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Glenn Ligon: What We Said The Last Time
NEW YORK  •  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

<P>Lee Friedlander, American, born 1934Untitled, from the series <EM>Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom</EM>1957, printed laterGelatin silver printPhoto credit: Yale University Art Gallery© Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; photo credit: Eakins Press Foundation</P>

Lee Friedlander, American, born 1934
Untitled, from the series Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom
1957, printed later
Gelatin silver print
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
© Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; photo credit: Eakins Press Foundation

Let Us March On: Lee Friedlander and the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT  •  Yale University Art Gallery  •  13 January - 9 July 2017
 
This exhibition presents photographer Lee Friedlander’s images of the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, a critical yet generally neglected moment in American civil rights history. On May 17, 1957—the third anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, which outlawed segregation in public schools—thousands of activists, including many leaders from religious, social, educational, labor, and political spheres, united in front of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D.C. At this first large-scale gathering of African Americans on the National Mall, an event that was a forerunner of the 1963 March on Washington at which Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his famed “I Have a Dream” speech, protestors called on federal authorities to enforce desegregation, support voting rights, and combat racial violence. Friedlander photographed many of the illustrious figures who attended or spoke at the march, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Ella Baker, Mahalia Jackson, and Harry Belafonte, and he wove among the demonstrators on the ground to capture the energy and expressions of the day.

Yale University Art Gallery Website


Contact: Yale University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel Street (at York Street)
New Haven, Connecticut 
Tel: (1) 203.432.0600

Richard Diebenkorn: <EM>Seated Woman</EM>, 1967Oil on canvasCollection of Gretchen and John Berggruen, San Francisco© the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.
Richard Diebenkorn: Seated Woman, 1967
Oil on canvas
Collection of Gretchen and John Berggruen, San Francisco
© the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.
Matisse/Diebenkorn
SAN FRANCISCO  •  The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  •  11 March - 29 May 2017
 
This major exhibition explores the profound inspiration California artist Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) discovered in the work of French modernist Henri Matisse (1869–1954). Coorganized with The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) this show features approximately 100 objects—40 paintings and drawings by Matisse and 60 paintings and drawings by Diebenkorn—from museums and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.

The exhibition unfolds across the arc of Diebenkorn’s career—from early abstractions, through his Bay Area figurative years, to his majestic Ocean Park series—all in direct dialogue with works that he knew and admired by Matisse.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Website


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151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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<P>Jeffrey Gibson: <EM>Come Alive! (I Feel Love</EM>), 2016 Acrylic felt, rawhide, wood, glass beads, stone arrowheads, steel wire, assorted beads, tin and copper jingles, artificial sinew, acrylic paint, druzy quartz crystal, steel and brass studs, 66.25 x 28 x 15 in. Collection of the Newark Museum, 2016Image Courtesy Jeffrey Gibson Studio. Photograph © Peter Mauney</P>

Jeffrey Gibson: Come Alive! (I Feel Love), 2016
Acrylic felt, rawhide, wood, glass beads, stone arrowheads, steel wire, assorted beads, tin and copper jingles, artificial sinew, acrylic paint, druzy quartz crystal, steel and brass studs, 66.25 x 28 x 15 in.
Collection of the Newark Museum, 2016
Image Courtesy Jeffrey Gibson Studio. Photograph
© Peter Mauney

Native Artists of North America
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY  •  Newark Museum  •  22 October 2016 - 1 January 2018
 
This autumn, the Newark Museum unveils its newly redesigned and reinterpreted Native American galleries. Featuring more than 100 rarely exhibited objects from throughout the United States and Canada, Native Artists of North America showcases a selection of works from the permanent collection, dating from the early 19th century to the present, including many objects never before exhibited.
 
This permanent installation celebrates the great diversity of styles, media and creativity of Native artists and places them in the broader context of American art. Among the works on view are expertly woven Pomo baskets, exquisite hand-made items of dress from across the continent, and Southwestern pottery and textiles.  Other highlights include works by the Haida master carver Charles Edenshaw and Pueblo painters Fred Kabotie, Tonita Peña and Awa Tsireh. Additional works by contemporary Native American artists are installed in adjacent galleries, including recent acquisitions by Jeffrey Gibson and Preston Singletary.

