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EXPO CHICAGO announces special exhibitions for 2013
O. Romberg, New Constellation Red Blue, 2013. Photo: Courtesy Balloon Contemporary.
CHICAGO, IL.- EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, announces more than 20 special exhibitions to be included in the second annual exposition. EXPO CHICAGO is dedicated to illustrating and preserving the important link between the arts, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations through unique and high quality exhibitions. Showcasing this commitment, special exhibitions from some of the top museums, universities, organizations and institutions include: ACRE, Aperture Foundation, Artadia, Artspace, Bad at Sports, Balloon Contemporary, BOLT Residency, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, The Conservation Center, HATCH Projects, Hirsch Books, Human Rights Watch, Hyde Park Art Center, Independent Curators International, International Sculpture Center, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Natural Resources Defense Council, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago, the Warhol Museum, the West Collection and Whitechapel Gallery. These special exhibitions will join 120 leading galleries representing 16 countries and 35 cities from around the world exhibiting at EXPO CHICAGO (Sept. 19 – 22) at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall (600 E. Grand).

ACRE
Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE), a volunteer-run nonprofit devoted to employing systems of support for emerging artists and creating a generative community of cultural producers, recreates their lodge library, originally displayed at the ACRE summer residency in Southwest, WI. Located in the lobby outside of Festival Hall, the exhibition, made from salvaged timbers collected from razed Chicago buildings, will offer informational materials to visitors, while providing an intimate space to view the work of past ACRE residents. Additionally, ACRE, in conjunction with Bad at Sports, introduces The EXPO Register, a daily newspaper created by ACRE resident and Bad at Sports contributor Dana Bassett. The vibrant, hand printed Register, designed by Chicago artist Clay Hickson of Tan & Loose Press, will highlight special events during the fair including reviews of special exhibitions and trends at the exposition.

APERTURE FOUNDATION
Aperture Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing photography via Aperture magazine, traveling exhibitions, and educational programs, will present unique works in the form of artists’ editions, with photographs by Jason Evans and Eva Fiore-Kovacovsky. Aperture’s book-publishing program will also have an EXPO presence, featuring photographs relating to the publications, such as Matthew Pillsbury’s haunting photograph of crowds strolling beneath a dinosaur skeleton at the Natural History Museum in London, as well as a delightful image of loose cobblestones in New York drawn from Barney Kulok’s recent book “Building: Louis I. Kahn at Roosevelt Island.” More experimental and conceptual projects will also be on view by James Welling, Andrea Galvani, and Richard Mosse, who was most recently featured in the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, known for using discontinued aerial surveillance film to render landscapes of the Eastern Congo in unsettling psychedelic hues.

ARTADIA
Renewing their partnership with EXPO CHICAGO for the second year, Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue will present the Artadia/EXPO CHICAGO Award, an inaugural prize awarded to one Chicago-based artist during the fair. Chosen by Associate Curator of The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Nora Burnett Abrams, the award will continue to foster and support the artist’s work, giving them access to Artadia’s unique programming and vast network. Additionally, Artadia will have a booth at EXPO CHICAGO featuring editions for purchase by artists Josef Strau, Phoebe Washburn, Frank Benson, Catherine Wagner, and Ian Tweedy. All proceeds will go to support Artadia's unrestricted awards to artists across the country.

ARTSPACE
Artspace, a curated website for fine art, offers collectors and aspiring collectors the opportunity to buy art from the world’s leading cultural institutions, museums, galleries, and artists. An official partner of EXPO CHICAGO, Artspace is pleased to feature a selection of works benefiting nonprofit and institutional partners, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and The Drawing Center, to name a few. All proceeds from sales of these works by artists such as Francisco Clemente, Sean Scully, Alex Katz, and Fred Tomaselli, will support exhibitions and programming at these esteemed institutions. Also on view will be a selection of Artspace Editions, featuring limited edition fine art prints by emerging and established artists including Sarah Morris, Clifford Ross, Shantell Martin, and Marcel Dzama. In addition to their booth, Artspace has also created an online preview of the fair, allowing collectors to explore the works currently on view from each exhibiting gallery. The online preview will launch September 9 on artspace.com.

BAD AT SPORTS
Bad at Sports is a forum on multiple platforms known for their weekly podcasts and daily blog. The site features artists, curators and gallerists, among others talking about the Chicago art community and the art world at large. In addition to The EXPO Register in conjunction with ACRE, Bad at Sports will broadcast from their booth next to the /Dialogues stage on the main floor of the exposition on Saturday, Sept. 21. Hosts Duncan MacKenzie and http://www.thirdlooks.com/wp-content/Images/JUL13/richard-mosse-4.jpg will field interviews and commentary from artists and curators for both their podcast and blog. Bad at Sports’ booth will also display a series of screen-printed motivational posters by Chicago-based ACRE artists including Jessica Taylor Caponigro, Alex Chitty, Ben Driggs, Paul Erschen, Aron Gent, Sofia Leiby and Betsy Odom.

