For the concurrent opening of EXPO Chicago and the Chicago Architecture Biennial, artist Nick Cave and architect Jeanne Gang put on a show few are likely to forget. The first performance of their collaboration, Here Hear Chicago. took place on September 13 at Navy Pier’s AON Grand Ball Room for a capacity crowd during EXPO’s Vernissage. Subsequent shows will take place over the weekend for the public. The buzzing atmosphere of EXPO’s preview night was overtaken by the sound of drums a half hour before the scheduled start of the performance, as a parade of Cave's uncanny “Soundsuit”-clad performers marched between the stalls of the international art show. Guests ran to get a look and cheered the scene as the performers made their way to the grand ballroom. Before entering the space, the troop moved through a forest of six-foot tall “buoys,” made by Studio Gang. Each performer wove and danced around the more than 200 teetering chrome Mylar objects as the crowd followed. Nick Cave-Jeanne Gang: Here Hear Chicago (Courtesy Spirit of Space) from Architect's Newspaper on Vimeo. The show itself began in a more muted key. Set to the haunting music of composer Kahil El'Zabar, Cave and a group of young men took the stage. Sitting perfectly still for a full half hour, each was attended to by a white-clad attendant who slowly and methodically dressed them in colorful fur soundsuits. When they finally stood, bodies completely abstracted, the crowd roared their approval. For the next 45 minutes, the performers moved through the space, interacting with each other and the crowd. Most of the time their bodies were abstracted and concealed. A fleeting glimpse of a foot or hand shooting out from the exorbitant costuming was the only hint of humanity in the alien forms. Guttural calls and howls by the performances accompanied El'Zabar’s abstract jazz, with the occasional call back from members of the audience. In the last moments of the show, Nick Cave set the long line of buoys lining the stage into movement. For those who may have hoped that the Studio Gang-designed elements would have played a larger role in the performance, this was the apex. Once the show was complete, many guests rushed to engage with the playful forms. Here Hear Chicago was part of the kick-off of the sixth EXPO CHICAGO international art exhibition and the second Chicago Architecture Biennial. EXPO runs from September 13 through September 17 at Navy Pier, and the Chicago Architecture Biennial runs from September 16 through January 7, 2018 at various venues, with a main exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center.
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As details begin to emerge surrounding EXPO Chicago and the Chicago Architecture Biennial, this latest announcement brings together one of Chicago’s favorite artists with one of its favorite architects. Scheduled to debut during EXPO’s vernissage on September 13th, Jeanne Gang and her office Studio Gang Architects have teamed up with artist Nick Cave to produce a new performance piece. Entitled Here Hear, the collaboration will have performers “intersect and respond to a field of dynamic, custom-fabricated objects.” Dressed in Nick Cave’s fantastical "Soundsuits," performers will enact Cave's latest choreographed Up Right Chicago as well as his HEARD performance. All of this will presumably take place in an environment designed by Studio Gang, all to the music of Chicago Jazz musician Kahil El Zabar. “Up Right Chicago is a call to arms, head and heart, with each performance preparing the initiates’ mind, body and spirit to face the forces that stand in the way of selfhood,” said Cave in a press release. “Through movement, ritual and song, performers enter a world they have complete control over, like warriors of their own destiny.” The new Up Right Chicago performance involves ten “initiates”—members of the community—as well as ten “practitioners,” including Cave and his partner Bob Faust. “Like Cave’s works, the objects blur the boundary between audience and performer,” said Gang. “People will engage with the objects, making them performative and expanding the collaboration to the city of Chicago.” After the first performance, the show will be moved to the outdoors to Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Performance Lawn to be performed on September 16th as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. EXPO has also hinted that there may be additional performances, saying a full schedule will be released later in the summer.
