The Floating Museum finally hits the water in August, bringing its inaugural exhibition “River Assembly” to four different stops along the Chicago River. The barge will be hauling work by local artists like Hebru Brantley, Miguel Aguilar and Maria Gaspar, setting up a mobile gallery on the riverfront at each stop. Keep an eye out for the monument to Jean Baptiste Du Sable and a “wonder cabinet” that collects items that are important to the region. Check out the exhibit's website for a full schedule of programming and activations.
August is traditionally a fairly slow month for art openings, as galleries gear up for a slew of notable exhibitions in September, once beach season has ended. Thankfully, there's a handful of great shows to see this month, especially if you're looking for something unconventional. In August, the Floating Museum's debut exhibition sets sail on the Chicago River, the Museum of Contemporary Art kicks off its 50th anniversary with a new retrospective and a trio of international street artists show off their work at a Humboldt Park gallery. Take a look at the five Chicago art openings you can't miss in August.