featuring a three-hour performance installation by ROOMS and works by Steve Juras. Please join us on March 8th from 7 to 10PM during the Chicago Art District’s monthly 2nd Friday Gallery Night.

ROOMS presents Ritual No. 4 TOLL OF EYES, The fourth of their ritual series designed to create a rich live audiovisual experience. TOLL OF EYES continues ROOMS’ exploration of minimalist systems as ceremony. Eight veiled female performers and four large chimes create a holy ritual that employs an austere set of elements and rules to produce a wealth of variety for the eyes and ears.

Steve Juras presents three pieces from a larger body of work called Achroma, which is an exploration of process through self-imposed limitations. Each work in this series begins with simple formal restrictions. Ideally, it is with these elemental relationships that Achroma, as an exercise, puts perception to work by encouraging patient evaluation of what is there, what is not and what occurs in between.

Check out more of Juras’ work on his blog and follow him on twitter!

ROOMS Opens the OUT OF SITE Series

Posted By Rooms / July, 30, 2012 / 0 comments

Congrats and a big giant THANK YOU!! to everyone who made this installation possible….

Performers: Anna Menekseoglu, Avery Ferguson, Erica Barnes, Amber Lee, Jackie Sestak, Rosa Mota, Will Papageorge, Lauren Sudbrink, Dale Cocca, Danielle LaVoy, Isaac Fosl-van Wyke, Anna Michal Paul, Sam Schmidt, Kristen Glomb, Marina Kozak, Megan Kearney, Melissa Law, Chad Duda, Harish Jay, Katrina Petrauskas, Grace O’Brien, Lauren McCarthy, Sara Brown, Aaron Jewel, Kirsha

Artistic Support: Christian Cruz

ROOMS Video Documentation: Chris Cascarano

Special Support: Aaron Gang, Sara Brown, Carron Little and everyone associated with OUT OF SITE

Amazing Event Photos by: Cesario Moza

Out of Site is a series of twelve unexpected encounters of performance in public spaces in Wicker Park and Bucktown throughout the summer to early fall months. Wicker Park/Bucktown Arts Committee, fund and curate a series of twelve performances in Wicker Park/Bucktown every Friday evening from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. from July 27 to October 12.

Get to Know the Guest Artists…

Posted By Rooms / January, 12, 2012 / 0 comments

February is going to be an exciting month at ROOMS! And one of the things we are most excited about is introducing you to some new friends we’ve made.

Come by the Gallery for an amazing evening of music, art, and mingling on February 18 8pm [doors open @ 7:30pm] or February 19 3pm [doors open @ 2:30pm] for a lovely evening of contemporary harp music that features Chicago-based composer Gustavo Leone’s Preludes for Solo Harp with accompanying artwork inspired by the preludes by Elizabeth Albertson. Also on the program will be Ricardo Lorenz’s Jaromiluna for harp and violin featuring violinist Andrew McCann, and John Cage’s In a Landscape for harp solo. Admission is free with a reception to follow.

Here is some information about the people behind this wonderful presentation – after reading all about them we know you won’t be able to stay away! So read on and we’ll see you at the gallery in February for the show….

BEN MELSKY a harpist who has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of the Millennium Stage Conservatory Project, was a 2008 winner of the Northwestern University Concerto Competition with Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, and has performed major concerti with the Instituto Cervantes Orchestra of Chicago, Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, Middletown Symphony Orchestra, Southern Illinois Summer Music Festival, and Music Institute of Chicago’s World’s Fair Concert Series. Recently he was recorded at the Goodman Theater for their production of Animal Crackers and was the harpist for Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Follies. As an orchestral musician he currently serves as principal harp of the Ann Arbor Symphony and has played with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Southern Illinois Summer Music Festival Orchestra, Evanston Symphony Orchestra, Classical Symphony Orchestra, Northern Illinois University Symphony, Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra and has appeared with the Dal Niente New Music Ensemble and Naperville Chamber players. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Northwestern University.

ELIZABETH ALBERTSON received her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and Design. Entering school as a representational figure painter, she grew more interested in abstraction using water-based techniques to explore movement, agitation, chance, and resultant forms, shapes, and textures. While in Baltimore, her work was shown at the Load of Fun Gallery and MICA Fox Galleries at the Eureka! and Abstructions exhibitions and her work has recently been shown in the 2011 Abstractions Show at Chicago’s Woman-Made Gallery. The paintings inspired by Leone’s Five Preludes for Harp are the result of a two-year collaboration with Ben Melsky.

