SINGING STONES: EXPO CHICAGO announces participants for Palais de Tokyo exhibition

The Architect's Newspaper 
By Matthew Messner 

EXPO CHICAGO has announced the participants for its off-site exhibition curated by Katell Jaffrès of Paris’s Palais de Tokyo. With the working title of Singing Stones, the exhibition will include 13 artists and will be installed in the Burnham & Root–designed Roundhouse on the campus of the DuSable Museum of African American History. The opening of both EXPO and Singing Stones will coincide with the opening of the second Chicago Architecture Biennial.

The exhibition will be the first iteration of a new program being developed by Palais de Tokyo and Institut français. The three-year program is designed to introduce and support artists in producing work in new locations around the world. The program will work with major art shows such as EXPO and the other biennials.

For this first exhibition, three participants—Wilfrid Almendra, Thomas Teurlai, and the Floating Museum collective—will install large-scale site-specific structures which will receive the work of the ten other participants. Guest architect Andrew Schachman will be tasked with designing the experience of the entire spaces and plan the relationship between all the pieces in the space.

The list of participants includes:

Wilfrid Almendra

Daniel G. Baird

Bouchra Khalili

Dorian Gaudin

Lola Gonzàlez

Guillaume Leblon

Floating Museum

Florian Pugnaire & David Raffini

Andrew Schachman

Cauleen Smith

Thomas Teurlai

Raphaël Zarka

“The singularity of The Roundhouse makes it an ideal space to develop the exhibit outside of Paris,” said Jaffrès in a press release. “The structures or ‘stations’ that the artists will create will each act as an architectural intervention within the exhibition, inducting action into the exhibition space, and creating an accommodation and correspondence between the sculptures, installations or video works by the other artists in the show.”

The project will kick off with a residency at Mana Contemporary Chicago, a large artist and exhibition space in the Pilsen neighborhood. A select number of the international participants will produce new work at Mana, starting on August 1st. They will also be part of public programming associated with their work at the Roundhouse.

The Paris’s Palais de Tokyo exhibition will open September 13th and run through October 29th. The EXPO CHICAGO exhibition will run from September 13th through the 17th. The Chicago Architecture Biennial will be open to the public from September 16th through January 7th.