Art on theMart’s current ‘Footnotes’ series adds a live footwork performance Friday

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The video on the side of the Merchandise Mart is about to get real.

A one-night live event is coming to the Chicago Riverwalk Friday in conjunction with the Art on theMart series, according to an announcement by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). “Dance Down by The River” will feature four Chicago youth dance groups, a jazz band and the Era Footwork Crew of Chicago before the nightly program of projections takes over.

Presented as a part of DCASE’s citywide Chicago In Tune series, the plan is to begin the free night of live performances with jazz music headlined by clarinetist and composer Angel Bat Dawid, followed by a dance performance by Era. Both Bat Dawid and Era “star” in the current projection series in “Footnotes,” an animated work produced by artists and filmmakers Wills Glasspiegel and Brandon K. Calhoun for Art on theMart. Next up will be four Chicago youth dance groups in a final round of performances, culminating with what DCASE is calling “a surprise performance on the water” before the nightly showing of “Footnotes” at 9 p.m., filling the south facade of the theMart, the building formerly known as the Merchandise Mart.

“Footnotes” and the summer projection series also plays at 9:30 p.m. Inclement weather will postpone the event to Sept. 11.

The Art on theMart summer program also features “The Light of the Dark” by ensemble Eighth Blackbird and Xuan, “Woven, Spectralina” by visual artist Selina Trepp and musician Dan Bitney, “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” by George Berlin and “The Obama Portraits” shown in conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago.

Art on theMART’s fall season, premiering Sept. 17, will feature the work of concept artist Barbara Kruger in Art on theMART’s first solo show. This series, “Untitled, (Questions) 1990/2021,” coincides with the Art Institute of Chicago’s presentation of Kruger’s “Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You.”

“Dance Down by The River” is 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Confluence area of the Riverwalk, between Franklin and Wells Street. “Footnotes” and Art on theMart and plays nightly at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. through Sept. 16 and are best viewed from the Riverwalk on Wacker Drive between Wells Street and Franklin Street, with accompanying audio. More at

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