Expo Chicago has announced the curators for their “In/Situ” and “Expo Video” programming, in addition to the inaugural curator for the “Exposure” section. Showcasing large-scale installations and site-specific works throughout the Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, the “In/Situ” program will be curated by the Centre Pompidou Foundation’s curator of American art and curator at large, Florence Derieux. The fair’s screening program for film, video, and new-media works, titled “Expo Video,” will be curated by Ali Subotnick, adjunct curator at the Hammer Museum in LA. The “Exposure” section, installed on the main floor and featuring solo and two-artist presentations represented by galleries that have been in operation for eight years or fewer, will be curated by the director of exhibitions and senior curator at Dallas Contemporary, Justine Ludwig.
Additionally, Katell Jaffrès of the Palais de Tokyo will curate the first US-based iteration of the “Hors Les Murs” exhibition program, an official satellite of the fair that will run from September 12 to October 29. Expo Chicago’s opening will also align with that of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Expo’s program is an extension of the French-American Curatorial Exchange initiated in 2013 with the cultural services of the French Embassy in the United States. Developing in two parts, the first involves a partnership with Mana Contemporary Chicago that allows international artists to produce new work in Chicago specifically for Expo. The second part will entail a large-scale exhibition, to take place at a site that has yet to be announced, through a partnership with the Graham Foundation, which will nominate a local emerging architect to collaborate with Jaffrès on the design of the space and exhibition. The show will feature the work of eight to twelve artists, based in France and abroad, as well as local emerging artists in Chicago. The “Hors les Murs” initiative has taken place in eight other cities to date, including Zurich during Manifesta 11 and Singapore during the last Art Stage Singapore, among others.
The sixth edition of Expo Chicago runs from September 13 to 17 at the Navy Pier’s Festival Hall.