Memento, the Memoryhouse performance ensemble, performs across campus at events including Logan Cabaret, Off-Off Campus Pre-Glow, The Body Project, Sex Week, the Studs Terkel Festival, and Identity Week.  The group collaborates each quarter to share their personal narratives and creative voice in spoken word performances.

If you are interested in joining Memento, contact the group’s director, May Huang (


Last Spring, Memento collaborated with the Smart Museum and The Poetry Foundation to perform original poems based on artwork in the Monster Roster: Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago exhibition. Check out the videos below!

“Fragments” by Jessica Covil, inspired by George Cohen’s 1962 work “Vestibule (Phenomenology of Mirrors III)”


“Nine Things to Write Home to Mother About” by Chi Le, inspired by Leon Golub’s painting “Prodigal Son” (1956)


“The Sphinx” by Rachel Harrington, inspired by Leon Golub’s 1956 painting “The Ischian Sphinx”


“Untitled” by May Huang, inspired by Fred Berger’s “Untitled” (1958)


“Spring” – Nate Tan

“Two Choices” – Neal Jochmann

“Freedom to Ignite” – Jessica Covil and Nate Tan

“The Art of Living” – Chi Thuy Le

“Saving Grace” – Jessica Covil (with Nate Tan on piano)

“Nothing to Me” – Neal Jochmann

“City of Steel” – Eric Shoemaker

“A Desire to Become” – Memento

To see more of Memento’s pieces, find Memoryhouse Magazine on YouTube.

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