Navy Pier, Chicago, IL; View from above
With three weeks until Exposition Chicago debuts at Navy Pier, planned programming and special events continue to build anticipation for the opening of the fair.
Vernissage kicks it all off on Wednesday, September 19 from 4-9pm. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and made possible with support from the MCA Trustees and the Women’s Board, Vernissage is the opening night benefit event that offers a first look at the fair during an evening of food, drinks and entertainment. For more details and to purchase tickets online, click here.
Expo Chicago will showcase 100 of the top contemporary and modern art galleries from around the world and will be open to the public from Thursday, September 20 – Sunday, September 23. In addition to the impressive exhibitor list, there are several programming highlights and special events to look forward to, including:
COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLES, organized by Chicago Gallery News and EXPO Chicago, will run during the fair (Thursday – Saturday) providing transportation between Navy Pier, the MCA, River North and the West Loop. Shuttles will be provided complimentary as a way for fair visitors to more easily explore Chicago’s art destinations and galleries. Stay tuned to CGN for more details on shuttle information, receptions, galleries with extended hours and more!
EXPOSURE exhibitors include an additional twenty young galleries that have been in business up to five years. Visitors, curators and collectors will have the chance to see fresh, emerging work from Exposure exhibitors.
IN/SITU exhibition spaces will be arranged throughout the fair, providing exhibiting galleries the opportunity to showcase large-scale installations, site-specific and performative works by leading international artists. Organized by writer and independent curator Michael Ned Holte, IN/SITU will feature work by Robert Barry, Fiona Connor, Theaster Gates, Tony Feher, Roy McMakin, Sarah Rara, Steve Roden and Jan Tichy. Additional pieces by Jaume Plensa, Dzine and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle will also be on view.
Other special exhibitions and programming will be on view around the show floor from art organizations including the International Sculpture Center, Marwen, Chicago Sculpture Center, The Renaissance Society, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Bad at Sports, the Aperture Foundation, among others.
DIALOGUES is a series of panel discussions and conversations with leading artists, curators, designers and arts professionals, presented in partnership with The School of the Art Institue of Chicago (SAIC). Highlights include a talk by art critic Jerry Saltz on Thursday, September 20; a conversation between artist Sterling Ruby and art advisor Todd Levin on Friday, September 21; a panel discussion between curators Michael Darling (MCA), Lisa Dorin (Art Institute of Chicago) and Dominic Molon (Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis); a conversation between artist Byron Kim and critic / SAIC professor James Elkins. See the full schedule and more details here.
EXPO Chicago is produced by Art Expositions, LLC, under the leadership of President and Director Tony Karman. Studio Gang Architects, led by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, is designing the interior environment for the fair. For additional details and ticket/visitor info, click here.