EXPO CHICAGO has announced the participants for its off-site exhibition curated by Katell Jaffrès of Paris’s Palais de Tokyo. With the working title of Singing Stones, the exhibition will include 13 artists and will be installed in the Burnham & Root–designed Roundhouse on the campus of the DuSable Museum of African American History. The opening of both EXPO and Singing Stones will coincide with the opening of the second Chicago Architecture Biennial. The exhibition will be the first iteration of a new program being developed by Palais de Tokyo and Institut français. The three-year program is designed to introduce and support artists in producing work in new locations around the world. The program will work with major art shows such as EXPO and the other biennials. For this first exhibition, three participants—Wilfrid Almendra, Thomas Teurlai, and the Floating Museum collective—will install large-scale site-specific structures which will receive the work of the ten other participants. Guest architect Andrew Schachman will be tasked with designing the experience of the entire spaces and plan the relationship between all the pieces in the space. The list of participants includes: Wilfrid Almendra Daniel G. Baird Bouchra Khalili Dorian Gaudin Lola Gonzàlez Guillaume Leblon Floating Museum Florian Pugnaire & David Raffini Andrew Schachman Cauleen Smith Thomas Teurlai Raphaël Zarka “The singularity of The Roundhouse makes it an ideal space to develop the exhibit outside of Paris,” said Jaffrès in a press release. “The structures or ‘stations’ that the artists will create will each act as an architectural intervention within the exhibition, inducting action into the exhibition space, and creating an accommodation and correspondence between the sculptures, installations or video works by the other artists in the show.” The project will kick off with a residency at Mana Contemporary Chicago, a large artist and exhibition space in the Pilsen neighborhood. A select number of the international participants will produce new work at Mana, starting on August 1st. They will also be part of public programming associated with their work at the Roundhouse. The Paris’s Palais de Tokyo exhibition will open September 13th and run through October 29th. The EXPO CHICAGO exhibition will run from September 13th through the 17th. The Chicago Architecture Biennial will be open to the public from September 16th through January 7th.
Representatives from EXPO CHICAGO, Paris’s contemporary art venue Palais de Tokyo, the Institut français, and the DuSable Museum of African American History have announced the location of the Palais de Tokyo’s off-site exhibition for this year’s EXPO CHICAGO, opening this September. Along with the announcement of the exhibition’s location, it was also revealed, at least in part, what the format of the show would be. The site for the exhibition will be the Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum near the University of Chicago, on the city’s South Side. The Roundhouse, which was designed by Burnham and Root in the late 19th century, was originally used for equestrian activities in Washington Park, where it and the DuSable are located. The structure includes an impressive wood dome, which has been completely refurbished along with the rest of the building in recent years. The Palais de Tokyo show will be the first public exhibition in the space. "As we continue to build support for EXPO CHICAGO’s extraordinary collaboration with the Palais de Tokyo, no venue in Chicago is more appropriate to host the first U.S.-based iteration of the renowned French institution’s Hors Les Murs program than the Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum of African American History," said EXPO CHICAGO President/Director Tony Karman. "The institutional connection and historical relevance of the Roundhouse provides a perfect setting for the local and global art and architecture communities to engage in this landmark exhibition." The show will be curated by Palais de Tokyo’s Katell Jaffrès, with exhibition design by designer Andrew Schachman, who was nominated by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Focusing on “the dialogue between architecture and artistic process,” the exhibition will fill the 17,000-square-foot building with site-specific works by a yet-to-be-announced group of artists. The artists will be from France and Chicago, and will work closely with Schuchman to conceive pieces that are not only works of art, but also spaces able to receive the works of others. The clear connection to architectural installations helps align the show with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which will coincide with the opening of EXPO. “The simultaneity of EXPO CHICAGO and the Chicago Architecture Biennial provides the opportunity to affirm the vital relationship between the two disciplines of art and architecture,” said Palais de Tokyo President Jean de Loisy under the massive wooden dome. “Just as El Lissitzky did with his Proun Rooms, or Frederick Kiesler for Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of this Century Gallery in 1942, we are devising an imbrication of the constructive activities of artists with the possibility of external interferences on their structures coming from other, complicit artists. Palais de Tokyo is thus bringing together artists from the French and Chicago scenes to produce a show conceived to be something utterly unusual.” The show will be executed in two parts over coming months, first as a residency and then as the exhibition. The residency work in partnership with Mana Contemporary Chicago, which will give the resident artist space to produce their large-scale pieces. The entire program will be the first in a new three-year program in Chicago that has been developed by the Palais de Tokyo and the Institut français. EXPO Chicago will run from Thursday, September 14th through Sunday, Sept. 17th.
