After a successful first year, EXPO CHICAGO returns to
Navy Pier in 2013 from September 19 to 22. Download the exhibitor
The inaugural EXPO CHICAGO presented over 120
leading international galleries, including a section of younger galleries
in EXPOSURE, highlighting one to two artists from their
programs. In its first year, the exposition drew over 27,000 patrons to
Navy Pier, reaffirming Chicago's place as an international art fair
EXPO CHICAGO's widely acclaimed floor plan and
design was conceived by noted MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang
from Studio Gang Architects (SGA). SGA will return for the
2013 edition to further shape the design of the exposition and to refine
the space for our exhibitors to present artists' work.
landmark programs were introduced this year and will return in
2013. IN/SITU, organized by noted independent
curator Michael Ned Holte, was made up of site-specific and
large-scale installations placed strategically throughout the fair,
featuring works by artists such as Robert
Barry and Tony Feher. The critically acclaimed lecture
series, /Dialogues, presented in partnership with the School of
the Art Institute (SAIC) drew large crowds during the run of the
exposition. Highlight discussions included noted New York
magazine's Jerry Saltz, who exclaimed, "From now on art
people should flock to Chicago," as well as Los Angeles-based
artist Sterling Ruby and artist Alec Soth.
EXPO CHICAGO will again collaborate with local
institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Arts
Club of Chicago, The Renaissance Society, the Smart
Museum and more to organize breakfasts and exhibition
openings. Chicago's top collectors will once again open their
homes for collection tours as part of our VIP program.
CHICAGO proved to be an impressive fair that brought the international art
world together to celebrate Chicago as a not-to-miss art destination,"
said MCA Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn. "The
caliber of the galleries and artists represented was phenomenal. The
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago was honored to be part of the fair with
Vernissage, the hugely successful preview party organized by talented
MCA Trustees who also acquired great artworks, some of which are
promised gifts to institutions right here in Chicago."
Collectors, dealers, patrons and critics alike agreed that EXPO has
returned Chicago to its legacy of hosting a prominent art exposition. For
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