Show Overview

Art Chicago 2010, the international fair of contemporary and modern art, will bring together the world's leading emerging and established galleries. Art Chicago offers curators, collectors, artists, and art enthusiasts a comprehensive survey of current and historic work - from cutting-edge to modern masters in a wide variety of media including: painting, photography, drawings, prints, sculpture, video and special installations.

Art Chicago 2010 will be the centerpiece of Artropolis - a world-class, citywide celebration of arts, antiques and culture.

Where: The Merchandise Mart, 12th Floor and Main Lobby

When: April 30 - May 3, 2010, Fri. & Sat: 11am - 7pm; Sun: 11am - 6pm & Mon:11am - 4pm

Preview: Art Chicago Opening Night - Thursday, April 29, 2009

Noon - 3 pm: First Focus, benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art

3 - 6 pm: Art Chicago Professional Preview

6 - 9 pm: Art Chicago, partially benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art

Who: 150 leading galleries and dealers from around the world.

Tickets: Tickets are $20 for a one day pass or $25 for a multi-day pass. Seniors, Students or Groups are $15 for a multi-day pass. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets also provide admission to NEXT and The Merchandise Mart Antiques Fair.

Programming Highlights:

First Focus, a private Preview done in conjunction with and benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art, followed by our Professional and Opening Previews on April 29. This year, our cutting-edge speaker programs, Art Chicago Speaks and Converge Chicago: Contemporary Curators Forum, feature an international roster of artists, writers, curators and critics discussing current trends and provocative issues confronting the contemporary art market. Detailed programs can be found at

Perspective Texas, our special programming focus on the Lone Star State, will host top Texas collectors and curators from The Dallas Art Museum, Rachofsky House, Arthouse, Artspace, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Blanton Museum and more.

In addition, the fair features onsite exhibitions including New Insight, an annual exhibition of rising MFA students from the country's most influential art programs, curated by Susanne Ghez of The Renaissance Society; Partisan, a display of works that critically explore social and political ideas; and Survey America, a floor-wide exhibit that highlights extraordinary works by artists living and working in the United States.

Collectors programs include a Docent Program, which debuted successfully in 2009 to museum, corporate and school groups, led by art professionals and consultants to help patrons and collectors navigate the fair and provide assistance with questions about works of art.


Galleries interested in learning more should contact Tony Karman, Vice

President | Director - Art Chicago at 312.527.6354,

Marketing & Promotion:

An extensive, multimedia marketing campaign will include advertising and editorial coverage in dozens of leading art and consumer publications; 10+ eblasts reaching a list of 200,000 art enthusiasts; direct mail to thousands of collectors; V.I.P. invitations; press releases and publicity opportunities to generate interest, participation and attendance; co-promotions with multiple arts and cultural partners to reach patrons, donors and members.

Marketing Contact:

Prospective sponsorship and promotional and community partners can receive more information about marketing plans by contacting Emilia Pappas, Manager, VIP & Exhibitor Relations at 312.527.0323,

Media Contact:

Rachel Furnari, 312.527.7792 or


Art Chicago and NEXT gratefully acknowledge their 2010 sponsors and partners:

Acura, The Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago, Newcity, Classic Color, Hotel Palomar and

the Chicago Conservation Center. New this year, Acura will premiere the ZDX, the 4-door coupe

concept from Acura's Design Studio.

Travel Partners: Hotel Palomar, Dana Hotel and Spa, James Hotel, Seneca Hotel and Province


Art Chicago is part of the MMPI family of art fairs that includes The Armory Show, Art

Toronto, NEXT, VOLTA, and VOLTA NY.



Art Chicago Speaks

Converge Chicago: Contemporary Curators Forum and Art Chicago | NEXT Speaks panel discussions and seminars will take place at Art Chicago, April 30 - May 2, 2010.  

