The 2014 edition of IN/SITU, curated by Renaud Proch, Executive Director of Independent Curators International (ICI), presented a reflection on artistic practice in Chicago, and on the intense exchange of ideas that the city generates.
Jessica Stockholder, Once Upon A Time, 2014. Site specific/Dimensions variable.
Courtesy the artist and Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN
"The creative process is mystifying. It is at once intensely intimate and connected to others, to the world, to history. Chicago has fostered this process for many generations of artists, in ways that reflect the complexity of the city, block after block. This is an American city – proud, rich, sprawling, political, extreme, contradictory, beautiful, segregated. As a cultural context, Chicago has fed the imagination, the political and aesthetic explorations of artists who, in turn, have contributed to its major schools, museums, and art initiatives, making it one of the top production centers in the United States for contemporary art. A modest attempt at capturing the breadth of creativity that is generated by the city, this year’s IN/SITU features works by artists at different stages of their career, with a variety of connections to Chicago: most of them have lived, worked, studied, or taught here. Many still do.
This IN/SITU selection is an homage to the city, to what artists take from and give to it, to the abundance of artistic creation and experimental practice that exists here amid an intense exchange of ideas. Perhaps inevitably, in this cosmopolitan metropolis, the work here speaks of contemporary human condition in the world. It is formalist, anti-formalist, language-based, fantastical, political, futuristic, socially-engaged.
Commissioned with the fair visitors’ experience in mind, the works in IN/SITU were selected out of proposals from galleries exhibiting at the fair, to provide occasions for pause and reflection throughout the exposition. This year and for the first time, they also connect to the city beyond Navy Pier. Indeed, IN/SITU now occupies a variety of new spaces past the fair grounds, beginning with this brochure which features the work of Cheryl Pope, and further afield, with IN/SITU Outside, an inaugural program of temporary public art installations situated along the Lakefront and throughout Chicago neighborhoods, presented by EXPO CHICAGO in partnership with Chicago Park District (CPD) and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Lastly, at Navy Pier, IN/SITU is also presented alongside EXPO Projects, highlighting works by emerging and established artists, and organized by EXPO CHICAGO."
– Renaud Proch
| Western Exhibitions, Chicago / Zieher Smith & Horton, New York
Robert Burnier | Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago
Ken Gonzales-Day | Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Fernando Pareja and Leidy Chavez | The MISSION, Chicago | Houston
Cheryl Pope | moniquemeloche, Chicago
Michael Rakowitz | Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
Jessica Stockholder | Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN
Saya Woolfalk | Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
| Linda Warren Projects, Chicago
Jillian Conrad | Artadia , 2012 Houston Artadia Awardee
Jim Duignan | Artadia, 2008 Chicago Artadia Awardee
Markus Linnenbrink | Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb | Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago
Alois Kronschlaeger | Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York
EXPO CHICAGO has partnered with the Chicago Park District and DCASE to present the inaugural IN/SITU Outside. In a major addition to Chicago’s artistic landscape, internationally acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze” will be on display outside of the Adler Planetarium (1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.). The twelve bronze animal heads representing the traditional Chinese zodiac that once adorned the famed fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan (Old Summer Palace) are the centerpiece of a global, multi-year touring exhibition presented in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Artist Michael Rakowitz (Rhona Hoffman Gallery) will also have his work, “Every Weapon is a Tool if You Hold It Right” displayed on the dock of Navy Pier.
Courtesy of Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Navy Pier Dock | Sunday, 12 - 4pm
Courtesy of Private Collection
Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr.
Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Schulte
46th-48thst and Lake Shore Drive
Courtesy of Changing Worlds
Diversey & Lake Shore Drive Greenway / Palmisano Park (2700 S. Halsted)
Courtesy of Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Diversey Harbor Inlet North
Museum Campus Dr & McFetridge
Courtesy of Luhring Augustine
Buckingham Plaza North