EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design, is proud to announce IN/SITU, a key component of the exposition’s innovative artistic programming. IN/SITU provides the opportunity for exhibitors to showcase large-scale installations, site-specific and performative works by select international artists. Situated throughout EXPO CHICAGO’s expansive floor, IN/SITU will provide a dynamic itinerary that connects various points of interest throughout EXPO CHICAGO.
“IN/SITU will further distinguish EXPO CHICAGO by presenting large-scale and site-specific installations within the context of the exposition,” said President and Director Tony Karman. “IN/SITU will activate both the interior of Festival Hall and the larger setting of the iconic Navy Pier, providing a unique opportunity for our patrons to directly engage with new and provocative works by international artists.”
The organization of IN/SITU will be led by writer and independent curator Michael Ned Holte. As a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts, Holte’s texts appear in numerous publications including Richard Hawkins—Third Mind (Art Institute of Chicago/Yale), Hany Armanious: The Golden Thread (Australia Council for the Arts), and Roy McMakin: When is a Chair Not a Chair (Skira/Rizzoli). Holte is also a frequent contributor to Artforum International, and has written for print periodicals such as Afterall, Frieze, Kaleidoscope, and Pin-Up. He has organized numerous exhibitions including “Laying Bricks” at Wallspace Gallery, New York, and “Support Group” at Thomas Solomon at Cottage Home, Los Angeles, and was a member of the curatorial team behind the exhibition “Present Future” at Artissima 15 in Torino, Italy.
“I’m excited to organize a diverse selection of projects responding to the context of EXPO CHICAGO and Festival Hall. Given the accelerated pace of the fair environment, I’m thinking about the relationship of site and situation by shaping an itinerary of destinations or landmarks punctuated with ephemeral performances, providing viewers with unexpected opportunities to pause and ponder, if only for a fleeting moment,” Holte said about his role in shaping the programming in EXPO CHICAGO.
EXPO CHICAGO/2012 is limiting the number of exhibitors to no more than 100 international contemporary and modern art dealers with noted participating galleries: David Zwirner (New York); Richard Gray Gallery (Chicago); Luhring Augustine (New York); Galerie Karsten Greve (Cologne, Paris, St. Moritz); Galerie Hans Mayer (Düsseldorf); Annely Juda Fine Art (London); Sean Kelly Gallery (New York) CRG Gallery (New York); Barbara Mathes Gallery (New York); Salon 94 (New York); The Mayor Gallery (London), Yvon Lambert (Paris). A Selection Committee of internationally respected dealers has been formed to ensure the highest standards of exhibitors. The 2012 committee currently includes Rhona Hoffman Gallery (Chicago), D’Amelio Gallery (New York) and Anthony Meier Fine Arts (San Francisco).
About EXPO CHICAGO
The inaugural EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design, will be presented at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall from September 20-23, 2012. This four day art event will feature 100 leading international galleries and offer a curated blend of contemporary/modern art and design. Produced by Art Expositions, LLC under the leadership of President and Director Tony Karman, EXPO CHICAGO will feature a design-forward interior environment by the world renowned Studio Gang Architects, led by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang. The new fair will open the international fall arts season and will establish Chicago as a preeminent art fair and cultural destination. Vernissage, an exclusive opening night preview celebration benefitting the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, will take place on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. For more information, visit www.expochicago.com.