EXPO CHICAGO Announces April EXPO ART WEEK Lineups and Events


EXPO CHICAGO, the international exhibition of contemporary and modern art, today announced the ninth edition of EXPO ART WEEK, from April 4-10, 2022.

With the exhibition as its centerpiece (April 7-10), EXPO ART WEEK – presented in conjunction with Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism and marketing organization and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events ( DCASE) – shines a light on the vast cultural opportunities that Chicago offers collectors, dealers, art lovers and visitors through curated aligned programming, including museum exhibitions, gallery openings and more. As part of EXPO ART WEEK, Art After Hours invites EXPO CHICAGO visitors and members of the Chicago community to view exhibits from participating galleries for extended hours on Friday, April 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Highlights of the EXPO ART WEEK roster include the landmark presentation of groundbreaking AFRICOBRA artists at The Peninsula Chicago, a preview of Nick Cave’s new screening for Art on theMART, the Skin in the Game group exhibit at 400 N. Peoria and Barely Fair, the international space miniature art fair run by artists Julius Caesar. Notable Southside openings and events taking place during EXPO ART WEEK include curator’s remarks at the Renaissance Society for the exhibition Meriem Bennani: Life on the CAPS, a performance by renowned blues musician Katherine Davis and others on the occasion of Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine at the Smart Museum and a guided art tour at the David Rubenstein Forum, a new program featuring works from the collection of University of Chicago trustee Kenneth C. Griffin in tandem with historical documents from the collection of David M. Rubenstein.

“At its core, the fair’s goal has always been to galvanize the creative community in the city of Chicago and provide an infrastructure that allows curators, collectors and art lovers around the world to experience all that the city has to offer. has to offer,” said Tony Karman, President | Director. “The diverse list of events and programs at this year’s EXPO ART WEEK is a testament to Chicago’s unique collaborative approach, and it’s incredibly encouraging to see such a strong return for the fair and the city.”

Featured lineups for EXPO ART WEEK 2022 include:

The Peninsula Chicago x AFRICOBRA: I Am Someone

April 7 – mid-May

The Peninsula Chicago is proud to present AFRICOBRA: I Am Somebody, an exhibition of works by AFRICOBRA founders Sherman Beck, Jeff Donaldson, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, and Gerald Williams, along with other early members of the pioneering collective. AFRICOBRA was an artist collective founded on the South Side of Chicago in 1968. Known for creating art to address social and cultural challenges affecting the black community, AFRICOBRA is one of the most important art movements of the second half of the 20th century. The exhibition will feature a selection of works from AFRICOBRA’s groundbreaking early exhibitions of the late 1960s and early 1970s, as well as key insights into their aesthetic explorations prior to the group’s formation and subsequent developments during the following decades. AFRICOBRA’s contributions to art history have been highlighted in exhibitions such as the 2019 Venice Biennale and the critically acclaimed Soul of a Nation, which debuted at Tate Modern in 2017. and traveled to five other museums. This exhibition is presented in partnership with Kavi Gupta, EXPO CHICAGO and The Peninsula Chicago.

Preview of Nick Cave at Art on theMART

Friday, April 8, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Visible along the Chicago Riverwalk, between Wells and Franklin streets

In partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Art on theMART presents a new screening commissioned by renowned American artist Nick Cave. A preview of this screening will be viewable as a pop-up at Art on theMART during EXPO ART WEEK on Friday, April 8 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The screening of Cave’s video work, made specifically for Art on theMART, is a reimagined remix of the original Cave film Drive-By (2011) with new footage as part of the Summer 2022 lineup to be aired twice a night from May 5 to September 7. 2022. Cave’s screening will coincide with his first career-spanning retrospective, Forothermore, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

skin in game

Organized by Zoe Lukov and produced by Abby Pucker

April 7-24, 400 N. Peoria St.