2010 Converge Advisory Committee:  Franklin Sirmans, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; James Rondeau, Art Institute of Chicago; Julie Rodrigues-Widholm, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Hamza Walker, Renaissance Society; and Anthony Huberman, Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis.  

Friday, April 30

11A - 12:30P
Converge Curators Forum
Contemporary Perspectives on Outsider Art

Art Chicago Art Spot, 12th Floor 
This panel brings together leaders in the field of outsider and self-taught art practices to present a variety of contemporary perspectives on collecting, presenting and researching outsider art.  
Bernard Herman will speak on Blublu and its relationship to contemporary anarchist street art; Cartin Collection Curator Steven Holmes will address collecting outsider art in the context of a private contemporary collection; Colin Rhodes will discuss current scholarship in the field; Leslie Umberger, Senior Curator Kohler Arts Center, will speak on the mounting of exhibitions in a contemporary center; and Brooke Davis Anderson, Director and Curator, Contemporary Center at the Folk Art Museum, will moderate.

11A -12:30P
Converge Curators Forum
Big Culture: Contemporary Art in Texas
NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor 
This panel brings together a group of leading curators and museum directors to discuss Texas’ vibrant cultural landscape, anchored by innovative non profits, world class museums and unique cultural destinations.  Presenters include Risa Puleo, Assistant Curator of Contemporary and American Art, The Blanton Museum, Sue Graze, Executive Director, Arthouse Texas, Matthew Drutt, Executive Director, Artpace and Charlie Wyle, Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art Dallas Museum of Art.  Moderated by Eleanor Williams.  Presented as part of Perspective Texas. 

New Insight Public Program
After the MFA
NEXT Talk Shop, 7th floor  
Rising artists will discuss MFA and how it has shaped their practice, career and outlook on the art world in a town hall style discussion with students exhibiting in the New Insight exhibition.
Moderator: Pamela Fraser
Panelists: Scott Reeder, Curtis Mann and Luke Batten

Converge Curators Forum
The Old with the New: Presenting New Works by Living Artists in the Museum
Art Chicago Art Spot, 12th Floor
This panel discussion will bring together curators at collecting institutions, particularly ones that do not specialize in contemporary art, to talk about living artist projects and how they are integrated into the mission of the museum.  Moderated by Lisa Dent, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Columbus Museum of Art, panelists include: Rita Gonzalez, Assistant Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Jill Dawsey, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Utah Museum of Fine Arts; Kelly C. Baum, Locks Curatorial Fellow, Princeton University Art Museum; and Lisa Dorin, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago.

Converge Curators Forum
The Alternative State: Non Profits in a New World
Next Talk Shop, 7th Floor
Panelists will discuss the roles of their organizations as creative forces, touching on exhibitions, programs and initiatives that have taken shape because of or in spite of the economic climate.  Panelists include Stacy Switzer, Artistic Director, Grand Arts; Gregory Burke, Director, The Power Plant; and Kate Lorenz, Executive Director, The Hyde Park Art Center; Amani Olu, director and founder of the Humble Arts Foundation, and Elysia Borowy-Reeder, School of the Art Institute of Chicago/Club Nutz.  Paul Laster, Editor of Artkrush, will moderate.

Art Chicago | NEXT Speaks
Collecting NOW
Art Chicago Art Spot, 12th Floor
Prominent art collectors give insight into the evolution of their collecting practice.  Have their interests been shaped a dynamic cultural and political landscape, or the tumultuous economic climate? Panelists include James Cahn of Chicago, Sharon and John Hoffman of Kansas City, and New-York based collector Selig D. Sacks.

Art Chicago | NEXT Speaks
The Renewed Importance of Art in Public Spaces | Discussion and Reception
Presented by ArtTable 
Art Chicago Art Spot, 12th Floor
Join a panel discussion on the growing importance of art and architecture in public spaces in the new economy.  As changes in the economy redirect the way people spend recreational time, public art and architecture have a profound ability to engage.  A reception with the speakers will follow this discussion. 

