Schedule of Events + Openings

Explore each day's EXPO ART WEEK events below. Monday through Sunday, openings and special events extend the annual exposition into a citywide celebration of art and culture. 

Monday, September 24

6:00–9:00pm | Opening Reception, From the Archive – Northerly Island, Art and Astronomy Park 
John David Mooney Foundation  

Tuesday, September 25

6:00pm | Opening Reception, MART and Museion: Modern and Contemporary Art in the Italian Dolomites 
Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago 

6:00–8:00pm | Artist Lecture, Lucas Foglia: Human Nature 
Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago 

6:00–9:00pm | Opening Reception, An Idea of One’s Own: Postconceptual Women Artists 
Boreas Fine Art 

South Side Openings + Events

4:00–5:45pm | For Freedoms Federation Town Hall 
*Sweet Water Foundation
This Town Hall, presented as part of artist Hank Willis Thomas’ For Freedoms, features a series of discussions between artists and practitioners across disciplines and generations addressing strategies for reclaiming and operating within public space. There will be time following each discussion for guests to workshop the ideas presented and explore strategies that may be applicable to their own practices. Presented by For Freedoms in collaboration with the Smart Museum of Art, Sweet Water Foundation, and EXPO CHICAGO. 

5:00–8:00pm | Extended Hours, Shadi Habib Allah  
*The Renaissance Society 

5:00–8:00pm | Extended Hours, Troublemaker: art is our last hope 
Presented by boyoyoboy! gallery at DuSable Museum of African American History 

6:00–8:00pm | Opening Reception and Artist Tour, Candice Lin: A Hard White Body, a Porous Slip 
*Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 

6:00–8:00pm | Opening Reception, Jason Dodge 
*Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society 

6:00–8:00pm | Extended Hours, The Time is Now! Art Worlds of Chicago's South Side, 1960 to 1980 
*Smart Museum of Art 

8:00–10:30pm | After-Party 
*Smart Museum of Art 
End your evening at the Smart Museum of Art to celebrate The Time is Now! Art Worlds of Chicago’s South Side, 1960–1980. Featuring live music, food, and drinks. 

*Throughout the evening, a complimentary hop-on-hop-off shuttle will be making stops between the Sweet Water Foundation and the University of Chicago campus.  

Wednesday, September 26

 12:15-1:15pm | Why Political Art Matters Now More Than Ever: Conversation and Book Signing 
The Arts Club of Chicago
Join Christian Viveros-Fauné (Author and Art Critic) and Jessica Vaughn (Artist, Martos Gallery) for a conversation in conjuction with the recent pubilcation Social Forms: A Short History of Political Art by Viveros-Fauné. Presented in partnership with David Zwirner Books. Private event, by invitation only.

6:00–8:00pm | Opening Reception, Martine Syms 
Graham Foundation 
Celebrate the immersive installation of Martine Syms’ work, centered around the Graham-funded, feature-length film, Incense Sweaters & Ice. The film, which debuted at The Museum of Modern Art in 2017, is inspired by the idea that anything one does while being watched is a performance. Syms will be in attendance. Please RSVP here.

7:00pm | Poetry Reading, Poetry off the Shelf: Henri Cole & Grady Chambers 
Poetry Foundation 
Join Poetry Foundation for a reading with Grady Chambers from his debut collection, North American Stadiums, which was selected by Henri Cole as the winner of the inaugural Milkweed Editions Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. Chambers will be joined by contest judge and prize-winning poet, Henri Cole. 

Thursday, September 27


The Women’s Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago hosts Vernissage, the opening night benefit of EXPO CHICAGO at Navy Pier Festival Hall. Proceeds from Vernissage raise significant funds in support of the mission of the MCA's education department, whose programs offer compelling opportunities to explore, challenge, discuss, and reflect on the MCA’s holdings and the larger world of contemporary art and culture. Tickets are available at

Friday, September 28

Art After Hours

6:00–9:00pm | Citywide Locations 

A citywide open gallery night inviting EXPO CHICAGO visitors and the Chicago community to experience the city's vibrant art scene during extended hours. 

Extended Hours 

Block Museum of Art 
C.C.’s Art Garage 
Chicago Manual Style 
Corbett vs. Dempsey 
Catherine Edelman Gallery 
Elephant Room Gallery 
Kavi Gupta | 835 W Washington Blvd 
Rhona Hoffman Gallery 
McCormick Gallery  
One After 909 
Matthew Rachman Gallery 
Andrew Rafacz 
Carrie Secrist Gallery 
Spudnik Press Cooperative 
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art  
Linda Warren Projects 
1709 West Chicago Galleries  
        Paris London Hong Kong 
        David Salkin Creative 
        Volume Gallery 
        Western Exhibitions 


4:30–6:00pm | Mural Dedication and Reception 
Sister Cities International with Wabash Arts Corridor  
Join Sister Cities International, Wabash Arts Corridor, and Columbia College Chicago to celebrate the Chicago–Toronto Mural Exchange. Street artists Kirsten McCrea (Toronto) and Justus Roe (Chicago) installed large-scale public murals in each other’s Sister Cities, with McCrea’s unveiling during EXPO ART WEEK at 72 E 11th Street. Dignitaries from the Chicago Office of the Mayor, the Toronto Office of the Mayor, and the Canadian Consul General will present the mural, followed by a reception and conversation with the artists, moderated by curator Neysa Page-Lieberman. 

