EXPO Chicago 2013

EXPO CHICAGO returns to Navy Pier in the Windy City…

The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art opens this Thursday, September 19 and runs through Sunday, September 22 in Festival Hall at Navy Pier. Opening night, held on Thursday night, is hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) along with board members and co-chairs Sally Meyers Kovler and Cheryl Seder. The annual fete raises money for education, exhibition and performance programs at the MCA. Tickets are available at MCA Chicago.

“It is a great privilege to be partnering with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago once again and to present Vernissage as the opening night benefit and kick off of EXPO CHICAGO,” says President/Director Tony Karman. “The MCA shares our vision of making Chicago a premier art destination and we are proud to be working with the MCA on multiple levels including the MCA Pop-Up Store which will be on the floor of the exposition.”

The exposition features art from over 125 international art galleries. There are events scheduled to educate and pique attendees’ interest. Programming such as /Dialogues, panel discussions, conversations and provocative artist discourse; IN/SITU, large-scale installations; and EXPOVIDEO, film video and new media works from artists and galleries, are offered daily. Visit EXPO Chicago for a complete list. Last year over 27,000 attendees visited the exposition. Building on last year’s momentum, the expo is expecting over 30,000 guests.

Here are highlights on a few of the women involved with EXPO Chicago this year: Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects; Patricia Courson, EXPO Chicago’s Director of Exhibitor Relations; Michelle Grabner, faculty member of the The School of the Art Institute (SAIC); and artist Rosy Keyser, an SAIC graduate.

Returning to the exposition and adding her very own personal touch is Jeanne Gang. It would be next to impossible to miss Ms. Gang’s contribution of three gigantic cones suspended from the ceiling, one made of mylar (same as last year), with two others being constructed of scrim and a burlap texture with colored lights angling throughout.

“Studio Gang is excited to be working with the EXPO team again in 2013,” shares Ms. Gang. “This year’s design amplifies our previous experiments using suspended large-scale sculptural elements to define distinct areas for gathering and relaxing, while simultaneously creating an exciting optical experience of the art and activity that shifts as visitors move through the space. Refining the expo floor’s organization (a grid cut through by a strong diagonal pathway) will also increase ease of navigation and further enhance the art’s visibility.”

Patricia Courson, director of exhibitor relations, discusses the highlights of /Dialogues at the exposition this year: “The concentration in Dialogues is powerful women in the art world. We are proud to welcome two females connected to the SAIC, Michelle Grabner, who will be co-curating the 2014 Whitney Biennial in the upcoming year, and artist Rosy Keyser.”

“SAIC is once again thrilled to partner with EXPO Chicago for this year’s show,” comments SAIC Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Administration Lisa Wainwright. “The display of great art in connection with robust dialogue is an unbeatable pairing. This is a wonderful event, not only for our students but for our shared wider cultural audiences.”

Navy Pier | Festival Hall | 600 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago
Tickets: One Day Pass $20.00 Three-Day Weekend Pass $30.00
Friday, September 20, 11AM-7PM
Saturday, September 21, 11AM-7PM
Sunday, September 22, 11AM-6PM





About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.