BALLOON CONTEMPORARY
Conceived as a platform that hosts multiple activities, Balloon focuses on work that crosses traditional boundaries to advance cultural dialogue. Displaying a solo exhibition of work by Argentinean conceptualist Osvaldo Romberg, Balloon’s booth examines new paintings and sculptural work based on his well known didactic color paintings of the 1970s in tandem with Romberg’s installation, “Translocations: Mies and Melnikov,” in partnership with the National Historic Trust for Preservation and with support from the Graham Foundation, on view at Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Plano, IL during EXPO CHICAGO. Painter and architect, Romberg engages as equally with the strategies and mythologies of classical painting as with the analysis of the historic avant-gardes, whose work he directly engages and extends in a postmodern manner.

CHICAGO ARTISTS COALITION
Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) is a 39-year old nonprofit dedicated to building a sustainable marketplace for entrepreneurial artists and creatives by producing innovative programs, exhibitions, and educational opportunities for practicing artists, patrons, and the public. Committed to cultivating groundbreaking exhibitions and gallery programming through the BOLT Residency and HATCH Projects initiatives, CAC will present two booths at this year’s EXPO CHICAGO.

BOLT Residency, a prestigious year-long studio residency that offers up to eleven artists dedicated studio space, a solo exhibition, one-on-one studio visits with leading professionals and community building, will exhibit resident artist Joseph G. Cruz’s “Assembling the Lunar.” Chosen by Dieter Roelstraete, curatorial advisor for the exhibition and Manilow Senior Curator at the MCA Chicago, the installation will utilize multiple artworks, artifacts, and histories that mediate our understandings of the moon. Cruz asks viewers to imagine what the horizon line looked like the night Neil Armstrong took his famous first steps, while listening to a sound piece in the form of a record that plays a mathematically translated sound frequency of the moon’s topography.

CAC will also present a special exhibition in conjunction with HATCH Projects, a pioneering artist and curatorial residency that fosters shared experimentation and creativity for twenty-four emerging artists and four emerging curators. Curated by HATCH Curator-in-Residence Teresa Silva, the exhibit features work by 2012-2013 HATCH projects artists Kasia Houlihan, Ryan Peter Miller, and Rebecca Parker, linking these artists’ interests in the body, intimacy, interpersonal interactions, humor, and playfulness.

THE CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM ST. LOUIS
The Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) St. Louis returns to EXPO CHICAGO presenting “Feedback 2” a collaborative installation by Brett Williams and Kevin Harris. Using wind-blown microphones hanging from a ceiling as an initial source of randomization, the installation is capable of producing an infinite number of auditory and visual outcomes that respond to viewers passing through, projected on video monitors within the booth. Exploring the use of autonomous systems in the context of live composition, the interactive exhibition relies on humans relinquishing all real-time decision making, instead placing their trust in the nature of technology. Unlike industrial systems designed for specific outcomes, the intended design of “Feedback 2” is to ensure and create unpredictable results.

THE CONSERVATION CENTER
As one of the nation’s leading private art restoration and conservation laboratories, The Conservation Center has cared for fine art from some of the country’s most prestigious museums, galleries, private collections, corporations, and insurance companies. For this year's EXPO CHICAGO, The Conservation Center presents an educational booth complete with scientifically advanced tools and fantastic examples of contemporary artworks before, during, and after treatment. This year, EXPO CHICAGO is also proud to have The Conservation Center provide official service for the fair—presenting cutting-edge techniques, materials, as well as innovations in the field addressing the unique needs of contemporary artwork.

JEFF HIRSCH BOOKS
Jeff Hirsch Books, founded in 1993 in Evanston, IL, specializes in 20th century photography, art and design monographs as well as literary first editions. Known for its expansive inventory of exhibition catalogs and books signed by the author or artist, Jeff Hirsch Books will present a curated selection of books specific to this year’s exposition. Rare photography books by Ansel Adams, Sol Lewitt, Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn, Edward Ruscha, Thomas Struth, and Andy Warhol will be available, as well as art books from John Baldessari, Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Judy Chicago, Richard Diebenkorn, Max Ernst, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Alex Katz, Rene Magritte, Joan Miro, Amedeo Modigliani, Ed Paschke, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, and Cy Twombly, to name a few – many of whom have a connection to Chicago, and exhibitors at the exposition.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Human Rights Watch (HRW), in partnership with Rhona Hoffman Gallery, will present artist Jenny Holzer’s “Inflammatory Essays” at EXPO CHICAGO along with a Human Rights Watch poster, “Tyranny has a Witness.” Echoing the mission of HRW’s dedication to defending and protecting human rights, “Inflammatory Essays,” 1979 – 1982), depicts Holzer’s goal to affront the public with critical ideas and loudly rails against social and political injustices foisted upon humanity. Taken from the speeches of powerful political figures including Leon Trotsky, Chairman Mao and Vladimir Lenin, Holzer rearranges their words into her own provocative and urgent speech composition.

