Malachi Ritscher

Malachi Ritscher was first presented as Public Collectors' contribution to the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In addition to numerous never before exhibited materials drawn from the Ritscher Collection at Creative Audio ArchiveMalachi Ritscher included objects borrowed from close friends and others associated with the late documentarian and activist. Objects include Ritscher's DAT recorder, a sign made to quiet people standing near his recording equipment during concerts, recordings, ephemera connected to concerts he documented, and unpublished photos taken by Ritscher. The Chicago iteration of Malachi Ritscher will include a greatly expanded selection of listening materials from the Creative Audio Archive, and will be accompanied by copies of a free essay booklet that was first produced for the Whitney Biennial.


Curated by Marc Fischer.




10.18-12.14, Saturdays & Sundays, 1–5pm

or email info@ess.org to schedule an appointment



Featuring a preview of a collaborative project that Fred Lonberg-Holm & Jennifer Gutowski are working on in response to a Malachi Ritscher Legacy Commission from Creative Audio Archive. The Legacy Commissions are a new initiative by CAA whose objective is to provide the public with increased access and exposure to the materials in the Malachi Ritscher Collection through the creation of new works based on research and exploration of those materials.


Saturday, December 13th 8pm
Free admission 



Panelists Marc Fischer (Public Collectors), Dave RempisNeil TesserRebecca Zorach (Never the Same) 


Performers Kent KesslerDave Rempis


Malachi Ritscher's contribution to Chicago's music community was immense and the thousands of concert recordings he made preserve the sounds of the city's free jazz, improvised, and experimental music scene from the mid-1980s until his death in 2006. His archive connects us to not only the music that was created in Chicago, but the spaces (many now closed) where it was performed and the ambience in the room each night. This discussion will consider how we can keep marginalized and obscure histories visible and audible using exhibitions, publications, liner notes, events, and performances. Panelists are Marc Fischer of the initiative Public Collectors, Grammy award-winning Jazz writer Neil Tesser, musician and promoter Dave Rempis, and historian Rebecca Zorach of the archive Never The Same. The panel will be followed by a performance by Dave Rempis and Kent Kessler.


Monday, October 27th, 7pm
Comfort Station
(2579 N Milwaukee Ave)
Free Admission 



About Public Collectors

Public Collectors is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors organizes exhibitions and events, participates in exhibitions organized by others, creates exhibition opportunities for collectors, teaches, lectures, responds to research inquiries, and makes its own publications.


About Marc Fischer

Marc Fischer is a Chicago-based artist, publisher and teacher. In 2007 he created the initiative Public Collectors. Since 1998, Fischer has also been a member of the long-running artist group Temporary Services. Temporary Services has produced over 100 publications and a similar number of exhibitions and projects. In 2008 Temporary Services founded a publishing imprint and web-based store named Half Letter Press. Fischer was also a co-founder of Mess Hall, an experimental cultural center in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood.

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