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'Station to Station' artists' train headed to Chicago

An artist’s rendering of the Station to Station train.

All aboard!

Especially if you’re an art lover.

Sept. 10 is the date, Union Station, 225 S. Canal is the place, when the “Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening” train rolls into town. Organized by artist Doug Aitken, the event “unites underground creators from the worlds of art, music, food, literature, and film for a series of cultural interventions and site-specific happenings,” according to the event’s official statement.

Starting Sept. 6 in New York, and continuing on to various stops across the country over three weeks, the train (designed by Aitken) “will act as a cultural studio— globally broadcasting unique content and experiences from the stops as well as on the moving train,” the statement continued.

“Station to Station hopes that this liquid platform will empower the artists to make work that could not be realized elsewhere; the public to discover new artists and cultural expressions; and the museums to reach a global audience and continue to produce pioneering cultural programming,” said Molly Logan, the project’s executive producer. “With funding for cultural programs and the arts increasingly compromised, Station to Station will establish a revolutionary endowment model to address this need. Station to Station will distribute funds from ticket sales and donations among its partner institutions to support programs and exhibitions in 2014 that embrace Station to Station’s pursuit of new artistic models and creative collisions.”

Cooperating institutions include MoMA PS1, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Walker Art Center, SITE Santa Fe, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

Tickets, $25. All ticket proceeds go to the 501(c)(3) Station to Station Cultural Fund which supports non-traditional programming at nine partner institutions around the country.