EXPO CHICAGO Announces 2022 Core Programs

EXPO CHICAGO today announced the full slate of participating artists and speakers for its core programs throughout its ninth annual, which will run April 7-10, 2022. Core programs include the Panel Program/Dialogues onsite from world leaders in the art of conversation, presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC); the Northern Trust Exchange Stage, offering daily interactive panel discussions; IN/SITU, large-scale sculptures, videos, films and series of site-specific works installed in the vast vaulted architecture of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall; and an extended OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project, which uses citywide digital billboards in the city’s Chicago Digital Network (CDN) to display a curated selection of contemporary artwork across the city. town.

Core program participants feature leaders from the art world, including Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson (Chair, National Endowment of the Arts), Jamillah James (Manilow Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago), Koyo Kouoh (Director Executive and Chief Curator, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town), Sarah Meister (Executive Director, Aperture), Charles Moore (Art Historian, Collector and Author) and Hans Ulrich Obrist (Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, London) , while artists included in the panels and on-site installations include AFRICOBRA member Gerald Williams (SAIC 1966-67) and Sherman Beck (artist), as well as Dawoud Bey, Sanford Biggers, Liz Larner, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Nancy Rubins, Devon Shimoyama, Gio Swaby and more.

“This April will be the first time since 2019 that the fair will be able to bring together its global community of artists, curators, designers and art world leaders in person, and the incredible range and depth of programs reflect this energy and enthusiasm,” said Kate Sierzputowski, Director of Programming. “From panels/Dialogues addressing the resilience of artists’ practices and institutional reflection, to IN/SITU’s first section dedicated to digital work, to the expansion of the digital signage network for the OVERRIDE program, you’ll see creatives throughout the lineup grappling with the development of augmented connectivity that has emerged in full force since our last meeting. I hope this artist-centric programmatic approach will spark new creative energy among attendees and engage the wide range of communities joining the fair from Chicagoland and beyond.


Presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), /Dialogues features panel discussions, conversations, and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, and designers, and arts professionals on the current issues that concern them. Highlights of this year’s edition of /Dialogues include a historic gathering of founding and key members of AFRICOBRA (African Commune of Relevant Bad Artists) in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist; a panel on the rise of NFTs and their new place in the art world; a panel on visual practices in poetry with The Poetry Foundation; a fully bilingual conversation with EXHIBITION 2022 curator Humberto Moro and artists from his curated section of the fair; and interviews some of the world’s biggest artists, including Derrick Adams, Dawoud Bey, Krista Franklin (SAIC Speaker), Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Devon Shimoyama, Gio Swaby, and more. For more information and the complete schedule of /Dialogues, click on here.

Exchange by Northern Trust

Located in the Northern Trust Anchor Lounge, Exchange by Northern Trust: An Interactive Conversation Around the Art of Collecting offers exclusive panels on collecting and the art market open to VIP customers.

“We look forward to lively discussions about new opportunities in the art and collectibles markets,” said Steven L. Fradkin, president, Wealth Management at Northern Trust. “We are proud to serve for the 8th consecutive year as Presenting Sponsor of EXPO CHICAGO in 2022.”

Highlights of the 2022 program include a conversation between Schwanda Rountree, (art collector and artistic advisor), Vesela Sretenović (The Phillips Collection) and Henry Thaggart (collector and patron of the arts), moderated by artist Ada Pinkston on the collecting with awareness and a panel featuring Sandy Lee (CAIA Financial Analyst, CFP; Treasurer, Joan Mitchell Foundation) and Lesley Silverman (UTA), moderated by Amy Whitaker (NYU) on the future of collecting NFTs, both presented in partnership with Art World Learning; a conversation moderated by Victoria Burns (APAA) with leading voices addressing women artists and the market; a conversation and dedication with Charles Moore on the occasion of the recent release of his book The Brilliance of the Color Black; and a panel on the next era of arts funding with Christopher J. Alfieri (Prospect New Orleans; Christovich & Kearney, LLP), Whitney Hardy (3RDSPACE, Hardy Beverages) and Abby Pucker (Gertie), moderated by Melissa Cowley Wolf (MCW Projects, Arts Funders Forum) in collaboration with Arts Funders Forum.

Additional programming

As part of its inaugural Directors Summit, EXPO CHICAGO will feature a keynote lecture by Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, the new President of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The culmination of the Administrators Summit program, the conference will highlight Dr. Jackson’s 25 years of work in understanding and elevating arts, culture and design as essential components of healthy communities. His work combines social science, arts, and humanities-based approaches to holistic community development, systems change, program and policy evaluation, and applied research.

In addition, EXPO CHICAGO’s annual curatorial forum will feature a keynote address by Koyo Kouoh, Chief Curator and Executive Director of Zeitz MOCAA, highlighting her previous work in founding RAW Material Company in Dakar in 2008 as a institution dedicated to art, knowledge and society. A center for critical education, an art exhibition space and home to a creative residency program, it supports the work of African and international artists and curators in all contemporary art media.


Installed throughout Festival Hall and throughout the city of Chicago, IN/SITU showcases large-scale sculptures, videos, films, and site-specific works. For the IN/SITU 2022 program, Marcella Beccaria, Chief Curator and Curator of Collections at the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin, Italy, curated Rare Earths, an exhibition of major works including new pieces specific to the site of leading international exhibiting artists participating in this year’s exhibition. Hailing from diverse geographic and cultural backgrounds, these artists present work in a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, performance, virtual reality and more. The selection of works for this year’s edition includes pieces by Raphaël Barontini, Guglielmo Castelli, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Liz Larner, Bertina Lopes, Cildo Meireles, John Preus, Nancy Rubins, Edra Soto, Stan VanDerBeek and Sarah Zapata . The 2022 edition of IN/SITU is the first to offer a section dedicated to digital works, with artists aaajiao and Keiken + George Jasper Stone in collaboration with Daata. The indoor IN/SITU programming is complemented by an outdoor installation located in Chicago parks as part of IN/SITU OUTSIDE, featuring two works by Nancy Rubins from her Diversifolia series. For more information on the IN/SITU 2022 program, click here.

REPLACE | A billboard project

In keeping with Chicago’s heritage of public art advocacy, EXPO CHICAGO will feature major initiatives created in collaboration with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the Chicago Park District and Navy Pier to showcase the work of internationally renowned artists. beyond Navy Pier.

REPLACE | A Billboard Project is a citywide collaborative public art initiative between EXPO and DCASE in conjunction with the Chicago Digital Network to exhibit artwork on all CDN billboards and, for the first time , on “CIP” city information boards in the Central Business District from April 4 to 17. Attendees include emerging and established artists from Chicago and around the world. Placing artwork in this public context and the broader presentation of billboards, OVERRIDE takes its name from industry terminology referring to the continuation of an outdoor advertising program beyond a contract period. . Fully integrated into the language of local familiar advertising and signage, each of the works included in the OVERRIDE program offers artists the opportunity to intercept and push the boundaries of the dissemination of visual culture in our increasingly more image-based.

Artists featured in the 2022 edition of OVERRIDE include Barnaby Barford, Sanford Biggers, Brandon Breaux, Jasmine Clarke, Laura Kina, Caroline Liu, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Leonard Suryajaya, Gerald Williams and Karl Wirsum. For a full list of locations and more information on the 2022 program, Click here.

For more information and a complete list of programming, exhibitors and more about the ninth edition of EXPO CHICAGO, please visit www.expochicago.com.

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