HYDE PARK ART CENTER
Critic, painter and co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Michelle Grabner, will program the Hyde Park Art Center’s exhibition at EXPO CHICAGO with selections from their upcoming show, “A Study in Midwest Appropriation.” Featuring work by artists including Conrad Bakker, John Riepenhoff, David Robbins, Oli Watt, Pedro Velez and more, this group exhibition surveys the defining trait of appropriation in contemporary art from the heartland. Drawing on the idea that artwork by Midwestern artists deploy appropriation to convey self-deprecating and comical qualities, artists from Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and Minneapolis present a range of image and content-borrowing strategies, from the critical to the open-ended, the humorous imitation to the urgent copy. The complete exhibition of “A Study in Midwest Appropriation” will be on view at the Hyde Park Art Center directly following the fair, Sept. 29, 2013 – Jan. 12, 2014.

INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL
Independent Curators International (ICI) is a nonprofit that produces exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for audiences around the world. This year at EXPO CHICAGO, ICI will showcase two new 2013 editions by Marina Abramović and Stephen J. Kaltenbach, both inspired by ICI’s latest iteration of an ongoing exhibition by Hans Ulrich Obrist’s, “do it,” of which they mark the 20th anniversary. Conceived in Paris in 1993, following a conversation between Obrist, Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, posing the question, “what would happen if there was an exhibition that wouldn’t ever stop?” “do it” has since been featured in at least 50 different locations worldwide and has included the participation of nearly 400 artists. Marina Abramović’s “do it” instruction, “Spirit Cooking,” consists of the original 1997 “do it catalogue,” as well as a custom created apron and a placard which reads: Please dress yourself in the apron, open the book, and begin to realize the artist’s instruction of your choice. Stephen J. Kaltenbach’s series of sealed Time Capsules containing unknown content in an engraved steel vessel reading “OPEN BEFORE DEACCESSION," employs the owner to reveal the secret contained inside if and when they decide to part with the work.

THE INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE CENTER
The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is a member-supported, nonprofit organization founded to champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. At EXPO CHICAGO, ISC will exhibit the work of prominent artists such as Carole Feuerman, Willie Cole and Ursula von Rydingsvard among other established artists who have donated work to the ISC. In addition, ISC will display images of its members’ artwork during the fair, and promote books from ISC press including “Artists Reclaim the Commons,” “The New Earthwork,” “Conversations on Sculpture,” “A Sculpture Reader” and “Landscapes for Art,” as well as “Sculpture” magazine. All artwork for sale will directly support programming at ISC and the artists who donated work.

LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK
Laumeier Sculpture Park is St. Louis, MO’s living laboratory where artists and audiences explore the relationship between contemporary art and the natural environment. “Laumeier’s Patch,” a curatorial project dedicated to spreading the Park’s mission of socially engaging artistic practices, travels to EXPO CHICAGO and will feature the garden project by Juan William Chávez and Kiersten Torrez of the Northside Workshop. Laumeier and the Northside Workshop are working on a five year collaboration to explore the social gulf between St. Louis’s inner core and its ring suburbs. The Patch helps promote sculptural practice, demonstrating how it adds to the vibrancy of a community as a maker of place.

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTORAPHY
The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago returns to EXPO CHICAGO for the second year to present a special video installation by LaToya Ruby Frazier as an extension of the Museum’s exhibition, “Backstory: LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ron Jude and Guillaume Simoneau,” on view through October 6, 2013. Using the conventions of social documentary to probe and upend traditional narratives of urban growth and the triumph of industry, Frazier draws on both familial and communal history, as both a participant as well as author. Blurring the boundaries between the personal and the collective, Frazier uses her own family’s history to reveal both complex intergenerational struggles and social inequality.

