Schedule of Events + Openings

Explore each day of the 2019 edition of EXPO ART WEEK below. Monday through Sunday, openings and special events extend the annual exposition into a citywide celebration of art and culture. 

Monday, September 16

Opening Reception | Tatiana Biblao
Graham Foundation
Please join us for the opening reception of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Unraveling Modern Living.

Tuesday, September 17

South Side Openings + Events

Extended Hours | LaToya Ruby Frazier
The Renaissance Society, The University of Chicago
The Renaissance Society presents a new body of work by artist LaToya Ruby Frazier, centered on the workers at the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Featuring photographs and other audio-visual elements, The Last Cruze introduces a significant new chapter in Frazier’s investigations of labor, family, community, and working-class lives across a wide variety of geographic settings in the US and Europe.

Opening Reception | Martha Rosler
Neubauer Collegium, The University of Chicago
Passionate Signals is the first exhibition by the acclaimed photo and video artist Martha Rosler (b. 1943 in New York; lives in New York) to focus solely on her interest in flowers, gardens, and other “green” motifs. Pairing a selection of twenty-five years’ worth of flower and garden photographs with a pioneering early video piece and domestically scaled earthwork, Passionate Signals highlights the social, political, and economic costs of producing beauty at its most innocuous.

Opening Reception + Artists Tour | Various Artists
Logan Center Exhibitions, The University of Chicago
Please join us to celebrate the opening of Assemble: Tufting Gun Tapestries. Members Maria Lisogorskaya and Louis Schulz, of the architecture firm Assemble, will present an artist's tour of the exhibition at 6:30pm.

The Oriental Institute Centennial Celebration | Michael Rakowitz and Ann Hamilton
Oriental Institute, The University of Chicago
In celebration of the Oriental Institute's centennial year, join executive director Christopher Woods for an after-hours viewing of newly comissioned site-specific work by Michael Rakowitz and Ann Hamilton.

After Hours at the DuSable Museum of African American History | Various Artists
DuSable Museum of African American History
Join the DuSable Museum of African American History for an after hours viewing of their concurrent exhibitions including Clearing a Path For Democracy: Citizen Soldiers of the Fighting 8th in World War One exploring Chicago's forgotten all black regiment who fought with the eighth in France during World War I; Blood in the Water: Chicago's 1919 Race Riot chronicling the historical moment that led to the murder of a young man named Eugene Williams and the resulting eight day riot; and History@Large: Large Scale Art and Objects From DuSable's Collection.

Opening Reception | Samson Young
Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago
End your evening at the Smart Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of Samson Young: Silver Moon or Golden Star, Which Will You Buy Of Me? In his first U.S. museum exhibition, Samson Young premieres a trilogy of animated music videos that explore varying concepts of social progress and utopia. Loosely taking the idealism displayed at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago as a point of departure, this multimedia exhibition asks how do people adapt to societal changes that they have little control over.

Wednesday, September 18

Poetry Reading | Haryette Mullen
Poetry Foundation
Join us for a reading with poet, short story writer, and scholar Harryette Mullen. She has published eight poetry books, including Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka DiaryRecyclopedia, winner of a PEN Beyond Margins Award; and Sleeping with the Dictionary, a finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Free admission, register in advance here.

Thursday, September 19


The Women’s Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago hosts Vernissage, the opening night benefit of EXPO CHICAGO at Navy Pier Festival Hall. Proceeds from Vernissage raise significant funds to support the mission of the MCA's education department, whose programs offer compelling opportunities to explore, challenge, discuss, and reflect on the MCA’s holdings and the larger world of contemporary art and culture. Tickets are available at

Friday, September 20

Morning Events

CAC Open House Breakfast
Chicago Artists Coalition
A CAC tradition, join us for a lively and intimate Open House Breakfast with artists and art professional luminaries from Chicago and beyond. Group exhibitions featuring CAC artists will be on view, and refreshments will be served.

Artist Performance | Laura Davis and Derrick Woods-Morrow
Aspect/Ratio will host a performance intermittently throughout the day during our exhibition with artists Laura Davis and Derrick Woods-Morrow on Friday, September 20th.

Art After Hours

6:00–9:00pm | Citywide Locations 

A citywide open gallery night inviting EXPO CHICAGO visitors and the Chicago community to experience the city's vibrant art scene during extended hours. 

