EXPO CHICAGO 2019: Programming

Sep 9, 2019 8:21PM

Iván Navarro Impenetrable Room, 2016 neon, aluminum, mirror, one-way mirror and electric energy 72 x 72 x 30 inches 182.9 x 182.9 x 76.2 cm Edition of 5 + 1 AP Courtesy of the artist and Kasmin Gallery.


Presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), /Dialogues offers panel discussions, conversations and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, designers and arts professionals on the current issues that engage them.

Symposium: On Utopia

The 2019 /Dialogues Symposium: On Utopia, gathers scholars and artists through a series of panels, performances and book signings to discuss the various ways in which utopias have remained relevant in a twenty-first century context, fueling discussions within fields of politics, art, architecture and culture. The Symposium will take place on Friday, September 20, and feature prominent artists and scholars such as Emilia Kabakov, Sheikha Hoor Al Qassimi, Jill Snyder, Jan Tichy (SAIC MFA 2009) and Samson Young, among others. Highlights for the Saturday and Sunday /Dialogues program include a panel with Prospect.5 curators Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi moderated by Sarah Thornton; a discussion with artist Charles Atlas in alignment with his new commission for Art on theMART; and a conversation on the cosmos with artists Eduardo Terrazas and Edra Soto (SAIC MFA 2000), moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist in advance of his book launch for Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon.

Exchange by Northern Trust: An Interactive Conversation Around the Art of Collecting

Located within the Northern Trust Anchor Lounge, Exchange by Northern Trust: An Interactive Conversation Around the Art of Collecting features exclusive panels open to invited VIP guests. Highlights of the 2019 program include a conversation between painter and President of the Royal Academy of Arts in London Christopher Le Brun and Director of The J. Paul Getty Trust James Cuno; a panel on private collections featuring collectors and philanthropists Pamela Joyner and Fred Giuffrida and Rebecca McDade from Northern Trust; a case study on diversity, inclusion and accessibility within an institution with moCa Cleveland Executive Director Jill Snyder; and a discussion on collaborative museum models with Miranda Lash of the Speed Art Museum.


Installed within the expansive, vaulted architecture of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, IN/SITU features large-scale sculpture, video, film and site-specific works. Jacob Fabricius, Artistic Director at Kunsthal Aarhus and recently appointed Artistic Director of the Busan Biennale, presents a curated selection of work, with pieces by Janine Antoni, Neïl Beloufa, Stine Deja & Marie Munk, Morgan Fisher, Cauleen Smith, Lena Henke, Dan Peterman, Scott Reeder, Kay Rosen and more.


Engaging the city’s long legacy of pioneering public art, EXPO CHICAGO presents major initiatives presented in collaboration with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the Chicago Park District, and Navy Pier to highlight work by internationally recognized artists beyond Navy Pier. Core off-site programs include IN/SITU Outside, siting works by major contemporary artists throughout Chicago neighborhoods for up to one year, and OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project, which features a curated selection of artworks throughout the citywide digital network.

OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project, September 9 – 29

OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project is a citywide public art initiative, presented by EXPO CHICAGO and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), displayed throughout Chicago’s City Digital Network (CDN). Placing artwork within this public context and the broader presentation of billboard advertising, OVERRIDE takes its name from industry terminology referring to the continuation of an outdoor advertising program beyond a contracted period. Fully integrated into the language of advertising and local familiar signage, each of the works included within the OVERRIDE program present the opportunity for artists to intercept and push the boundaries of how visual culture is disseminated in our increasingly image-based environment. As a special feature of OVERRIDE, the single vertically oriented screen at 515 W Ida B. Wells Drive will present a self-contained exhibition of the works of Jessica Campbell, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Summer Wheat, alongside pioneering feminist artist Betty Tompkins. Additional participating artists include Charles Atlas, Shezad Dawood, Stine Deja, Todd Gray, Ayana V. Jackson, Hayv Kahramian, Farrah Karapetian, Tony Lewis, Chris Pappan, Kay Rosen and Chris Ware.

IN/SITU Outside

IN/SITU Outside provides the opportunity for EXPO CHICAGO Exhibitors to present temporary public art installations situated along the Lakefront and throughout Chicago neighborhoods, presented in partnership with the Chicago Park District (CPD), the city of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Navy Pier.

2019 installations include The Ship of Tolerance (2019) by The Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation, a large-scale installation with accompanying educational programs and performance that connects communities through art and music to address issues surrounding intolerance (located in Polk Bros. Park at Navy Pier); Collages for the Esplanade Apartments (2019) by Assaf Evron, a site-specific installation that treats the Mies van der Rohe building windows with rock formations that harken to Evron’s homeland and reference van der Rohe’s original collaged works on paper (located at 900 N Lake Shore Drive); and Founders Inflatable (2019) by the Floating Museum, a mobile monument whose form is a mix of interpretations of items from the collections of the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Field Museum of Natural History, as well as interpretations of various historical figures (located at Navy Pier).

