Expo Chicago Announces 2017 French Curators | Florence Derieux & Katell Jaffrès

January 18, 2017 | By Laurence Geannopulos

EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, announces the selected curators for their 2017 edition taking place on September 13–17, 2017.

Showcasing large-scale installations and site-specific works throughout Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, IN/SITU will be curated by the Centre Pompidou Foundation Curator of American Art and the Centre Pompidou Curator- at-large Florence Derieux.

In addition to the on-site program curators, Katell Jaffrès of the Palais de Tokyo will curate the first US-based iteration of “Hors Les Murs” exhibition, opening as an official satellite of EXPO CHICAGO (Sept. 12–Oct. 29, 2017). The exhibition inaugurates a global partnership with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the INSTITUT FRANÇAIS, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US in New York & Chicago and will run concurrently with the Chicago Architecture Biennial (Sept. 16–Dec. 31, 2017).

IN/SITU Curator | Florence Derieux

Curator of American Art of the Centre Pompidou Foundation and Curator-at-Large of the Centre Pompidou, based in New York, Florence Derieux, will curate a selection of works featuring artists from leading international exhibitors participating in the 2017 exposition. Derieux was previously involved with the fair in 2016, both as a guest of the Curatorial Forum as well as a participant in a featured panel discussion with Sarah Thornton, The Trans-Atlantic Museum, hosted as part of Exchange by Northern Trust: An Interactive Conversation Around the Art of Collecting.

“As the 2017 IN/SITU curator, I look forward to developing a challenging series of large-scale works specifically for the unique architecture of Navy Pier,” said Derieux. “I am excited to work intimately with artists and alongside major international dealers within the context of Chicago”


Palais de Tokyo Curator | Katell Jaffrès

As previously announced, EXPO CHICAGO will partner with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the Institut français for the first US-based iteration of the Hors les Murs program, a large-scale exhibition presented as an official satellite program during EXPO CHICAGO aligning with the opening of the 2017 Chicago Architectural Biennial. The program, curated by Palais de Tokyo’s Katell Jaffrès, is an extension of the French-American Curatorial Exchange initiated in 2013 with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. The project will develop in two parts; the first through a strategic residency partnership with Mana Contemporary Chicago, allowing international artists to produce new work in Chicago specifically for the exhibition. The second part is the large-scale exhibition, to take place at a site to-be-announced, through a partnership with the Graham Foundation nominating a local emerging architect to collaborate with Jaffrès on a singular approach to the space and exhibition design. The exhibition will feature the work of 8–12 artists, both based in France and abroad as well as local emerging artists in Chicago. The Palais de Tokyo’s Hors les Murs program has been installed in eight cities to date. 


The extended five-day, sixth edition of EXPO CHICAGO runs, Sept. 13–17, 2017 at Navy Pier's Festival Hall.

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