EXPO Chicago 2018

EXPO Chicago 2018
09.27.2018 — 09.30.2018

Kavi Gupta is pleased to participate in EXPO Chicago.

Expo Programming:

AfriCOBRA: Chicago in the Age of Black Power panel discussion at EXPO Chicago 
Panelists | Jae Jarrell (Artist, Member of AfriCOBRA, SAIC 1959-61), Wadsworth Jarrell (Artist, Member of AfriCOBRA, SAIC DIP 1958), and Gerald Williams (Artist, Founding Member of AfriCOBRA, SAIC BFA 1951). Moderated by Franklin Sirmans (Director | Pérez Art Museum Miami). This panel is presented in alignment with Art Design Chicago exhibitions at the Smart Museum of Art and the DuSable Museum of African American History, South Side Stories: Rethinking Chicago Art, 1960–1980 and South Side Stories: Holdings, which focus on the Black Arts Movement—from the Civil Rights Movement to AfriCOBRA. A solo exhibition of the late member Barbara Jones Hogu entitled Resist, Relate, Unite 1968–1975 took place at the DePaul Art Museum earlier this year.

-Friday, September 28 at the /Dialogues Stage at EXPO Chicago (Navy Pier), 2:00-3:00pm.

Book Signing | Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 
In the period of radical change that was 1963–83, young black artists at the beginning of their careers confronted difficult questions about art, politics and racial identity. How to make art that would stand as innovative, original, formally and materially complex, while also making work that reflected their concerns and experience as black Americans? Soul of a Nation surveys this crucial period in American art history, bringing to light previously neglected histories of 20th-century black artists—including Sam Gilliam, Melvin Edwards, Jack Whitten, William T. Williams, Howardina Pindell, Barkley L. Hendricks, Senga Nengudi, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Charles White (SAIC 1937 – 38) and Frank Bowling, among others. This book explores both the art historical and social contexts, with subjects ranging from black feminism to AfriCOBRA and other artist-run groups, to the role of museums in the debates of the period and visual art’s relation to the Black Arts Movement. Over 170 artworks by these and many other artists of the era are illustrated in full color.

-Friday, September 28 at the /Dialogues Stage at EXPO Chicago, 3:00pm.

Creative Chicago Interview Marathon with Hans Ulrich Obrist featuring Gerald Williams 

“Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon” will be the first US-based marathon by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of London’s Serpentine Galleries, and one of the world’s leading curators, critics, and art historians. In 2005, Obrist hosted his first interview marathon—a 24-hour conversational exploration of art, ideas and creativity. The marathon format has become a central part of his practice ever since.

“Creative Chicago” will take a multi-dimensional, multidisciplinary look at creativity in the city—past, present, and future. Bringing together artists, authors, activists, architects, historians, musicians, philosophers and scientists, the “Creative Chicago” marathon will examine the numerous sparks that make the city a center for art, design and architecture. Among the notable figures slated to participate in the Marathon are Virgil Abloh, Theaster Gates, and Jeanne Gang.

The Chicago Humanities Festival will present this four-hour interview marathon as part of Art Design Chicago at Navy Pier in collaboration with EXPO CHICAGO 2018.

-Saturday, September 29, Navy Pier, 1:00-6:00pm

Book Signing | José Lerma: Pintor Interesante 

José Lerma: Pintor Interesante is the first monograph of the contemporary artist’s work. Focusing on work created between 2007–2017, the publication highlights José Lerma’s (Associate Professor, Painting and Drawing | SAIC) breadth, inventiveness and his constant interweaving of history, politics, economics and the personal. The book features essays by art critic Christian Viveros-Fauné, critic and poet Barry Schwabsky and an interview with curator Kristin Korolowicz.

-Saturday, September 29 at the /Dialogues Stage at EXPO Chicago, 1:00pm.

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