• September 29, 2018, 1–6 p.m.

Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon

Featuring: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Theaster Gates, Jeanne Gang

Navy Pier

600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611

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A selection of participants in “Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon” taking place September, 29, 2018 on Chicago’s Navy Pier.


Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon is a free, five-hour series of interviews with artists, authors, architects, and others representing Chicago’s diverse creative community, presented by Chicago Humanities Festival.

Led by Hans Ulrich Obrist—artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries in London and one of the world's leading art curators and critics, known for his long-form, dynamic interview marathons—Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon is Obrist’s first U.S. marathon, and takes a multi-dimensional, multidisciplinary look at creativity in the city, past, present and future.

Through a wide-ranging dialogue, Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon will examine the forces that have and continue to make Chicago a creative powerhouse.

Current participants include:

  • Amanda Williams, Artist
  • Art Green, Artist
  • Barbara Kasten, Artist
  • Brandon Breaux, Artist
  • Cauleen Smith, Artist
  • Dawoud Bey, Photographer
  • Eddie Bocanegra, Organizer/Activist
  • Eula Biss, Writer
  • Eve Ewing, Writer/Visual Artist
  • Fatimah Asghar, Poet
  • Gerald Williams, Artist
  • Jeanne Gang, Architect
  • Joseph Grigely, Artist/Art Historian
  • Louise Bernard, Museum Director, Obama Presidential Center Museum
  • Richard Hunt, Sculptor
  • Shani Crowe, Artist/Performer
  • Stanley Tigerman, Architect
  • Theaster Gates, Artist
  • Tim Samuelson, City Historian
  • And more to be announced.

Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon will take place Saturday, September 29, from 1–6 p.m. in partnership with Navy Pier in the Aon Grand Ballroom during EXPO CHICAGO 2018, as part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art.

This program is free and open to the public. It is wheelchair accessible and includes sign language interpretation.