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Events in Art and Archaeology

Giacometti
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  •  8 June - 12 September 2018
 
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents the work of the Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966)—the first major museum exhibition in the United States in more than 15 years dedicated to the Swiss-born artist. Installed within the museum’s rotunda, Giacometti examines this preeminent modernist who is renowned for the distinctive figurative sculptures that he produced in reaction to the trauma and anguish of World War II, including a series of elongated standing women, striding men, and expressive bust-length portraits. The exhibition encompasses the entirety of the artist’s career, featuring nearly 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings, some of which have never before been shown in the United States, as well as archival photographs and ephemera.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Website


Contact: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128-0173
Tel: (1) 212 423 3500

<EM>Things</EM> by Urs Fischer
Things by Urs Fischer
Urs Fischer: Things
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Gagosian  •  15 May - 23 June 2018
 

Amid the bustle of midtown Manhattan, a rhinoceros can be glimpsed through tall, arched windows at street level. Various man-made objects—including a copy machine, a car door, a handbag, a vacuum cleaner, a shovel, and a table—seem to float right through the creature, as if released from Earth’s gravitational pull. Carved out of aluminum, this barrage of incongruous items forms a single, continuous unit, anchored by the rhinoceros, which stands its ground. Produced at life size from a 3D scan of a taxidermy animal, its furrowed visage looms from a height of more than ten feet.

Things considers the ways that objects and forces—from plastic bottles and Wi-Fi signals to memories, history, and emotion—gather around and pass through our bodies as we move through the world, creating countless versions of reality that are specific to each of us. Like the rhinoceros, we absorb all that comes into our vicinity, and in the process we ourselves undergo a constant, often undetectable metamorphosis. Existence itself is thus presented as an accumulation, a collective gathering of physical and metaphorical baggage.

n his use of traditional materials and current technologies, Fischer’s art tests the boundaries of possibility and perception. He has used clay, steel, wax, bread, dirt, vegetables, and fruit, among other substances, often to extreme paradoxical visual effect, revealing a keen attunement to the infinite mutability of image and form.

Urs Fischer was born in Zurich in 1973, and lives and works in New York.



Gagosian Gallery Website


Contact: 511 Fifth Avenue,
entrance at 2 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (1) 212.744.2313

Visitors to Versailles
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Metropolitan Museum of Art  •  16 April - 29 July 2018
 
Bringing together works from The Met, the Château de Versailles, and over 50 lenders, this exhibition will highlight the experiences of travelers from 1682, when Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles, to 1789, when the royal family was forced to leave the palace and return to Paris. Through paintings, portraits, furniture, tapestries, carpets, costumes, porcelain, sculpture, arms and armor, and guidebooks, the exhibition will illustrate what visitors encountered at court, what kind of welcome and access to the palace they received, and, most importantly, what impressions, gifts, and souvenirs they took home with them.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Website


Contact: Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Tel: (1) 212 535 77 10

Rockwell Kent: Prints from the Ralf C. Nemec Collection
GLENN FALLS, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  The Hyde Collection  •  8 April - 22 July 2018
 

Rockwell Kent (American, 1882-1971) was a polarizing figure: An acclaimed artist and printmaker, a household name as traveler and author, his private mores scandalized family and friends, his social activism his political adversaries. His politics garnered him a certain degree of notoriety, while his art earned him critical acclaim. The Hyde Collection presents two exhibitions of the artist's works in three mediums. Rockwell Kent: Prints from the Ralf C. Nemec Collection includes fifty-two prints and a selection of ceramics by Kent; A Life and Art of His Own: Paintings from North Country Collections features thirty-seven paintings drawn from Plattsburgh State University's Art Museum and private collectors throughout the North Country.

Kent traveled extensively to Greenland, Tierra del Fuego, Newfoundland, Alaska, and other remote locations, transporting viewers to the rugged extremes of wilderness. His distinctive style emerged in the early 1900s and seemed inspired by the grand landscapes of the cold, bleak climes he found among the faraway mountains to which he traveled. Many of his works were centered on the inherent good of man and nature, and the relationship between them.

