EXPO CHICAGO 2017: About the Fair

  • Image courtesy of EXPO CHICAGO 2016

    Image courtesy of EXPO CHICAGO 2016

EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, has established the city of Chicago as a preeminent art fair destination. Initiating the beginning of the international fall art season each September, EXPO CHICAGO takes place at historic Navy Pier, whose vast vaulted architecture hosts leading international exhibitors presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. Dedicated to rigorous and challenging programming, EXPO CHICAGO initiates strategic international partnerships, built alongside strong institutional relationships with major local museums and organizations to open parallel exhibitions and events.  

The 2017 edition of EXPO CHICAGO (September 13–17) will align with the Chicago Architecture Biennial (September 16 – January 7), and inaugurate a global partnership with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris to bring the first official satellite exhibition of their Hors les Murs program in the United States to Chicago.  

Marking its most global edition to date, EXPO CHICAGO welcomes 135 leading galleries representing 25 countries and 58 cities from around the world. Countries represented at the 2017 exposition include: United States, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Uruguay.  

In addition to leading international galleries, the 2017 exposition features various programs such as the EXPOSURE section, dedicated to solo and two artist presentations by galleries eight years and younger, selected for the first time by a curator, Justine Ludwig (Dallas Contemporary), EXPO Editions + Books, featuring artist books, editions, and multiples; and the inaugural EXPO PROFILE section, which highlights single artist installations and focused thematic exhibitions by established international galleries.  

The 2017 Exhibitor sections will be presented alongside EXPO CHICAGO’s rigorous and challenging on-site programming, including /Dialogues panel discussions series, presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; EXPO VIDEO, featuring film, video and new media works curated by Ali Subotnick (Independent Curator); IN/SITU, large-scale suspended sculptures and site-specific works curated by Florence Derieux (Independent Curator); and Special Exhibitions, highlighting booths by non-profit organizations and institutions.