On September 29, theMART and the City of Chicago will welcome the public to experience Art on theMART for the first time. Beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m., Wacker Dr. between N. Wells St. and N. Orleans St. will be closed off to traffic to enable public viewing of the projections. While viewing the inaugural program, the public will enjoy a live DJ and a Lantern Procession presented by Light Up My Arts (LUMA8). The program will begin just after dusk (around 7:15 p.m.), running for approximately 35 minutes and culminating in a one-minute pyrotechnic display.
Inaugural Artists for this project include Diana Thater, Zheng Chongbin, Jason Salavon, and Jan Tichy
Following the launch event, the projections will be displayed up to two hours a night, five days a week (Wednesday – Sunday), for ten months of the year (March – December). Projections will be visible to the public from Wacker Dr. and along the Chicago Riverwalk. The City of Chicago and theMART will work in partnership to manage and curate the projected artwork over the course of a 30-year agreement. Privately funded by Vornado Realty Trust, owner of theMart, Art on theMART marks the first time a projection of its size and scope will be completely dedicated to digital art with no branding, sponsorship credits or messaging.
The Terra Foundation for American Art is an inaugural launch partner of Art on theMART, commissioning Chicago-based artists to create two of the project’s first digital artworks to be presented as part of Art Design Chicago, a yearlong celebration of Chicago’s art and design legacy in 2018.