5:00–8:00pm | Opening Reception, Dawoud Bey: Polaroid Works 
Stephen Daiter Gallery  
Stephen Daiter Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by American photographer and 2017 MacArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey, featuring large format polaroid works from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Bey will be in attendance. 

6:00pm | Exhibition Tour  
Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago  
Kristin Taylor, Curator of Academic Programs and Collections at Columbia College Chicago, will lead a tour of current exhibitions at the museum, including Lucas Foglia: Human Nature and View Finder: Landscape and Leisure in the Collection. 

6:00–9:00pm | Opening Reception, Jordan Martins: Butter and Tin (Cloaking Device #3) 
The Franklin 
Butter and Tin is an immersive installation by Jordan Martins that ponders enclosed spaces designed for heightened visual experiences, transforming the structure of The Franklin into a hybrid of a hunting blind, a shamanic hut, and a camera obsura. Building off of The Franklin’s existing inside/outside dynamic, Butter and Tin explores the ways in which this state of heightened vision overlap through their structural and conceptual frameworks, creating a hallucinatory space for both mundane and mystical experiences. 

6:00–9:00pm | Opening Reception, Krista Franklin: “…to take root among the stars” 
Poetry Foundation 
Celebrate the opening of the Poetry Foundation’s new exhibition, Krista Franklin: “…to take root among the stars” with a speculative “mapping” project wherein evidence of Afrofuturist and AfroSurrealist thought is traced, imagined, and archived in and on handmade paper. Followed by a reception. 

6:00–9:00pm | Opening Reception 
Filter Photo  
As a part of the 2018 Filter Photo Festival, join Filter Photo for the opening reception of three exhibitions: Re/member/construct, we like small things v.2, and Next.  The work of over 80 artists will be on display in these exhibitions juried by Lisa Volpe, Aimée Beaubien, and Jon Feinstein respectively. Many of the artists will be in attendance and drinks will be served. 

6:00–9:00pm | Meet & Greet  
Candor Arts 
A casual cocktail and conversation with a number of the authors published by Candor Arts, featuring a few casual performances and short talks about the work each author has made with Candor. Drinks and snacks will be provided and books will be available for purchase. 

6:00pm | Film Screening and Director Q&A, The Sense of Beauty 
Gene Siskel Film Center with Istituto Italiano di Cultura 
$11 general admission; $7 students with current I.D.; $6 Film Center members; $5 Art Institute of Chicago + School of the Art Institute of Chicago faculty/staff/students. For tickets and information, visit  

6:00–9:00pm | Reception & Preview of Fall Auction Highlights  
Heritage Auctions 
Heritage Auctions, the largest collectibles auctioneer and third largest auction house, is presenting highlights from the fall auction season, including Modern & Contemporary Art, Design, Luxury, and Timepieces. Stop by 215 West Ohio Street to meet specialists and celebrate EXPO ART WEEK. 

6:00–9:00pm | Opening Reception 
VGA Gallery Backlog: Five Years Building the VGA Print Collection 
Five year anniversary celebration of VGA's print collection of significant works of video game art. 

7:00pm | Curator Talk and Reception, Then and Now: Dr. John Tancock and Ms. Helyn Goldenberg in Conversation  
Pagoda Red 
Curated by John Tancock, Then and Now is an exploration of continuity and differentiation through juxtapositions of ancient and contemporary works of art. The exhibition features a selection of traditional Chinese objects in dialogue with works by a group of prominent contemporary artists active in China today. Dr. Tancock will discuss the exhibition with prominent Chicago collector Helyn Goldenberg, providing unique perspectives on the role of tradition within contemporary art. Presented by Pagoda Red and Chambers Fine Art. RSVP is required: 

7:00pm | Gallery Tour  
John David Mooney Foundation 
Albert Goodman and a scholar of South East Asian art will give a gallery tour of the Albert I. Goodman Collection of Vietnamese War and Post-War Art, which has new acquisitions highlighting the artists, the conditions they worked in, and the significance of the new works of post-War art that have been recently acquired. 

7:00pm | Film Screening with Filmmakers in Attendance, Alberto García-Alix. The Shadow Line 
Chicago International Film Festival at AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St)
In the U.S. Premiere of this riveting portrait of internationally celebrated photographer Alberto García-Alix, the artist narrates the most intimate, essential moments from his storied life as we observe his artistic process. Shot in black and white, this award-winning film is a striking homage to the style and spirit, to the lights and shadows of the inimitable artist. Tickets ($12) may be purchased at the door as well as online.

