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Artist-in-Residence

Alberto Aguilar

December 2015–August 2016

As the 2015–2016 artist-in-residence for Museum Education, Chicago artist Alberto Aguilar worked in the Ryan Education Center and several galleries through the summer. Aguilar’s creative practice often incorporates found materials as well as exchanges with his family, artists, and other people he encounters. His work bridges media from painting and sculpture to video, installation, performance, and sound, and has been exhibited at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Queens Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Sponsored by the Rita and Jim Knox Endowment Fund for Museum Education

Learn more about Alberto in this interview on our blog.

Check out photos of his installation at the museum, Room for Intimacy, which closed last winter.


Past Programs

Artist Talk: Alberto Aguilar
August 18 at 6:00 

Family Workshop: This workshop is a work made up of parts
August 6 at 11:00–12:30 or 2:00–3:00

Artist-in-Residence: Garden Work
April 1, 10:30–5:00

Conversation: The Gathering—Through the Looking Glass: A Personal Narrative Made Public
March 17 at 6:00

As part of his residency, Alberto Aguilar produced Formative Works, a series of videos in which Chicago-based artists speak about a work of art in the Art Institute's collection that has made an impact in the artist's own practice.

Click on the playlist icon below Example of playlist icon in YouTube player to see all videos.

Alberto Aguilar: This wall is a work made up of parts
Trott Family Gallery
Ryan Learning Center
May 7–September 5, 2016

Alberto Aguilar reminds us that we are always making something. Using wall painting, photographs, drawings, and ephemera, he transforms the "residue of certain life activities"—such as teaching, family, and exercise—into art.

Alberto Aguilar is the artist-in-residence for 2015-16. The residency is sponsored by the Jim and Rita Knox Endowment Fund for Museum Education.


Alberto Aguilar. New Routine (Madrid Apartment), 2012


Alberto Aguilar. 50 Ingredient Mole, 2009


Alberto Aguilar. Finished Painting, 2006