There are few places on Earth where you can see an art exhibit curated by 15-time NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal in the same vicinity as another exhibit inspired by a Nobel laureate (in this case, Kenzaburo Oe). We know what you’re thinking and the answer is yes, Shaq curates art. Consider that your random fact of the day.
His “SHAQ LOVES PEOPLE” exhibit joins 24 other special exhibits this year as a part of EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, returning for its third season to Navy Pier from September 18-21. Featuring over 140 leading galleries from around the world and representing 17 different countries, lovers of local and international art will definitely need the 3-day pass to see and experience as much as they can!
This year’s EXPO looks to further stamp September as a great time to experience amazing art and culture in Chicago. Aside from the many galleries on display, the event will feature the aforementioned Special Exhibitions program, /Dialogue panel discussions in partnership with The Art Institute of Chicago, IN/SITU, a more experiential, site-specific selection of projects, and EXPO VIDEO, a collection of works across video, film, and new media
And in case three days weren’t enough, EXPO President and director Tony Karman and his team have brought back EXPO Art Week, which runs from September 15-21. This EXPO extension showcases the city’s vast array of food, theater and music, highlighted by a free concert in Millennium Park performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra maestro Riccardo Muti. It is truly a treat for all five senses!
Visit EXPO’s website to find additional information on ticket orders, exhibit hours, hotel accommodations, restaurant recommendations and the opening night benefit Vernissage on September 18th.
To quote Mr. Karman in a recent interview with Fajo Magazine, “[Art Week] is to make sure the world knows Chicago is the place to be in September, especially the art world.” We couldn’t agree more!