Kent's Modernism appealed to a large following, allowing him a successful career in major metropolitan areas despite living in rural Au Sable Forks (Clinton and Essex counties) for forty-three years. Drawn by what he deemed "humanist wilderness," he moved to the Adirondacks in 1928, building Asgaard Farm with views of Whiteface Mountain and the surrounding High Peaks.



The Hyde Collection Website


Contact: The Hyde Collection
161 Warren Street
Glens Falls, NY 1280
Tel: (1) 518.792.1761

Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965–2016
Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965–2016
Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965–2016
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Museum of Modern Art  •  31 March - 22 July 2018
 

Often drawing from her personal and professional experiences, American artist Adrian Piper’s influential work has directly addressed gender, race, xenophobia, and, more recently, social engagement and self-transcendence.

Bringing together over 290 works, including drawings, paintings, photographs, multimedia installations, videos, and performances, the exhibition offers a rare opportunity to experience her provocative and wide-ranging artwork.

Occupying the Museum’s entire sixth floor and the Marron Atrium, Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions 1965–2016 charts the artist’s five-decade career, including early paintings inspired by the use of LSD; key projects such as Mythic Being (1973), in which Piper has merged her male alter ego with entries from her teenage journals; My Calling (Card) #1 and My Calling (Card) #2 (1986), business card–sized, text-based works that confront the reader’s own racist or sexist tendencies; and What It’s Like, What It Is #3 (1991), a large-scale mixed-media installation addressing racist stereotypes, which will be shown in the Marron Atrium.

After MoMA, this retrospective will travel to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

 



Museum of Modern Art Website


Contact: Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY
Tel: (1) (212) 708-9400‎

Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965–2016
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Museum of Modern Art  •  31 March - 22 July 2018
 

Often drawing from her personal and professional experiences, American artist Adrian Piper’s influential work has directly addressed gender, race, xenophobia, and, more recently, social engagement and self-transcendence.

Bringing together over 290 works, including drawings, paintings, photographs, multimedia installations, videos, and performances, the exhibition offers a rare opportunity to experience her provocative and wide-ranging artwork. Occupying the Museum’s entire sixth floor and the Marron Atrium, Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions 1965–2016 charts the artist’s five-decade career, including early paintings inspired by the use of LSD; key projects such as Mythic Being (1973), in which Piper has merged her male alter ego with entries from her teenage journals; My Calling (Card) #1 and My Calling (Card) #2 (1986), business card–sized, text-based works that confront the reader’s own racist or sexist tendencies; and What It’s Like, What It Is #3 (1991), a large-scale mixed-media installation addressing racist stereotypes, which will be shown in the Marron Atrium.

After MoMA, this retrospective will travel to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

 



Museum of Modern Art Website


Contact: Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY
Tel: (1) (212) 708-9400‎

Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  The Met Breuer  •  21 March - 22 July 2018
 
Seven hundred years of sculptural practice—from fourteenth-century Europe to the global present—are examined anew in this groundbreaking exhibition. Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now) explores narratives of sculpture in which artists have sought to replicate the literal, living presence of the human body. On view exclusively at The Met Breuer, this major international loan exhibition of about 120 works draws on The Met's rich collections of European sculpture and modern and contemporary art, while also featuring a selection of important works from national and international museums and private collections.

The Met Breuer Website


Contact: The Met Breuer
945 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (1) 212 731 16 75

Being: New Photography 2018
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Museum of Modern Art  •  15 March - 19 August 2018
 

The works featured in Being call attention to assumptions about how individuals are depicted and perceived. Many challenge the conventions of photographic portraiture, or use tactics such as masking, cropping, or fragmenting to disorient the viewer. In others, snapshots or found images are taken from their original context and placed in a new one to reveal hidden stories. While some of the works might be considered straightforward representations of individuals, others do not include images of the human body at all. Together, they explore how personhood is expressed today, and offer timely perspectives on issues of privacy and exposure; the formation of communities; and gender, heritage, and psychology.