Extended Hours 

ACRE Projects
Barely Fair
Corbett vs. Dempsey*
Chicago Manual of Style
Catherine Edelman Gallery*
Elephant Room Gallery
Filter Photo Festival
Richard Gray Gallery*
Kavi Gupta*, Washington Blvd. Location
Rhona Hoffman Gallery*
Gallery Studio Oh!
Monique Meloche Gallery*
One After 909
Matthew Rachman Gallery
Carrie Secrist Gallery*
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sullivan Galleries
South Loop Loft
VGA Gallery
Western Exhibitions

*Galleries participating in EXPO CHICAGO


Artist Reception | Abraham
Elephant Room Gallery
Join us to view our current exhibition entitled 1117 and meet the artist behind the work. Abraham will be present to talk with visitors on a more intimate level. Light refreshments will be served. | 1117 is dedicated to the artist's father whose favorite number was a combination of 1117. Abraham later figured out the number was based on doing a bit of math with his father's birthdate. This exhibition features some of Abraham's newest work, including collaborations with Ligaya, as well as hand-made furniture and painted objects.

Filter Photo Festival Exhibition Receptions | Various Artists
Filter Photo Festival
As a part of the 2019 Filter Photo Festival, join Filter Photo for the opening reception of three exhibitions: "The Universal," "Seeing the familiar for the first time," and "III."  The work of over 60 artists will be on display in these exhibitions juried by Gregory Harris, Industry of the Ordinary, and Aline Smithson respectively. Many of the artists will be in attendance and refreshments will be served.

Opening Reception: Studio Oleomingus
VGA Gallery
Join VGA Gallery for the opening of Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History. Based out of Chala, India, Studio Oleomingus is a two-person game studio known for their visually stunning and narrative-driven games and about the history of India, post-colonialism, and a generative approach toward blending fact and fiction. This exhibition will bring together the various parts of Somewhere, a ongoing video game epic in several episodes. 

Opening Reception | Barely Fair
Barely Fair
Celebrate the Opening Vernissage of Barely Fair, a 1:12 scale contemporary art fair hosted by Julius Caesar. Barely Fair will be open Friday, September 20 - Sunday, October 20.

Saturday, September 21

Curators and Collectors Brunch | Dianna Frid
Alan Koppel Gallery
Alan Koppel Gallery invites collectors and curators for coffee and light breakfast to view the solo exhibition by Dianna Frid More Time than Life on view at the gallery. 

Artist Talk | Mary Porterfield
Hofheimer Gallery
Join us as Mary Porterfield discusses the works comprising her series In:Dependence. Mary Porterfield's drawings are influenced by her work as an occupational therapist and her interactions with patients and their caregivers. In painting on transparent, glassine paper, she progressively layers her images to address reoccurring struggles in healthcare that are outwardly hidden or forgotten. With her grandmother as her model, she convey's the loss of identity that can occur as degenerative illnesses affect one’s ability to complete self-care or functional movement. The underlying layers represent the obscured sense of self that attempts to overcome those difficulties.

Open Air Concert and Children's Celebration | The Ship of Tolerance
Lake Stage Polk Bros Park, Navy Pier
Gather around The Ship of Tolerance, presented by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation, for this family-friendly celebration featuring a performance by MacArthur Middle School Band and Choir, as well as ChiArts vocalists and dancers.

Curator Talk and Tour | Maurice Sullins
White Color
Curator talk and walk through the exhibition: The Grand Maurice. In 1970, 60-year-old Maurice Sullins, an employee of Joliet's Municipal Airport, suddenly began to paint. Entirely self-taught, he painted continuously and obsessively, producing close to 1200 works in 16 years. Like most outsider artists, Sullins painted without the structure or restrictions imposed by academic art programs and did so for his own satisfaction. Upon his death in 1955, his works were placed in storage, where they remained out of sight for twenty-two years. Join us as we present a selection of paintings illustrating the personal symbols and narratives rich in composition, texture and color created by this artistic genius.

Public Art Unveiling | Charles Atlas
Art on theMART at Merchandise Mart
theMART and the City of Chicago welcome the public to the unveiling of 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. Projections begin approximately 15 minutes after sundown.

Artist Talk | Mariano Chavez
Ed Paschke Art Center
Mariano Chavez's first large-scale survey exhibition tracks the evolution of his imagery and artistic practice over a twenty year period. Mariano will be providing an intimate discussion of this fascinating exhibit. Light refreshments will be served.

Filter Photo Festival Portfolio Walk | Various Artists
Filter Photo Festival, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
As a part of the 2019 Filter Photo Festival, join Filter Photo for an evening of conversation and exchange at the Annual Portfolio Walk. Artists, Festival VIPs, and the general public will all have a chance to socialize, win raffle prizes, and see an amazing amount of photography on display. Additionally, there will be book signings and community tables from local publishers and arts organizations, making this a busy evening with so much to see.

Sunday, September 22

Chamber Concert | The Ship of Tolerance
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
This quartet performance celebrates The Ship of Tolerance, presented by the Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation.