From there, an expansive range of art—static, performative, experiential, contemporary, and historical—unfolded. Featuring some 400 artists, projects range from playful to serious, transportive to grounded, and fresh to overly familiar. They are discovered by traveling down long hallways and entering rooms that differ in size and color. Some presentations are tucked into hidden vaults, others integrated into spaces labeled “Consumer Affairs Office,” covered with checkered linoleum floors, or bordered by windows that are much-appreciated by weathered fairgoers used to a steady stream of cubicle booths. In short, the five-hour experience felt like a walk through a life-size cabinet of curiosities—one focused on art and accented with an idiosyncratic setting, mellow crowd, and great snacks (popcorn, espresso, oysters).