EXPO CHICAGO 2015 Kick-Off With Alexandre da Cunha

Last Wednesday July 15, 2015 the upcoming EXPO Chicago 2015 celebrated it’s kick off at The Arts Club of Chicago, the private club in Streeterville, at an invite only Dialogues Panel with artist Alexandre da Cunha and MCA curator Michael Darling ,followed by a reception, ahead of da Cunha’s upcoming Plaza Project exhibition opening (July 18) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA).

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Ron Mallicoat, Michael darling, Alexandre de Cunha, Tony Karman

 

de Cunha speaking in front of an audience that included EXPO President/Director Tony Karman and wife Sondra Karman, Northern Trust Wealth Management’s Ron Mallicoat, Consulate General of France in Chicago Deputy Consul-Head of Chancellery Quitterie de Bernardi, art collectors Bob and Nancy Mollers, Mirianne Strokirik and many others, discussed his works.  He is known for repurposing found objects to create visually striking sculptural work but noted that his creative process is a 2 way dialogue. During the conversation with Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at MCA, many were fascinated by the images of some of his work and its use of things such as an everyday utility mops and concrete sewer pipes (which can be seen in front of the MCA now). When asked about what how he infuses his culture (he’s Brazilian) into his work,  he stated “he wants people to look at his work and think about what it means in real life as in labor not in a social or political manner.”

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Caroline Kim, Desmond Pope, Enid Johnson

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Following, guests mingled during the reception
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Jose Cerdad III, Macol Cerda, Jennifer Arrington Breen, Ron Weiss, Patty Weiss-expo_july_15
Jose Cerdad III, Macol Cerda, Jennifer Arrington Breen, Ron Weiss, Patty Weiss
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Chai Lee, Stephanie Loria
Megan Bramson, Denalda Gay, Ron Mallicoat-expo_july_15
Megan Bramson, Denalda Gay, Ron Mallicoat
Gary Belkin, Alexandre de Cunha, Edward Tuder-expo_july_15
Gary Belkin, Alexandre de Cunha, Edward Tuder
Sondra Karman, Tony Karman, Yashian Shauble, Nicole Berry, Sarp Yavuz-
Sondra Karman, Tony Karman, Yashian Shauble, Nicole Berry, Sarp Yavuz
Camille Assaf, Fabrice Rosie, Tony Karman, Vincent Floreani, Quitterie de bernardi
Camille Assaf, Fabrice Rosie, Tony Karman, Vincent Floreani, Quitterie de Bernardi
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Marianne Strokirk, Lisa Adelstein, Virgini Puertolas-syn, Goran Strokirk
Nancy Mollers, Robert Mollers, Nataliee Warchter-expo_july_15
Nancy Mollers, Robert Mollers, Natalie Warchter

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EXPO Chicago, with Presenting sponsor Northern Trust, is set to take place this yea September 17-20 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. The VIP Vernissage first look, benefitting Museum of Contemporary Art, will take place September 17.

photo credit: Noah Davies/SociaLifeChicago
 

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