SUMMER PROGRAM

The program will run nightly at 9:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
We invite you to enjoy our current programming from the comfort of your home in lieu of joining us in person on the Chicago Riverwalk. 

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Footnotes, Wills Glasspiegel and Brandon K. Calhoun
July 5–September 16, 2021

Footnotes is an animated projection focusing on Chicago footwork, produced by artists and filmmakers Wills Glasspiegel and Brandon K. Calhoun, featuring original music by DJ Spinn, the Chicago Bucket Boys, Angel Bat David, Elisha Chandler and Amal Hubert from Hypnotic Brass Band.

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the light of the dark, Eighth Blackbird and Xuan
July 5–September 16, 2021

Created by the Chicago-based, Grammy-Award winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird and new media artist and filmmaker Xuan, the light of the dark features music by renowned composer and Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon, written for and recorded by the ensemble, as the inspiration. for projections by Xuan.

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Woven, Spectralina
July 5–September 16, 2021

Visual artist Selina Trepp and musician Dan Bitney collaborate as Spectralina, interlacing music inspired by Chicago’s rich musical history with hand-drawn animations of images of woven patterns founding the culturally diverse neighborhoods of Chicago.

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Frida Kahlo: Timeless, Cleve Carney Museum of Art
July 5 – September 16

On July 5, the eve of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s birthday, a new piece celebrating her work, designed by George Berlin, was unveiled. On the occasion of the Frida Kahlo: Timeless exhibition at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage (June 5 – September 6, 2021), the piece features and transforms several of Kahlo’s most recognizable works including Self Portrait with Small Monkey (1945) and Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress (1926). Accompanied by an orchestral score from Mexican composer Arturo Márquez, recorded by New Philharmonic and conducted by Kirk Muspratt, the projection commemorates Kahlo’s artistic legacy, which is further explored in Frida Kahlo: Timeless, the most comprehensive presentation of Kahlo’s work displayed in the Chicago area in over 40 years.

Projections are provided with support from the DuPage Foundation.

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The Obama Portraits, Art Institute of Chicago
June 17 – September 16, 2021

In conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago’s presentation of The Obama Portraits, we are presenting a dynamically animated projection of the portraits of President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively. Former Chicago residents, the Obamas have a unique connection to the city. Wiley painted President Obama against greenery, with chrysanthemums; the flowers have symbolic meaning as the official flower of Chicago. Amy Sherald captured the former First Lady against light-blue background, sitting and gazing directly at the viewer. Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald are the first African American artists commissioned to paint portraits for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s collection of a former President and First Lady. A musical score will accompany the piece. The original paintings that inspire our projections can be viewed at the Art Institute of Chicago June 18 – August 15.

Art Direction provided by Margo Hawk in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago.

Fall 2021

Beginning September 17, 2021
Nightly at 7:30 & 8:00 p.m.

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Untitled, Barbara Kruger
September 17 – November 25

One of the most significant and visible artists of our time, Barbara Kruger is renowned as a curious consumer and an incisive critic of popular culture. Practicing since the late 1970s, Kruger uses direct address as a rhetorical strategy to expose and undermine the power of dynamics of identity, desire, and consumerism. Her instantly recognizable works utilize bold text and provocative messages; they feature rigorous interrogations of social relations and invite us to reconsider how we relate to one another.

We are honored to feature the work of such a legendary contemporary artists on our platform,” said Cynthia Noble, Executive Director of Art o theMART. “With this installation, our site extends Kruger’s major retrospective beyond the museum walls and into the urban architectural environment, where the art is free and accessible to all.”

This new work debuts alongside the Art Institute of Chicago’s presentation of Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You., an in-depth look at four decades of Kruger’s practice.