Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Art In Our Cities: A Preview

Written by Melissa Levin
This fall, you can see artwork by emerging and established artists working in all media from Los Angeles to Cleveland to New York to Portland, Maine. From Frida Kahlo and Laurie Anderson to Larissa Bates and Kate Gilmore, listed here are shows by fabulous female artists as well as extraordinary lady-run spaces across the country. Check these women out as they (literally) make their marks in our world.
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This fall, you can see artwork by emerging and established artists working in all media from Los Angeles to Cleveland to New York to Portland, Maine. From Frida Kahlo and Laurie Anderson to Larissa Bates and Kate Gilmore, listed here are shows by fabulous female artists as well as extraordinary lady-run spaces across the country. Check these women out as they (literally) make their marks in our world.

CHICAGO, IL
Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Mickalene Thomas
Girlfriends, Lovers, Still Lifes and Landscape
November 21, 2008–January 10, 2009
Excerpt from biography (from www.lehmannmaupin.com):
New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas is known for her elaborate paintings adorned with rhinestones, enamel and colorful acrylics. Her depictions of African American women explore notions of black female celebrity and identity while romanticizing ideas of femininity and power…

CLEVELAND, OH
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
Elizabeth Axtman, Jefferson Pinder, Hank Willis Thomas/Kambui Olujimi, and Xaviera Simmons
Facing Race: Four Artists Speak Out
Curated by Indra K. Lacis, Emily Hall Tremaine Curatorial Fellow
September 12–December 28, 2008
Excerpt from press release:
Building on Sheila Pree Bright’s examination of race in her exhibition Suburbia is a group of short videos by four young African American artists—Elizabeth Axtman, Jefferson Pinder, Hank Willis Thomas/Kambui Olujimi, and Xaviera Simmons…
 
HARTFORD, CT
Wadsworth Atheneum
Who Was Anna Tuels? Quilt Stories, 1750-1900
August 30, 2008–January 25, 2009
Excerpt from press release:
Who Was Anna Tuels? Quilt Stories, 1750-1900 celebrates the history of quilting from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in America. Drawing from its own excellent collection, most of which has not been on view for twenty years, this exhibition complements the museum’s unique fall/winter exhibition showcasing the early American Arts and Crafts period…

LOS ANGELES, CA
Hammer Museum
Nathalie Djurberg
September 28, 2008-January 4, 2009
October 1, 7pm: Artist Talk: Djurberg talks with collaborator and composer Hans Berg. They will discuss their process and screen several short videos.
Excerpt from press release:
[Djurberg’s] clay animation videos (with wildly inventive soundtracks composed by her collaborator Hans Berg) appear sweet and idyllic at first glance, but the action generally takes dark, twisted, and disturbing turns as her characters act out wild revenge fantasies and other violent scenarios…

LA County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913–2008
October 26, 2008–March 1, 2009
Excerpt from press release:
Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913–2008 is the first major exhibition to bring together the magazine's historic archive of rare vintage prints with its contemporary photographs. The exhibition explores the ways in which photography and celebrity have interacted and changed, with portraits from the magazine's early period (1913–1936) displayed in conjunction with works from the contemporary Vanity Fair (1983–present)…
 
Taylor De Cordoba Gallery
Kyle Field
More Country Questions
September 6th, 2008-October 25th, 2008
Excerpt from press release:
For his second solo exhibition at Taylor De Cordoba, Field explores the intersection of nature and commerce thru the convergence of personal experiences, inside jokes, imaginary creatures and imagined advertising. Frogs, snakes, worms, snails and turtles wander within a landscape of billboards, logos and symbols of commercialism…
 
Taylor De Cordoba Gallery
Sasha Bezzubov & Jessica Sucher
The Searchers
November 1-December 20th, 2008
Excerpt from press release:
"The Searchers" examines various aspects of Western spiritual tourism in India and features large scale photographs taken at sites including the Osho Meditation Resort in Pune, the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh, and the Mahabodi Temple in Bodh Gaya. Bezzubov and Sucher investigate the lure of India's rich religious history in utopian communities, yoga centers, and meditation retreats that cater to Western seekers…

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Walker Art Center
Frida Kahlo
October 27, 2007-January 20, 2008
Excerpt from press release:
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo began painting in 1926, while recovering from anear-fatalbus accident, and soon became captivated by the medium's expressive possibilities. Kahlo's folkloric style, influenced by Mexican popular art, and her fantastical imagery earned her recognition among the Surrealists, but her intriguing persona and unmistakable originality propelled her beyond the confines of a specific movement to become a leading figure in modern art…

NEW YORK, NY
Brooklyn Museum
Votes for Women
February 16–November 30, 2008
Excerpt from press release:
Votes for Women examines the methods and tactics used throughout the generations of the suffrage movement with more than sixty objects and images from the days of Anthony’s leadership of the movement, to the increased activism after her death in 1906, to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.

