EXPO CHICAGO Announces First Look for
2015 /Dialogues Program
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September in Chicago.
Be Here.


Keynote Panels Include Hans Ulrich Obrist in Conversation with Legendary Hairy Who Artists; Diego Perrone, Eugenio Re Rebaudengo and Letizia Ragaglia on Contemporary Art in Italy; Matthieu Poirier in conversation with Daniel Buren and more; and Thelma Golden, Solveig Øvstebø and Franklin Sirmans in Conversation with Jacob Proctor.

EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, announces highlighted discussions for /Dialogues to take place during the fourth annual exposition, September 17–20, 2015, with more than ten additional panels to be announced leading up to the fair. Presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), /Dialogues offers panel discussions, conversations, and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, designers, and arts professionals on the current issues that engage them.

Friday, September 18 | 2:30pm

Contemporary Art in Italy: Today

Featuring Artist Diego Perrone, Director of MUSEION Letizia Ragaglia, and Founder of ARTUNER Eugenio Re Rebaudengo

Is there such a thing as a national context in an increasingly globalized world? This panel presents a united statement concerning the status of contemporary art in Italy for the first time in recent years in the United States, featuring some of today’s most influential voices on Italian culture working today. Presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute and ItalCultura.

Friday, September 18 | 4:00pm

Museum Models: The Global Impact of Public Collections

Featuring Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem Thelma Golden, Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Renaissance Society Solveig Øvstebø, and Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art of LACMA Franklin Sirmans. Moderated by Curator of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society Jacob Proctor

Art history is one of the most easily identifiable methods of how we visually record history. Whose voices are we listening to through the images we collect and exhibit? Looking at both public collecting and non-collecting institutions and exhibitions through the lens of various museum models, each of the panelists will offer the various ways that their associated institution handles the global responsibility of collecting and exhibiting contemporary work.

Saturday, September 19 | 2:30pm

French-American Curatorial Exchange
Leaving the Canvas: Abstract Art and Architecture

Featuring Artist Daniel Buren, Collector Nicolas Cattelain, and Artist Felice Varini. Moderated and organized by Independent Art Historian, Critic and Curator Matthieu Poirier
This panel will feature a keynote address on the state of abstract art, conceived and moderated by Independent Art Historian, Critic and Curator Matthieu Poirier as part of the French-American Curatorial Exchange, a yearlong collaboration between France and the United States. In anticipation of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, this conversation will feature Artists Daniel Buren and Felice Varini. They will be joined by Nicolas Cattelain, whose collection focuses on art from the 1960s through now, including works that initiated this "environmental" logic. 
Presented in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the Institut français.

Saturday, September 19 | 4:00pm

Hans Ulrich Obrist: In Conversation with the Hairy Who

Featuring Artists Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, and Karl Wirsum
Internationally renowned curator and co-director of the Serpentine Galleries in London, Hans Ulrich Obrist will speak with members of the legendary Hairy Who, a group of young, eccentric artists that began working in the 1960s after meeting at SAIC. Now categorized into a larger group known as the Chicago Imagists—known for thriving outside of New York’s Pop Art scene—this panel anticipates the fifty-year anniversary of their first Hairy Who exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center in 1966, examining its importance in art history in Chicago and beyond. 


EXPO CHICAGO returns to Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, September 17–20, 2015. Entering its fourth edition in 2015, EXPO CHICAGO presents artwork from 140 leading galleries around the world, including EXPOSURE—a section that affords younger galleries the opportunity to participate in a major international art fair. Attracting more than 32,500 visitors in 2014, EXPO CHICAGO continues to showcase the city as an international cultural destination, while highlighting the region’s contemporary arts community and collector base.
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