Untethered by the confines of brick and mortar, Floating Museum moves to its next location at Navy Pier – Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district – with an installation that highlights arts and culture. From Thursday, September 14 through Sunday, October 8, guests can experience this free public installation through sculpture, digital work and performances.
Floating Museum began as a conceptual art and design project with a focus on exploring the cultural capital present in Chicago spaces outside of the downtown corridor. Building on that initial premise, Floating Museum has expanded the Chicago arts scene by literally “floating” from one Chicago neighborhood to another with each installation taking form through collaboration with the local artists and organizations that reside within Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. Led by co-directors Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, Faheem Majeed, Andrew Shachman, and Avery R. Young, Floating Museum is a captivating art installation that will be stationed near the City Stage on Navy Pier’s new Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns. This public space will be transformed into a site-specific installation that taps into Chicago’s creative communities and honors the city’s history.
“Over the next few weeks, Navy Pier will proudly serve as home to this dynamic and innovative exhibit,” said Navy Pier Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer Michelle T. Boone. “Floating Museum superbly complements our mission of inspiring discovery and wonder while embodying the true spirit of Chicago and its talented artists. We are excited to welcome this incredible installation that celebrates Chicago’s diverse and eclectic communities.” Different versions of Floating Museum have been installed across the city in South Chicago, Austin, Hyde Park and West
Pullman. Most recently, Floating Museum took to water by floating up the Chicago River and docking at Bridgeport’s Park 571 and Downtown at the Riverwalk.
Floating Museum is free and open to the public, serving as another shining example of Navy Pier’s commitment as a mission‐driven cultural organization, with continued focus on offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through meaningful partnerships and programs. As the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration continues in 2017, the Pier looks forward to introducing more exciting and innovative year‐round programming for guests to experience and enjoy for free. Navy Pier cultural and community programming is supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation. For more information on this and other special offerings at the Pier, visit www.navypier.com.
And of course…while you are at Navy Pier taking in all the culture, don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at The World Famous Billy Goat Tavern. We promise you a bit of culture, history and a really good borger!