The artists included are:

    Sofia Borges (Brazilian, born 1984)
    Matthew Connors (American, born 1976)
    Sam Contis (American, born 1982)
    Shilpa Gupta (Indian, born 1976)
    Adelita Husni-Bey (Italian, born 1985)
    Yazan Khalili (Palestinian, born Syria, 1981)
    Harold Mendez (American, born 1977)
    Aïda Muluneh (Ethiopian, born 1974)
    Hương Ngô and Hồng-Ân Trương (American, born Hong Kong, 1979; American, born 1976)
    B. Ingrid Olson (American, born 1987)
    Joanna Piotrowska (Polish, born 1985)
    Em Rooney (American, born 1983)
    Paul Mpagi Sepuya (American, born 1982)
    Andrzej Steinbach (German, born Poland, 1983)
    Stephanie Syjuco (American, born Philippines, 1974)
    Carmen Winant (American, born 1983)



Museum of Modern Art Website


Contact: Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd Street New York, NY 10019
Tel: (1) (212) 708-9400

Glenn Ligon: What We Said The Last Time
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Luhring Augustine  •  27 February - 2 April 2016
 

Luhring Augustine presents What We Said The Last Time, an exhibition of new work by Glenn Ligon, and Entanglements, a curatorial project by the artist. A companion exhibition entitled We Need To Wake Up Cause That’s What Time It Is opened at Luhring Augustine Bushwick on January 16th and remains on view through 17 April 2016. 

What We Said The Last Time features a suite of seventeen inkjet prints that document the paint-spattered pages of the artist’s well-worn copy of James Baldwin’s seminal 1953 essay “Stranger in the Village.” Written during a stay in a remote Swiss mountain hamlet, Baldwin’s text examines complex and urgent questions around blackness, culture, and history. Since 1996, Ligon has used the essay as the basis of his “Stranger” series, including prints, drawings, and dense paintings made with oil stick and often coal dust that oscillate between legibility and obscurity. While creating these canvases, Ligon kept pages of Baldwin’s essay on his studio table for reference, and over the years they became covered with random smudges of black paint, oil stains, and fingerprints. Intrigued by this accumulation of marks, Ligon transformed the book pages into a suite of large-scale prints, using the full text of the essay for the first time in his career. The resulting work is a palimpsest of accumulated personal histories that suggests Ligon’s long engagement with Baldwin’s essay, as well as a new strategy in his ongoing exploration of the interplay between language and abstraction.

Also on view is Entanglements, a curatorial project by Ligon that examines how artists use the studio as a base from which to engage momentous cultural shifts and political events in both direct and oblique ways.  Key to the exhibition is Bruce Nauman’s Violin Tuned D.E.A.D. (1968), a video that presents the artist repetitively playing a single note on a violin with his back to the camera. While discussions of Nauman’s video works from this period have focused on issues of performativity, endurance, and the body, Ligon was interested in how Nauman’s discordant note can be heard as a soundtrack to the war in Vietnam or the brutal violence faced by civil rights workers. While not directly commenting on these issues, the ominous soundscape of Violin Tuned D.E.A.D. nevertheless suggests Nauman’s engagement with that turbulent moment in American history and served as a point of departure for Ligon to consider other works in which the artist’s studio has acted as a conduit for contemporary events. Ligon’s selections posit new identities, conversations or modes of sociability as a response to pressing social and political issues.  Entanglements features artworks and ephemera by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Hammons, On Kawara, Glenn Ligon, Bruce Nauman, Adrian Piper, Bob Thompson, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and Andy Warhol. 

Glenn Ligon lives and works in New York.



Luhring Augustine Website


Contact: Luhring Augustine
531 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (1) 212 206 91 00

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Lin-Manuel Miranda in <EM>Hamilton</EM>
Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton
Hamilton: By Lin-Manuel Miranda
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Richard Rodgers Theatre  •  6 August 2015 - 31 December 2018
 

Hamilton is a hip hop musical with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The show was inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow.

Directed by Thomas Kail

The cast features Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexnder Hamilton), Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr), Drama Desk Award winner Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler), Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton), Jonathan Groff (King George), Daveed Diggs (Marquis De Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson), Christopher Jackson (George Washington), Anthony Ramos (John Laurens, Phillip Hamilton), Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan, James Madison), and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Shuyler, Maria Reynolds).



Hamilton on Broadway Website


Contact: Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (1) 212 247 78 00



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