EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Modern & Contemporary Art taking place in the windy city September 22– 25, announced the launch of “OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project” last month. Set to align with the fair’s fifth edition, OVERRIDE will allow EXPO CHICAGO to expand its displaying power by leading international artists beyond Navy Pier’s exhibiting floor.
This first-time, citywide art initiative will feature the work of 15 artists from major national and international galleries on Chicago’s City Digital Network, resulting in a total of 28 digital billboard displays.
The project launched August 29 and will run through September 25. It features a selection of artists, from the fair’s 2016 exhibitors, that all engage with digital artwork 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 specific context.
Seven Chicago-based artists are a part of the project, including Cheryl Pope (moniquemeloche), Stephanie Brooks (Rhona Hoffman Gallery), Sterling Lawrence (DOCUMENT), as well as Chicago-native Rashid Johnson.
Other participating artists come from New York, Los Angeles, Athens, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hong Kong, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul and more (see full list of participating artists here).
“This unique display of visual art will turn our city into an outdoor art gallery,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “EXPO CHICAGO underscores our commitment to expanding new forms of arts and cultural experiences across all of our neighborhoods; and its unique installation of digital imagery by artists from around the world will further elevate Chicago’s status as a global destination for the arts.”