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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

<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

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  •  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


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

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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The Textile Museum
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Washington, DC 20052


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