Tuned Mass: Jeff Carter, Faheem Majeed & Susan Giles

September 8, 2018—January 6, 2019

Chicago Cultural Center • Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North

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Tuned Mass: Jeff Carter, Faheem Majeed & Susan Giles (Photo credit: James Prinz)(click on image to enlarge, photo credit: James Prinz)


Exploring architecture through themes of barricade, convening and gesture come together in this sculptural exhibition presented in three suites. Jeff Carter works from images of specific conflict zones sourced online and developed a series of sculptures that explore the “architecture of the barricade”. His interpretations rely on forms that express aggressive dynamics and raw utility, yet are carefully integrated and intentionally crafted.

“Board-up” and “Lean-to” are the latest evolution of Faheem Majeed’s Shacks and Shanties installation series. These current works speak to his interest in the signs of devaluing neighborhoods, the board-up initially serving to protect the investment of the house while serving as a clear notice of abandonment. The lean-to is the stripped-down form of the shack, the simplest form used for shelter and survival.

Susan Giles explores the role of hand gestures in remembering monuments. Using the Chicago Cultural Center as inspiration, these sculptures examine how gestures create imagery that reveals the internal space of memory. The lines and shapes that come from the gestures build an abstracted, mediated form representing a single monument. The work investigates our shared desire to make memory physically tangible.



Preview of Exhibition

Friday, September 7, 6–8pm

Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North


Gallery Talks

Greg Lunceford on Cultural Center Exhibitions

Thursday, September 20 & December 20, 12:15pm

Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North



Matty Davis and Ben Gould Carriage

Matty Davis and Ben Gould


Friday, September 28, 7pm

Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North

Carriage is a site-responsive performance created by Matty Davis and Ben Gould that radically explores control and empathy, motored in part by the raw energy of Gould’s Tourette Syndrome. This performance is informed by evolving senses of the body injury, trauma, healing, and growth and offers a unique opportunity to create a work that draws from the variance of Davis and Gould’s distinct physicalities. The result is an intense, viscerally and sonically charged experience, where empathy is a physical tool, resistance offers stability, and we are all cast out into a space that levels us, brings us real fear, awakening, new vocabularies and physical structures.


Hymn of ChanceROOMS Performs a Trio of Simultaneous

Programs: "Hymn of Chance," "Toll of Eyes" and "Beseech"

Saturday, November 3, 7–9pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North

In the context of the current exhibition Tuned Mass, ROOMS explore variation through a creation of systems that use repetition, endurance and chance operation to create three performances happening simultaneous in the galleries: "Hymn of Chance," "Toll of Eyes" and "Beseech."

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(Photo credit: James Prinz Photography)