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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Ship of Tolerance

Supported by funding from Prince Charitable Trusts

Navy Pier is thrilled to partner again with EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Modern & Contemporary Art, to present a free, temporary public art installation at the City Stage lawn in Polk Bros Park. From Tuesday, September 17 through Sunday, October 6, guests will have the opportunity to view and interact with“The Ship of Tolerance,” a dual art installation and vessel presented by The Ilya & Emilia Kabakov Foundation.

Over the course of nearly three weeks, “The Ship of Tolerance” will be on display at Navy Pier as the installation’s seventeenth exhibition site, inviting Chicagoans and guests to utilize the space to reflect and discuss the themes of tolerance and peace. Project partners and collaborators for this version include Chicago Children’s Museum, ChiArts, Chicago Public Libraries, Hyde Park Art Center, MacArthur Middle School and many others.


The mission of “The Ship of Tolerance” is to educate and connect youth of different continents, cultures and identities through the language of art. The conceptual art piece reflects how divergent cultures interpret tolerance and how these understandings overlap. The ship’s sails are stitched together from drawings, painted on silk by local schoolchildren from different ethnic, religious and social backgrounds to convey a message of tolerance and hope.

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