EXPO CHICAGO, Palais de Tokyo, and the Institut Français have officially teamed up to present a large-scale exhibition project as well as an official satellite program, both to be located in Chicago. It will open in Chicago during the sixth edition of the expo in September 2017 and run concurrently with during the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Led by curator Katell Jaffrès of the Palais de Tokyo, the collaborative project consists of a residency program for international and France-based artists to produce new work in Chicago. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for local and emerging architects to work with Jaffrès on the design of the exhibition space, courtesy of a partnership with The Graham Foundation, as reported in Chicago Now. The public exhibition of the residents' work will involve a strong architectural component at a site to be announced. The Paris-based Palais de Tokyo is the largest center for contemporary art in Europe and it maintains a strong program of exhibitions, conferences, performances, and concerts. Its collaborations with EXPO CHICAGO since 2013 have allowed internationally renowned artists such as Daniel Buren and Christian Boltanski to bring their art to the Windy City. The residency partnership will be hosted by Mana Contemporary Chicago, which serves as a home for dozens of artists of diverse disciplines, from painting and sculpture, to film, sound, and performance art. “International collaborations are at the core of EXPO CHICAGO’s mission, and I cannot be more proud of our upcoming partnership with the renowned Paris-based institution, Palais de Tokyo and Institut français,” said EXPO CHICAGO Director and President Tony Karman.
Debuting during this year’s EXPO Chicago, Chicago’s lakefront will soon be home to a 33.3-foot-tall stainless steel figure. The sculpture, entitled Looking Up (2015) was produced by American artist Tom Friedman. In a collaboration between the Chicago Parks District, Luhring Augustine, New York and the Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, the gigantic figure will be on display at 4800 S. Lake Shore Drive from September 21, 2016 through September 30, 2017. The one-year exhibition will add to the parks already diverse and expansive collection of art pieces throughout the city. “With a permanent collection of more than 300 world-class fountains, monuments and sculptures scattered throughout Chicago’s parks, the Chicago Park District is proud to be a destination for world-class artists to come to exhibit their renowned artworks,” said Chicago Park District CEO and Superintendent Michael P. Kelly in a press release. “Public art not only serves to beautify our open green spaces, but it also provides patrons with even more access to cultural opportunities in our parks.” The second in an edition of three, Looking Up was recently installed for six months at the intersection of Park Avenue and 53rd Street in New York City. The first of the edition is permanently installed at The Contemporary Austin, Texas, as part of the Laguna Gloria Campus. The installation of the sculpture will be something of a homecoming for Friedman, who received his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1990. Friedman’s work involves the use of crushed aluminum foil, and other distorted and distressed metal objects, which are used as part of a molding and lost wax casting technique. Coinciding with the new addition to the lakefront will be the 5th annual EXPO Chicago, an international exposition of contemporary and modern art. EXPO will include work from 145 galleries from 22 countries from September 22 through September 25, at Navy Pier.
Art fairs serve three groups of clientele: the rich, who buy the art, curators and museum folks, and the poor—students, freelance writers, party-crashers. You can probably guess that Eavesdrop is in the latter, not the former, so imagine the disappointment when champagne was going for $19 per glass on opening night of Expo Chicago. Seriously, what happened to the days of all-you-can-drink Grolsch or Basil Haydens way back in Art Chicago’s past? The sticker shock should be from the gallery price lists, not the bar. While standing in line, Eavesdrop was flattered to be recognized by James Geier of 555 International, who hinted at a slew of new projects and fall openings. Hopefully those openings will allow the 99 percent to imbibe. The art fair’s environment, layout and scheme, was designed by Studio Gang, although we can’t say that we were able to discern a noticeable imprint.