EXPO CHICAGO and the City of Chicago Announce Second Annual Program for OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project

August 10, 2017

Citywide Public Art Initiative Features 12 Local, National and International Artists Across the City Digital Network August 28 – September 17, 2017, Including Newly Commissioned Series by David Shrigley and Works by Barbara Bloom, Luis Camnitzer, Ragnar Kjartansson, Paola Pivi and Mungo Thomson, Among Others


CHICAGO — EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Modern & Contemporary Art, in partnership with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announces the second annual OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project to align with the sixth exposition (September 13-17, 2017). Building upon the City of Chicago’s longstanding commitment to public art, OVERRIDE allows EXPO CHICAGO to expand one of its key initiatives to showcase works by leading international artists beyond the exposition floor at Navy Pier.

"In its second successful year, OVERRIDE provides an opportunity for billboards across the city to be taken over by diverse and dynamic digital artwork,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “EXPO CHICAGO’s participation in the Year of Public Art is another terrific example of innovative art enhancing the quality of life for Chicagoans and visitors, and celebrating the legacy and future of Chicago’s public art.”

In this significant citywide public art initiative, OVERRIDE will feature the work of 12 artists represented by major local, national and international galleries, exhibiting at EXPO CHICAGO, throughout Chicago’s City Digital Network (CDN) of citywide billboards. Spanning works from 1966 to the present, the 2017 program, curated by exposition directors, will launch on August 28 and run through September 17, providing artists from around the world an innovative opportunity to push the boundaries of how visual culture is disseminated in our increasingly image-based environment. Each of the selected artists engage with the digital network in a dynamic way—from existing projects that seamlessly extend toward a conceptual continuation of their current practice, to new works created specifically for this expansive context. OVERRIDE features national and international galleries from Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong, Paris, Seoul and Tokyo.

As part of a newly commissioned site-specific series, Glasgow-based artist David Shrigley’s (Anton Kern Gallery) NEWS bulletins will be displayed exclusively on the billboard located at 515 W. Congress Pkwy. Running continuously on this single screen, the piece boldly declares headlines of either absurd fake news or mundane everyday occurrences.

“The 2017 OVERRIDE program provides a unique opportunity for the selected artists work to intercept our everyday landscape, at various points in time and place—from the palm trees of Los Angeles against Chicago’s iconic skyline, to an image of live horses on the Eiffel Tower,” said Director of Programming at EXPO CHICAGO Stephanie Cristello. “Amid the familiar stream of billboard advertising, the strength of the 2017 edition is emphasized through the context of this expansive public exhibition, straddling ideas of past and present, fiction and non-fiction, here and elsewhere.”

OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project Participating Artists:

  • Barbara Bloom | David Lewis (New York)
  • Matthew Brandt | Praz-Delavallade (Paris, Los Angeles)
  • Luis Camnitzer | Alexander Gray Associates (New York)
  • Genevieve Gaignard | Shulamit Nazarian (Los Angeles)
  • Jim Hodges | Chicago Park District
  • Ragnar Kjartansson | Luhring Augustine (New York)
  • Deana Lawson | Rhona Hoffman Gallery (Chicago)
  • Paola Pivi | Perrotin (New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo)
  • David Shrigley | Anton Kern Gallery (New York)
  • Cauleen Smith | Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago)
  • Claire Tabouret | Night Gallery (Los Angeles)
  • Mungo Thomson | galerie frank elbaz (Paris, Dallas)


About the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase. For information about the Year of Public Art including the Public Art Festival (October 2017), visit cityofchicago.org/yopa—and follow #2017isYOPA on social media.



EXPO CHICAGO/2017, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, is presented by Art Expositions, LLC at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, hosting more than 135 leading International exhibitors presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. Now in its sixth year as a leading international art fair, EXPO CHICAGO (September 13–17, 2017) offers diverse programming including /Dialogues, IN/SITU, IN/SITU Outside, EXPO VIDEO, the Curatorial Forum, the Art Critics Forum, Special Exhibitions, EXPO Sound and OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project. In addition, EXPO CHICAGO continues to publish THE SEEN, Chicago's International Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art. Under the leadership of President and Director Tony Karman, EXPO CHICAGO draws upon the city’s rich history as a vibrant international cultural destination, while highlighting the region’s contemporary arts community and inspiring its collector base. In 2017, EXPO CHICAGO and the Chicago Architecture Biennial (September 16–January 7, 2018) will align, establishing the city as a preeminent destination for global contemporary art and architecture, intersecting across a wide variety of programs including panels, international residencies, exhibitions and citywide events. In addition, EXPO CHICAGO partners with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris for its first U.S. off-site exhibition with the Institut français to kick off EXPO ART WEEK (public opening Tuesday, September 12) at The Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum of African American History.

Vernissage, the opening night preview benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, takes place Wednesday, Sept 13, 6–9pm General Admission to the exposition is Thursday, Sept. 14–Sunday, Sept. 17 (for hours please visit expochicago.com). Tickets to the exposition will go on sale in June 2017. Northern Trust is the Presenting Sponsor of EXPO CHICAGO. For more information about EXPO CHICAGO and EXPO ART WEEK (Monday, Sept. 11–Sunday, Sept. 17), visit expochicago.com.


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