Sep 29th 2018

Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon

@ Navy Pier

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago IL, 60611

Opening Saturday, September 29th, from 1PM - 6PM

On view through Saturday, September 29th

Chicago Humanities Festival, in partnership with The Terra Foundation for American Art’s Art Design Chicago initiative, EXPO CHICAGO and Navy Pier, presents Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon, led by one of the world’s most influential curators and critics Hans Ulrich Obrist.

“Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon” is the first US-based marathon by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of London’s Serpentine Galleries, and one of the world’s leading curators, critics, and art historians. In 2005, Obrist hosted his first interview marathon—a 24-hour conversational exploration of art, ideas and creativity. The marathon format has become a central part of his practice ever since.

“Creative Chicago” takes a multi-dimensional, multidisciplinary look at creativity in the city—past, present, and future. Bringing together artists, authors, activists, architects, historians, musicians, philosophers and scientists, the “Creative Chicago” marathon examines the numerous sparks that make the city a center for art, design and architecture.

Current participants include:

  • Amanda Williams, Artist
  • Art Green, Artist
  • Barbara Kasten, Artist
  • Brandon Breaux, Artist
  • Cauleen Smith, Artist
  • Dawoud Bey, Photographer
  • Eddie Bocanegra, Organizer/Activist
  • Eula Biss, Writer
  • Eve Ewing, Writer/Visual Artist
  • Fatimah Asghar, Poet
  • Gerald Williams, Artist
  • Jeanne Gang, Artist
  • Joseph Grigely, Artist/Art Historian
  • Louise Bernard, Museum Director, Obama Presidential Center Museum
  • Shani Crowe, Artist/Performer
  • Stanley Tigerman, Architect
  • Theaster Gates, Artist
  • Tim Samuelson, City Historian
  • And more to be announced.

The Chicago Humanities Festival presents this five-hour interview marathon as part of Art Design Chicago at Navy Pier in collaboration with EXPO CHICAGO 2018.

This program is free and open to the public. It is wheelchair accessible and includes sign language interpretation.


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