EXPO ART WEEK is in full swing with EXPO CHICAGO fair as its centerpiece

By Anna Savitskaya - Thursday, September 14, 2017
EXPO ART WEEK is in full swing with EXPO CHICAGO fair as its centerpiece

The International Exposition of Modern & Contemporary Art, announces the return of EXPO ART WEEK, running Sept. 11 – 17, 2017, with EXPO CHICAGO as its centerpiece (Sept. 13 – 17). During EXPO ART WEEK the city’s most prestigious cultural institutions will highlight their unique programming and special events including museum exhibitions, gallery openings, artist talks, public art projects, open studios and outdoor installations, offering after hours for fair visitors.

EXPO ART WEEK is in full swing with EXPO CHICAGO fair as its centerpiece

The International Exposition of Modern & Contemporary Art, announces the return of EXPO ART WEEK, running Sept. 11 – 17, 2017, with EXPO CHICAGO as its centerpiece (Sept. 13 – 17). During EXPO ART WEEK the city’s most prestigious cultural institutions will highlight their unique programming and special events including museum exhibitions, gallery openings, artist talks, public art projects, open studios and outdoor installations. This citywide celebration of arts and culture will offer international art enthusiasts, collectors and curators opportunities to explore the thriving Chicago art and culture scene. The majority of these key cultural institutions and organizations will participate in the EXPO CHICAGO Special Exhibitions program as well, with more than 15 booths on the main floor of Festival Hall. 

“The sixth edition of EXPO ART WEEK amplifies the many collaborations and alignments that are happening throughout Chicago during this important week surrounding the exposition,” said EXPO CHICAGO President | Director Tony Karman. “Being able to herald this extraordinary list of concurrent events and openings offers visitors and residents alike a comprehensive guide to both attend EXPO CHICAGO and explore Chicago’s rich cultural community.”

In its sixth year, EXPO CHICAGO and the Chicago Architecture Biennial (September 16– January 7, 2018) strategically align their openings during EXPO ART WEEK, establishing the city as a preeminent destination for global contemporary art and architecture. This year EXPO CHICAGO also partners with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris for its first off-site exhibition program in the United States with the Institut français to kick off EXPO CHICAGO at The Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Featuring 11 artists from the French and Chicago art scenes, the exhibition, entitled Singing Stones, will be on view through October 29, 2017. 

Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Faheem Majeed, MCA Chicago, Mar 10–Aug 16, 2015.

Bocca sofa in red designed by Studio65, produced by Gufram, Italy 1970. Wearable Chair designed by Gianni Pettena, Italy 1971. Fiore Artificiale wall lamp by Gino Marotta, Italy 1967. Cactus coat rack by Guido Drocco & Franco Mello, produced by Grufram, Italy 1972. Formaggio designed by Lappo Binazzi for UFO, Florence Italy 1969. Image courtesy of Joe Kramm / R & Company.

The Hidden World - Jim Shaw’s Didactic Art Collection_Remix. 2013-2014. 45x64cm. Courtesy of the artist.  

EXPO ART WEEK Museum and Institutional Highlights:

• The Arts Club of Chicago | Roman Ondák; Amanda Williams: Uppity Negress

• Art Institute of Chicago | Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute; Color Studies; Along the Lines: Selected Drawings by Saul Steinberg; Cauleen Smith: Human_3.0 Reading List; Fischli/Weiss: Snowman; The Photographer’s Curator: Hugh Edwards at the Art Institute of Chicago; Leigh Ledare: The Plot—Ruttenberg Contemporary Photography; Steve McQueen: End Credits

• Chicago Architecture Biennial | Make New History Main exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center with exhibitions, programs, performances throughout the city

• Chicago Artists Coalition | The ANNUAL 2017: The Shortest Distance Between Two Points

• DePaul Art Museum | Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures; Ângela Ferreira: Zip Zap and Zumbi

• The Richard H. Driehaus Museum | L'Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters

• Dusable Museum of African American History | A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture; DuSable Masterworks Collection: Series I: Paintings; Freedom, Resistance and The Journey Toward Equality; Chicago: A Southern Exposure; Project Respect

• Ed Paschke Art Center | Ed Paschke: Visionary from Chicago, 1968-2004

• Elmhurst Art Museum and Mies Van der Rohe’s McCormick House | Hebru Brantley

• Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago | Let Me Be an Object That Screams

