This September, EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, will once again present over 120 leading international galleries at Festival Hall at Navy Pier. These exceptional galleries represent 16 different countries and 35 different cities, offering a broad spectrum of modern and contemporary artwork. Building on the success of the exposition’s inaugural year, EXPO CHICAGO/2013 will ensure Chicago’s place as an annual international fair destination.
EXPO CHICAGO’s design-forward interior and layout, conceived by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang (Studio Gang Architects) of Chicago, will once again set the tone for an elegant setting, underscoring the extraordinary work presented by the exhibiting galleries.
Recognizing the importance of both established and emerging galleries, EXPO CHICAGO also presents EXPOSURE, a special section of the fair reserved for newer galleries. Each gallery will highlight one or two artists from their program. This is a fantastic opportunity for these emerging galleries to gain critical visibility and for visitors to discover new talent. In 2013, all participating galleries must have been in operation for seven years or less.
A key element of the exposition’s innovative artistic programming, IN/SITU, the large-scale and site specific artwork program returns under the direction of Shamim M. Momim, director, curator, and co-founder, of LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division). IN/SITU showcases the work throughout Festival Hall. In 2012, independent curator, Michael Ned Holte (co-curator of the Hammer Biennial) led the inaugural program, which featured notable works by Tony Feher and Robert Barry.
In 2013, EXPO will continue to partner with some of the city’s leading institutions for exclusive tours, special exhibition and events. These partners include The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The School of the Art Institute, the Renaissance Society, and over 30 others.
In the exposition’s inaugural year, the /Dialogues series of discussions by leading critics, artists, and curators (including New York critic Jerry Saltz and LA-based artist Sterling Ruby) stirred conversation and generated new excitement for modern and contemporary art and artists. This year, EXPO will once again, in conjunction with The School of the Art Institute, present an impressive program of leading experts.
Following the exposition in 2012, and speaking on behalf of EXPO CHICAGO’s inaugural Civic Committee, led by honorary Chair Mayor Rahm Emanuel, chairman Jack Guthman effused, “Having such a prestigious group of business and arts leaders support us in our first year sends a message that Chicago wholeheartedly supports a fair of the finest caliber.