The Society of Smallness

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Category: Mini-exhibitiothon

Mini-Exhibitiothon ii: Duchess Credenza Arts District

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Arts District Gallery Hours

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We’re open on Sundays from 12:00pm – 4:00pm throughout December and January, except for December 22 and December 29.

2536 W. Thomas St., Chicago
Between Campbell and Rockwell (the house is set off from the street)
Be sure to ask us for a residential parking permit

For special appointments, call (312) 217-4032 or email

Manicured Perceptions

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One of several featured performances at the SOS’s Mini-exhibitiothon ii.

by Vivian Malmgren and Kat Seno

Don’t let slovenliness be an excuse for not coming to the SOS’s Mini-exhibitiothon ii. Vivian Malmgren and Kat Seno will be on hand to groom more than your cuticles. Read the rest of this entry »

The New Media Medicine Cabinet

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Still from “Scratching To Survive” by Frank George Kanelos


Still from “Couples” by Elena Tejada-Herrera

Curated by Elena Tejada-Herrera

Once full of potions and salves, this medicine cabinet is now inhabited by creatures of complex psyches. For only one day you will have a chance to glance into their existence. Read the rest of this entry »

Debut: The Ledge

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This is third in a series of essays featuring venues, artists, curators, and other actors participating in Mini-exhibtiothon ii. Terah Walkup’s essay provides background for her exhibit of  pilgrimage souvenirs that will consecrate The Ledge, that long, narrow strip at the top of the stairway.

Pocket Sanctity: Pilgrimage Eulogia
by Terah Walkup

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In the 6th century A.D. an unnamed pilgrim from Piacenza, Italy visited the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem. Among his observations were the following:

“In the place where the Lord’s body was laid, at the head has been placed a bronze lamp. It burns there day and night, and we took a blessing from it…Earth is brought to the Tomb and put inside, and those who go in take some as a blessing.” Read the rest of this entry »

Hoisting the Shrimp Beacon

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When your lorry pulls neigh
recall the crustacean your host is symbolized by.
Then look to the sky, and if a pink cocktail you spy
your voyage has reached land dry.
Quick! bid boredom his good-bye
and join the flock that none need magnify.

Debut: 41.8757° 87.6244° at Clutch Gallery

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This is the second essay featuring venues, artists, curators, and other actors participating in Mini-exhibtiothon ii. Rhoda Rosen’s Contemporary Cartography class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is debuting in Clutch Gallery and will be presenting a special performance at the Arts District December 8.


41.8757° 87.6244°
by Rhoda Rosen

The map of the modern nation state marks a series of coordinates of inclusion and exclusion, of who will belong and who will not. These boundaries, in turn, come to rely for their policing on the mechanization of violence. Read the rest of this entry »

Mini-exhibitiothon ii: Lay of the Land

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Map of The Three Lands from the game Dungeonslayers by Ralf Schemmann

As the date nears for the SOS’s Mini-exhibitiothon ii, many may feel a wee bit anxious about how they’re going to navigate the tinyscape of the Duchess Credenza Arts District. You may also be wondering what may be the most advantageous time for your visit. Be sure to consult the schedule listed here to get a head start.

The program will begin at 10:00 a.m., give or take a few minutes needed to conduct roll call with our cat security team.  This year we are keeping it simple: hot chocolate, mini donuts, and a fanfare, although not necessarily in that order. Read the rest of this entry »

Mini-exhibitiothon schedule

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Original blueprints by William Ferrari for the 1960 film The Time Machine

Here is the schedule so far folks. Be sure to check back for up-to-the minute updates.

10:00 a.m. Inaugural Rites: mini donuts and hot beverages.

10:00 – 2:00 p.m. Guided tours of the Silenced Robin Memorial Garden, hot tea. Sign up to see stereoscopic slides of the Palace of Fontainebleau with our pseudo Napoleonic scholars.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Manicured Perceptions by Vivian Malmgren and Kat Seno

3:00 p.m. Desserting Consummation by Jessica Hyatt

6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Dérives with SAIC contemporary cartographers and viewing of 41.8757° 87.6244° in Clutch Gallery.

Throughout the day: roaring fire, Clutch Gallery, featuring 41.8757° 87.6244° by students in Rhoda Rosen’s Contemporary Cartography Class; Rehab (The Mansion), curated by Annie Morse and featuring work by Carl Baratta, Paola Cabal, Juan Angel Chavez, Patrick McGee, Kathleen McCarthy, Tom Torleumke, and Amy Yoes; Never Say Dye by Nicole Seisler, The Medicine Cabinet Video Festival curated by Elena Tejada-Herrera; The Ledge, featuring Pocket Sanctity: Pilgrimage Eulogia by Terah Walkup, Hole-In-The-Wall Gallery, featuring Laura Davis, tamales, hot beverages, beer.

“Too much consistency is as bad for the mind as it is for the body. Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.” —Aldous Huxley

Schedule is subject to change.

Debut: The Mansion

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This is the first in a series of essays featuring venues, artists, curators, and other actors participating in Mini-exhibtiothon ii. Annie Morse is a longtime friend of the Society and was the organizer of the first and only Yard Sale.

“The cleverer I am at miniaturizing the world, the better I possess it.”
― Gaston Bachelard

The Mansion: A Bucks County, Pennsylvania House
by Annie Morse

The Mansion needs rehabbing. Its rusting walls and bent floors give evidence of a long life of hard play, rough love, and finally neglect. Yet once it was new: a desired, unblemished, perfect place.

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