2nd Floor Rear

2nd Floor Rear is an annual DIY festival of art in experimental contexts, apartment galleries, and ephemeral and migrant projects, celebrating Chicago’s vibrant community of alternative art spaces.

A practical exercise in conceptual play, or a conceptual exercise in playful practicality, 2nd Floor Rear aims to uphold Chicago’s long history of scrappy, yet self-aware modes of creative production, and to embrace improvisation and makeshift solutions as a means of navigating the complexity of lived experience.

Past artworks, events, and happenings have ranged from late-night studio square dancing to a guerrilla sculpture garden, a site-specific installation in an underpass, and a nomadic art gallery in a handbag. Each February, this yearly festival connects artists with new audiences, helps underfunded and underappreciated alternative spaces get some exposure, and enlivens a dreary winter weekend at the peak of Chicago’s bleakest season.

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2nd Floor Rear | Chicago Artists Resource

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