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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

Lola Álvarez Bravo, Untitled, 1954.Gelatin silver print. Center for Creative PhotographyUniversity of Arizona: Lola Álvarez Bravo Archive 93.6.70 © 1995 Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation.
Lola Álvarez Bravo, Untitled, 1954.
Gelatin silver print. Center for Creative Photography
University of Arizona: Lola Álvarez Bravo Archive 93.6.70
© 1995 Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation.
Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI  •  Pulitzer Arts Foundation  •  14 September 2018 - 16 February 2019
 
The Pulitzer Arts Foundation explores the career of pioneering Mexican photographer Lola Álvarez Bravo (1903 – 1993) with an exhibition of images that she considered to be her personal photography. Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico presents nearly 50 photographs and photomontages spanning Álvarez Bravo’s fivedecade career. Together, these illuminate the ways in which her modernist aesthetic, with meticulous attention to pattern, light, and composition, contributed to her depictions of Mexico’s diverse inhabitants and landscapes as she traveled the country documenting life in the years following the Mexican Revolution (ca. 1910– 1920).

Pulitzer Arts Foundation Website


Contact: Pulitzer Arts Foundation
3716 Washington Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
Tel: (1) 314 754 18 50

<P>Pope L.: <EM>Semen Pictures</EM>:Fashioned from Fashion Fastened with Pigment and Use2005-07Transparency in light box18 1/2 by 17 1/2 by 5 in.&nbsp; 47 by 44.5 by 12.7 cm.</P>

Pope L.: Semen Pictures:
Fashioned from Fashion Fastened with Pigment and Use
2005-07
Transparency in light box
18 1/2 by 17 1/2 by 5 in.  47 by 44.5 by 12.7 cm.

Pope. L.: One thing after another (part two)
NEW YORK  •  Mitchell-Innes & Nash  •  13 September - 27 October 2018
 

Mitchell-Innes & Nash announces One thing after another (part two), a solo exhibition of new and retro work by Pope.L. This is the artist’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery and the first in New York since he was awarded the Bucksbaum Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2017. One thing after another (part two) elliptically follows Pope.L’s similarly titled exhibition at La Panacée in Montepellier— the artist’s first major solo museum show in France.

Pope.L’s practice often focuses on the uncertain but productive space between differences in language, class, race, and gender to create works that simultaneously enlist, mock and re-write convention. For Pope.L this gap is where ignorance interacts with hubris to create fresh tensions around authenticity, self and icon. The works on view in One thing after another (part two) are, as the artist notes, “a disgustingly neat pile of doubt, experiment, and denial shoved up hot against claim, leap, gambit, and caesura---your basic scrabbling about in the dark…”

The exhibition features a dozen large Re-Photo collages, in which the artist has manipulated images of parts, mostly body parts, combining them with fragments from various print media to create “figural encounters” that have been scanned, re-printed and flattened into single large planes of paper. The Re-Photos originated out of Pope.L’s desire to betray the artist’s hand while simultaneously creating images highly suggestive of the body. The works display a hopped-up mechanical puppet-like feel yet function as a kind of tired but comic modernist chest-beating cum self-obliteration and dis-recognition. Pope.L says of these pieces: “What's key is the body that can't hold itself together; its wholeness is a cartoon."

The Re-Photo collages are accompanied by a set of wall-mounted acrylic boxes, retro works, filled with bags of fertilizer and paint, each bag plastered with a photocopied image of a smiling Martin Luther King Jr. Titled Rebuilding the Monument, the pieces project a sad, humorous, highly irreverent sense of derogation in their staging of an esteemed historical figure’s image. The works function as anti-monuments, bringing into question representation's take on Martin Luther King Jr., while at the same time putting in relief the artist’s modus of figural obliteration and authenticity.



Mitchell-Innes & Nash Website


Contact:

Mitchell-Innes & Nash
534 W 26TH STREET
New York, NY 10001

 


Tel: (1) 212-744 74 00

<EM>Ntozakhe II,</EM> Parktown, 2016.© Zanele Muholi.Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburgand Yancey Richardson, New York
Ntozakhe II, Parktown, 2016.
© Zanele Muholi.
Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg
and Yancey Richardson, New York
Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail The Dark Lioness
ATLANTA, GEORGIA  •  Spelman College Museum of Fine Art  •  14 September - 8 December 2018
 

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is presenting the United States premiere of Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail The Dark Lioness, an internationally touring exhibition organized by Autograph, London and curated by Renée Mussai. In more than 70 photographs, visual activist Zanele Muholi (South African, b. 1972), whose pronouns are they, them, and their, uses their body as a canvas to confront the politics of race and representation in the visual archive. In Somnyama Ngonyama, which translates to Hail The Dark Lioness in isiZulu, one of the official languages of South Africa, Muholi playfully employs the conventions of classical painting, fashion photography, and the familiar tropes of ethnographic imagery to rearticulate contemporary identity politics.



Spelman College Museum of Fine Art Website


Contact: Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
350 Spelman Lane, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30314-4399
Tel: (1) 404-681-3643

Events in Jazz

Basia
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA  •  Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant  •  18 October 2018
 
Basia is a unique world-jazz vocalist who has sold millions of records worldwide, scoring a number of adult contemporary hits, a Top 30 pop hit with "Time and Tide" and even a #1 dance hit since her solo emergence in 1987 following a hit-making stint with the group Matt Bianco.

Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant Website



Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm, 10:00 pm

Contact: Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA 9460

Tel: (1) 510 238 92 00

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

<P>Shakespeare: <EM>Measure for Measure</EM></P>

Shakespeare: Measure for Measure

2018 Next Wave Festival
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK  •  BAM  •  3 October - 23 December 2018
 
The Next Wave Festival returns with 12 weeks of cross-genre performance, plus artist talks, master classes, and visual art.

2018 Next Wave Festival Website


Contact: Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11217

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 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

Trail of Tears: A Story of Cherokee Removal
WASHINGTON, DC  •  Smithsonian’s National Museum  •  15 April - 31 December 2018
 

Cherokee Nation recently opened a new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the annual Cherokee Days festival. “A Story of Cherokee Removal” shares the story of removal on the infamous Trail of Tears from the Cherokee perspective and addresses the devastating costs of greed and oppression. It also shows how the tribe persevered, adapted and learned to thrive. “This new installation shares the unique Cherokee perspective of federal removal policies and focuses on the early history of our tribe in Indian Territory,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “It educates viewers about the circumstances surrounding the Trail of Tears and shows how our tribal government rebuilt itself by re-establishing schools and courts in modern-day Oklahoma.

Featured within the exhibit are quotes from witnesses of the Cherokee Trail of Tears, historical timelines, a Trail of Tears route map and a video highlighting the Remember the Removal Bike Ride, in which young Cherokees retrace the 950-mile route on bicycles each year.



National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Website


Contact: National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
Independence Avenue SW in Washington, DC

International Spy MuseumWashington, D.C.
International Spy Museum
Washington, D.C.
International Spy Museum
WASHINGTON, D.C.  •  Ongoing
 
 
The International Spy Museum is the first public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage. It features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Many of these objects seen for the first time outside of the intelligence community illustrate the work of famous spies and pivotal espionage actions as well as help bring to life the strategies and techniques of the men and women behind some of the most secretive espionage missions in world history.

International Spy Museum Web Site


Click here for a special news feature with photos of the Spy Museum

Contact: International Spy Museum
800 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

Tel: (1) 202 393 77 98



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