The University of Chicago will once again serve as a partner and participant in EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, September 17–22, 2019 at Navy Pier.

In its seventh edition, EXPO CHICAGO, presents artwork from leading galleries from Chicago and around the world. Through collaborative EXPO ART WEEK, /Dialogues, and Special Exhibition programs, it also reveals how the University of Chicago is shaping Chicago's greater contemporary art landscape.

As in years past, the 2019 EXPO CHICAGO features the work of DoVA alumni and faculty and showcases several University of Chicago arts organizations. 

For information on tickets, hours, and a full list of EXPO CHICAGO programs and participants, visit



Exhibition | Discovery, Collection, Memory: The Oriental Institute at 100
Special Collections Research Center, Regenstein Library, The University of Chicago
The Oriental Institute—one of the world’s premier institutions for the study of the ancient Middle East—has conducted 100 years of excavation, research, and scholarship. Its scholars have worked rigorously to discover cultural heritage, decipher ancient languages, and reconstruct the histories of long-lost civilizations. This exhibition remembers the Oriental Institute’s past through archival fragments, artifacts, and ephemera as it celebrates its centennial. 

Extended Hours | LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Last Cruze
The Renaissance Society, The University of Chicago
The Renaissance Society presents a new body of work by artist LaToya Ruby Frazier, centered on the workers at the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Featuring photographs and other audio-visual elements, The Last Cruze introduces a significant new chapter in Frazier’s investigations of labor, family, community, and working-class lives across a wide variety of geographic settings in the US and Europe.

Opening Reception | Martha Rosler: Passionate Signals
Neubauer Collegium, The University of Chicago
Passionate Signals is the first exhibition by the acclaimed photo and video artist Martha Rosler to focus solely on her interest in flowers, gardens, and other “green” motifs. Pairing a selection of twenty-five-years' worth of flower and garden photographs with a pioneering early video piece and domestically scaled earthwork, Passionate Signals highlights the social, political, and economic costs of producing beauty at its most innocuous.

Opening Reception + Artists Tour | Assemble: Tufting Gun Tapestries
Logan Center Exhibitions, The University of Chicago
Join a celebration of the opening of Tufting Gun Tapestries with members Maria Lisogorskaya and Louis Schulz of the architecture firm Assemble. An artist-led tour of the exhibition will commence at 6:30pm. 

The Oriental Institute Centennial Celebration | Michael Rakowitz and Mohamad Hafez 
Oriental Institute, The University of Chicago

The Oriental Institute Centennial Celebration | Ann Hamilton 
The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, The University of Chicago
In support of its Centennial celebration this Fall, the OI—a leading research center and world-renowned museum devoted to the study of the ancient Middle East—has collaborated with internationally recognized contemporary artists Ann Hamilton, Michael Rakowitz, and Mohamad Hafez for a series of visual art installations. For after-hours tours of the site specific installations, join OI Director Christopher Woods and OI Museum Chief Curator and Deputy Director Jean M. Evans at the Oriental Institute Museum and artist Ann Hamilton and UChicago’s Curator of Public Art Laura Steward in the Grand Reading Room of UChicago’s Joe and Rika Mansueto Library. 

After Hours at the DuSable Museum of African American History | Clearing a Path For Democracy
DuSable Museum of African American History
Join the DuSable Museum of African American History for an after hours viewing of their concurrent exhibitions including Clearing a Path For Democracy: Citizen Soldiers of the Fighting 8th in World War One exploring Chicago's forgotten all black regiment who fought with the eighth in France during World War I; Blood in the Water: Chicago's 1919 Race Riot chronicling the historical moment that led to the murder of a young man named Eugene Williams and the resulting eight day riot; and History@Large: Large Scale Art and Objects From DuSable's Collection.

Opening Reception | Samson Young: Silver Moon or Golden Star, Which Will You Buy Of Me?
Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago
End your evening at the Smart Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of Samson Young: Silver Moon or Golden Star, Which Will You Buy Of Me? In his first solo museum exhibition in the United States, Young premieres a trilogy of animated music videos that explore varying concepts of social progress and utopia. Loosely taking the idealism displayed at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago as a point of departure, this multimedia exhibition addresses how people adapt to societal changes that they have little control over.