• Graham Foundation | David Hartt: in the forest

• Heritage Auctions | Modern & Contemporary Art and Luxury Preview

• Hyde Park Art Center | Front & Center: An exhibition featuring work by Center Program participants; Virtue of the Vicious; Materials Decoded; Wall of Now: Children of the Wall

• Iceberg Projects | Dani Leventhal and Sheilah Wilson: SOTD (Strangely Ordinary This Devotion)

• Industry of the Ordinary presented by the City of Chicago | History and Forgetting

• Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outside Art | Henry Darger's Orphans and the Construction of Race; Darger + War; Mark Francis: Sculptures from the Inside

• Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts | Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado: Divine Violence

• Loyola University Museum of Art | Susan Aurinko: Searching for Jehanne — the St Joan of Arc Project; Jeffrey Wolin: Pigeon Hill: Then and Now; Michelle Murphy: Responsive Beauty

• Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University | Carrie Mae Weems: Ritual and Revolution

• Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park | Don’t Tread on Me: Sculpture by Chakaia Booker

• Millenuium Park | Chakaia Booker

• John David Mooney Foundation | Art and Science – Catching the Equinox Installation Streaming Live from Santiago de Campostela; Albert I. Goodman Collection of Vietnamese Art; Mooney’s Watercolors En Plein Air; Art in Public Spaces

• Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago | Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats its Own Leg; Chicago Works: Amanda Williams; MCA 50 Screen: To The Racy Brink; Michael Rakowitz: Backstroke of the West; We Are Here

• Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago | re:collection

• National Museum of Mexican Art | West Kings Highway: The Work of Cesar A. Martinez; Placemaking & Landmarks - The Creation of Mexican Spaces in Chicago; Nuestras Historias: Stories of Mexican Identity from the Permanent Collection

• Neubauer Collegium | Terence Gower: Havana Case Study

• Palais de Tokyo | Singing Stones, Curated by Katell Jaffrès

• Peninsula Hotel x Salon 94 | Gaetano Pesce

• The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago | Jennifer Packer

• Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago | SUPERDESIGN: When Design Wanted to Change the World

• Smart Museum of Art | Revolution Every Day; Emmanuel Pratt: Radical [Re]Constructions; The Hysterical Material; Conversations with the Collection: The Built Environments; Welcome Blanket

• Spudnik Press Cooperative | A Revision of Everyday Life: A Solo Exhibition by Cassie Thompkins

• The Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Serenity of Madness; New Work: Recent work by current students

• Thompson Chicago | Takashi Murakami

• Anastasia Tinari Projects | Zachary Cahill: USSA Sanctuary

• Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art | Domestic Disturbances

• University of Chicago Architecture Biennial Shuttle | Departs from the Logan Center hourly on Saturday, September 16, visiting various sites of architecture activity around the University’s Hyde Park campus

• Vista Residences Sales Gallery | The Art Collection: work by Andrew Holmquist | Carrie Secrist Gallery; Ben Murry | moniquemeloche; Claire Sherman | Kavi Gupta Gallery; Curtis Mann | Kavi Gupta Gallery; and July Ledgerwood | Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Curated in partnership with Magellan Development Group and EXPO CHICAGO

• Wabash Arts Corridor | STREET LEVEL *For a full list of additional EXPO ART Week Exhibitions and Events including dates, times and locations, visit expochicago.com. 

A highlight of EXPO ART WEEK are Art After Hours, which allow EXPO CHICAGO visitors and the community to view significant gallery openings during extended hours. On Friday, September 15, 6 – 9 p.m., citywide galleries will keep their doors open late, inviting guests to get a first-look at new exhibitions while experiencing the vibrant local art scene. 

Image on top: EXPO CHICAGO 2016

Anna is a graduate of Moscow’s Photo Academy, with a previous background in intellectual property rights. In 2012 she founded the company Perspectiva Art, dealing in art consultancy, curatorship, and the coordination of exhibitions. During the bilateral year between Russia and The Netherlands in 2013, Perspectiva Art organized a tour for a Dutch artist across Russia, as well as putting together several exhibitions in the Netherlands, curated by Anna. Since October 2014, Anna has taken an active role in the development and management of ArtDependence Magazine. Anna interviews curators and artists, in addition to reviewing books and events, and collaborating with museums and art fairs.

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