Friday, November 22, 2019

EXPO CHICAGO >> Announcing 2020 Program Curators (Chicago, IL.)

Announcing 2020 Program Curators Marcella Beccaria and Humberto Moro

EXPO CHICAGO is pleased to announce Program Curators for the 2020 edition, returning to Navy Pier September 24–27, 2020. Marcella Beccaria, Chief Curator of Collections at the Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea (Rivoli-Torino), will curate the ninth edition's IN/SITU Program. Installed within the expansive, vaulted architecture of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, IN/SITU features large-scale sculpture, video, film and site-specific works. Humberto Moro, incoming Deputy Director and Senior Curator at the Museo Tamayo (Mexico City), has also been selected to curate the exposition's EXPOSURE section, which highlights solo and two-artist presentations from galleries ten years and younger.

Both appointments follow the curators' inclusion in the exposition's Curatorial Initiatives, dedicated programs which aim to foster critical dialogue and international collaboration across Chicago and the globe.

"Our 2020 Program Curators’ deep involvement will undoubtedly manifest an engaged program for our exhibitors and audience at the ninth edition of EXPO CHICAGO in September," shares EXPO CHICAGO Artistic Director Stephanie Cristello.
Humberto Moro, incoming Deputy Director and Senior Curator at the Museo Tamayo (Mexico City). Image by Aman Shakya.
Marcella Beccaria, Chief Curator of Collections at the Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea (Rivoli-Torino). Image courtesy of the artist.
About Marcella Beccaria 

Art historian, curator and author of several publications, Marcella Beccaria is Chief Curator and Curator of Collections at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea located in Rivoli-Torino, Italy. She has conceived and organized a number of solo and group exhibitions, collections’ displays, special programs and collateral events. Beccaria has previously held positions at The ICA-The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and in addition to her curation, she is a member of the Directing Committee of AMACI (Association of Italian Museums of Contemporary Art) and Visiting Professor at NABA-Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan. Beccaria has authored several scholarly catalogues, including the first monographs on the work of Roberto Cuoghi, Yang Fudong and Francesco Vezzoli. Recent catalogs (edited and co-edited) include Anri Sala (to be released in 2019), Nalini Malani (2018), Gilberto Zorio (2017), Wael Shawky (2016), Giovanni Anselmo (2016), Marinella Senatore (2014), Jan Dibbets (2014) and a monograph on Olafur Eliasson (published by Tate, London, 2013). Beccaria has published with major international institutions including Kode, Bergen; Centre Pompidou, Metz; Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg; La Biennale di Venezia, Venice; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museu Serralves, Porto; Biennale of Istanbul.

About Humberto Moro

Humberto Moro (b. Guadalajara, Mexico, 1982) is the incoming Deputy Director and Senior Curator at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. He is also an Adjunct Curator at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, where he has organized solo exhibitions by Glen Fogel, Mario Navarro, Oliver Laric, Liliana Porter, Cynthia GutiĆ©rrez, Pia Camil, Mariana Castillo Deball, Tom Burr, Yang Fudong, FOS, AES+F, Mark Wallinger, Isaac Julien and Anna Maria Maiolino, among others. Moro was curator of New Proposals and SAMPLE, sections at ZONA Maco in Mexico City from 2016-2018. Moro has previously held positions at the Park Avenue Armory in New York and Museo Jumex in Mexico City. He was the recipient of the 2016 Estancia Tabacalera Research Award for Latin-American curators, Madrid, Spain, and was part of the 7th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course, in Gwangju, South Korea. 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

City of Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - Fri., Nov. 22 at 6pm in Millennium Park




                    FREE Admission
                    Wrigley Square–Michigan Ave. and Washington St.

                    6 p.m. Program (lighting followed by fireworks at 6:30 p.m.)

The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will feature performances and special appearances by:
  • Brittney Payton and Jarrett Payton, (Emcees)
  • Cielito Lindo, a modern Latinx Mariachi made up of the 9-member Lucero family
  • Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish, rag doll Eleanor and the elves will show off their wrapping and “rapping”
  • Jonathan Butler, Grammy® Award-winning artist from Cape Town, South Africa, who recently released his second Christmas album, Christmas Together
  • Skylar Stecker, singer and the the youngest artist to ever top the Billboard Dance Charts with three #1 singles
  • The Nelson Family and their 55-foot Blues Spruce
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus and many more

  • The City of Chicago’s 106th Christmas Tree is a 55-foot Blue Spruce from Elgin, Illinois, donated by Gene Nelson and his family. The 54,825 lights adorning the Tree have been donated by IBEW Local 134 and Palos Electric. The decor at its base is provided by the Millennium Park Foundation.

MEDIA PARKING INSTRUCTIONS: Parking for LIVE Trucks only will be available for stations going live on the sidewalk on Randolph St. starting at the Boeing Gallery to the Chase Promenade tent and just northeast of Wrigley Square – one truck per station, no reporter vehiclesThere will be security to assist and trucks can begin parking at 2 p.m. Parking for secondary LIVE Trucks not going live can park on upper Randolph St., just east of the Harris Theater. 

There will be two locations to capture the Christmas Tree Lighting, program and fireworks. The first is located on the east side of the stage in Wrigley Square and the second is the balcony over looking the Christmas Tree.

For complete details on the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and all Millennium Park Campus holiday events produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events download the Millennium Park app, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, @Millennium_Park.

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Writers’ Workshop Annual Memoirs Contest!

The Writers’ Workshop Annual Memoirs Contest   

Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by December 31, 2019


1ST Place:  Your choice of a 2 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or 3 free workshops (in person or online); or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff
2nd Place: Two free workshops; or 35 pages line-edited
3rd Place:  One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited
10 Honorable Mentions


Submit a memoir of 5,000 words or less. 
Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address and email address, and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
The entry fee is $25 per memoir. Multiple entries are accepted.   Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to: Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
Emailed submissions may be sent in Word doc attachment to, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject. The entry fee is payable online at                    

Chicago Ideas >> Careers to Watch: Meet the Leaders Transforming Chicago

Entrepreneurs in Chicago are a big deal.

It's no wonder why almost half of the people employed in Chicago work in a startup or small business, and 42 percent of those businesses have fewer than five employees. Further, Chicago has the highest concentration of women-run startups in the country. It could be said that entrepreneurship constitutes the backbone of Chicago’s economic—and, therefore, social—vitality.

But how is it changing? Who gets a seat at the table? And how can new entrepreneurs learn the skills they need to have the impact that they dream about? Read on for a better understanding.

They are social activists. Vice presidents. The first women or people of color to hold their position. Doctors, coaches, politicians, policymakers, award-winning chefs, entrepreneurs, and even a 2017 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellow. The thing they have in common? None has celebrated their 40th birthday, and all are making an impact in Chicago and beyond. Meet Crain’s 40 Under 40 class of 2019.

Tomorrow, we’re convening some of the leaders who have used their entrepreneurial know-how to create innovative solutions to Chicago’s pervasive poverty challenges . Together we’ll explore how to integrate what they’ve learned into our day-to-day lives, so we can tackle this challenge with meaningful action.

Limited tickets are available for this powerful event in partnership with A Better Chicago. Get yours today.

Leaders aren’t born—they’re made. Relive the powerful lessons from leaders at the top of their game as they look back at the pivotal moments in their careers that made them who they are today. 

Craving more behind-the-scenes stories and tips on how to succeed as an entrepreneur in business? Check out our playlist to get the inside track on how to succeed in your career, no matter what you do. 


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