Expo Chicago selects curators from the Americas Society and Macba to curate special sections of the fair in 2023
After a 2022 edition that honored artists and galleries from Latin America, Expo Chicago calls on two experts in contemporary art from the Spanish-speaking world to organize its program devoted to large-scale art and in situ, and its sector for emerging galleries next year.
Claudia Segura, who is Curator of Exhibitions and Collection at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Macba), will manage the In/Situ program for the 2023 fair, which sees large-scale, site-specific and in motion installed in Espace Festival Hall at Navy Pier. And Aimé Iglesias Lukin, director and chief curator of visual arts at the Americas Society in New York, will curate the fair’s Exposure sector, which hosts presentations of one or two artists by galleries founded over the ten last years.
“I hope that my knowledge in the field of Latin American and Latinx art in particular can provide increased visibility to other diversities and communities, to learn from each other in dialogue,” Lukin said in a statement. In addition to previous roles at the Metropolitan Museum and Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires, Lukin recently completed a doctorate at Rutgers University, where his thesis focused on Latin American artists in New York in the 1960s and 1970s.
At this year’s edition of the fair, the Exposure sector, curated by Humberto Moro, deputy program director at the Dia Art Foundation, featured 40 galleries.
Segura, meanwhile, was previously director and chief curator of NC-arte in Bogotá, Colombia, and curated or co-curated exhibitions at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (Mambo), the Porto Palace of Arts, in Portugal, and the Instituto Cervantes in London, among others. “The vibrancy of Chicago has always been of great interest to conservation, and it is through this framework that I seek to bring a decolonial perspective to this position and to integrate other ways of conserving using the potential of poetics and the political tool of storytelling,” she said in a statement.
The In/Situ sector of the last edition of the fair in April 2022, organized by the chief curator of the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and curator of the collections Marcella Beccaria, presented 15 presentations, including for the first time a presentation targeted digital artwork.
Expo Chicago, the most important art fair in the American Midwest, returned to its traditional April timeslot this year after two editions disrupted by Covid-19. Its 2023 edition (April 13-16, 2023) will mark the tenth anniversary of the show.