EXPO Chicago Unveils Packed Panel Lineup

EXPO DialoguesBThe lineup of scheduled “Dialogues” for this year’s edition of EXPO Chicago, which runs September 18–21 at Navy Pier, touches on virtually every corner of the art market, from grant-making at charitable foundations and the changing nature of collecting, to the history and importance of performance art, photography, and public art.

First up on the schedule for Friday September 19, is a conversation between Elizabeth Smith, the executive director of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Joel Wachs, president of the Andy Warhol Foundation, and Christy MacLear, executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. They will discuss their respective foundations’ initiatives, including grant-making activities and legacy programs.

Also on Friday, “Collecting: Challenges in a New World” will feature: collector and chair of the board of Chicago’s Polk Bros. Foundation, Sandra Guthman; executive vice president at the Northern Trust, R. Hugh Magill; professor of economics at the University of Chicago, Canice Prendergast; and art dealer and president of the Art Dealers Association of America, Dorsey Waxter. The panel, moderated by journalist Brook Mason, will examine the challenges of collecting amid new shifts in the market and issues surrounding access to the art world.

On Saturday September 20, artist Pablo Helguera, along with critic (and artnet News contributor) Christian Viveros-Faune and Chicago-based art podcast Bad at Sports will discuss Helguera’s project “The School of Panamerican Unrest.”

Also Saturday, LACMA contemporary art curator Franklin Sirmans will speak with artist Tavares Strachan about his conceptual installations, which investigate science, technology, mythology, and history. This will be followed by a discussion of performance art between Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner and Performa founder and director Rose Lee Goldberg.

Other panels will include artists Orly Genger, Hank Willis Thomas, Justine Kurland, and Alec Soth. A complete listing of EXPO Chicago talks can be found here.


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