MCA's Vernissage: EXPO Chicago's opening night bash

EXPO CHICAGO and The MCA’s Vernissage welcomed more than 7,000 guests on opening night of this world renowned art fair, now in its 4th year. EXPO CHICAGO presented artwork from 140 leading galleries, representing 16 countries and 47 cities from around the world, and included EXPOSURE—a section that afforded younger galleries the opportunity to participate in a major international art fair.

“I want to extend the deepest thanks and appreciation to Tony Karman and the entire EXPO CHICAGO team for ensuring that Chicago is spoken about in the same sentence of world class art fairs once again and always,” said Michelle T. Boone (Chicago’s Commissioner of Public and Cultural Affairs).“Not only has EXPO CHICAGO cemented Chicago’s place as an international art fair, but Tony has done a tremendous job to connect the fair to the city through numerous collaborations and partnerships with our galleries, museums and cultural institutions extending the reach of EXPO city wide.”

Karman (event founder) then introduced MCA Chicago’s Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn who welcomed the crowd. “It is in Chicago’s DNA that really magical things happen when the business sector, cultural sector and civic sector of our city join together to support art education, and that is exactly what is happening tonight.” She added, “Every penny from tonight goes to education and exhibition programs for students and people of all ages.”

Karman closed by saying, “This exposition fuels the cultural ecosystem of Chicago.” With that, a bottle of Champagne was popped and all rejoiced in a celebratory toast.

Immediately following Vernissage, guests were invited to the official after- party on the Spirit of Chicago boat docked at Navy Pier. Co-produced with CIMMfest and sponsored by The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, the party kept guests dancing to music by The Cecy Santana Band and DJ Warp with Saraswathi Ranganathan.

Chicago, second city? I think NOT! (Photos by Dan Rest and Francis Son)

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