Curatorial Initiatives

Entering 2019, EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, has expanded the curatorial initiatives taking place during the eighth annual exposition (September 19 – 22, 2019), including the creation of the Red Bull Arts Global Curatorial Initiative, an expansion of the Curatorial Exchange supported by Red Bull Arts; and new partnerships and programs surrounding the Curatorial Forum, the exposition’s comprehensive program for mid-career and established curators presented by Independent Curators International (ICI). With a commitment to curatorial engagement and institutional development, EXPO CHICAGO has created a platform encouraging future collaboration while facilitating peer-to-peer dialogue not only within Chicago's contemporary artisitc landscape, but globally.

2016 Curatorial Forum Symposium at the Graham Foundation

Curatorial Forum


Developed by EXPO CHICAGO and Independent Curators International (ICI), the Curatorial Forum offers a group of mid-career and established curators, working independently or with an institutional affiliation, the opportunity to engage with their peers and explore significant issues relating to curating, programming, institution-building and audience engagement. Featuring a series of sessions focused on critical questions relevant to contemporary practice and context, the Curatorial Forum is led by internationally recognized leaders in the field. Participation in the Curatorial Forum is by invitation only.

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EXPO CHICAGO Curatorial Exchange reception at the University Club of Chicago, 2018.

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.

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