EXHIBITION Weekend 2020

Presented by EXPO CHICAGO, EXHIBITION Weekend was a digital initiative that convened Chicago-based contemporary art galleries and leading institutions, featuring exhibitions, curatorial projects, and artist programs.

Mirroring the structure of Chicago’s art world, EXHIBITION Weekend straddled the commercial, institutional, and alternative facets of artistic practice unique to the city. Engaging the exposition’s local and global audience, the innovative digital platform, developed in collaboration with Hook, was complemented by live streaming public and VIP programs—including intimate glimpses into leading Chicago artists’ studios, convenings for established and aspiring collectors, an edition of the Curatorial Forum in collaboration with Independent Curators International (ICI), and virtual programming with museums and institutions.

The three-day initiative presented a diverse cross-section of galleries and exhibition spaces which showcased local artists alongside Fall exhibitions. Presented alongside the online viewing room for commercial galleries, a series of Chicago-centric programs provided a fresh perspective to those familiar with the Chicago landscape, as well as a comprehensive first-look for new audiences. Visitors had the opportunity to exclusively engage with Chicago’s contemporary art community, composed of the artists, curators, patrons, and gallerists that shape it.

As a leader in rigorous programming within the landscape of international art fairs, EXHIBITION Weekend took place on the historic dates of the exposition, and preceded the Chicago Gallery Open, presented by the New Art Dealers Association (NADA), September 30–October 4, 2020 and Alternate Assembly, presented by EXPO CHICAGO, January 21-23, 2021.