THE NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL
Continuing their partnership with EXPO CHICAGO, The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) returns to the fair to present the work of Seattle-based artist Vaughn Bell. Reflecting NRDC’s belief in the power of visual art to ignite meaningful, deep conversations surrounding the protection of the planet’s natural resources and environmental health, Bell’s three-piece installation creates interactive projects and immersive environments that relate to nature, conservation and ownership. “Metropolis,” a large scale terrarium made of four glass towers, symbolizes buildings in urban areas and houses native Midwestern species. Allowing individuals to place their heads within the sculpture, the interactive piece creates a larger than life perspective highlighting the connection of nature and urban life. Similarly, “A Pack of Forests,” explores the idea of environmental portability, human connections and stewardship. These mobile sculptures will be “walked” throughout the fair underscoring the care and attention one must give to the environment. Bell will also create a limited edition of “Pocket Biospheres” small pieces of the environment that are available for “adoption” during the course of the fair. Each adoption is documented and displayed at the NRDC booth throughout the exposition.

RENAISSANCE SOCIETY
Joining EXPO for a second year, the Renaissance Society, a non-collecting museum of contemporary art, presents a limited edition photo portfolio featuring work by twelve artists who have produced solo exhibitions at the museum. Including artists Darren Almond, Lothar Baumgarten, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Willie Doherty, Stan Douglas, Fischli/Weiss, Rodney Graham, Arturo Herrera, Zoe Leonard, Laura Letinsky, Thomas Struth, and Jeff Wall, the unique prints reflect the artist's practice around the time he or she worked with the Renaissance Society. The aesthetic breadth and diversity of the photographs included make this portfolio a striking survey of the medium's recent history, and represent the Society's consistent address of the form.

THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leading institution in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. Curated by Chicago-born, Los Angeles–based alumna Amanda Ross-Ho (BFA 1998) SAIC’s exhibition at EXPO CHICAGO will exemplify this multifaceted approach, featuring work from the diverse studio departments the school has to offer. Heads from each department will nominate their strongest Master of Fine Arts candidates to be considered for the exhibition. Ross-Ho’s selections will feature some of the most talented young artists producing work in Chicago today, spanning the Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Performance, and Film, Video, New Media, and Animation departments, among others.

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
The University of Chicago Headquarters fronts several organizations at the University of Chicago that offer contemporary art exhibitions and programs. Partners include the Smart Museum of Art, Open Practice Committee, and Logan Center Exhibitions—as well as the new Arts and Public Life initiative, and the Departments of Visual Arts and Art History. At EXPO CHICAGO, the University of Chicago Headquarters foregrounds the work of three artists: New York and Houston based Mary Ellen Carroll, whose project “Open Outcry” was originally presented as part of “Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art,” at the Smart Museum of Art, in 2012, and Chicago-based Shane Ward and David Giordano, both of whom graduated from the University of Chicago, MFA 2012. Their works reflect the common ideals driving the HQ partners’ collective efforts. Complete with seating, the booth will encourage viewers to read through University of Chicago publications such as “Afterall” Journal, Smart Museum and other University of Chicago publications.

THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM
The Andy Warhol Museum, in partnership with KIWI Arts Group, presents a special exhibition of “William John Kennedy: The Warhol Museum Edition” at EXPO CHICAGO. The box set (in an edition of 50) features five signed and numbered photographs of Andy Warhol in 1964 just prior to the height of his popularity during the Silver Factory era. Specially designed in an aluminum archival box, the edition includes a foreword written by The Warhol Museum’s Director Eric Shiner; an introduction by esteemed art historian Thomas E. Crow; as well as essays contributed by Nicholas Chambers, Milton Fine curator of art at The Warhol; and Matt Wrbican, The Warhol’s chief archivist, historically contextualizing the rare moments captured by Kennedy. Always wanting to visit Chicago but never making the trip, this special exhibition also serves as a posthumus celebration of Warhol’s connections to the city.

THE WEST COLLECTION
Committed to collecting challenging and inventive young artists’ work for the past fifteen years, The West Collection will exhibit a selection of Taipei born, New York-based artist Longbin Chen’s “Composers.” Crafted out of the printed matter that surrounds him at any given time, including telephone books, magazines, and novels, Chen sculpts the faces of famous composers into the unbound pages, leaving the spines of the books exposed behind the busts. The result resembles marble or stonework, though the sculptures are soft. In addition to the busts, each “sculpture” contains a sound piece of the composer, which plays as viewers approach the work.

WHITECHAPEL GALLERY
Playing a central role in London’s cultural landscape and a touchstone for contemporary art internationally,Whitechapel Gallery has developed an exceptional portfolio of affordable limited editions as part of its fundraising initiative and in collaboration with some of the world’s leading contemporary artists. For EXPO CHICAGO, the gallery will bring the editions of famed artists including Theaster Gates, Pedro Reyes Chantel Joffe, Candida Höfer, Tomma Abts, Rachel Harrison, Zarina Bhimji, Raymond Pettibon and John Baldessari.



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