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'Floating Museum' To Host Live Music This Month At Riverwalk, Navy Pier

This "floating museum art barge" will dock at various points on the Chicago River this summer and show "screenings, projections, exhibitions and participatory art."
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DOWNTOWN — The city's new "floating museum" will dock along the Riverwalk and Navy Pier this month, offering food, live music and DIY art projects. 

The new riverfront attraction will dock Downtown after swinging through Bridgeport and South Chicago, city officials said Wednesday. The art barge will be at the Riverwalk from Aug. 14-27 and Navy Pier starting Aug. 28. 

Announced in May, the "floating museum" will host live music on Friday nights and "song circles" on Wednesdays with soul and gospel singers. "Breaking Bread" sessions over food are planned on Thursdays, and on Saturdays visitors can make their own temporary sculptures, according to the museum's website

The barge itself will include a monument to Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable — Chicago's first permanent settler — as well as a "moving image program," live performances and a “wonder cabinet” made from crates by Terry Dowd Inc. Some of the crates contain artwork, while others are transformed into works of art to be displayed along the riverfront, city officials said Wednesday. 

The artwork will allude to the "buoyancy and migration to physically move art across neighborhoods and transforms city sites into a full museum campus with exhibitions and programming," the city said in a statement.

Participating artists include Chicago's own Hebru Brantley, Edra Soto and many others.

"River Assembly responds to history as a way to contemplate the present and speculate on the future of the Chicago River as a space in flux, drawing on its industrial past looking to its future as a valuable urban cultural asset," the floating museum says on its website.

Check out the museum's website for a full calendar of events. Admission is free.


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