EXPO CHICAGO announces the full program for /Dialogues, a series of panel discussions in addition to 25 special exhibitions booths to take place at Navy Pier by select museums, organizations and non-profit institutions during the fourth annual exposition, September 17–20, 2015. Joining 140 leading international galleries from 16 countries and 46 cities, the 2015 programming features a focused intersection between panel topics and on-site exhibitions, in addition to the many independent projects in each program.

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. The program runs continuously at EXPO CHICAGO Friday, September 18—Sunday, September 20, beginning at 11:30am on the /Dialogues stage at the east end of Festival Halls A & B.

“The 2015 /Dialogues program speaks to the same level of engagement many of us have with the contemporary art world; it is not singular or limited to art itself, but instead responds to many cultural interests,” said Programming Manager of EXPO CHICAGO Stephanie Cristello. “This diverse lineup of panels—from challenging how we position ourselves in a globalized world, to how critical language itself has adapted in the 21st century to support current movements—examines how certain histories are being rewritten through a series of discussions that span design, architecture, geographical differences in curating, and the potential socio-political implications of collecting art, among other prevalent topics.”

The full program will feature Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Hairy Who Artists; Diego Perrone, Eugenio Re Rebaudengo, Letizia Ragaglia and Ilaria Bonacossa on contemporary art in Italy; Matthieu Poirier and Daniel Buren on the intersections of art and architecture; Dan Cameron, Anthony Elms and Irene Hofmann on the difference between American and European international exhibition models in “Biennale | Biennial;” a discussion on contemporary photography with curator and author of Photography is Magic, Charlotte Cotton, in conversation with various artists through the Aperture Foundation; the impact of contemporary design criticism and its discourse featuring Alice Twemlow among others; and Thelma Golden, Solveig Øvstebø and Franklin Sirmans in conversation with Jacob Proctor on the global influence of museum collections and exhibitions.

For the full listing of the /Dialogues schedule, click here.

In addition to /Dialogues, EXPO CHICAGO and presenting sponsor Northern Trust will host the inaugural “Exchange by Northern Trust: An Interactive Conversation Around the Art of Collecting.” Located in the Northern Trust Anchor Lounge and tailored exclusively for invited VIP guests, this series of private discussions will provide insight and expertise on the art of collecting. Panel discussions will feature internationally renowned speakers, including collector and founder of the NEON Foundation Dimitris Daskalopoulos in conversation with Madeleine Grynsztejn; “Piece by Piece: Building a Collection,” featuring collector and patron of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Bill Gautreaux in conversation with curator Erin Dziedzic and artist Ebony G. Patterson; and Chad Alligood and Don Bacigalupi on the “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now” at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, among others.

Special exhibitions
Complementing the galleries exhibiting at EXPO CHICAGO will be the special exhibitions program, featuring 25 select regional, national and international museums, organizations and non-profit institutions with booths on the main floor of the exposition.

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