Thursday, September 14

Visibility | Invisibility — Sculpture in Everyday Space

Nina Beier (Artist, STANDARD (OSLO), joségarcía, mx), Tom Burr (Artist, Bortolami Gallery). Moderated by Stephanie Cristello, Director of Programming, EXPO CHICAGO and Editor-in-Chief, THE SEEN

What is the responsibility of formalism in the twenty-first century? This panel will trace the work of contemporary artists whose diverse sculptural practices are inflected, transformed, or reflective of their environment—from public space, to galleries, and institutions. Tracing the implications of visibility and invisibility through work that both adopts and appropriates existing materials, this discussion will address the poetic and political consequences of how works appear (or disappear) in a given context through the lens of object-making.

Conversations at the Edge — EXPO VIDEO: These Restless Times

Stanya Kahn (Artist, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects) in conversation with Ali Subotnick (2017 EXPO VIDEO Curator, SAIC MA 1997)

Join EXPO VIDEO Curator Ali Subotnick for a discussion with Los Angeles-based artist Stanya Kahn, whose work will be included in the 2017 program, These Restless Times. Featuring a dynamic curated screening program for film, video, and new media works, EXPO VIDEO is installed on the main exposition floor in large-format screening rooms. Presented as part of Conversations at the Edge (CATE), organized by SAIC’s Film, Video, and New Media Department.

Valerie Cassel Oliver, 2017.

Curatorial Forum Presents — Out of Body: Black Identity in Abstraction 

Valerie Cassel Oliver (Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art | The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) and Naomi Beckwith (Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator | Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago). Moderated by Romi Crawford (Visual Critical Studies and Liberal Arts Associate Professor | SAIC).

Join EXPO CHICAGO and Independent Curators International (ICI) for this exclusive public panel as part of the Curatorial Forum. Curators Valerie Cassel Oliver and Naomi Beckwith will discuss how abstraction deals with representations of blackness without or outside of figuration, using abstraction to challenge didactic ways of portraying the black body in art. Centered around the work of Howardena Pindell, a multidisciplinary African-American artist, whose work follows a historical trajectory of black representation in abstract painting, the conversation, moderated by Romi Crawford, will also trace the influence of female and queer artists, and the discourse bbetween artistic intention and critical response in shaping public response. Presented in partnership with ICI. 

EXPO CHICAGO Art Critics Forum: Criticism in the Post-Truth Era

Sarah Douglas (ARTnews), Ana Bilbao (Afterall), and Kevin McGarry (Freelance) and Kenny Schachter (artnet news). Moderated by Christian Viveros-Fauné (artnet News).

Conversations and Perspectives on Contemporary Art Criticism — the thematic focus of the 2017 EXPO CHICAGO Art Critics Forum, Criticism in the Post-Truth Era, will address the impact of the current political climate on the state of art journalism. Featuring panelists from a variety of perspectives, speakers will present keynotes before opening into a group discussion. Presented in partnership with Virgin Hotels.