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Being: New Photography 2018
NEW YORK  •  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

Giacometti
NEW YORK  •  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

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

Jason Moran
Jason Moran
Jason Moran
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA  •  Walker Art Center  •  26 April - 26 August 2018
 
The work of the American interdisciplinary artist Jason Moran (US, born 1975) is grounded in musical composition, yet bridges the visual and performing arts through stagecraft. Moran is known for using personal experience to create dynamic musical compositions that challenge the conventional form of the medium. His experimental approach to artmaking embraces the intersection of objects and sound, pushing beyond the traditional staged concert or sculpture and drawing to amplify ways that both are inherently theatrical. This exhibition, the artist’s first museum show, features the range of work Moran has explored, from his own sculptural pieces and collaborations with visual artists to performances.

Walker Art Center Website


Contact: Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Tel: (1) 612) 375 76 00

Takashi Murakami: <EM>Flower Ball (Lots of Colors)</EM>, 2008. Acrylic and platinum leaf on canvas mounted on board, 59 in. (150 cm) diameter. Cari and Michael J. Sacks © 2008 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Photo: Nathan Keay.
Takashi Murakami: Flower Ball (Lots of Colors), 2008. Acrylic and platinum leaf on canvas mounted on board, 59 in. (150 cm) diameter. Cari and Michael J. Sacks © 2008 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Photo: Nathan Keay.
Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg
FORT WORTH, TEXAS  •  Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth  •  10 June - 16 September 2018
 
This summer, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth hosts the highly anticipated major retrospective Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, showcasing more than three decades of Murakami's paintings, from his earliest mature works to his most recent, never-before-seen paintings. Across over fifty works, this exhibition reveals the consistent, universal themes that have guided the artist's work, reflecting his level of craft and insightful engagement with history.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Website


Contact: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Tel: (1) 817.738.9215

Charles "Teenie" Harris
Charles "Teenie" Harris
Teenie Harris Photographs: Around the Clock
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA  •  Carnegie Museum of Art  •  2 June - 3 September 2018
 

Charles “Teenie” Harris worked around the clock. As a photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier, as a freelancer at nightclubs, at his portrait studio, as an artist, he was seemingly everywhere. Carnegie Museum of Art’s Teenie Harris Archive contains nearly 80,000 examples of Harris’s tireless practice. Teenie Harris Photographs: Around The Clock collects 25 images that reveal how one individual managed to document the experiences of an entire community.

At the Courier, one of the nation’s most important black newspapers, he was out on the beat, covering the day’s news—from civil rights struggles to local politics, from celebrations to tragedies. He was an insider, heading backstage to shoot jazz musicians and sharing candid moments with sports legends. Harris also ran his own portrait studio on The Hill, catering to weddings, social clubs, and churches. On his daily travels around Pittsburgh, Harris captured the vibrant landscape he knew so well. Closer to home, he recorded tender, funny moments with his kids and family. Inevitably, even after covering scenes of nightlife or an after-hours emergency, he returned to his basement studio in Homewood to develop the day's photos.

Organized by Charlene Foggie-Barnett, archive specialist, Teenie Harris Photographs: Around the Clock offers a glimpse into the breadth of this hardworking photographer's activities.

Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908–1998) photographed Pittsburgh’s African American community circa 1935–1975. With nearly 80,000 images by Harris, the Teenie Harris Archive at Carnegie Museum of Art is one of the most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience known today.



Carnegie Museum of Art


Contact: Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Tel: (1) 412 622 31 31

Kehinde Wiley:<EM> Samuel Eto’o,</EM> 2010Oil on canvas, 72 x 60 inches. Private Collection Courtesy of the artist and Roberts &amp; Tilton, Los Angeles, California
Kehinde Wiley: Samuel Eto'o, 2010
Oil on canvas, 72 x 60 inches.
Private Collection
Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California
The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art
MIAMI  •  Pérez Art Museum Miami  •  12 April - 2 September 2018
 

The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art is an art-based exhibition on the subject of soccer, or fútbol, and its interactions with societies around the world. Planned to overlap with the 2018 World Cup, the exhibition explores how the sport has stimulated artists to reflect upon its implications on society.

The exhibition features 50 works of art ranging from video and photography to painting and sculpture by more than 30 artists including Andy Warhol, Vik Muniz, Maria Lassnig, Kehinde Wiley, Miguel Calderón, Robin Rhode, Taryn Simon, Quisqueya Henriquez, Antoni Muntadas, Melanie Smith, Hank Willis Thomas, and others.



Pérez Art Museum Miami Website


Contact: Pérez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
Tel: (1) 305 375 3000

A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America
LOS ANGELES  •  Charles White Elementary School Gallery  •  27 January - 6 October 2018
 
 

As part of the multisite project A Universal History of Infamy, LACMA presents an exhibition curated by artist and educator Vincent Ramos at the museum's satellite gallery within Charles White Elementary School. By displaying works by contemporary Latino artists, writers, and activists exploring loss, resilience, and the political potential of poetic expression alongside several pieces from LACMA’s collection, Ramos exposes a shared impulse across generations to use art as a powerful method of resistance.

Artists in the exhibition include Isabel Avila, Raul Baltazar, Roberto Chavez, Victor Estrada, Carlee Fernandez, Devyn Galindo, Héctor García, Jacinta González, Raul Guerrero, Fred Lonidier, Maria de Los Angeles, Yvette Mayorga, Delilah Montoya, Jorge Orozco Gonzalez, Monique Prieto, Betsabeé Romero, Peter Saul, Fritz Scholder, Rufino Tamayo, Teresita de la Torre, Patricia Valencia, Linda Vallejo, Emmett Walsh, and Max Yavno.

Contributing writers: Rocio Carlos, Sesshu Foster, Carribean Fragoza, and Stephanie Guerrero.



The Los Angeles County Museum of Art Website


Contact:

Charles White Elementary School Gallery 
2401 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90057


Tel: (1) 323 857-6000

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Poppy Red and Yellowed Orange <EM>Butterfly</EM> 48.90), 2016, color pencil on paper, 76 × 42 inches (193 × 106.7 cm) © Mark Grotjahn
Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Poppy Red and Yellowed Orange Butterfly 48.90), 2016,
color pencil on paper, 76 × 42 inches (193 × 106.7 cm)
© Mark Grotjahn
Mark Grotjahn: 50 Kitchens
LOS ANGELES  •  Los Angeles County Museum of Art  •  20 May - 19 August 2018
 
 
Mark Grotjahn has made his Butterfly compositions since 2002, the latest is 50 Kitchens (2013–18), which will be exhibited at LACMA for the first time. Conceived as one work, 50 Kitchens takes its inspiration from a single composition that Grotjahn made to meet the dimensional specifications of a wall in his kitchen. The more than fifty subsequent chromatic drawings explore pairs of radiating colors and together create a prismatic display.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Website


Contact: LACMA
5905 Wilshire Boulevard 
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: 1 323 857 6000

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 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


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

Tel: (1) 202 393 77 98



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