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A Retrospective view of the Pathway

June 21st - October 1st

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Join us in Polk Bros Park for this public art installation’s daily “eruptions,” now through October 1!.

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Navy Pier welcomes a new public art installation, “A retrospective view of the pathway” by Roger Hiorns – courtesy of Luhring Augustine, New York – in Polk Bros Park. The interactive piece is comprised of large-scale stainless steel tanks, a compressor, and foam, presenting the idea of continuous change in a joyous and ebullient manner. Mondays-Fridays at noon and Saturdays and Sundays at noon and 4 p.m., the sculpture will produce giant foam clusters, which will be shaped by the wind and spread across the landscape. In this way, the artist engages with the surroundings and blurs the lines between where the city begins and the art ends. The installation will be on view through EXPO CHICAGO (September 13 – 17, 2017) with its conclusion on October 1.

A similar version of A retrospective view of the pathway is in the permanent collection of The Contemporary Austin, Texas for the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.

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Gallery

Here Hear Chicago: Up Right

September 13th

Here Hear Chicago: Up Right

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Aon Grand Ballroom

World-renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave and international architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang present a free art, design and performance project coming this fall to Navy Pier as part of the free public programming for the Chicago Architecture Biennial and EXPO CHICAGO.

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Navy Pier has commissioned world-‐renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave and international architect Jeanne Gang for Here Hear Chicago, a FREE series of live productions that mix 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. 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.

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Here Hear Chicago: Heard

September 16th

Here Hear Chicago: Heard

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Polk Bros Park

World-renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave and international architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang present a free art, design and performance project coming this fall to Navy Pier as part of the free public programming for the Chicago Architecture Biennial and EXPO CHICAGO.

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Navy Pier has commissioned world-‐renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave and international architect Jeanne Gang for Here Hear Chicago, a FREE series of live productions that mix 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. 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.

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Here Hear Chicago: Soundsuits

September 16th

Here Hear Chicago: Soundsuits

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Wave Wall Staircase

World-renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave and international architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang present a free art, design and performance project coming this fall to Navy Pier as part of the free public programming for the Chicago Architecture Biennial and EXPO CHICAGO.

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Navy Pier has commissioned world-‐renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave and international architect Jeanne Gang for Here Hear Chicago, a FREE series of live productions that mix 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. 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.

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Here Hear Chicago: Heard

September 16th

Here Hear Chicago: Heard

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Polk Bros Park

World-renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave and international architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang present a free art, design and performance project coming this fall to Navy Pier as part of the free public programming for the Chicago Architecture Biennial and EXPO CHICAGO.

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Navy Pier has commissioned world-‐renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave and international architect Jeanne Gang for Here Hear Chicago, a FREE series of live productions that mix 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. 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.

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Here Hear Chicago: Here Hear on Screen

September 16th

Here Hear Chicago: Here Hear on Screen

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Video montage featuring performance highlights from Nick Cave and design works of Jeanne Gang.

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Navy Pier has commissioned world-‐renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave and international architect Jeanne Gang for Here Hear Chicago, a FREE series of live productions that mix 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. 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.

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Public Art

Meet me at the “P”

Meet me at the “P”

The Polk family—siblings Sol, Morris, Goldie, Sam, David and Harry— changed the course of American retail, the face of Chicago’s neighborhoods, and the everyday lives of Chicago’s working families. From 1935 to 1992, the Polk Bros chain of appliance and furniture stores put luxury and convenience within reach, offering discounted prices on essential household goods and strengthening the economic base on which vibrant communities depend. In the process, what began as a single store in Portage Park, opened by the sons of Eastern European immigrants, became a Chicago institution: a vital fixture in 17 neighborhoods and the most successful Chicago retailer that never opened a store downtown.

Bob Newhart Statue

Bob Newhart Statue

Designed for visitor participation, lie on the couch and pour out your troubles to bronze Bob Hartley, the 1970s psychologist from The Bob Newhart Show. Created by Studio EIS in New York, the life-sized statue was commissioned by nostalgia cable channel TV Land and unveiled to the City of Chicago on July 27, 2004 by the company’s president Larry W. Jones. In November 2004, the statue was moved to Navy Pier.

Captain On The Helm

Captain On The Helm

The Captain On The Helm bronze statue is located just south of the entrance to Navy Pier. The statue was a gift from the Chicago Lodge of Shipmasters International and sculpted by Michael Martino. Dedicated on May 19, 2000, the plaque acknowledges: “To those courageous mariners who guided their ships through perilous waters, carrying cargo and people. Their contributions have been so much a part of our history. May they never be forgotten.” In front of the statue is engraved brickwork with the names of many legendary Captains as well as other contributors to the project.

Crack the Whip

Crack the Whip

Join in on the fun and pose with the children in the life-like Crack the Whip bronze sculpture! Created by world-renowned sculptor J. Seward Johnson, Jr., Crack the Whip was installed at Navy Pier in 1996. This whimsical depiction of eight children at play shows them holding hands and running in a semi-circle. A girl on one end appears to be falling down but is held up by the support of the others, who all lean back. Another girl has lost her shoe.

U.S.S. Chicago Anchor

U.S.S. Chicago Anchor

This 8-ton anchor installed on Navy Pier in 1995 was from the U.S.S. Chicago, the third ship to bear the name Chicago. Funded by the citizens of Chicago and completed in 1945, U.S.S. Chicago was classified as a heavy cruiser and later converted to a guided missile cruiser. She saw action in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and received several commendations before she was dismantled in 1984. In August 2012, former sailors who served aboard the U.S.S. Chicago and reconnected through social media, came to the Pier to restore the ship’s anchor back to its original color.

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