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.
Derrick Adams | Funtime Unicorn, 2022
On-view April 13–June 25 | Located at Polk Bros Park at the base of Navy Pier
Funtime Unicorn is a continuation of Derrick Adams’ focus on play and leisure in the Black community. Each sculpture in the edition is a manifestation of Adams’ signature iconography – a visual vocabulary of recognizable objects, symbols, bold colors and shapes, recontextualized to depict leisure in an unprecedented way. Seated atop colorful unicorns, the figures represent an expanded cultural imaginary of a Black lived experience.
Derrick Adams "Silver Lining" limited edition print available to purchase here.
Aïda Muluneh | This is where I am
On-view March 1–May 21 | JCDecaux bus shelters
Public Art Fund debuts This is where I am, an exhibition of twelve new photographs by Aïda Muluneh on over 330 JCDecaux bus shelters across New York, Boston, and Chicago in the United States, and Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire. The exhibition will mark the first time that Public Art Fund presents artwork on the African continent, simultaneously expanding the organization’s partnership with JCDecaux beyond the United States. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Muluneh’s practice focuses on her cultural heritage as a way to explore themes of history, politics, sense of place, and other pressing issues such as the climate crisis. For this new series, Muluneh drew inspiration from Ethiopian poet Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin’s “This is where I am”. Written in 1974–the year that marked both Muluneh’s birth and the start of the Ethiopian Revolution–the poem and the resulting body of photographs are markedly personal. The series bridges past and present, as Muluneh examines her experiences as an immigrant and Ethiopian woman, reflects upon the various political regimes she has lived through, and borrows visual language from religious iconography. Aïda Muluneh: This is where I am broadens Public Art Fund and JCDecaux’s partnership, and is the artist’s first public art exhibition in Côte d’Ivoire.
The Floating Musuem | The Garden
On-view April 13–16 | Located at the Compass Rose at Navy Pier
The Garden is a monumental remembering of specific plant histories and the ways they continually shape the world. Profoundly linked to the empire, cultivation and trade, this work uses the metaphor of the garden to have conversations associated with movement, belonging, food, colonialism, capitalism, growth and violence. The word, diaspora — ‘dia’ meaning across and ‘spora’ meaning scatter - itself has botanical roots. With an evident disruption of our global supply chains resulting from the pandemic, wars and climate change, how might we make different choices which would diminish neo-colonial tendencies for our future? The Floating Museum places the monument — an already complex, hybrid, and enigmatic object at the center as a catalyst for conversation and a scenographic intervention. This work is a collaboration with Kushala Vora and is made possible with the generous support of Joyce Foundation and Illinois Art Council.
Hank Willis Thomas and Coby Kennedy | REACH
Forthcoming in 2023 | Located at Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Nancy Rubins | Dense Bud (2016)
Courtesy of the Artist
Located at 5300 N DuSable Lake Shore Dr, near W Bryn Mawr Ave
Nancy Rubins | Agrifolia Majoris (2017)
Courtesy of the Artist
Located at 5400 S DuSable Lake Shore Dr, North of Promontory Point
Mark di Suvero | Magma, 2008-2011, Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery
Located at Queen's Landing and East of DuSable Lake Shore Dr / 53rd Street
Bernar Venet | Disorder: 9 Uneven Angles, 2015, Paul Kasmin Gallery
Located at Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive
Chicago Park District Public Art Installations
Herbert Alpert | Spirit Totems, 2010–2012, Courtesy of the Artist
Located at the Field Museum South Steps Plaza
John Henry | Chevron, 2007, Novak Construction
Located at Diversey Harbor Inlet
Indira Johnson | 10,000 Ripples, 2016, Courtesy of the Artist and Changing Worlds
Located just East of Iowa Building, North of Museum of Science and Industry
Claes Oldenburg & Coosie Van Bruggen | Architect's Handkerchief, 1999, Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery
Located at 860-880 Lake Shore Drive
Yoko Ono | Sky Landing, 2016, Courtesy of the Artist
Located in Jackson Park