EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Modern & Contemporary Art, returns to Chicago this September for its fifth year offering a weeklong calendar of exciting events under the umbrella of EXPO ART WEEK. The week runs from September 19th through September 25th aligning with the annual EXPO art exposition at Navy Pier, September 22nd through the 25th.
The extensive programing features significant cross-cultural alignments shinning the spotlight on some of the city’s most prestigious institutions including museum exhibitions; gallery openings; installations; public art projects; music, theater, dance and special dining experiences.
The President/Director of EXPO, Tony Karman thanks the community saying “As we approach the fifth edition of EXPO Chicago, we are grateful for the ongoing support of Chicago’s cultural community and are extremely proud to herald this long list of extraordinary exhibitions, performances and events running concurrently with the international exposition.”
Highlighting EXPO ART WEEK, is special Art After Hours programing so that EXPO Chicago visitors and the community can experience citywide gallery openings with extended hours on Friday, September 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.
The lineup of related events and highlights for the week is extensive offering Chicagoans and visitors an exciting opportunity to explore the city’s cultural landscape. Here are the participating organizations:
- The Arts Club of Chicago at 100 celebrating the centennial anniversary and featuring highlights from the permanent collection and special projects by Sonnenzimmer and Luftwerk (The exhibition opens September 20).
- The Art Institute of Chicago will be showcasing special exhibitions including Abstract/Object; The New Contemporary; Aleksandr Zhitomirsky; Master Drawings Unveiled: 25 Years of Major Acquisitions; Juan Muñoz: Thirteen Laughing at each Other; Ragnar Kjartansson & The National’s A Lot of Sorrow.
- The Arts Palette’s TAP presents: Museum in America: City to City (Lecture | September 20)
- Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet and Hamburger Hop featuring the theme “Food Is Art!”(September 19, 20 and 21)—exploring the vibrant connections food has to art of many kinds.
- Chicago Artists Coalition | The Annual: An Exhibition of new Chicago Art.
- The Chicago Cultural Center will feature Paul Catanese: Visible From Space; Parsons & Charlesworth: Spectacular Vernacular; Procession: the Art of Norman Lewis.
- City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower is showcasing Maria Pinto: 25 Years.
- Columbia College Chicago will offer a tour of the Wabash Corridor Murals (September 23).
- DePaul Art Museum will feature artists from the upcoming season of ART21 with work from On Space and Place: Contemporary Art from Chicago, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and Vancouver.
- Dose Market–a marketplace showcasing the finest designers, chefs, makers, bakers, entrepreneurs and artists with the season’s freshest flavors will hold its first market of the fall on September 25 (401 N. Morgan).
- The Ed Paschke Art Center will have an opening reception on September 23 for Wasalu Jaco.
- Elmhurst Art Museum and Mies Van der Rohe’s McCormick House offers tours of the adjoining McCormick House (one of only two residences designed by Mies in the country) and their new exhibition BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art.
- Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art features artists who use air as a sculptural medium.
- Eye on India features Xenophilia (Conversation and Closing Reception | September 24).
- Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers Our New System: Christa Donner Solo Exhibition.
- Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago presents a screening of Conceptual Paradise with Director Stefan Römer as part of the Dialogues ART & LANGUAGE Symposium (Screening September 21) in partnership with the Goethe Institut Chicago, No Borders: Contemporary Latin American Cinema (Screening from September 3–December 13).
- Graham Foundation exhibition presents Every Building in Baghdad: The Rifat Chadirji Archives at the Arab Image Foundation.
- Kavi Gupta Gallery of Contemporary Art presents Roger Brown: Pop Artist (Panel Discussion | September 24).
- Hyde Park Art Center offers Front & Center: 2016 center Program Final Exhibition; Ground Floor: A biennial exhibition of emerging Chicago artists.
- Iceberg Projects features George Kuchar: Bocko Solo Exhibition.
- IIT College of Architecture presents Erwin Olaf (Lecture | September 21).
- Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outside Art exhibition of Post Black Folk Art in America.
- Jane Addams Hull House VOX POP: The Disco Party.
- Leslie Hindman Auctioneers features Vintage Couture Auction (September 13), Asian Works of Art Auction Preview (September 21, 22, 23, 25), Asian Works of Art Auction (September 26).
- Lo Schermo dell’Arte presents the World Premiere of Luca Trevisani “Sudan” and Screening of Alfredo Jaar “The Ashes of Pasolini” (screening, September 24).
- Loyola University Museum of Art features Marcella Hackbardt: True Confessionals; Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art exhibition.
- The Art Collection at Vista Residencies features a curated exhibition of Chicago’s top artists presented in partnership with Magellan Development Group and EXPO CHICAGO.
- Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University presents Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera; Salaam Cinema! 50 Years of Iranian Movie Posters; Keep the Shadow, Ere the Substance Fade: Mourning During the AIDS Crisis (Opening Reception | September 17).
- Millennium Park | Chakaia Booker (Through April 2018).
- Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago offers a series of exhibits and performances including the blockbuster Kerry James Marshall: Mastry exhibition (Closing Weekend); Above, Before & After including works by Edward Krasinski, Alexander Calder, Alfredo Jaar and Bruce Nauman; The Propeller Group: based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, The Propeller Group blurs the boundaries between fine art and media production; Witness: Photographic works from the 1960s–the 2000s; The Making of a Fugitive; BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Andrew Yang; MCA Screen: Camille Henrot.
- Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago features Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy.
- Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park the campus of Governors State University has about 30 outdoor large scale monumental sculptures including Don’t Tread on Me: Sculpture by Chakaia Booker.
- National Museum of Mexican Art features Contemplations: Dan Ramirez Works from the Permanent Collection; Oscar Moya: a solo exhibition; Nuestras Historias–Stories of Mexican Identity from the Permanent Collection; #30 Día de los Muertos: Journey of the Soul (Exhibition Opening | September 23)
- Neubauer Collegium | Jakob Kolding (Opening reception | September 21).
- Next Level Badass | Miles Davis and Francine Turk (September 21).
- Pavilion Antiques presents Process: Four Artists in Context (Opening reception | September 15).
- The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago | Ben Rivers.
- The Peninsula Chicago and Circa 1881 | Whoville — Selections from the Beth Rudin Dewoody Collection.
- Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts | Larry Achiampong: OPEN SEASON (Opening Reception | September 21).
- The Richard H. Driehaus Museum presents With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age.
- Smart Museum of Art features There was a Whole Collection Made: Photography from Lester and Betty Guttman; Jessica Stockholder: Rose’s Inclination; Conversations with the Collection: Belonging
- stARTup Art Fair in Chicago from September 23-25.
- The Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago feature Painting in Time: Part Two; New Work: an exhibition of current student work curated by graduate student curatorial assistants (Exhibition Opening | September 23).
- Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art features Dissecting Signifiers—An Artistic Approach to the Urban Landscape.
- Wright | Art + Design Auction (Preview | September 22; Auction | September 29).
Tickets and information
General Admission to the exposition is Friday, Sept. 23 – Sunday, Sept. 25. Tickets to the exposition are $20 for one day, $30 for three days. For tickets and more information about EXPO CHICAGO and EXPO ART WEEK (Monday Sept. 19 – Sunday Sept. 25), click here.
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