EXPO Chicago 2014, the highly successful art exposition, that kicks off at Navy Pier this Thursday is the centerpiece of the Windy City's blockbuster art calendar for September.
Now in its third year, EXPO Chicago is an international art fair showcasing some of the world’s most important art from 17 countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.
The four-day art extravaganza features more than 140 leading international galleries and offers diverse programming that showcases the city’s vibrant art community while helping to define it.
Chicago's art frenzy starts tonight with EXPO ART WEEK--a citywide celebration of the arts through 45 of its cultural institutions, museums, galleries, public art, music and more.
Highlights of EXPO ART WEEK include:
Fifth Star Awards
On Wednesday, September 17, The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will honor Chicago artists and arts institutions at the Fifth Star Awards event with live feature tributes at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.). The free admission event starts at 7 p.m.
Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) showcases a site-specific light and water installation titled FLOW/Im Fluss by Luftwerk, nightly September 17-20 from 5 p.m-12 a.m. in Chicago’s Couch Place alley on State Street between Lake and Randolph Streets.
EXPO CHICAGO Vernissage
Vernissage, or ‘varnishing day,’ the French term for art openings, takes place Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Vernissage, will begin with a champagne toast followed by wine and appetizers plus, most importantly, a "first look" at the art. Tickets for Vernissage start at $100. Click here for tickets or call 312 799 3531.
Riccardo Muti at Millennium Park
Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert of music by Tchaikovsky at 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 19th at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.).
Art After Hours
"Art After Hours" is a citywide open gallery night giving visitors the opportunity to experience Chicago's vibrant art scene. Free shuttles will be escorting visitors through the city's many galleries, alternative exhibition venues and performance spaces in River North, the West Loop and the Wabash Arts Corridor gallery districts from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday evening.
Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition Opening
The National Museum of Mexican Art's "Day of the Dead' exhibition, opening Friday, September 19, is the largest in the U.S. The exhibit features ofrendas, installations and works of art created by Mexican artists from both sides of the border. 6 to 9 p.m. 1852 W. 19th St.
David Bowie Is…’
"David Bowie Is...' which opens to the public on September 23rd at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, is expected to be a blockbuster, not to be missed, exhibition that explores the extraordinary career of David Bowie.
Hours for EXPO Chicago:
Thursday, September 18th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, September 19th, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 20th, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 21st, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tickets start at $100. General Admission to the exposition is Friday, Sept. 19 – Sunday, Sept. 21 (Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.). One day tickets to the exposition are $20, three day tickets are $30. For tickets and more information about EXPO Chicago and EXPO ART WEEK (Monday Sept. 15 – Sunday Sept. 21), click here.
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