R.I.P.: Art Chicago

February 9, 2012

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After 30 years or struggle and triumph, Art Chicago is coming to an end.

After thirty years, a venerable art exhibition in Chicago has come to an end. The Merchandise Mart has pulled the plug on the latest incarnation of Art Chicago. The three-decade-old show was once considered one of the world's most important art exhibitions.

It was founded at Navy Pier in 1980 as the Chicago International Art Exposition.

WBEZ’s Alison Cuddy shares the details of the exhibition's lasting significance. Tony Karman, the vice president and director Art Chicago from 2006 to 2001, also weighed in.