2017 Booth Talks, Performances, Book Signings, and Screenings

Thursday, September 14

Performance: Human Rights Watch — Tea Project

12:00pm

Library Lounge 

Join Human Rights Watch for a performance and discussion in conjunction with the Tea Project installation with Amber Ginsburg and Aaron Hughes in Booth 833 that explores war, detention, love, and tea. Tea Project performances utilizes the space created when someone sits, sips, and reflects over a cup of tea to ask questions about one's relationship to the world: a world filled with war and dehumanization; a world filled with beauty and love. Limited to 25 people, contact shrockr@hrw.org to RSVP.

Book signing: Patricia Stratton—The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure

4:00–5:00pm

Library Lounge

It has been half a century since the famous Chicago Picasso, the soaring steel sculpture designed by the best-known artist of the 20th century, has put its iconic stamp on downtown Chicago, yet the meaning of and story behind this magnificent public art has never fully been told, until now. Relying on personal correspondence and conversation, exclusive proprietary research, and a command of the historic and cultural contexts of the sculpture, art historian Patricia Stratton tells the story of the Chicago Picasso in a lively, informative, yet erudite style that will appeal both to historians of the twentieth century’s most important artist, and to Chicago natives and tourists alike. This historical survey, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the sculpture’s unveiling, will serve as a guide to one of the world’s best-loved public works and a testament to the brilliance of the great Pablo Picasso. Join the author for this exclusive signing of The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure.  

Screening: SUPERDESIGN — When Design Wanted to Change the World

6:00–8:00pm

Gene Siskel Film Center | 164 N State St. 

67’ minutes

Purchase tickets for admission at: www.siskelfilmcenter.org/superdesign

Superdesign, a film directed by Francesca Molteni and presented by R & Company, is about 19 players of the Italian Radical Design Movement. Through the words and stories of these historically significant figures, the film retraces the history and the heritage of the movement, as they take us back to that time when everything seemed possible. The screening is followed by a talk between Molteni and Independent Curator Maria-Cristina Didero, as well as a Q & A with artists and architects from the movement Gianni Pettena and Lapo Binazzi.

Friday, September 15

Graham Foundation Bookshop Pop-Up

12:00–7:00pm

/Dialogues Stage

The pop-up Graham Foundation Bookshop offers a selection titles related to new, historically significant, and rare publications on architecture, urbanism, art, and related fields. The bookshop complements the Art & Architecture Symposium, as part of /Dialogues, presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Booth Talk: Inside Resilient Images

2:30–3:30pm

Hyde Park Art Center (Booth 164)

Join Curator and Director of the Centre Regional de la Photographie Hauts-de-France (CRP/), Muriel Enjalran, and Residency & Special Projects Manager at Hyde Park Art Center Megha Ralapati for a conversation with artist David Schalliol to uncover the stories inside his new photographic work, presented as part of Resilient Images, a multi-year artistic and institutional collaboration.

Guided Tour of EXPO Sound: David Gryn

3:00pm

Join curator David Gryn of Daata Editions (www.daata-editions.com) for an exclusive guided tour of the inaugural program of EXPO Sound. Launching new artworks by select international artists, the program will be complemented by artists represented by EXPO CHICAGO 2017 Exhibitors, installed throughout the public speaker system at Navy Pier.

Booth Talk: Yvette Mayorga in dialogue with Janine Mileaf

3:00–3:30pm

Chicago Artists Coalition (Booth 166)

Yvette Mayorga's work is informed by the politics of the U.S./Mexico border, the events that happen on it, and the transnational narratives that arise after crossing it. Her work tackles issues of race, identity, gender, and Latin stereotypes by using visual tropes of celebration. In "High Maintenance (Art After Nov. 8, 2017)," she constructs a dystopian vision of the American Dream through an immersive and multimedia experience that re-contextualizes American gendered toys that clash with Rococo-inspired architecture. CAC's exhibiting artist Yvette Mayorga was selected by Janine Mileaf, Director of The Arts Club of Chicago.

Book Signing: Flavin Judd — Donald Judd Writings

6:00–7:00pm

/Dialogues Stage

Co-president of the Judd Foundation, Flavin Judd will sign the newly released comprehensive book on Donald Judd, entitled Donald Judd Writings, released by the Judd Foundation in partnership with David Zwirner Books.

Saturday, September 16

Guided Tour of IN/SITU: Florence Derieux

1:00pm

Tour begins at /Dialogues Stage

Join this exclusive guided tour of the 2017 IN/SITU program, installed within the expansive, vaulted architecture of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, featuring large-scale, suspended sculptures and site-specific works. Tour will be led by Independent Curator Florence Derieux highlighting works by artists from leading international exhibitors participating in the 2017 exposition.

