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Here Hear Chicago – Nick Cave

September 13, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - September 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Navy Pier welcomes world-renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave (’82 Fiber) and international architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang for Here Hear Chicago, a new site-specific project that incorporates art, design and performance. The collaboration will be featured at Navy Pier this fall as part of the free public programming for the Chicago Architecture Biennial and EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Modern & Contemporary Art. The collaborative work is an extension of Navy Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a-kind arts and cultural programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe.

As part of Here Hear Chicago, the locally-based duo, Cave and Gang, are set to present a series of live productions in which Cave’s performers will intersect and respond to a field of dynamic, custom-fabricated objects designed by Gang and her practice, Studio Gang. The performance series includes Cave’s newest performance work, Up Right, and internationally acclaimed HEARD. Both feature his iconic Soundsuits, accompanied by Chicago’s most talented musicians, including jazz artist Kahil El Zabar, the Chicago Children’s Choir and others. These and other performances by local artists will be defined by Gang-designed elements.

The first performance is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13 in Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom at 8 p.m., in time for the opening of EXPO CHICAGO (September 13 – 17, 2017). On Saturday, September 16, the program will move outdoors to Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Performance Lawn and South Dock at 5 p.m. as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The full Here Hear Chicago schedule will be released later this summer. All performances are free and open to the public, with limited and first-come-first-served seating available in the Aon Grand Ballroom.

Here Hear Chicago is supported by grants from the Chicago Free For All Fund at the Chicago Community Trust, Joyce Foundation, and Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.


September 13, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
September 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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