Alternate Assembly: Environmental Impact in the Era of Pandemic

Thursday, Jan 21 – 23, 2021

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL

EXPO CHICAGO presents Alternate Assembly: Environmental Impact in the Era of Pandemic, a digital proxy for rigorous in-person discourse over three days (January 21–23, 2021) in the form of an engaging hybrid online event. This amalgamation, hosted on the exposition’s newly launched microsite ( will feature a series of scheduled programs with leading curators, artists, and scholars to address how ideas in contemporary art can contribute to rethinking our environment within the era of pandemic. Institutional Partners include ART 2030, Desert X, Daata, Danish Arts in Chicago, Independent Curators International, Joyce Foundation, MOCA Los Angeles, and Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), in addition to a thematic exhibition at the Malmö Art Museum presented by exposition's Curatorial Exchange with Denmark.

Combining the exposition’s core programs—/Dialogues, the Curatorial Forum (presented in partnership with ICI), and THE SEEN—Alternate Assembly will engage EXPO CHICAGO’s local and global audience through an innovative digital platform, from live streaming panel discussions and film screenings (presented in partnership with Daata), to institutionally focused discussions, and art criticism.

Uniting a wide range of leading voices in the art world, Alternate Assembly participants include:

  • Carolina Caycedo | Artist, Instituto de Visión
  • Raqs Media Collective  | Artists; Curators, Yokoyama Triennial
  • Marjolijn Dijkman | Artist, NOME Gallery
  • Sean Raspet | Artist, Jessica Silverman Gallery
  • Mika Rottenberg | Artist, Perrotin; Hauser & Wirth
  • Oscar Tuazon | Artist, Luhring Augustine
  • Haley Mellin | Environmental Council Co-Founder, MOCA Los Angeles
  • César García-Alvarez | Curator, Desert X
  • Xaviera Simmons | Artist, David Castillo Gallery
  • Katie A. Pfohl | Curator, New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Ryan N. Dennis | Curator, Mississippi Museum of Art
  • Kirse Junge-Stevensborg | Director, Malmö Art Museum
  • Srimoyee Mitra | Curator
  • Luise Faurschou | Founder, ART 2030