2019 Alignments

The Beach by Snarkitecture. Photo by Noah Kalina.

The Beach Chicago

January 18 – February 3, 2019

Aon Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier

Snarkitecture, a New York-based collaborative design practice composed of Alex Mustonen, Daniel Arsham and Ben Porto will bring their large-scale interactive installation The Beach for its sixth international stop to Navy Pier in alignment with EXPO CHICAGO 2019. The immersive installation is comprised of a tall enclosure which creates a large, open room filled with over a million antimicrobial and recyclable plastic balls along with deck chairs, lifeguard chairs, umbrellas and signage that mimic the sensation of a day at the beach, complete with a pier hovering over the ‘sea’ of balls from which onlookers can watch and revel in the installation below. Guests of the project experience the familiar social cues and visual sensations of visiting a beach while simultaneously being delighted by the unique and unexpected setting.

Ship of Tolerance © Zug Tourismus Fotografie Daniel.

The Ship of Tolerance

September 16 – October, 2019 

Polk Bros Park, Navy Pier

The Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation presents The Ship of Tolerance, a multidimensional project, which includes 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.

The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Photo by Tom Harris.

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.

The Artistic Director of the 2019 Biennial, Chicago-based curator and writer 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. 

All the Unforgotten Bliss (the Early Bird), 2017. Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody. Courtesy of the Artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection 

September 19 – November 1, 2019 

The Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum of African American History

DuSable Museum of African American History intends to present the special exhibition Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection in alignment with EXPO CHICAGO 2019 at the breathtaking rotunda of the DuSable’s historic, 1881 Daniel Burnham-designed structure known as The Roundhouse. Comprised of over one hundred selections from DeWoody’s substantial contemporary African diaspora collection, this exhibit features an impressive range of multimedia works by artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Kehinde Wiley, Amy Sherald, Hank Willis Thomas and Yinka Shonibare MBE that engage with the complexities of migration and identity.