Curatorial Initiatives

EXPO CHICAGO expanded its unique curatorial programming for the 2019 edition, including the newly developed Red Bull Arts Global Curatorial Initiative, an expansion of the Curatorial Exchange supported by Red Bull Arts; and new partnerships and programs surrounding the fifth annual 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 will continue to present programs that encourage future collaboration while facilitating peer-to-peer dialogue not only within Chicago's contemporary artistic landscape, but globally.

EXPO CHICAGO is one of the only international art fairs to present dedicated professional programs for curators from across the United States and globe each year. Through closed-door workshops facilitated by internationally-recognized leaders in the field, museum and institutional tours, keynote lectures, and artist studio visits, EXPO CHICAGO’s Curatorial Initiatives seek to advance the growth of curatorial networks and collaborations, support new modes of civic practice, and foster professional exchange in the Midwest.

Developed by EXPO CHICAGO and Independent Curators International (ICI) in 2016, the Curatorial Forum offers mid-career and established curators the opportunity to engage with their peers and explore urgent issues related to curating, programming, institution building, accessibility, and audience engagement. A  complementary international initiative launched in 2018 and developed in partnership with foreign consulates and cultural agencies, EXPO CHICAGO’s Curatorial Exchange convenes top international curators and provides access to Chicago’s top exhibitions, private collections, artists’ studios, and museums. EXPO’s Curatorial Initiatives have served over 200 curators from across the United States and globe to develop critically engaged conversations through participants’ diverse exhibition experience and specific research focuses.