Citywide Expo Art Week announced

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Several of the city's major cultural institutions announced plans Tuesday to join together this fall for a "citywide celebration of arts and culture."

Dubbed “Expo Art Week,” the event is set to encompass museum and gallery exhibitions, music, dance and theater performances, public art projects and dining experiences at city restaurants Sept. 16 through Sept. 22.

The centerpiece of the art week is Expo Chicago, otherwise known as the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, to be held Sept. 19-22. Expo Chicago was first unveiled in 2012 as an exhibition where artists and dealers displayed and sold art at Navy Pier.

During Expo Art Week, special exhibits and performances are planned at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Goodman Theatre and Lyric Opera, among others.

Restaurants such as Longman & Eagle, Sepia, Embeya, Spiaggia and others are planning to reserve seating and offer special menus during Expo Art Week as well.

At the Chicago Cultural Center this morning, Deputy Mayor Steve Koch said it’s “incredibly important” for Chicago’s development that art institutions from around the city are integrated into Expo Art Week.

“We want to make (Expo Art Week) an event that furthers our position internationally as one of the great cultural hubs of the world,” Koch said.

Organizers hope it will garner attention from city and suburban dwellers, but also solidify the Midwest as an international cultural destination, said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Expo Chicago partnered with Choose Chicago and Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to turn the weekend exhibit at Navy Pier into an all-encompassing art week, said Tony Karman, president and director of Expo Chicago.

“No other city could marshal this kind of support,” Karman said.

bdoyle@tribune.com

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