Newark Museum Website


Contact: Newark Museum
49 Washington Street,
Newark, NJ
07102-3176
Tel: (1) 973 596 65 50

Regeneration Series: Anselm Kiefer from the Hall Collection
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA  •  NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale  •  29 November 2016 - 13 August 2017
 

Drawn from the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections, which together make up one of the world’s largest groups of works by Anselm Kiefer, the exhibition will include approximately 50 major Kiefer artist books, works on paper, paintings, and sculptures from the late 1960s to the present day.

Anselm Kiefer's work is uncompromising in its response to the disasters of World War II and other historical traumas. Born in Germany during the final month of World War II, Kiefer was among the first generation of German artists to address National Socialism, the war and the Holocaust. From the start of his career in the late 1970s to the present, he has focused on coming to terms with the past, specifically the feeling of collective guilt and the identification of historical, psychological and mythological conditions that contributed to the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party.

Featured in the NSU Art Museum exhibition will be works such as Kiefer’s massive painting, The Fertile Crescent, 2009; his monumental landscape, Winterwald, 2010; imposing glass vitrine tableaux of organic and inorganic material such as Jakob's Traum, 2010; and important early watercolors and artist books.

Like German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys, with whom he studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, Kiefer confronts the past by referencing such myths as Isis and Osiris, the ancient Egyptian myth of destruction and regeneration, and the history of German philosophy and culture. He explores these subjects in large-scale, narratively complex layered paintings of oil and mixed media, enormous installations, and elaborate artist books and watercolors, into which he embeds symbolic references.

Anselm Kiefer is among the best-known German artists working today. He was born in 1945 in Donasueschingen, Germany and has lived and worked in France since 1993.



NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale Website


Contact: NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
USA
Tel: (1) 954 525 55 00

Portrait of Maharaja Mahinder Singh of Patiala, 1870–1876. India; Punjab state, former kingdom of PatialaOpaque watercolors and gold on paperAsian Art MuseumGift of the Kapany Collection, 1998.106Photograph © Asian Art Museum
Portrait of Maharaja Mahinder Singh of Patiala, 1870–1876. India; Punjab state, former kingdom of Patiala
Opaque watercolors and gold on paper
Asian Art Museum
Gift of the Kapany Collection, 1998.106
Photograph © Asian Art Museum
Saints and Kings: Arts, Culture, and Legacy of the Sikhs
SAN FRANCISCO  •  Asian Art Museum  •  10 March - 18 June 2017
 

With nearly 27 million adherents worldwide, Sikhism is among the world’s largest religions, and also one of the youngest. A diverse selection of 30 paintings, prints and textiles celebrates the artistic and cultural legacy of the Sikhs and the community’s longstanding connection to California. Delve into the life and teachings of Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak (1469–1539), a charismatic, influential teacher who defined the religion’s fundamental philosophies, which emphasize belief in one god, equality, social justice and community service.

This exhibition explores the artistic and cultural creativity that flourished under the patronage of India’s Sikh kingdoms, established in the 1800s by the dynamic warrior Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780–1839), which was continued by later Sikh rulers. Portraits and treasured objects belonging to the Maharaja himself are included in the exhibition. In particular, the portraits reflect expressions of personal and cultural identity, as well as the artistic styles of the times and places in which they were made.

Saints and Kings also draws attention to the Sikhs’ special connection to California. Among the earliest Indian immigrants to North America, Sikhs arrived on the West Coast in the early 1900s and have been integral to communities here for over a century. Today, many occupy leading roles in technology and other business sectors. Through an illustrated timeline, the exhibition tells an important story that has shaped the Bay Area’s diverse social and immigrant history.



