EXPO CHICAGO Announces /Dialogues Panel At Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit

Mar 28, 2019 9:22PM

The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art (September 19 – 22, 2019), today announced a /Dialogues panel in Detroit on Thursday, April 4 at 6pm as part of the exposition’s expanded year-round program. The discussion takes place at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) (4454 Woodward Avenue) and aligns with the museum’s current exhibition Unfurled: Supports/Surfaces 1966-1976, the first exhibition in the Midwest and most comprehensive show to date on the French art movement Supports/Surfaces. Exhibition curator and artist Wallace Whitney (Ceysson & Bénétière) will discuss the seminal French art movement with Rachel Stella, an independent scholar and contributor to the first-ever English publication on Supports/Surfaces and Raphael Rubinstein, a New York-based poet and art critic who has written extensively on the movement.

“EXPO CHICAGO has a legacy of supporting international discourse that draws upon historical movements that continue to be relevant to contemporary art, and Supports/Surfaces is one that has had a lasting impact on how we view painting today,” said EXPO CHICAGO Artistic Director Stephanie Cristello. “This expansion of the exposition’s ongoing partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit furthers the discourse that takes place each September at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall as part of /Dialogues, in the hopes of serving leading international programs within the context of key cities and markets throughout the greater Midwest region year-round.”


Presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), EXPO CHICAGO’s /Dialogues program presents provocative artistic discourse featuring leading international artists, curators, scholars and arts professionals on the current issues that engage them. The eighth annual exposition (September 19 – 22, 2019) will present three full days of /Dialogues programming to be announced at a later date, in addition to the exposition’s year-round program. For more information on /Dialogues, click here.

Year-Round /Dialogues | Expansion to Midwest

Since the program’s inception in 2011, /Dialogues has developed beyond the exposition floor to engage leading institutions, curators, arts professionals and the public in year-round contemporary art discourse throughout Chicago. This year, the /Dialogues program is expanding to the greater Midwest to increase international awareness of the artistic creation taking place throughout the region.

"Supports/Surfaces artists sought new forms and methods to reflect their times, hinting at a more democratic method of art-making and a proposal for humane society,” said MOCAD Executive Director Elysia Borowy-Reeder. “I can’t thank enough the Schulaks and the French consulate FACE for their generous support in bringing this important exhibition to Detroit, and to EXPO CHICAGO for partnering with us on this panel which will explore the continued relevance of Supports/Surfaces for contemporary audiences.”

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) | 4454 Woodward Avenue

Thursday, April 4 | 6:00pm


Panelists | Wallace Whitney (Artist | Ceysson & Bénétière, curator of Unfurled: Supports/Surfaces 1966–1976), Rachel Stella (Independent Scholar), and Raphael Rubinstein (Poet and Art Critic).

The Exhibition Unfurled: Supports/Surfaces 1966-1976 is on view at MOCAD now through April 21, 2019.

*Additional year-round programs to be announced at a later date.

About The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is an innovative addition to Detroit's vibrant Midtown neighborhood, and functions as a hub for the exploration of emerging ideas in the contemporary arts. As a noncollecting institution, MOCAD is responsive to the cultural content of our time, fueling crucial dialogue, collaboration and public engagement. The museum is located between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Institute of the Arts, Wayne State University, and the College for Creative Studies. The cavernous 22,000 square foot building, a former auto dealership, has been simply renovated to maintain its raw historic character. MOCAD’s ambitious series of public programs includes lectures, musical performances, films, literary readings and educational activities for area youth. Mobile Homestead, by late artist Mike Kelley, is a permanent art work located on the grounds of the museum. It is both a public sculpture and a private, personal construction – based on the artist's childhood home on Palmer Road in Westland. The ground floor serves as a community event space by and for a diverse public, as Kelley intended. MOCAD is generously supported by individual members, private and corporate foundations and government agencies.

More information can be found at mocadetroit.org.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. For more information, please visit saic.edu.


EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, is presented by Art Expositions, LLC at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, hosting more than 135 leading International exhibitors presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. Entering its eighth year as a leading international art fair, EXPO CHICAGO offers diverse programming including /Dialogues, IN/SITU, IN/SITU Outside, EXPO VIDEO, the Curatorial Forum, the Art Critics Forum, Special Exhibitions, EXPO Sound and OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project. In addition, EXPO CHICAGO continues to publish THE SEEN, Chicago's International Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art. Under the leadership of President and Director Tony Karman, EXPO CHICAGO draws upon the city’s rich history as a vibrant international cultural destination, while highlighting the region’s contemporary arts community and inspiring its collector base.

EXPO CHICAGO’s eighth edition will take place September 19 – 22, 2019, in alignment with the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial (September 19, 2018 – January 5, 2020). For more information on EXPO CHICAGO and EXPO ART WEEK (September 16 – 22, 2019) visit expochicago.com.