Curatorial Exchange

Building upon a pilot program initiated in 2013 by EXPO CHICAGO, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago and the Institut français, EXPO CHICAGO officially launched the Curatorial Exchange program, an unprecedented international initiative developed by the exposition in partnership with foreign consulates and cultural agencies. The Curatorial Exchange offers a select group of mid-career and established curators based around the world the opportunity to engage closely with their peers, convening as part of a four-day program, including access to exhibitions, top private collections, artist studios, museums and institutions.

Over the four day program, invited curators had the opportunity to engage with the more than 135 international exhibitors and organizations participating in EXPO CHICAGO, fostering new insights on gallery programs and artists’ practices from around the world. In 2019, the Curatorial Exchange will include a group of international curators practicing/working/based in countries including Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and South Africa . The second annual program is presented in partnership with returning partners—the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago, the Italian Cultural Institute, and the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York—and welcomes new partners, including the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago and the South African Consulate General in Chicago.

Red Bull Arts Detroit Global Curatorial Initiative

This year, EXPO CHICAGO is expanding upon the Curatorial Exchange program, by introducing the inaugural Red Bull Arts Detroit Global Curatorial Initiative, a multi-city, fully funded curatorial initiative taking place surrounding the eighth annual exposition (September 18 – 23, 2019). Conceived as a two-part professionalization and cultural immersion program engaging Chicago and Detroit, the fellowship provides 2–4 international curators the opportunity to participate in EXPO CHICAGO’s 2019 Curatorial Exchange program, followed by the opportunity to visit Detroit and engage the city’s artists, galleries and institutions. The program, supported by Detroit-based Red Bull Arts alongside EXPO CHICAGO's consular partners, places an emphasis on the artistic and cultural contexts of both Chicago and Detroit. The program will allow the exposition to expand its reach, securing a more in-depth opportunity for dialogue between global cultures and the Midwest.

Red Bull Arts Detroit is an experimental, non-commercial arts space offering an artist residency, curatorial and writing fellowships and local micro-grants. With physical locations in New York and Detroit, Red Bull Arts focuses on extending the boundaries of exhibition making; supporting the production of new work by emerging and established artists; participating in and responding to the needs of local arts communities; and contributing to ongoing dialogue around contemporary issues and thought. The organization is dedicated to the cultivation and advancement of the arts.

2019 Partners