Asian Art Museum Website


Contact: Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: (1) 415 581 35 00

Tattoo
CHICAGO  •  The Field Museum  •  21 October 2016 - 30 April 2017
 

The exhibition explores the global phenomenon of tattooing around the world over time, shedding light on this often-misunderstood art form.

This will be the first time that the exhibition, which was initially developed by Paris’s musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, will be on display in the United States. The exhibition, which will run until April 30, 2017, features 170 objects telling the story of tattooing, including historical artifacts and intricate contemporary designs tattooed onto silicone models of the human body.

Visitors to the exhibition will learn that people have been marking their skin as a means of expression for more than five thousand years—there’s evidence that the ancient Egyptians practiced tattooing, and the body of a naturally mummified man found in the Italian Alps (“Ötzi”) from 3330 BC is covered in 61 tattoos. The methods of tattooing vary widely across time and place—for instance, Thomas Edison held the first patent on a nineteenth-century “puncturing pen” that served as inspiration for the first electric tattooing machines—and the stories behind the tattoos vary even more. The exhibition features a seventeenth-century tattoo stamp for Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem to commemorate their journey; meanwhile, it tells the stories of contemporary tattooists like Whang-od Oggay, a 98-year-old Filipina artist who carries on traditional methods that are thousands of years old.



Contact: The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605-2496
Tel: (1) 312 922 9410.

Senam Okudzeto: Fragment from the series <EM>All Facts Have Been Changed to Protect the Ignorant</EM>. 2000-01The Baltimore Museum of Art
Senam Okudzeto: Fragment from the series All Facts Have Been Changed to Protect the Ignorant. 2000-01
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Shifting Views: People & Politics in Contemporary African Art
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND  •  The Baltimore Museum of Art  •  18 December 2016 - 18 June 2017
 

he BMA’s first exhibition of contemporary art from Africa drawn from its own collection features photographs, prints, and drawings by David Goldblatt, Gavin Jantjes, William Kentridge, Julie Mehretu, Senam Okudzeto, Robin Rhode, and Diane Victor. Each artist offers pointedly political perspectives on the lives of Africans and their diasporic descendants.

Examples include two series of prints: Kentridge’s Industry & Idleness (1986-87), a critique of capitalism inspired by a suite of the same name by famed political satirist William Hogarth (English 1697-1764), and Mehretu’s Landscape Allegories (2003-04), etchings that mark the journeys of migrants and underscore the environmental effects of late-stage capitalism. Capitalism is more quietly confronted in a 1970 photograph of singer Margaret Singana taken by Goldblatt while on assignment for Anglo American, a major gold mining company. Okudzeto’s Fragment from the series All Facts Have Been Changed to Protect the Ignorant (2000-01) remind us of early capitalist drives that fueled the trade of Africans into slavery and Jantjes’ canonical A South African Colouring Book (1974-75) skewers apartheid-era surveillance and racist realities. In works from 2009 and 2010, Rhode’s Pan's Opticon Studies and Victor’s Smokescreen (Frailty and Failing) focus on individuals captured or lost in societies that either closely monitor movement of people deemed suspicious or blithely forget those with histories deemed too troubling.



The Baltimore Museum of Art Website


Contact: The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218-3898
Tel: (1) 443 573 17 00

Unidentified artist, active in South America. <EM>Saint Francis Xavier</EM>, 18th centuryCarl and Marilynn Thoma Collection.
Unidentified artist, active in South America. Saint Francis Xavier, 18th century
Carl and Marilynn Thoma Collection.
Doctrine and Devotion: Art of the Religious Orders in the Spanish Andes
CHICAGO  •  Art Institute of Chicago  •  19 March 2016 - 25 June 2017
 
 
Presenting 13 paintings by South American artists from the 17th through 19th century, this focused exhibition introduces visitors to images promoted by several Catholic orders at work in the Spanish Andes—the Dominicans, Franciscans, Mercedarians, and Jesuits—examining the politics of the distinct iconographies each group developed as they vied for devotees and dominion.

