EXPO CHICAGO has announced that their large-scale program, IN/SITU, will be curated by Louis Grachos. Grachos has curated the likes of Do Ho Suh and Tom Sachs as the ED of The Contemporary Austin. EXPO VIDEO will be curated by Alfredo Cramerotti who runs the MOSTYN gallery, the largest publicly funded contemporary art institution in Wales.
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Bringing together more than 20 regional curators during EXPO CHICAGO, Sept. 17–20, 2015, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, is proud to announce the selected curators for IN/SITU and EXPO VIDEO, as well as the first annual Greater Midwest Curatorial Forum in conjunction with the fourth edition of the exposition.
Showcasing large-scale installations and site-specific works, IN/SITU will be curated by The Contemporary Austin’s Executive Director Louis Grachos, who will activate the expansive space of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall through a curated selection of artworks from the exposition’s leading international exhibitors. Writer, independent curator and Director of MOSTYN (Wales, United Kingdom), Alfredo Cramerotti will serve as the EXPO VIDEO curator for the third edition of the program. EXPO VIDEO, presented in conjunction with Columbia College Chicago, will highlight a selection of dynamic and cutting-edge film, video and new media works by artists selected from EXPO CHICAGO/2015 exhibitors, as well as Columbia College students.
“We are extremely proud to be working with these two leading international curators to shape the next edition of IN/SITU and EXPO VIDEO,” said EXPO CHICAGO President | Director Tony Karman. “Both bring extensive curatorial perspective and experience to the exposition and I am confident that the outcome of their collaborations, with our exhibitors and their artists, will yield extraordinary projects and presentations.”
Continuing EXPO CHICAGO’s mission to include, serve and showcase the vibrant exhibitions and institutional programming from around the Midwest and beyond, the first annual Greater Midwest Curatorial Forum will be held in conjunction with the exposition. The Forum is designed to provide leading curators a unique networking opportunity, while providing access to renowned Chicago art collections, artists’ studios, institutional exhibitions and EXPO CHICAGO. The Forum will also act as a catalyst for future collaborative programming with EXPO CHICAGO and allow the curators to discuss current and upcoming exhibitions with colleagues, dealers and attending artists. The Forum will include a luncheon on Friday, Sept. 19, hosted by EXPO CHICAGO and select Chicago curators including Lisa Corrin, Ellen Philips Katz Director | The Block Museum of Art; Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator | Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Solveig Øvstebø, Executive Director | The Renaissance Society; and James Rondeau, Chair & Frances and Thomas Dittmer Curator of Contemporary Art | Art Institute of Chicago. In addition, Forum programming will include a preview of the David Adjaye exhibit at The Art Institute of Chicago, as well as access to EXPO CHICAGO VIP events.
“EXPO CHICAGO continues to grow as an important platform for the international arts community and we are very proud to announce the first annual Greater Midwest Curatorial Forum,” added Karman. “Convening leading regional curators builds on our pledge to further galvanize the Midwest region while adding to the already robust involvement of international curators attending the fair.” Offering a dynamic course throughout the exposition by connecting various points of interest in and around Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, IN/SITU returns as part of EXPO CHICAGO’s dynamic on-site programming. Known for his community-focused museum direction and considerable skills as an arts administrator, Dr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Butler Executive Director of The Contemporary Austin Louis Grachos brings his unique curatorial vision to the 2015 IN/SITU program. Prior to his work rebranding and successfully merging the AMOA and Arthouse institutions as The Contemporary Austin, Grachos served as Director of the renowned Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. During his 10-year tenure at the Albright-Knox, Grachos oversaw the growth and development of collections, exhibitions and programming at the 150-year-old gallery. Grachos was previously the director of SITE Santa Fe, where he was a driving force behind a highly successful international biennial. He has also held curatorial and administrative positions at the Americas Society Visual Arts Program, New York; the Queens Museum of Art; the Center for Fine Arts, Miami; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego. A native of Canada, Grachos was educated at the University of Toronto and the Center for Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University in San Francisco, California. Grachos follows past IN/SITU curators Renaud Proch (2014) | Executive Director, Independent Curators International (ICI); Shamim M. Momin (2013) | Director and Curator, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND); and Michael Ned Holte (2012) | independent curator and art critic. “Working with the IN/SITU program at EXPO CHICAGO is a perfect platform to further the type of large-scale, site specific and collaborative projects to which I have been committed to at The Contemporary Austin and in previous positions,” said Grachos. “I am thrilled to have access to some of the greatest artists working today, and look forward to featuring their work in the unique, multi-faceted space of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall.”
Presented in partnership with Columbia College Chicago, EXPO VIDEO is located on the main floor of the exposition and consists of various viewing stations designed by Studio Gang Architects. The 2015 program will be curated by Alfredo Cramerotti, highlighting some of the most exciting film, video and new media works being made by artists represented by EXPO CHICAGO exhibitors. Cramerotti is a writer and artistic director working across various exhibitions, media festivals, and publishing platforms. He is currently the director of MOSTYN, Wales’ leading contemporary art museum, and is the co-director of roaming curatorial agencies AGM Culture and CPS (Chamber of Public Secrets). Among other major exhibitions, he has cocurated the Maldives Pavilion and the Wales Pavilion at the 55th Venice Art Biennale in 2013, and Manifesta 8, the European Biennale of Contemporary Art, Region of Murcia, Spain in 2010. He is currently working on the biennial Sequences VII, the real-time art festival that takes place in Reykjavík, Iceland in April 2015, and the Pavilion of Mauritius at the 56th Venice Art Biennale, Italy, opening in May 2015.
“It is very exciting to work on EXPO CHICAGO’s EXPO VIDEO, presenting a range of the most vibrant and relevant moving image works produced today,” said Cramerotti. “The selection will mirror what’s going on in the artist’s studios worldwide and provide visitors an important slice of contemporary culture. I am utterly enjoying the process, and looking forward to seeing the final selection in its entirety during the exposition.” In addition to displaying the work of selected artists from exhibiting galleries, one of the viewing stations will be dedicated to showcasing work by Columbia College Chicago students, as juried by Cramerotti.