2019 Alignments

Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago Architecture Biennial

September 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020 

Citywide Locations

The Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, will return for its third edition and run concurrently with the eighth edition of EXPO CHICAGO, together positioning the City of Chicago as a world class cultural attraction. The Biennial, which attracted over half a million visitors over the three-month run of its 2017 edition, takes place in multiple venues across the city, providing both a perspective on the vanguard of architecture today, and the cultural landscape of the city.

Artistic Director of the 2019 Biennial, Chicago-based curator Yesomi Umolu, will be joined by co-curators Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares to develop an innovative and engaging program of exhibitions and installations highlighting the transformative global impact of creativity and innovation across creative fields that affect the way we live, work, and organize society around the world. 

Ship of Tolerance © Zug Tourismus Fotografie Daniel.

The Ship of Tolerance

September 16 – October, 2019 

Polk Bros Park, Navy Pier

The Ship of Tolerance, presented by the Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation, is a multidimensional project including a large-scale installation of a ship located in Polk Bros. Park at Navy Pier’s entrance. The installation will be a part of EXPO CHICAGO’s 2019 IN/SITU Outside program, opening concurrently with the eighth edition of EXPO CHICAGO. To date, The Ship of Tolerance has been installed in 12 cites internationally, connecting communities through art and music to address racism and intolerance. The Chicago Ship is an extension of an international program initiated in 2005 to overcome societal divisions through a three-pronged approach; educational initiatives held throughout Chicago schools, the building of a scale model ship, and the presentation of children’s musical performances.

The alignment will also feature the exhibition of the Kabakov’s artwork in EXPO CHICAGO’s 2019 Special Exhibitions program and their participation in the /Dialogues program presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Chicago Ship will be fabricated locally and consist of a sail made with 139 children’s drawings and a hull built by a professional shipwright from Manchester, UK, supported by local carpenters and shipbuilders. The public is invited to view the building process, which will begin two weeks before the opening ceremony.

Image Courtesy of NADA

NADA Chicago Invitational

September 18 – September 21, 2019

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

The first edition of NADA’s Chicago Invitational will coincide with EXPO CHICAGO this September 18-21, 2019. Taking place throughout three floors of the iconic Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, the new contemporary art fair will present a curated selection of galleries in the hotel’s historic Stagg Court and Tank spaces, and a takeover of 13 hotel rooms on the fourth floor. The inaugural edition of the Chicago Invitational further exemplifies NADA’s expanded commitment to year-round programming and producing alternatives for galleries to exhibit artwork in a new setting. 

Image Courtesy of Art on theMART

Art on theMART

May 13 – September 29, 2019

Merchandise Mart

Art on theMART is the largest permanent digital art projection in the world, projecting contemporary artwork across the 2.5 acre river-façade of theMART. This expansive permanent piece of public art continues Chicago’s legacy of providing both residents and visitors with exceptional art that is both free and accessible to all. Projections are visible to the public from Wacker Drive and along the Chicago Riverwalk two hours a night for ten months of the year (March – December), beginning approximately 15 minutes after sundown.

On September 21, during EXPO ART WEEK, Art on theMART will unveil a new commission by Charles Atlas across the 2.5 acre river-façade of theMART. The approximately eight-minute piece is broken down into 1-minute chapters, which each feature a characteristic combination of abstract shapes and numerals. Chapters begin with a splash of color that starts at the base of theMART’s façade and rises to the top of the turrets, animating and exploring the structure and architecture of theMART. The programming is best viewed on the Chicago Riverwalk between Wells and Lake St.