Art Chicago | NEXT Speaks
Beauty in Contemporary Art

NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor
Join artists Judith Schaechter, Rob Davis and Mike Langlois, dealer Valerie Dillon, and curator Kelly C. Baum to discuss the potential for beauty in contemporary art.  

Converge Chicago: Contemporary Curators Forum
Women in Art Photography:  Are Gender-Specific Exhibitions Necessary? 
Presented by Humble Arts Foundation 
NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor
Moderated by Mary Goodwin, Associate Director, Light Works, panelists include Lisa Hostetler, Curator of Photography, Milwaukee Art Museum; Natasha Egan, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography; Jon Feinstein, founder, Humble Arts Foundation; James Cope, Associate Curator,Goss Michael Foundation; and Javier Carmona and Helen Maurene Cooper, Chicago-based photographers. 


Saturday, May 1 

Converge Curators Forum
Curating and the Expansion
Art Chicago Art Spot, 12th Floor
Curators discuss the challenges and rewards of mounting exhibitions in dynamic, architecturally-driven museum expansions.  Using their own institution as a frame of reference, this conversation will address curatorial issues from a practical point of view, while also touching on the symbolic impact of contemporary architecture on the display of art and the museum experience.  Panelists includeChristoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director, Denver Art Museum, Jan Schall, Sanders Sosland Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nelson Atkins Museum; Brady Roberts, Chief Curator, Milwaukee Art Museum; and Jacob Proctor, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, University of Michigan Museum of Art and Linda O. Stanford, Project Manager, Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University. 

Converge Curators Forum
Studio Visit Series: Michelle Grabner and Anthony Huberman
NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor
The first of two back-to-back conversations gives an exclusive opportunity to hear a curator interview an artist in an intimate, one-on-one format.  Anthony Huberman, Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, will talk to artist Michelle Grabner about The Great Poor Farm Experiment, a site-specific exhibition project located in rural Wisconsin.

Converge Curators Forum
Studio Visit Series: Theaster Gates and Franklin Sirmans
NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor
Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, who was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, will discuss his practice with Franklin Sirmans, Curator of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Art Chicago | NEXT Speaks
Perspective Texas Collectors Panel
Art Chicago Art Spot, 12th Floor
Top art collectors from Texas will discuss their collections, while offering an inside look at contemporary art in the Lone Star State.  Panelists include Melissa Meeks of the Dallas Cowboys Art Program, as well as collectors Lester Marks and Reggie Smith Paul Laster, Editor of Artkrush, will moderate the discussion. 

Art Chicago | NEXT Speaks
Condition and Value: How to Conserve and Protect Your Furniture, Art, and Objects

Presented with Chicago Conservation Center
NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor
This lecture will provide insight into how conservation treatments can reverse, prevent or minimize/repair incident and age-related damages which can negatively affect an object’s market value. The lecture will also discuss the important difference between conservation and restoration, when to pursue conservation, and proactive measures one can take to preserve and protect objects for years to come. 

Converge Curators Forum
Beyond the White Cube: A Short History of Exhibition Making
Presented with The Renaissance Society
NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor  
While the exhibition space has been expanded, re-imagined and resisted since the beginning of exhibition making, artists have not ceased to shatter convention and provide new models.  Curators will discuss ways beyond the white cube, drawing on their own history of exhibition making in some of the country’s most notable spaces.  Moderated by Bill Arning, Director, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, panelists include: Susanne Ghez, Director, and Hamza Walker, Associate Curator, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; Paul Ha, Director, Contemporary Art Museum, Saint Louis; and Irene Hofmann, Director, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore. 

