This Sept., EXPO CHICAGO transforms Navy Pier into major art and design Hub

Art lovers, artists, gallery owners, cultural journalist and more will convene in Chicago this September when EXPO CHICAGO transforms Chicago’s Navy Pier into a mecca of modern and contemporary art.


The inaugural presentation of EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design will feature 100 top galleries, and close to 20 “younger,” even more adventurous galleries. The event is a destination where guests will enjoy works by all the leading names in 20th and 21st Century art. The “buzz” seems to be EXPO CHICAGO is going to be one of the leading art fairs in the world – and the first fair has yet to happen!


Some of better know galleries committed to date include: Alexander and Bonin (New York); David Zwirner (New York); Matthew Marks Gallery (New York, Los Angeles); Galerie Karsten Greve (Cologne, Paris and St. Moritz); Galerie Hans Mayer (Düsseldorf); Annely Juda Fine Art (London); Kavi Gupta (Chicago, Berlin); Barbara Mathes Gallery (New York); The Mayor Gallery (London); Luhring Augustine (New York); Sean Kelly Gallery (New York); Yvon Lambert (Paris); Leo Koenig, Inc.(New York); Galerie Buchholz (Berlin); Galerie Lelong (New York, Paris, Zurich) D’Amelio Terras (New York); Anthony Meier Fine Arts (San Francisco); The Pace Gallery (New York); and Rhona Hoffman Gallery (Chicago).


The fair itself will be a site to behold, designed by Studio Gang Architects, headed by MacArthur “genius” Jeanne Gang. She and her team will take full advantage of Navy Pier’s generous Festival Hall, and will also be the subject of a major Art Institute of Chicago show that opens during EXPO CHICAGO.


World renowned Chicago Chef Michael Kornick (of MK) will be choosing some of Chicago’s best chefs to create signature dishes on-site at Navy Pier during the days of the fair in a chef-a-day initiative that highlights Chicago’s culinary scene to visitors of EXPO CHICAGO. Specific names will be confirmed by mid-July.


We also will have a series of exciting large-scale presentations. For example
• Gordon Matta Clark’s legendary Garbage Wall (1970) will be recreated using trash from the Chicago River.
• Dawoud Bey is curating a show of five acclaimed artists who, in turn, will choose a piece by another artist that works in dialogue with their own.
• A special Tony Tasset exhibition will be created on-site.
• There will be an Allen Ruppersberg satellite exhibition at the fair, happening in conjunction with the artist’s show opening the same weekend at the Art Institute of Chicago.


EXPO CHICAGO will be kicked off with the return of Vernissage, a exclusive opening night preview celebration that for many years was a highlight of the city’s social and cultural calendar. Set for Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, proceeds benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

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