NADA's Chicago Gallery Open Takes Place September 30 - October 4


By CGN Staff via PR

Hot on the heels of EXPO CHICAGO's EXHIBITION Weekend, a virtual and in-person weekend devoted to spotlighting local spaces in a non-art fair fall, the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) will host another virtually-centered event, the Chicago Gallery Open, September 30 – October 4, 2020. NADA and participating area galleries are staging virtual conversations as well as walkthroughs of their current exhibitions.

The beauty of not having competing art fairs taking place around the world and around the calendar this season is that newly imagined events are launching online, with innovative in-person programs and exhibitions following in their wake. And the list of participating spaces and artists seems more dynamic and varied than ever. 

The Chicago Gallery Open is slated to feature online presentations of available artworks from participating galleries; exhibition listings to promote in-person, by-appointment viewings; and a programming series organized in collaboration with participants to be hosted locally in Chicago and online. Designed by Artlogic and built on their Online Viewing Room (OVR) technology and e-commerce services, the Chicago Gallery Open will present artworks in a centralized dynamic online platform, creating an engaging and unique purchasing experience for collectors. Through the collaborative efforts of NADA and all of the participants, this new event will use this moment to focus on the vitality, importance, and eccentricity of the Chicago art community.

Participating galleries – including a range of spaces, from the newly-opened Haynes, to veterans such as GRAY and Rhona Hoffman – are invited to present artworks from, or relating to, their concurrent exhibition to be included in the online platform for the five-day event. For instance, DOCUMENT is presenting rarely seen works by Laura Letinsky in their online viewing room as well as their physical space on Chicago Ave. in West Town. 

Laura Letinsky, Coming to the Commons (2), 2013, Archival pigment print, 48 h x 58 w in. (paper size) Edition of 7 + 2APs. On view at DOCUMENT.


The Chicago Gallery Open follows the success of NADA's New York version, also called the Gallery Open, which is an annual event taking place during Armory Week in lieu of a traditional art fair. The second edition of the New York event took place just before the world shut down due to COVID-19 and featured over 60 art galleries, non-profits, and alternative spaces across New York City, and included a programming series of guided tours, artist talks, performances, dinners, and special events. The Chicago Gallery Open builds upon the momentum of last year’s Chicago Invitational, a contemporary art fair that took place throughout the iconic Chicago Athletic Association hotel in September 2019 and featured over 30 exhibitors from around the world.

Dominique Knowles: The Solemn and Dignified Burial Befitting My Beloved for All Seasons on view at Goldfinch thru Oct 17

Featured artists include: Jake Troyli, Danny Dunson, Liz McCarthy, Chris Reeves, Dominique Knowles, Mari Eastman, Edra Soto, Dan Sullivan, Alberto Aguilar, Marina and Cecilia Resende Santos, Olivia Jade Juarez, Remy Lucien Bordas, Faysal Altunbozar, Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas-O'Neal, James Kao, and Ann Toebbe.

The full list of participating galleries includes: 062 4th Ward Project Space 65GRAND Ackerman Clarke ADDS DONNA Apparatus Projects Aspect/Ratio Baby Blue Bianca Bova Gallery Chicago Manual Style Circle Contemporary (Arts of Life) Devening Projects Document Everybody Extase The Franklin Goldfinch Good Weather Gray Kavi Gupta Hans Gallery Haynes Rhona Hoffman Gallery Julius Caesar M. Leblanc LVL3 Monique Meloche MICKEY MPSTN New Works Patron Pickleman Prairie Produce Model Andrew Rafacz Regards Roots & Culture RUSCHMAN Carrie Secrist Gallery Slung Leg Soccer Club Club Volume Gallery Western Exhibitions Works Sited

The online presentation, featuring available artworks, exhibitions to visit in-person, by-appointment viewings, and collaborative programming, goes live Wednesday, September 30th, 10am CST / 11am EST.

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The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is the definitive non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art.