ANDREW McCANN is a violinist in the New Millennium Orchestra and serves on the Executive Committee as Development Director and sits on the Board of Directors as Secretary. An active chamber musician, Andrew has performed across the country in his duo with eighth blackbird violinist, Matt Albert, appearing recently at the 2009 Ojai Festival, and has been a guest artist with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Present Music Milwaukee and Contempo. Andrew received his undergraduate degrees in History and Violin Performance from Oberlin College and Conservatory and his Masters of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His principal teachers include Lee Snyder, Greg Fulkerson, Jorja Fleezanis and Sherban Lupu.

Andrew is an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, training with master teachers Joan and Alexander Murray. He maintains teaching studios in Hyde Park and Andersonville, Chicago, and his given workshops on the Alexander Technique at many universities, including Roosevelt University, Wheaton College, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Richmond, VA, Florida State University, and the Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan.

Composer GUSTAVO LEONE is a Professor at the Department of Fine and Performing Arts of Loyola University Chicago. His principal composition teachers included Gerardo Gandini, Marta Lambertini, Ralph Shapey, Shulamit Ran, and John Eaton. He also studied electronic music with Howard Sandroff. Leone is a recipient of a Walter Hinrichsen Award given by the American Academy of Art and Letters. His music is included in the catalogs of C.F. Peters, New York and Naxos Recordings.. Ensembles such as Grant Park Festival Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Michoacán, Pro Musica, Concertante di Chicago, the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra have played and commissioned Leone’s works. His work for the theater includes productions at the Yale Repertory Theatre, the Goodman Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, and Teatro Vista. Leone’s music is intense and angular; it conveys propulsion through rhythm and makes use of clear forms and associations.

RICARDO LORENZ’s compositions have received praise for their fiery orchestrations, harmonic sophistication, and rhythmic vitality. These impressions have accompanied performances of his works at prestigious international festivals such as Carnegie Hall’s Sonidos de las Américas, Ravinia Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, France’s Berlioz Festival, Spain’s Festival Internacional de Música Contemporanea de Alicante, the Festival Cervantino in Mexico, and Turkey’s Uluslararasi Summer Festival among others. Lorenz’s orchestral compositions have been performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, New World Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic among others, and by premier orchestras in Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, and Brazil. One of his latest compositions is a concerto of sorts for Latin ensemble and symphony orchestra commissioned by a consortium of major orchestras and festivals, and composed in collaboration with Grammy-nominated band Tiempo Libre. Featured in NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Rumba Sinfónica has been performed by Minnesota, Detroit, Dallas, and National Arts Center (Ottawa) orchestras, among many others.

ROOMS and TKesh’s First Feature Film!

Posted By Rooms / October, 12, 2011 / 0 comments

Struck From Above: TEASER

Oh – yes. We did it. Here is the teaser TKesh Creative and ROOMS first foray into producing film. Prepare to be officially teased by it. Also, be on the lookout for the official trailer and premiere date. Look for updates here or at

DIRECTOR Todd Frugia and James Strzelinski
EDITOR Robert Broadhurst
MUSIC Mykel Boyd

STRUCK FROM ABOVE is a brooding existential comedy about Dawn Funnel, a woman who is suddenly inspired to play the guitar after being hit by a meteorite.

Classes at ROOMS?!

Posted By Rooms / June, 20, 2011 / 0 comments

Oh – you read it right. This thing is on – We are now offering classes.

Right now we have three awesome ones to choose from……

GLEANING AND GAMING: A Devised Performance Workshop
Taught by Todd Frugia and Marrakesh
Monday nights in August

SPOKESPERSON SPEAK: Making difficult commercial and industrial scripts seem easy.
Taught by Todd Frugia and Marrakesh
Tuesday nights in August

Saturday afternoons in August
Taught by James Strzelinski

Look to your left and click on the OPEN STUDIO CLASSES bit in the navigation bar for the full details. Or just give me a call – I’ll chat you up and sign you up!!! ROOMS/TKESH 312-733-1356

Come have some fun in a class with us – you know you love being at ROOMS.

All my love your way,


ROOMS’ Gotta Brand New Bag

Posted By Rooms / June, 15, 2011 / 0 comments

Here it is folks. The Brand new ROOMS website alive and kicking for your enjoyment as well as edification.

Some new things to look for on this site…

Events Page: Lets you know dates and times + description of what is happening at ROOMS. If that isn’t enough info for you or you have questions feel free to call us at 312.733.1356 or email us at

Classes Page: You read right – CLASSES! We are now going to offer classes from time to time – so check out this page it will tell you everything you need to know about what we’re offering and how to sign up.

Take a Look: We are posting all of our photo documentation on flickr now – this is an easy way to see the most recent posts we’ve made and it will take you directly to our flickr account to peruse all the photos – just click on one of the photos to check it out.

Blog: You’re looking at it right now! Yep – this is the way we’ll post ALL of our announcements, rants, raves, kudos – whatever. So be sure to check it out often.

So feel free to browse around and the next time you see us at the gallery – let us know what you think!