Installed amongst the vast architecture and vaulted ceilings of Navy Pier’s iconic Festival Hall, the IN/SITU program features major installations and large-scale work. Curated by Florence Derieux, the 2017 program, Chronopolitics, explores the idea of time in various ways. While the mention of “geopolitics” has largely dominated in the realm of public debate, the term “chronopolitics,” or the politics of a time, remains a marginal and rarely used expression. The potential of this term refers to the role played by time within our societies—viewed instead through the lens of social change. Art is an essential factor of this change. Politics, which is often described as an “art of the necessary,” is a matter of time.
“The artist’s works featured in this year’s program all share an approach to the role and impact of the measure of time on our contemporary social, political and cultural structures,” said Derieux. “Using a wide array of mediums, these artists’ works question the temporal conditions, or episodes, that disturb our traditionally linear understanding of time and progress. In doing so, they allow us to experiment, evaluate, imagine and reimagine our own relation to reality.”
To read Florence Derieux’s full Curatorial Statement, click here
2017 IN/SITU Artists:
Sanford Biggers | moniquemeloche (Chicago)
Tom Burr | Bortolami (New York)
Alex Chitty | PATRON (Chicago)
Bethany Collins | PATRON (Chicago)
Nate Lowman | Maccarone (New York, Los Angeles)
Lavar Munroe | Jenkins Johnson Gallery (San Francisco, New York)
Manish Nai | Kavi Gupta (Chicago)
Dan Peterman | Rhona Hoffman Gallery (Chicago)
Lara Schnitger | Anton Kern Gallery (New York)
Hiroshi Senju | Sundaram Tagore Gallery (New York, Singapore, Hong Kong)
Troika (Conny Freyer, Eva Rucki, Sebastien Noel) | Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie (Basel)
Wang Du | Galerie Laurent Godin (Paris)
Additional IN/SITU Programming | /Dialogues Stage
Visibility | Invisibility — Sculpture in Everyday Space
Thursday, September 14 | 12:00–1:00pm
Artist Nina Beier (STANDARD (OSLO), joségarcía, mx), artist Tom Burr (Bortolami Gallery and IN/SITU 2017). Moderated by EXPO CHICAGO Director of Programming and THE SEEN Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Cristello
What is the responsibility of formalism in the twenty-first century? This panel will trace the work of contemporary artists whose diverse sculptural practices are inflected, transformed or reflective of their environment—from public space, to galleries, and institutions. Tracing the implications of visibility and invisibility through work that both adopts and appropriates existing materials, this discussion will address the poetic and political consequences of how works appear (or disappear) in a given context through the lens of object-making.
Saturday, September 16 | 12:00–1:00pm
Moderated by Florence Derieux (2017 IN/SITU Curator)
Join IN/SITU Curator Florence Derieux for a panel discussion with select artists from the 2017 program, Chronopolitics. Featuring large-scale suspended sculptures and site-specific works within the exhibition hall, IN/SITU is presented within the vast vaulted architecture of Navy Pier. Panelists announced at a later date.
Past IN/SITU curators include Diana Nawi (2016) | Associate Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami; Louis Grachos (2015) | Executive Director of The Contemporary Austin; Renaud Proch (2014) | Executive Director, Independent Curators International (ICI); Shamim M. Momin (2013) | Director and Curator, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND); and Michael Ned Holte (2012) | independent curator and art critic.