The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, will make its return to Navy Pier for the fourth year this September to showcase the city as an international cultural destination, while highlighting the region’s vast contemporary arts community and collector base.
In addition to showcasing younger galleries across the globe, the exposition presents 140 leading international galleries, attracting more than 32,500 visitors in 2014.
“I am confident that the 2015 edition of EXPO Chicago will exceed expectations as we remain focused on presenting a strong list of leading international dealers and expanding our critically acclaimed programming to attract collectors and curators to the city of Chicago,” noted EXPO Chicago President/Director Tony Karman. “We are proud of the growing list of exhibition openings and event alignments surrounding the exposition and we are grateful for the continued support of the City of Chicago, our museums, cultural institutions and galleries to make this a not-to-be-missed cultural week in Chicago.”
EXPO Chicago 2015 will present the return of its key programs including the popular /Dialogues panel and lecture series presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; IN/SITU and IN/SITU Outside, a program of curated site-specific installations in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall as well as throughout the city of Chicago; EXPO VIDEO, a curated selection of dynamic and cutting-edge film, video and new media works presented in partnership with Columbia College Chicago; and a host of ancillary special exhibitions and programming to inspire the city’s avid collector community.
Also returning this year is the exciting opening night preview, Vernissage (attended by more than 5,000 people in 2014), benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
Since its launch in 2012, the annual exposition has succeed in not only growing its considerable audience base, but also Chicago’s cache value as an international hub for culture and serious art appreciation. “The continued growth of EXPO Chicago has thrust Chicago to the forefront of the art world,” said commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Michelle T. Boone. “The City of Chicago is pleased to collaborate with EXPO in urging visitors to experience everything that makes our city a true global cultural destination—from some of the world’s top art museums and galleries to our vast public art collection. EXPO highlights not only the incredible work that’s being created around the world, but also showcases the cultural vibrancy that Chicago offers year round.”
Tickets to the four-day event are $20 for one day, $30 for three days. For more information about EXPO Chicago and its supporting programs, including EXPO Art Week (Monday Sept. 14 – Sunday Sept. 20), visit expochicago.com.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
EXPO Chicago 2014 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall (photo by Justin Barbin).