Skin in the Game is an exhibition of paintings, sculptures, videos, site-specific installations and performances by more than 40 diverse artists, including, for this edition, several from Chicago. The exhibition will explore touch, transmission and the skin – the potential, vulnerability and risk contained therein – as a boundary to be protected from danger or as a porous boundary to be received. Establishing a dialogue with the erotic, the works presented maintain the tension between pleasure and violence, taboo and voyeurism, through lines that touch on game, color, hunting, sport, religious iconography, performance and competition. Free and open to all, Skin in the Game is located in Fulton Market and its public programs will form an inclusive space for the cross-pollination of diverse opinions and ideas crucial to a multiplicity of areas in the city. Artists included include Derrick Adams, Isabelle Albuquerque, Tosh Basco, Carlos Betancourt, Lynda Benglis, Rashayla Marie Brown, Zoe Buckman, Nick Cave, Raúl de Nieves, Jen DeNike, Jane Dickson, Amir H. Fallah, Brendan Fernandes, Gonzalo Fuenmayor , Nicholas Galanin X Merritt Johnson, Theaster Gates, Clarity Haynes, Micol Hebron, Camille Henrot, Rashid Johnson, Jesse Krimes, Yvette Mayorga, Marilyn Minter, Maynard Monrow, Carlos Motta, Ebony Patterson, Paul Pfeiffer, Cheryl Pope, Erin M. Riley , Florencia Rodriguez Giles, Sheena Rose, Gabriella Ruiz, Kathleen Ryan, Moises Salazar, Soo Shin, Hank Willis Thomas, Jake Troyli, Juana Valdes, David Wojnarowicz, Agustina Woodgate, Kennedy Yanko and Jwan Yosef. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Alec & Jennifer Litowitz and Shapack Partners. A press preview will take place on April 6 from 4:00 p.m., with a reception from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and a performance at 7:00 p.m.

The Senju Waterfall for Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago | On view until June 26

Under a combination of white light and UV lighting, the works evocatively express the force and movement of falling water. These enchanting painted screens are the work and gift of Senju (b. 1958), a contemporary proponent of Nihonga, traditional Japanese painting. Known for his iconic Waterfall works, Senju created the panels on display at the Art Institute specifically for the museum’s Gallery 109, the space designed by architect Tadao Ando. Viewing the exhibition as a collaboration between himself and the architect over time, Senju adapted the scale and lighting to better suit this distinctive space.

barely fair

Color Club | 4146 N Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 | Friday, April 8, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Barely Fair is a miniature art fair run by artist-run project space Julius Caesar. The invitational fair presents a small preview of the programming of 30 contemporary art galleries, project spaces and curatorial projects from around the world. Included spaces that display works in 1:12 scale booths built to mimic the design of a standard fair. Barely Fair opens with a vernissage on April 8 and will run until April 24. Located in the Color Club arts and events space, the fair will run daily for the first weekend and will be open during weekly gallery hours and by appointment through April 24. .

Pop stars! Popular culture and contemporary art

21c Museum Hotel Chicago | March 21, 2022 – March 1, 2023

The multimedia exhibition highlights the intersection of celebrity, commerce, technology and media, including notable works by Nick Cave, Titus Kaphar, Hank Willis Thomas and Kehinde Wiley, among others. Covering the more than 10,000 square feet of the gallery at 21c Museum Hotel Chicago, Pop Stars! features over 90 works of art by 55 artists from around the world. The artists featured in Pop Stars! examine recent changes in the way culture is created and consumed, demonstrating the dominance of the popular as today’s pervasive culture. The exhibition is curated by museum director and chief curator Alice Gray Stites. A guided tour will be available on Friday, April 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Theodora Allen: Saturnine

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum | March 29 – July 10, 2022

The Driehaus Museum presents Theodora Allen: Saturnine as part of its 2022 contemporary exhibition program, A Tale of Today. Building on the museum’s emphasis on ornamentation and exquisite craftsmanship, the exhibition – previously presented at Kunsthal Aarhus (Denmark), curated by Stephanie Cristello – resonates with specific stories and motifs within the Nickerson Mansion and Driehaus Collection, and housed in select period rooms of the Golden Age mansion. An opening reception will be held on April 6 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A monograph published by Motto Books in Berlin accompanies the traveling exhibition.

Spektral Quartet: ENIGMA

Adler Planetarium | Friday, April 8, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Performed live by the multiple GRAMMY-nominated Spektral Quartet, ENIGMA is a hypnotic collision of music and film, prompting audiences to investigate the secret alcoves of their own minds. Honored on the Best of 2021 lists by NPR Music and The New York Times, ENIGMA combines the mysterious sounds of internationally acclaimed composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir with the cryptic visuals of video artist Sigurdur Gudjonsson (Venice Biennale 2022) – her debut at Chicago in April at the Adler Planetarium’s iconic 360-degree domed theater.

For a complete list of additional EXPO ART Week exhibitions and events, including dates, times and locations, visit https://www.expochicago.com/expo-art-week.


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