Francisco Pizarro arrived in Peru with a mandate from Charles V to impose Spanish law and order, as well as the Roman Catholic religion, upon the indigenous Inca society that he encountered. The enormous task of converting the indigenous peoples of Spain’s overseas territories to Christianity fell largely to missionaries from several religious orders rather than parish clergy. For a native population that had no written language tradition, the missionaries relied heavily on works of art to illustrate their sermons and lessons and help them gain converts.

In the wake of the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic church embraced the use of images both as pedagogical tools and instruments of devotion, and the religious orders in South America relied on them in similar ways—as didactic materials employed in the teaching of new converts, and in later years as a means of spreading devotions specific to their own interests. While their ultimate goals were the same, each religious order promoted images specific to their own histories, identities, and goals. This exhibition explores examples of the iconographies that were particular to each group.

Art Institute of Chicago Website


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Events in Classical Music

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano: Marc-André Hamelin, piano
NEW YORK  •  Carnegie Hall  •  28 April 2017
 

Mozart, Stravinsky, Debussy


Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Marc-André Hamelin, piano



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Events in Opera

Ariodante (concert performance): By Georg Friedrich Handel
NEW YORK  •  Carnegie Hall  •  30 April 2017
 
 

Georg Friedrich Handel: Ariodante

The English Concert
Harry Bicket, Artistic Director and Conductor
Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano (Ariodante)
Christiane Karg, Soprano (Ginevra)
Joélle Harvey, Soprano (Dalinda)
Sonia Prina, Contralto (Polinesso)
David Portillo, Tenor (Lurcanio)
Matthew Brook, Bass-Baritone (King of Scotland)
Tyson Miller, Tenor (Odoardo)



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Detailed schedule information:
2: 00 pm

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Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Angélique Kidjo and Friends
NEW YORK  •  Carnegie Hall  •  5 May 2017
 

Angélique Kidjo and Friends

Angélique Kidjo, Vocals

Ki Ki Hawkins, Vocals
Nona Hendryx, Vocals
Dominic James, Guitar
Lionel Loueke, Guitar
Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Guitar
Ben Zwerin, Bass Guitar
Jason Lindner, Keyboard
Yayo Serka, Drums
Magatte Sow, African Percussion
The Antibalas Horns
Kuumunity Collaborations Choir



Carnegie Hall Website



Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Carnegie Hall
881 7th Ave
New York, NY 10019
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Lin-Manuel Miranda in <EM>Hamilton</EM>
Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton
Hamilton: By Lin-Manuel Miranda
NEW YORK  •  Richard Rodgers Theatre  •  6 August 2015 - 31 December 2017
 

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


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Emanuel Ungaro (French): Evening Dress, fall/winter 1987-1988 Silk satin and taffeta © International Art &amp; Artists
Emanuel Ungaro (French): Evening Dress, fall/winter 1987-1988 Silk satin and taffeta
© International Art & Artists
Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair
WASHINGTON, DC  •  George Washington University Museum  •  9 March - 24 July 2017
 

For 50 years, the Ebony Fashion Fair shaped a new vision of black America through contemporary fashion. Founded by Eunice Walker Johnson in 1958, the traveling fashion show broke the color barrier to bring the pinnacle of global fashion to communities that were eager to celebrate black accomplishment, aspiration and success.

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum present the story of the Ebony Fashion Fair and its cultural impact with the new exhibition Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair. Forty garments selected from a collection of thousands are at the center of this dynamic show—including stunning gowns, feathered coats and statement designs by Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood and burgeoning designer Naeem Khan, who would go on to dress first lady Michelle Obama.

Ebony Fashion Fair was the first fashion show to introduce black models to the runway. The exhibition includes nearly 100 objects, including ensembles, accessories and videos, to help recreate the Fashion Fair experience. Ms. Johnson’s exquisite personal style and her influence in the world of fashion are explored through archival images, invitations to fashion houses and interviews with former stylists and attendees of the Fashion Fair.

Organized by the Chicago History Museum in cooperation with Johnson Publishing Company, which published Ebony and Jet magazines and produced the Fashion Fair, Inspiring Beauty is the first-ever exhibition about the show.



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