Summer in Chicago: Floating Museum on Chicago's waterways showcases art, music and more

Summer in Chicago: Floating Museum on Chicago's waterways showcases art, music and more

A new pop up installation, River Assembly, featuring a mobile art gallery, music and special programming is coming to a waterway near you.

The project, part of the Floating Museum, a collaborative arts organization that creates temporary, site-responsive installations throughout Chicago will be showcasing this new exhibit throughout the month of August.

“The Floating Museum is taking collaborative arts to the next level by bringing temporary, site-responsive museum spaces to sites throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Using the city’s waterways, the museum activates sites along the river to bring art and cultural programming directly to visitors and Chicago residents.”

River Assembly has transformed an industrial barge into a mobile art gallery displaying work created by local artists, cultural institutions and community organizations.* The exhibit plays on concepts of buoyancy and migration to physically move art across neighborhoods and transforms city sites into a full museum campus with exhibitions and programming.

The barge will be on view and open to the public daily starting Monday, August 7 at the Eleanor Boathouse in Chicago Park Districts’ Park No. 571 (2828 S. Eleanor Street). It will remain there through August 13. The barge will then travel along the river to the Chicago Riverwalk (between LaSalle and Clark Streets) where it will dock for two weeks from August 14 to August 28, before moving on to Navy Pier.

Highlights include:

  • a monument to Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable
  • a moving image program
  • interdisciplinary performances and a “wonder cabinet” made from crates by Terry Dowd Inc. (some of these crates contain artwork, while others will be transformed into works of art to be displayed along the riverside)

Schedule of free events:

  • Free music performances, community discussions and hands-on activities will take place as part of the installation by the river every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday in August. Click here for full schedule.
  • Special programming at SkyART (3026 E. 91st Street) August 2–4
  • Special programming at the Eleanor Boathouse August 9–12 and at the Chicago Riverwalk August 16–27
  • A free tour will be offered daily from August 15 to 27, that will lead visitors through the Chicago Riverwalk’s display, discussing the artists, partners and museum
  • Saturday, August 12, the film Salty Dog Blues will screen in partnership with South Side Projections and Nights Out in the Park at Park No. 571
  • “art.i.fact, ” will  bring together some of the city’s most talented musicians and singers for a combination of live music led by Avery R. Young, dance performances and video art on August 27 from 7 to 8 p.m. on the Chicago Riverwalk

*Participating artists include Miguel Aguilar, Marcus Alleyne, Hebru Brantley, Kris Casey, Louis DeMarco, Bill Douglas, Assaf Evron, Krista Franklin, Maria Gaspar, Adam Hines, Yashua Klos, Pope.L, Mary Mattingly, Cecil McDonald Jr., Jesse McLean, Christopher Meerdo, Derek Moore, Dan Peterman, Cheryl Pope, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Fernando Ramirez, Cauleen Smith, Sheila Smith, Edra Soto, Lan Tuazon, JGV/WAR , Maria Villarreal, Roman Villarreal, Amanda Williams, Bernard Williams, and Avery R. Young and De Deacon Board. Participating organizations include DuSable Heritage Association, DuSable Museum of African American History, Graffiti Institute, Hyde Park Art Center, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Project Onward, SkyArt, Southeast Chicago Historical Society, South Side Projections, T.R.A.C.E and West Pullman Park Special Rec. Program.

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