IN/SITU Outside

Engaging the city’s long legacy of pioneering public art, EXPO CHICAGO presents major initiatives presented in collaboration with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the Chicago Park District, and Navy Pier to highlight work by internationally recognized artists. IN/SITU Outside provides the opportunity to present temporary public art installations situated along the lakefront and throughout Chicago neighborhoods.

2024 Installations

Eddie Martinez Half Stepping Hot Stepper and Untitled 

Eddie Martinez Half Stepping Hot Stepper and Untitled
On-view April 5–August 25, 2024 | Compass Rose | Navy Pier 

Two sculptures by American artist Eddie Martinez were installed outside at Navy Pier. Known primarily for his large canvases, Martinez has been making sculptures for over a decade. As with his paintings, Martinez’s sculptures are dynamic, colorful and bold explorations of abstract shape, line and form. The eclectic range of materials he employs in his ‘assemblages’ such as plaster, wood, plastic and rubber (not to mention lobster traps, buoys, and a swimming pool ladder) reach their apotheosis in exquisitely cast bronzes. Half Stepping Hot Stepper, enamel and spray paint on bronze, and Untitled, oil paint and enamel on bronze, are at once energetic and exuberant, and equally filled with a sense of melancholy and nostalgia. Presented by Navy Pier.

Photo: Matthew Reeves Photography.

Brendan Fernandes New Monuments | Chicago
April 10–April 13, 2024
Performance on April 12 from 7:00–10:00pm
Public hours on April 10–13 from 11:00am–5:00pm
Logan Monument in Grant Park, S Michigan Ave & E 9th St  

New Monuments | Chicago by Brendan Fernandes is a public intervention at the General John Alexander Logan Monument in Grant Park. Envisioned as the first in a series of interventions engaging monuments internationally, it features a sculptural installation composed of scaffolding surrounding the monument, marking the space as “in transition”; a durational performance; and public hours, during which audiences are invited to respond to Fernandes’ prompt about their visions for new monuments. Responses were displayed to illustrate this communal moment of self-expression, social engagement, and critical dialogue around the history and current state of monuments in Chicago, and beyond. Produced and curated by Black Cube Nomadic Art Museum, and made possible with generous support from the Chicago Parks District, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the David and Laura Merage Foundation. Special thanks to AIM Architecture, and Project&.