2018 Alignments

Serpentine Sackler Gallery, 8 October 2016.


Saturday, September 29, 2018
1:00–6:00pm | Aon Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier 

The Chicago Humanities Festival in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO and the Terra Foundation for American Art's Art Design Chicago initiative presented Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon during the 2018 exposition at Navy Pier. The marathon was led by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London, and one of the world's leading curators, critics, and art historians.

Hosted on a stage commissioned and designed by artist Barbara Kasten, the five-hour interview marathon was presented within Navy Pier's historic Aon Grand Ballroom on Saturday, September 29. Free and open to the public. 


Fatimah Asghar, Poet 
Louise Bernard, Museum Director, Obama Presidential Center Museum
Dawoud Bey, Photographer
Eula Biss, Writer
Eddie Bocanegra, Organizer/Activist 
Brandon Breaux, Artist 
Buritt Bulloch, Owner, Old Fashioned Donuts 
Shani Crowe, Artist/Performer 
Alison Cuddy, Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director, Chicago Humanities Festival
Eve Ewing, Educator/Writer
Richard Hunt, Artist
Jeanne Gang, Architect
Theaster Gates, Artist 
Art Green, Artist
Joseph Grigely, Artist/Art Historian 
Barbara Kasten, Artist
Suellen Rocca, Artist
Tim Samuelson, Cultural Historian of the City of Chicago
Cauleen Smith, Artist 
Edra Soto, Artist
Stanley Tigerman, Architect
Amanda Williams, Artist
Gerald Williams, Artist 

The celebrated oral historian and iconic Chicagoan, author Studs Terkel, was a major influence and inspiration for Obrist’s creative practice, making Chicago a fitting destination for the curator’s first U.S. marathon. The two met in the 1990s during one of Obrist’s visits to Chicago. Terkel’s style of interviewing—intense, intimate and wide-ranging—and his subject choices (both major artistic figures and everyday citizens), inspired Obrist’s marathon-style approach to interviewing, and is a central aspect of his current artistic and curatorial practice.

Obrist’s first interview marathon in the United States, Creative Chicago captured and chronicled individuals who have helped to define the city’s creative landscape, as well as those who are shaping it in the twenty-first century.


Surface is the Official Media Partner for Creative Chicago

Barbara Kasten (b. 1936, Chicago) makes studio-constructed photographs and video projections that evoke an experience of movement through modernist architecture. While abstract, her work is subversively political, asking viewers to fundamentally question their perceptions. Kasten has had major exhibitions at Tate Modern (2018); MOCA Pacifi c Design Center (2016); Worcester Art Museum (2016); The Graham Foundation (2015); ICA Philadelphia (2015); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2015); Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt (2015); New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe (2015); Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2015); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2014); High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2014); Milwaukee Art Museum (2013); MCA Chicago (2013); Smithsonian American Art Museum (2013); and LACMA (2012-13). Kasten lives and works in Chicago, IL, USA.


An initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Art Design Chicago shares with the world a dynamic convergence of more than 25 exhibitions and hundreds of public programs in 2018. EXPO CHICAGO partnered with Art Design Chicago to present various programs and activations throughout the 2018 edition of EXPO ART WEEK