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Rule No. 5

Embrace the Expo

Expo Chicago, the five-day global art extravaganza on Navy Pier, starts September 13. There is too much to take in. Here’s a day’s itinerary that hits the most anticipated high points and will give you a sense of the trends driving the market.

10:30 a.m.

Start at the Exposure section, which showcases fresh talent. “It’s where you see the greatest young artists,” says collector Jason Pickleman.

A photo from 'Perpetual Instability'
Photo: Courtesy of Lucas Simões and Patron Gallery

11:30 a.m.

Stop by Perpetual Instability, an installation of concrete over flexible foam flooring that cracks as you walk on it, from São Paulo artist Lucas Simões, presented by Patron Gallery Mexico City’s Marso Gallery.

11:45 a.m.

Lose yourself in the video art room watching Stanya Kahn’s unsettling and much-buzzed-about new film, Stand in the Stream.

1 p.m.

Check out the politically charged sculptures by Iraqi American artist Michael Rakowitz at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery booth.

2 p.m.

Grab a glass of vino at the bar and listen for the names of young artists everyone is gushing about.

2:30 p.m.

Head to the far north corner of the hall for a hands-on experience in artist Aram Han Sifuentes’s protest banner workshop.

Fat Albert art by Sanford Biggers
Photo: Courtesy of sanford biggers and Monique Meloche Gallery

3:00 p.m.

Wander around the nearly 30-foot inflatable sculpture of Fat Albert by L.A. artist Sanford Biggers at the Monique Meloche booth.

3:15 p.m.

Get lost in the exhibit Michigan Stories featuring Destroy All Monsters founders Jim Shaw and Mike Kelley’s reflections on coming of age.

4 p.m.

Step out for air and catch some foam from London artist Roger Hiorns’s lather-spewing installation at Polk Bros Park, at the entrance to Navy Pier.

'Donald Judd Writings'

5 p.m.

Attend a discussion featuring Flavin Judd, son of minimalist Donald Judd, who recently published a book of his father’s writings.

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