The inaugural installment of EXPO CHICAGO is in full swing throughout the weekend at Navy Pier's Festival Hall. Galleries from across the globe have set up shop, bringing with them a museum-load of modern and contemporary art. There's more, though—artists' installations dot the floor, the contemporary art media have set up outposts (shout-out to Bad at Sports), and an active schedule of talks and discussion panels (including Art Institute curators Katherine Bussard and Lisa Dorin) round out the bill.
Organizers describe EXPO as a concept-driven affair, an approach broadly evident in their choice of Studio Gang (founded and headed by certified genius Jeanne Gang) as fair architect. Studio Gang's layout for the fair echoes the grid of Chicago's streets, organizing galleries numerically along parallel axes running the length of the hall. You could compare these to, say, Ashland, Damen, and Western. A diagonal path intersecting the main avenues leads visitors to highlights of the fair. This is probably analogous to Milwaukee Avenue, but I'd like to imagine it's Elston (Chicago's cool up-and-coming diagonal avenue).
Hiring an architect to imbue the fair with Chicago's wayfinding DNA makes perfect sense—Chicago has a history with art fairs and loads of famous architecture, and Studio Gang is Chicago-based. So, as you can imagine, the Art Institute of CHICAGO isn't going to let such a Chicago-y event go by without getting our artistic mitts all over it. Nope! This coming Monday, we're opening the first-ever exhibition devoted to Studio Gang's wildly creative output. Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects explores not just the firm's projects, but also its processes, materials, and practices. So go check out EXPO and stop by Aqua on your way out, and head to the Art Institute before February to get the full Studio Gang scoop.
But the fun doesn't stop there! The Art Institute has its own booth at EXPO, entirely dedicated to a sneak preview of seminal conceptual artist Allen Ruppersberg's installation No Time Left to Start Again/The B and D of R 'n' R, opening today in the Modern Wing. Designed as a survey of American vernacular music—folk, gospel, blues, rock (you know, the good stuff)—Ruppersberg collects album covers, amateur music photography, and musicians' obituaries, along with hundreds of recorded songs, as an invitation to consider the history of America's colloquial music and the lives of those who made it.
So there you go, you've got something to do this weekend. Tell your friends you won't be at brunch! You've got art to put in your brain!
5 hours 33 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Fullerton Hall
Free to Illinois residents or with museum admission
Brazilian artist and scholar Andreas Valentin recalls his time in New York City with artist Hélio Oiticica and screens a series of short films the two produced in collaboration.
*Museum admission is free for Illinois residents every Thursday, 5:00–8:00—including during this event.
5 hours 57 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—Rodney McMillian: a great society
a great society represents artist Rodney McMillian's work in video over the last decade. Grappling with the complexities of class, race, and place in America, McMillian employs elements of performance, public speaking, oral history—and his interest in the science fiction genre—to expose the social and psychological consequences of economic inequality, endemic racism, and the failed promise of freedom and prosperity for all of its citizens. While McMillian's work engages the often stark realities of history and contemporary culture, it is motivated by the potential for alternative realities and future transformation.
Closing March 26—http://bit.ly/2l5Ja6e
10 hours 40 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—John Massey: Cartón de Venezuela
One of Chicago’s great design stories emerged from the Container Corporation of America (CCA) in the middle of the 20th century. Upon his appointment in 1964 as the CCA's head of design, Chicagoan John Massey formed a research arm, the Center for Advanced Research in Design (CARD), that enabled great creativity and innovation within a corporate structure.
This exhibition features a set of posters by Massey for the CCA’s subsidiary Cartón de Venezuela. Each poster represents a different month of the year, with strong, clean lines and bold colors reflecting one of Massey’s primary influences, the Swiss school of design.
Closing March 5—http://bit.ly/2lYlz6I