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Art and Architecture Align

Two dynamic global events align in Chicago this fall, offering the opportunity for visitors to learn about art and understand how architecture influences daily life: The second edition of Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is opening in collaboration with EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Modern & Contemporary Art.

"There's no question that this is the week for one to be in our great city of Chicago," said Tony Karman, President and Director of EXPO CHICAGO.

Located at Chicago's historic Navy Pier in the Festival Hall, EXPO CHICAGO presents one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. The art fair runs September 13 – 17, 2017, and will host 135 leading galleries from 25 countries and 58 cities.

Karman notes EXPO CHICAGO serves both the seasoned collector and the individual who may want to experience art for the first time.

This year, EXPO CHICAGO launched an official partnership with Palais de Tokyo, to present an off-site exhibition. Opening to the public on Tuesday, September 12, Singing Stones is curated by Palais de Tokyo's Katell Jaffrès, in partnership with the Institut Français. Bringing together 11 emerging artists from both the French and Chicago art scenes, Singing Stones presents an intimate dialogue between original production and pre-existing works.

Presented within The Roundhouse, a 17,000 square-foot space built in 1881 and designed by Burnham & Root, at the DuSable Museum of African American History, the exhibition design will involve a strong architectural component through a partnership with the Graham Foundation with Guest Designer Andrew Schachman.

The exhibition will run through the 2017 CAB, the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America.

Showcasing the transformative global impact of creativity and innovation in the fields, 2017's CAB runs from September 15, 2017, through January 7, 2018, and features over 141 practitioners from more than 20 countries addressing this year's theme: Make New History, which will explore the role history plays in making new architecture.

The public is invited to explore how the latest architecture can—and will—make new history in places around the world. The Make New History exhibition is located at the historic Chicago Cultural Center, and extends off-site to six community exhibitions in Chicago's neighborhoods and two special project sites featuring installations, performances, talks, films and more, hosted by over 100 local and global cultural partners.

CAB also features educational sessions with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, as well as free tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin.

Written by Cassie Westrate, staff writer for Groups Today.

© James Welling, 8183, 2016 from Chicago, 1987/2016, Courtesy the Artist and David Zwirner, New York and London.


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