EXPO Chicago

For a third year in a row, Chicago will be transformed into the contemporary art hub of the world for a week thanks to EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art.

From Sept. 19-21, artworks from more than 140 galleries around the world will be on display at Navy Pier, along with the addition of special events such as panel discussions, films and more this year.

Curators, collectors and general art lovers will rub shoulders as they take in art from the top galleries from 17 countries and 43 cities, as well as 20 up-and-coming galleries for the Exposure section of EXPO.

Work from Chicago's own moniquemeloche, Richard Gray Gallery, Alan Koppel Gallery, Catherine Edelman Galley and many more will have works on display, joining cities such as New York, Berlin, Melbourne, Miami and more, which are represented.

Art enthusiasts don't have to wait for the galleries at Navy Pier to open to start enjoying EXPO - the Museum of Contemporary Art is kicking off the festivities once again this year with Vernissage, the fair's opening reception, with proceeds going toward the MCA Education Department, Thursday, Sept. 18.

EXPO Chicago

Other special events this year include the return of IN/SITU, curated by Renaud Proch, a collection of large-scale installations specifically for Expo Chicago. Artists such as Elijah Burgher, Robert Burnier, Jessica Stockholder and more - all of whom have a connection with Chicago - will be on display throughout the fair, an homage to the city.

For the first year, however, an IN/SITU installation will be placed outdoors for the public to observe. Ai Weiwei's "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze" will be on display outside of the Adler Planetarium, through summer 2015. Michael Rakowitz, Alice Aycock, Indira Johnson, Robert Love and Christopher Wool will all have works displayed outside throughout the city as well.

The fair will also include Dialogues, panel discussion with artists and curators; Expo Video, a selection of art films on view in viewing stations designed by Studio Gang Architects; and Art After Hours, a citywide open gallery night from 6-9 p.m. in River North, the West Loop and the Wabash Arts Corridor gallery districts.

One-day EXPO tickets are $20, three-day pass $30. Opening reception (Vernissage) tickets are $100.

Artwork above:
Gallery Lelong:
Kiki Smith
Blue Moon II, 2011
1 Moon: 37 x 37 x 2 ½ in. (94 x 94 x 6.4 cm) ; 9 stars (approx: 5 1/2 inches / 13.7 cm diam.)
Edition of 3

Taka Ishii
Shomei Tomatsu
Untitled [Iwakuni], from the series Chewing Gum and Chocolate, 1960/1967
Vintage Gelatin Silver Print
22 x 30.6cm