EXPO CHICAGO Partners with Citywide Cultural Institutions for Annual EXPO Art Week

Art on theMART: Charles Atlas and Petra Cortright

Art on theMART, the largest permanent digital art projection in the world, will unveil new commissions by Charles Atlas and Petra Cortright, as well as a collaboration with EXPO CHICAGO’s OVERRIDE | A Billboard Program, projecting an approximately 25 minute movingimage program of contemporary art on loop for two hours across the 2.5 acre river-façade of theMART (formerly Merchandise Mart). The public unveiling event will take place on September 21, beginning at 6:30pm. A /Dialogues panel with Charles Atlas will take place at EXPO CHICAGO on Saturday, September 20.

Chicago Architecture Biennial

The third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, entitled ...and other such stories, addresses the potency of space, architecture and the natural world in a global context. Led by Artistic Director and Chicago-based curator Yesomi Umolu, joined by co-curators Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares, the central exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center extends into the city, highlighting the transformative global impact of innovation across creative fields that affect the way we live, work, and organize society around the world. The biennial is free and open to the public from September 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020.

Stony Island Arts Bank In The Absence of Light: Gesture, Humor and Resistance in The Black Aesthetic Selections from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection

Bringing together artistic practices that not only reveal some sense of interiority, but by their very nature, reflect distance through laughter, painting gesture and isolation—the Rebuild Foundation partnered with Beth Rudin DeWoody to share the works of over 20 of today’s most important practitioners within the contemporary art world. Organized by Theaster Gates in collaboration with Beth Rudin DeWoody and Laura Dvorkin from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, the exhibition features work by Glenn Ligon, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Henry Taylor and more. From September 19 through December 29, the Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 S. Stony Island Avenue) will host these seminal artists along with artist talks, curated walk throughs, public discussions and film series.

The Peninsula Chicago x Kasmin REVERB: Works by James Nares, Iván Navarro and Naama Tsabar

The Peninsula Chicago and Kasmin present a special exhibition entitled, REVERB. The exhibition features works by James Nares, Iván Navarro and Naama Tsabar, whose practices explore movement, sound and electricity, engaging with the rhythm and structure of the urban environment. On view at The Peninsula Chicago from September through October, the exhibition transforms the public areas of the hotel.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Samson Young: World Fair Music

Hong Kong-based artist and composer Samson Young presents a public performance of original music composed for the 1933 World’s Fair, “A Century of Progress” on Wednesday, September 18 from 5:30 – 7pm at the Chicago Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan). The performance aligns with Young’s first US solo museum exhibition, Samson Young: Silver moon or golden star, which will you buy of me? on view the Smart Museum of Art. A /Dialogues panel with the artist will take place as part of the Symposium: On Utopia on Friday, September 20.

Navy Pier The Ship of Tolerance

The Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation presents The Ship of Tolerance, a multidimensional project, featuring a large-scale installation of a ship located in Polk Bros. Park at Navy Pier’s entrance. The mission of the Ship of Tolerance is to educate and connect the youth of different continents, cultures and identities through the language of art. The conceptual art piece reflects how divergent cultures interpret tolerance and how these interpretations overlap. The installation will be on view from September 17 through Sunday, October 6. A /Dialogues panel with the artist will take place as part of the Symposium: On Utopia on Friday, September 20.

EXPO ART WEEK Museum and Institutional Highlights:

• The Art Institute of Chicago | In a Cloud, in a Wall, in a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury; Christien Meindertsma: Everything Connects; Weaving beyond the Bauhaus

• The Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago | A Constellation of Instances, Envisioning Justice, Faculty Projects, Re: Working Labor

• Art on theMART | Charles Atlas and Petra Cortright

• The Arts Club of Chicago | Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Ballad of Etc. • Block Museum of Art | Pop América, 1965–1975

• Chicago Artists Coalition | CAC 45th Anniversary Celebration

• Chicago Cultural Center | Chicago Architecture Biennial, and other such stories…

• DePaul Art Museum | Architectural Annotations: Scores, Plans, and Drawings; Julia Fish: bound by spectrum; Remember where you are

• The Richard H. Driehaus Museum | A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare CBE; Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany

• DuSable Museum of African American History | Blood in the Water: Chicago’s 1919 Race Riot; Clearing a Path for Democracy: Citizen Soldiers of the Fighting 8 th in World War One; History@Large: Large Scale Arts and Objects from DuSable’s Collection; South Side Stories: The Art & Influence of Dr. Margaret Burroughs 1960-1980

