EXPO CHICAGO Expands Art Program Inside Navy Pier and Around the City

Vik Muniz's George Stinney Jr.  (2016).  Courtesy of Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco
Vik Muniz's George Stinney Jr. (2016). Courtesy of Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco
  • Mark di Suvero, Destino (2003).  Location: East of Lake Shore Drive at 53rd Street.

    Mark di Suvero, Destino (2003). Location: East of Lake Shore Drive at 53rd Street.

    PHOTO: Lisa Mordhorst

EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Modern & Contemporary Art, has an expanded program of artists this year selected for IN/SITU, EXPO Projects, IN/SITU Outside and OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project.

IN/SITU, curated by Pérez Art Museum Miami Associate Curator Diana Nawi, features large-scale installations and site-specific work situated throughout Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, alongside EXPO Projects, featuring a curated selection of works organized by EXPO CHICAGO (Sept. 22 – 25, 2016).

Selected from the 145 exhibiting galleries at EXPO CHICAGO, this year’s IN/SITU program, A Break in the Code, is anchored by the first piece specifically designed for EXPO CHICAGO, Bettina Pousttchi’s Rotunda (2016). Located above the center plaza of the show floor as a main focal point of the exposition, the plaza piece will be joined by highlights including Spencer Finch, Victoria Fu, Rodney McMillian, Julio César Morales and For Freedoms, among others.

Additionally, EXPO Projects highlights include a selection of works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Atelier van Lieshout, Kimathi Donkor, Dana Lixenberg, Samuel Levi Jones and Ren Ri.

Beyond Navy Pier, IN/SITU Outside, presented in partnership with the Chicago Park District and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), provides the opportunity for EXPO CHICAGO to present temporary public art installations along the lakefront and throughout Chicago neighborhoods

OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project is a cutting edge citywide public art initiative, presented by EXPO CHICAGO and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Displayed on the 28 digital billboards throughout Chicago’s City Digital Network (CDN), the citywide exhibition will run  throughSeptember 25, 2016 to align with the fifth annual exposition. This inaugural program features 15 artists from major local, national, and international galleries.

One highlight is a work from Vik Muniz’ Album series (shown above). In this series, he creates images using cut up pieces of found photographs that he has collected for many years. This particular work, shown as part of OVERRIDE, depicts the mug shots of George Stinney, Jr. In 1944, at fourteen years old, he was the youngest person in the United States to be sentenced to death and executed. Seventy years later, his conviction was posthumously vacated after it was determined that he was not given a fair trial.

In addition, the Special Exhibitions program features select regional, national, and international non-profit institutions, museums, and organizations to be included on the main floor of the exposition. Included is Aperture, a multi-platform publisher and center for the photo community, which will show a selection of new limited-edition prints and front list titles by artists including Mickalene Thomas, Gregory Crewdson, Paolo Ventura, Joel Meyerowitz, Richard Renaldi, Robert Cumming and Phyllis Galembo, among others.

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