The organizers of Chicago’s “Art of Banksy” announced a new location for the exhibition on Friday, which delayed the opening date.
“I am the presenter of The Art of Banksy CHICAGO. I am writing to you today to let you know about our new home in Chicago, as well as a one-week delay made necessary by this move,” wrote presenter Corey. Ross in a letter to ticket holders.
The new site will be located at 360 N. State St. in Chicago’s River North neighborhood and will be open to ticket holders on August 14, according to Ross.
Ross noted that on-site parking will be available, as well as several CTA lines leading to the location.
Tickets have already been postponed to a new date, says the letter, which will be emailed to holders “in the coming days.” If someone is not available for the scheduled date, ticket holders have the option of rescheduling their meeting to a time convenient to them.
A full refund is also available for those who cannot attend on the available dates by emailing [email protected], Ross added.
Some have taken to social media since initially receiving little information about the location and date changes, as the original location said the organizers were “nowhere to be found.”
Just weeks after tickets for the “Art of Banksy” exhibit went on sale, the original West Loop site said organizers were “nowhere to be found”, but organizers blame the frequent changes in agreements between the two parties for the decision to move the event.
“Despite many good faith attempts, we have not been able to enter into a lease that would allow the team behind Banksy’s art (TAOB) to host their exhibit at our West Loop location, Epiphany Center for the Arts, ”co-founder David Chase said in a statement. “After weeks of planning and negotiations that included design and construction details specific to the historic Epiphany spaces, including the flow of TAOB patrons throughout the Epiphany exhibit and common spaces , we are at an impasse. The team behind TAOB has stopped communicating with Epiphany, and after nearly a month of negotiations and preparations, all efforts to move forward with a lease have gone unanswered. Like the elusive Banksy himself, the team behind Banksy’s art is not found.”
In a series of social media posts, organizers said the event had not been canceled and that they were looking for a new venue.
“We regret that due to irreconcilable differences between our organization and the owners of the Epiphany Center for the Arts, we are currently confirming an alternative venue for The Art of Banksy,” said the organizers. “The Epiphany Center management team frequently changed the terms of our agreement in a way that made production of the show at this venue untenable.”
Tickets The price ranged from around $ 40 to $ 75, according to the exhibit’s website, and ticket holders received an email at the time stating that the exhibit was to be held at Epiphany.
The city is expected to see more than 80 original works, worth a total of $ 35 million, by the famous street artist in the exhibit. Banksy’s works are mostly dated between the years 1997 and 2008, according to the website, and include “Girl and Balloon” and “Flower Thrower,” among others.
Exhibition officials added that interior pieces of original works on canvas, wood and paper have been on display less, but will be on display.
Chase said based on “this curious and unexpected situation” the studio has “no choice but to conclude that TAOB will not take place at Epiphany as previously announced.”
“We sincerely regret that we need to move forward with our TAOB-free programming and apologize to clients who, like Epiphany, have been eagerly awaiting to experience the exhibit in our unique and historic location,” reads -on in his statement.
The site said ticket sales are made only through the exhibition organizers and those with questions regarding tickets or ticket refunds should contact (844) 871-1358 or www.banksyexhibit.com.