Contemporary Art Photography: Points of View from an Artist, Collector and Curator
Art Chicago Art Spot, 12th Floor
Panelists: Larry Fields, collector; Sandra Phillips, Senior Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Art; Dawoud Bey, artist; Lisa Holden, artist; and Martin Weinstein, Weinstein Gallery.
Moderator: Alex Novak, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works  

Converge Curators Forum
Beyond the White Cube II: International Networks

Presented with ICI (Independent Curators International)
NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor

How can the expansion of curatorial networks and collaborative practice between institutions internationally start to build the potential for new forms of exhibitions and exchange? How are practitioners re-thinking and re-defining their roles? Moderated by Kate Fowle, Executive Director of ICI (Independent Curators International), panelists include João Ribas, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston; Abigail Satinsky, Co-director, InCUBATE, Chicago; and Bisi Silva, Founder and Director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria.



Sunday, May 2

Converge Curators Forum
Studio Visit Series: Gilbert Vicario and Jason Lazarus

NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor
Gilbert Vicario, Curator of Contemporary Art, Des Moines Art Center will talk with Chicago-based photographer Jason Lazarus about his practice.

Art Chicago | NEXT Speaks
Prints: What to Know Now
Presented with the International Fine Print Dealers Association
Art Chicago Art Spot, 12th Floor
Bruce W. Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections at the Racine Art Museum poses questions to panelists about the fundamentals of starting or expanding a collection in 20th century modern and contemporary prints. Featuring Mark Pascale, Curator, Department of Prints & Drawings, the Art Institute of Chicago, collector Jane Ratcliffe, and art dealer Eva Maria Worthington. Sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association.

Converge Curators Forum
Studio Visit Series: Stephanie Smith and Laura Letinsky
NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor
Stephanie Smith, Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of Contemporary Art, Smart Museum of Art, will talk to Chicago-based photographer Laura Letinsky about her practice.

Art Chicago | NEXT Speaks
Social Media Strategies in Chicago's Art Community
Presented by Chicago Gallery News News
Art Chicago Art Spot, 12th Floor
How are arts organizations and publications using blogs, Twitter and Facebook to connect with their communities? How is social media changing art criticism, marketing and writing?  Co-moderated by art critic Alicia Eler and Chicago Gallery News' Ginny Berg, this panel features Duncan MacKenzie, Bad at Sports; Kathryn Born, Chicago Art Magazine; Karla Loring, Museum of Contemporary Art;Crystal Pernell, Hyde Park Art Center; Judd Morrissey, School of the Art Institute; and Carrie Heinonen, Art Institute of Chicago.  

Art Chicago | NEXT Speaks
The Fabric of Sculpture: Texture, Textile, Text
Presented with the International Sculpture Center
Art Chicago Art Spot, 12th Floor
Critic and art historian Kathryn Hixson will lead a discussion among four artists whose work enlivens and trespasses boundaries between fiber, sculpture,  textile, communication, installation, architecture, and monument. Boston artist Janet Echelman is known for monumental, floating works based on net-making principles, Chicago artist Mike Andrews large-scale anarchist tapestries that are a tangle of enlarged pixels and erratic gestures, and German artist Regina Frank combines dress-making with advanced technology and communication strategies.   

Aperture Presents: The Midwest Photographers Project
Location: NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor
Moderated by Karen Irvine, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography, panelists include artistsCurtis Mann, Brian Ulrich and Lesley A. Martin.  
Presented by The Aperture Foundation


Monday, May 3

Converge Curators Forum Special Student Program
After School Special: Student-Run Art Spaces On-and Off-Campus
Presented with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor
Moderated by Hyde Park Arts Center Exhibitions Manager Allison Peters Quinn, this panel discussion explores the innovative curatorial and entrepreneurial initiatives that have arisen from student-run art spaces, while dissecting both the positive and negative aspects of the term "student-run" within Chicago's Do-It-Yourself spirit of business in the arts. Participants include School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumnus Iain Muirhead, co-founder of SAIC's Student Union Galleries (SUGs) and the exhibition logistics firm NFA Space; current SUGs administrative director Katherine Pill, co-director of Concertina Gallery; and other students with burgeoning galleries. Peters Quinn co-curated Artists Run Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center's comprehensive 2009 exhibition of Chicago's history of apartment galleries.