Performance: Nick Cave’s HEARD

1:00pm and 3:30pm

Polk Bros. Park at Navy Pier

HEARD Chicago is a production by artist Nick Cave featuring a herd of thirty colorful horses performing choreographed movements, accompanied by jazz musician and composer Kahil El’Zabar and the Chicago Children’s Choir. The HEARD performers will interact with the Jeanne Gang “Stage Buoys” created and designed specifically for the Cave productions.

Performances: Faheem Majeed

1:00–1:30pm

The Chicago Community Trust (Booth 869)

The Chicago Community Trust presents artist Faheem Majeed’s Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden. Acting as a platform for engagement, discourse, and promotion of the cultural organizations that both the Trust and his art practice are invested in, a series of performances, and activations by Project Onward, SkyART, Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Celebration, and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival will take place within the installation.

Performance: Nick Cave’s Soundsuits

2:30pm

Navy Pier Wave Wall

An activation of multiple performers adorned in Nick Cave’s iconic Soundsuits—part sculpture, part costume—reflect the artist’s desire to meld art, dance, and fashion. Jeanne Gang’s “Stage Buoys” will adorn the space and setting.

Tour: Palais de Tokyo | Singing Stones

2:00–4:00pm

The Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E 56th Place

Join Katell Jaffrès (Palais de Tokyo) and Lee Bey (DuSable Museum of African American History) for a guided tour of two exhibitions; Singing Stones featuring 11 emerging artists from the French and Chicago art scenes, and Fall exhibitions at the Dusable Museum of African American History. Singing Stones is an off-site exhibition presented as part of the off-site program of Palais de Tokyo and Institut français. Tour begins at The Roundhouse.

Book Signing: John Corbett Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium

3:00–4:00pm

Library Lounge

Join John Corbett for a book signing of his new collection of essays on record collecting, entitled Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium, published by Duke University Press.

Screening: Nick Cave’s Here Hear Chicago

5:00pm

Polk Bros. Park Performance Lawn, Lake Stage at Navy Pier

This free film screening showcases the creative world of Nick Cave at the Navy Pier Polk Bros Park Performance Lawn, Lake Stage. Public is encouraged to bring lawn seating.

Performances: Faheem Majeed

5:00pm – 5:30pm

The Chicago Community Trust (Booth 869)

The Chicago Community Trust presents artist Faheem Majeed’s Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden. Acting as a platform for engagement, discourse, and promotion of the cultural organizations that both the Trust and his art practice are invested in, a series of performances, and activations by Project Onward, SkyART, Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Celebration, and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival will take place within the installation.

Book Signing: Ian F. Svenonius

6:00pm

/Dialogues Stage

Join acclaimed musician and author Ian F. Svenonius for a signing of his recent books, Censorship Now!! as well as The Psychic Soviet and Supernatural Strategies directly following his panel discussion on Art Criticism and Rock & Roll as part of /Dialogues. Presented in partnership with the Smart Museum of Art and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore at the University of Chicago.

Book Signing: Jan Verwoert

6:00pm

/Dialogues Stage

Join Berlin-based art critic and cultural theorist Jan Verwoert for a signing of his recent titles. Presented in partnership with the Smart Museum of Art and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore at the University of Chicago.

Performance: Revolution Every Night — Featuring La Stampa and Ian F. Svenonius

8:00pm

Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago,
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue

The Smart Museum of Art is pleased to host the official EXPO ART WEEK after-party. This celebration gives audiences a chance to preview the museum’s fall exhibitions: Revolution Every Day, Emmanuel Pratt: Radical [Re]Constructions, The Hysterical Material, Welcome Blanket, and Conversations with the Collection: Building/Environments. Revolution Every Night features live performances by La Stampa (ft. art critics Jörg Heiser and Jan Verwoert and band members Jons Vukorep and Günter Reznicek) and Ian F. Svenonius, with a welcome message from Alison Gass, the Smart Museum’s newly appointed Dana Feitler Director.

Sunday, September 17

Book Signing: Michael Rakowitz

3:15–4:00pm

Rhona Hoffman Gallery (Booth 419)

Michael Rakowitz: Backstroke of the West is the first major publication on the work of the acclaimed Iraqi-American artist. Based in Chicago, Michael Rakowitz (b. 1973) explores contested social, cultural, and political histories in his work. Drawing on history and popular culture, Rakowitz, a natural storyteller, invites viewers to consider their complicit relationship to the world around them. The signing follows a /Dialogues panel with Omar Kholeif, Manilow Senior Curator and Director of Global Initiatives at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.