• Elmhurst Art Museum | The McCormick House – Past, Present, Future; What Came After: Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978-98

• Hyde Park Art Center | Ashley M. Freeby: Plots & Hems; Intersectional Touch: Center Program 2019 Final Exhibition; The Tokyo Show: Black and Brown are Beautiful

• Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art | Jerry’s Map; Justin Duerr: Surrender to Survival • Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts | Assemble: Tufting Gun Tapestries

• Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago | Can You Hear Me Now?; Chicago Works: Assaf Evron; Ellen Berkenblit; Fragments of a Crucifixion; Prisoner of Love; Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech

• Museum of Contemporary Photography | Go Down Moses • Ed Paschke Art Center | Mariano Chavez: Ouroboros

• The Renaissance Society | LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Last Cruz

• Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago | Samson Young: Silver Moon or Golden Star, Which Will You Buy of Me?; Tara Donovan: Fieldwork

• Stony Island Arts Bank | In The Absence of Light: Gesture, Humor and Resistance in The Black Aesthetic; Rebuild Foundation Archival Collection

Art After Hours – Chicago Gallery Openings

A highlight of EXPO ART WEEK, Art After Hours is a free, citywide open gallery night inviting EXPO CHICAGO visitors and the Chicago community to experience the city's vibrant art scene during extended hours on Friday, September 20 from 6:00–9:00pm. EXPO CHICAGO 2019 Galleries Participating in Art After Hours

• Corbett vs. Dempsey | Caragh Thuring; Carol Jackson

• Catherine Edelman Gallery | Sandro Miller: I am Papua New Guinea

• Richard Gray Gallery | David Hockney: Time and More, Space and More…

• Kavi Gupta | Manish Nai; Jeffrey Gibson; Kennedy Yanko

• Rhona Hoffman Gallery | Gladys Nilsson

• Mariane Ibrahim Gallery | Ayana V. Jackson: Take Me to the Water

• Monique Meloche Gallery | David Antonio Cruz

• Carrie Secrist Gallery | Adrien Wong

• Western Exhibitions | Orkideh Torabi

South Side Openings & Events

An evening of openings and receptions across Chicago’s South Side on Tuesday, September 17.

5:00–8:00pm | Extended Hours, LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Last Cruz The Renaissance Society

6:00–9:00pm | Opening Reception, Martha Rosler: Passionate Signals Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society

6:00–8:00pm | Opening Reception and Artist Tour, Assemble: Tufting Gun Tapestries Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

6:00-8:00pm | The Oriental Institute Centennial Celebration, Michael Rakowitz and Ann Hamilton Oriental Institute

6:00–8:00pm | Extended Hours, Clearing a Path for Democracy DuSable Museum of African American History

7:00–9:00pm | Opening Reception, Samson Young: Silver Moon or Golden Star, Which Will You Buy of Me? Smart Museum of Art

Index Art Book Fair at EXPO CHICAGO

Publishing as a Tool for the Dissemination of New Languages of Togetherness, Friday, September 20, 1:30–2:30pm, Participants | Yanni Aviles, Adelheid Mers

New vocabularies can be seen as a family of words—key signifiers of a wished-for utopia constructed out of collective desires—that help create realities previously thought impossible. How is publishing disseminating and validating languages that activate new vocabularies? Can these vocabularies mobilize new purposes?

Book Signing: Walks to the Paradise Garden Published by Institute 193 Press, Friday, September 20, 3:00–4:00pm

Geopoetical Togetherness, Saturday, September 21, 1:00–2:00pm, Participants | Lou Cornum, Diego del Valle Rios (Terremoto)

What are the artistic and political ideals in the geographies of America? Questioning the idea of nation, this conversation evokes geopoetics to talk about the plurality of contexts we work with when editing for different audiences.

EXPO CHICAGO Art Critics Forum, Criticism as Modes of Distribution, Saturday, September 21, 3:00–4:00pm, Participants | Francesco Tenaglia (Mousse), Rebecca Anne Proctor (Harper’sBAZAAR), Louise Benson (Elephant), Alexis Zavialoff (Motto)

Maintaining the Commons — Everyday Practices for Togetherness, Sunday, September 22, 12:30–1:30pm, Participants | Maria Gaspar, Ronak Kapadia, Rodrigo Téllez

What can be learned through the consideration of context-specific opportunities and challenges? This conversation follows everyday practices for togetherness within the Chicago art and publishing scene.

Reading / Talk, Sunday, September 22, 3:00–4:00pm

Self-organized learning group Open-End-Ed, based in Chicago, will host a public meeting at the exposition for guided reading discussions surrounding issues of visual culture and the contemporary condition, with a long-term purpose and curriculum decided by its participants.