2019 Alignments

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 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.