With acclaimed art museums, eclectic gallery collections and
thousands of public sculptures and murals, Chicago has an impressive art
culture just waiting to be discovered. Here are just a few exciting art
exhibits and events coming up.
David Bowie Is
September 23–January 4, 2015
In September, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago will be
the only U.S. location to host David Bowie Is, the renowned
traveling retrospective examining the art, work and life of one of the most
inspiring and influential artists of our time. The exhibit showcases more than
300 objects, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography,
album artwork, set designs and rare performance material from the past five
September 18–21, 2014
Now in its third season, EXPO
Chicago is an international exhibition of contemporary and modern art
featuring over 140 of the leading galleries from around the world. Roam through
galleries and artist displays on view at Navy Pier, and be sure to catch the
Special Exhibition program that features select non-profits and institutions,
panel discussions, cutting-edge film and new media works, and a curated
selection of site-specific projects. Admission is $20 for a one-day pass and $30 for a three-day weekend pass.
EXPO ART WEEK
September 15–21, 2014
In conjunction with EXPO Chicago, the city will host EXPO
ART WEEK, a citywide celebration of art and culture that includes
exhibitions, gallery openings, installations, public art projects, music,
theater and dance performances.
September 18–21, 2014
Running concurrently with EXPO Chicago, Gallery
Weekend Chicago invites national and international contemporary art
collectors, curators and critics to the city for a curated weekend of private
gallery tours and exclusive museum access. The event, founded in 2011, has
helped put Chicago's art scene on the global map.
Chicago Artists Month
The art scene in Chicago is so big, there's a whole month
dedicated to it. Chicago
Artists Month is a month-long festival held in October that celebrates the
creativity in each of the city's neighborhoods. Artists and performers working
in all media promote their work and engage audiences throughout the month. The
18th annual event follows the theme "Crossing Borders," and includes
behind-the-scenes studio tours and neighborhood art walks, exhibitions and
performances, theater and dance productions, classes, conversations and more.
Apart from the many events and major exhibitions Chicago
hosts throughout the year, there are also a number of gallery districts to
explore. Wander the expansive selection of contemporary art in River North,
packed with galleries such as Richard
Norton Gallery and Brave New Art
The West Loop is home to edgy, avant-garde art, such as street and
graffiti works displayed at Vertical
Gallery. Head to Wicker Park/Bucktown and explore open studios at First Fridays at the Flat Iron, or
venture south to Pilsen to discover bold murals as well as a diverse mix of
mediums from young, adventurous artists during Second Saturdays at Lacuna Lofts.
Chicago Gallery News leads free Saturday tours to a variety of neighborhood galleries, giving you more of a behind the scenes look. You can also check out their neighborhood gallery district guide to discover even more great art-focused spots around Chicago.
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