Saturday, September 29

September 29–30 | Hyde Park Jazz Festival 
A free two-day festival featuring the finest in local, national, and international jazz artists at diverse performance venues. At the Smart Museum, performances run from 1:00-3:30pm on Saturday, September 29, and at the Logan Center, performances and screenings run from 1:00-10:30pm on Saturday, September 29 and from 1:00-9:15pm on Sunday, September 30. For detailed information about additional performance venues and the full schedule of events, visit 

September 29–30 | Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Fall Series at the Harris Theater 
The Fall Series brings together Grammy award-winning Third Coast Percussion with three choreographers who are redefining what it means to make dance today – Emma Portner, famous for her imaginative viral dance videos, and Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, co-founders of Movement Art Is. The new music is by produced by Devonté Hynes (aka Blood Orange) and features Chicago’s Third Coast Percussion performing live. Tickets are priced from $25-$100. For 20% off tickets, in sections 2, 3, and 4 for all of the fall series performances, apply code “EXPOCHICAGO” at 

10:00–4:00pm | Honey Pot Performance: Site Launch & Community Archiving Day  
Links Hall & Constellation  
Copies of Ma(s)king Her: Black Feminist Futures (published by Candor Arts, 2017) will be available for purchase.  

11:00–1:00pm | Book Launch & Conversation  
Anton Kern Gallery and Ace Hotel 
Join Anton Kern Gallery and Ace Hotel Chicago in celebrating the launch of Ellen Berkenblit's new monograph Lines, published by Chicago-based Victoria Press. The artist will be joined in conversation with Michael Darling, Chief Curator of the MCA, Chicago. Light bites and cocktails will be served. RSVP to by September 23rd. 

12:00–6:00pm | Artist Open House, Jimmy's Thrift of New Davonhaime 
Mana Contemporary at Ace Hotel 
For the closing of Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime at Ace Hotel, artist Azikiwe Mohammed will perform as the fictional store’s owner. Mohammed will conduct critical conversations and accept donations from the public in the form of photographs to be added to his Black Community Family Albums project. 

12:00–8:00pm | ICUQTS: International Chicago Underground Queer Transcendence Symposium 
ICUQTS is an interdisciplinary festival celebrating creative cultural engagement with local and international queer (LGBTQIA+) communities through art. Programming will include the exhibition of visual and performance art, live music, panel discussions, workshops, vendors, and tabling by community organizations. 

1:00–2:00pm | Artist Talk and Book Signing: Ka-Man Tse 
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel 
As part of Filter Photo Festival, 2018 Aperture Portfolio Prize winner Ka-Man Tse will give a talk about her work, narrow distances, published by Candor Arts in July, and will sign copies of her book following the lecture.  

1:00–5:00pm | Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon with Hans Ulrich Obrist 
Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier  
Presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival in collaboration with EXPO CHICAGO and Terra Foundation for American Art, Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon is a multi-dimensional look at creativity in the city. The first US marathon conducted by London-based Serpentine Galleries curator Hans Ulrich Obrist features conversations with Theaster Gates, Jeanne Gang, Dawoud Bey, Barbara Kasten, and many others.

6:00-10:00pm | Launch Event for Art on theMART
theMART and the City of Chicago welcome the public to experience the launch of Art on theMART, a curated series of digital artworks by renowned contemporary artists projected across 2.5 acres of theMART’s exterior river-façade. Beginning at 6 p.m., Wacker Dr. between N. Wells St. and N. Orleans St. will be closed off to traffic to enable public viewing of the projections. The program will begin just after dusk (around 7:15 p.m.), running for approximately 35 minutes and culminating in a fireworks display.

7:00-9:00pm | Porfolio Walk
2018 Filter Photo Festival
Join Filter Photo for the 2018 Filter Photo Festival Portfolio Walk for an evening of conversation and exchange. Artists, Festival VIPS, and the general public will all have a chance to socialize, win raffle prizes, and see an amazing amount of photography on display. Additionally, there will be book signings and community tales from local publishers and arts organizations, making this a busy evening with so much to see.

9:00pm–2:00am | DJ Azikiwe Mohammed, Jimmy's Thrift of New Davonhaime  
Mana Contemporary at Ace Hotel 
Azikiwe Mohammed, aka DJ Black Helmet, has been spinning in and around New York since 2005. He plays a mix of deep funk, dark disco, and soul, and has appeared at venues including MoMA PS1 and Pioneer Works in New York, and Material Art Fair in Mexico City. 

Sunday, September 30

11:00am | Chicago Outsiders: Exhibition Brunch 
Hosted by Intuit 
Enjoy a light brunch, explore the museum's current exhibitions, Chicago We Own It and Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow, and hear from guest speaker Jay Wehnert at Intuit. $10 general admission or $5 Intuit Members. RSVP required, for more information visit 

12:00–4:00pm | Open House 
1709 W Chicago Galleries 
Come and sample Marz Community Brewing Company's new fall releases and spend an afternoon of art viewing at David Salkin CreativeDOCUMENTParis London Hong KongVolume, and Western Exhibitions, all while enjoying creative beers and snacks. 

2:00–4:00pm | Artist Workshop 
C.C.'s Art Garage 
C.C.ʼs Art Garage & Gallery presents S.O.S - Show of Shows. This local Chicago group show displays over 30 artists from exhibitions over the past two years of the location opening. A former auto body shop, the garage gallery is a chance to explore the Bridgeport art scene.