SAIC will be out in full force at EXPO CHICAGO 2017, managing a booth while faculty and alumni present work, and curate video series. The School is also partnering with EXPO to facilitate /Dialogues, a series of panel discussions, conversations, and provocative artist discourse with leading artists, curators, designers, and arts professionals on the current issues that engage them. EXPO runs from September 13–17 at Navy Pier. Here are some of the ways to connect with the SAIC community:
Opening: Wednesday, September 13, 12:00–9:00 p.m.
On September 14, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Stephanie Cristello (BFA 2013), Editor-in-Chief of THE SEEN and Director of Programming at EXPO CHICAGO, will moderate panel discussion Visibility/Invisibility—Sculpture in Everyday Space.
Associate Profesor Romi Crawford (Visual and Critical Studies, Liberal Arts) will moderate a panel called Out of Body: Black Identity in Abstraction as part of the curatorial forum.
On September 15, artist David Hartt (MFA 1994) will be talking to Felix Burrichter of PIN-UP in Architecture as Metaphor: Nature vs. Culture from 2:00–3:00 p.m.
All /Dialogues will take place on the /Dialogues stage inside the exposition hall.
SAIC alumni Sanford Biggers (MFA 1999), David Hartt (MFA 1994), and Alex Chitty (MFA 2008) have been selected for IN/SITU, which features major installations and large-scale work in the main Festival Hall. This year’s program, Chronopolitics, explores the politics of time and the essential role art plays in social change.
Ali Subotnick (MA 1997) curated this year’s program, These Restless Times, as part of Conversations at the Edge, an initiative organized by SAIC's Film, Animation, Video, and New Media department. Subotnick will also sit down with artist Stanya Kahn for a /Dialogue about These Restless Times on September 14 from 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Assistant Professor in the Fashion Design department Cheryl Pope (BFA 2003, MDes 2010) is one of the artists included in EXPO Sound, an inaugural show of works that will play over the sound system or on the /Dialogues Stage throughout the event.
Human Rights Watch—Tea Project
On September 14 at noon, Amber Ginsburg (MFA 2009) will be hosting a performance and discussion with Aaron Hughes in booth 833 about the Tea Project, an installation exploring the themes of war, detention, love, and tea.
Nick Cave's HEARD and Hear Here Chicago
Stephanie and Bill Sick Professor of Fashion, Body and Garment Nick Cave is part of several performances on September 16. At 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Cave’s colorfully-designed horses will perform choreographed movements for the production HEARD in Polk Bros. Park, accompanied by jazz music and interacting with Stage Buoys, structures designed by Jeanne Gang (HON 2013) specifically for the Cave productions.
At 2:30 p.m., Gang will team up with Cave again; this time, her Buoys will be joined by Cave’s iconic Soundsuits—to be donned by performers at Navy Pier’s Wave Wall.
Here Hear Chicago, a film screening featuring the creative world of Nick Cave will show at the Polk Bros. Park Performance Lawn at 5:00 p.m.
Performances: Faheem Majeed
The Chicago Community Trust presents artist and SAIC faculty member Faheem Majeed’s Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden, a series of performances that combines his art practice with organizations he’s invested in, including Project Onward, Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Celebration, SkyART, and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. The performances will take place September 16, from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m., at The Chicago Community Trust booth 869.
Tour: Palais De Tokyo | Singing Stones
On September 16, Lee Bey, a member of SAIC’s Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects department (AIADO), presents 11 emerging artists from the French and Chicago art scenes. An off-site exhibition, Singing Stones will be presented at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 East 56th Place, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
John Corbett, an adjunct professor in SAIC’s Sound department, is signing copies of his new collection of essays, Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium, published by Duke University Press. The signing will take place on September 16, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., in the Library Lounge.
SAIC Alumni at EXPO CHICAGO 2017
See a map alumni exhibiting at EXPO CHICAGO 2017 here.