Monya Rowe Gallery
Larissa Bates
Just Hustle and Muscle
September 4-October 18, 2008
Excerpt from press release:
Bates continues her investigation with gender identity and social politics by using the iconic image of a young wrestler to represent both the masculine and feminine characteristics of a male. In Bates’ world – purposely deprived of females - the wrestlers are known as ‘MotherMen’ - - they represent the maternal male figure. Another key character are the ‘Lederhosen Boys’; while they are enamored by the MotherMen, they are unable to control their destructive tendencies and turn to the supernatural to temper their skepticism…

New Museum
Elizabeth Peyton
Live Forever
October 8, 2008-January 11, 2009
Excerpt from press release:
Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton is the first survey of Elizabeth Peyton's work in an American institution. The survey will include more than 100 works made over the past fifteen years.
Peyton's oeuvre can be read in chapters, each of which feature portraits of friends, family, personal heroes, and fleeting passions. "Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton" will offer a visual biography of the artist, and at the same time create a snapshot of the popular culture of the past decade…

New Museum
Mary Heilmann
To Be Someone
October 22, 2008-January 26, 2009
Excerpt from press release:
"Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone" will be the first solo exhibition and retrospective of the artist’s work in a New York museum. It will include paintings as well as ceramic sculptures and furniture made by the New York-based artist over the last forty years…A “painter’s painter,” her straightforward, seemingly loose and casual approach belies a witty dialogue with art historical preconceptions…

Nicelle Beauchene Gallery
Rebecca Saylor Sack
Breaker
September 4-October 5, 2008
Excerpt from press release:
The choreography that takes place in Rebecca Saylor Sack’s paintings orchestrates color and form as subtle progressions punctuated by moments of surprise and incongruity. Unfolding as a series of spontaneous developments, delicate passages juxtaposed with broad brushstrokes thread together a sense of disorientation, apprehension and tension that refuse conventions of space and time. The riotous compositions in flux effuse a disjointed rhythm that is simultaneously whimsical and conflicted…

The NY Art Book Fair
Friday & Saturday, October 24 & 25, 2008, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 26, 2008, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Excerpt from press release:
Printed Matter's annual fair of contemporary art books, art catalogs, artists' books, art periodicals, and 'zines offered for sale by over 120 international publishers, booksellers, and antiquarian dealers. Admission to the fair is FREE.

SoHo Night
September 24, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Excerpt from press release:
An evening of special programming and extended hours by not-for-profit visual arts institutions located in SoHo: CityArts, apexart, Artists Space, The Drawing Center, Location One, Harvestworks, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and the Swiss Institute. Admission is free!

PHILADELPHIA, PA
ICA Philadelphia
Kate Gilmore
September 5-December 7, 2008
Excerpt from press release:
Kate Gilmore loves a challenge. For her performance-based video works, she sets up a difficult physical task—a precarious tower of strung-together furniture to climb, for instance—dons lipstick and a fancy dress, and documents herself making the attempt…
 
PORTLAND, ME
First Friday Art Walk
Mission Statement:
OUR MISSION is to open the doors of Portland's visual arts community by joining together and introducing a wider audience to the unique vitality of the artists and venues of Portland. Promoting interest with non-exclusivity and easy access, thereby strengthening the arts and community through diversity and celebration.

Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
Adriane Herman, Ling-Wen Tsai, Yumi Janairo Roth, Yoonmi Nam
Ruminant
August 27–October 19, 2008
Opening reception: September 5, 2008
Excerpt from press release:
A ruminant is an animal that chews its own cud. Rooted in this process, ruminating has become a metaphor for thoughtfully digesting information. The artists in this show follow a ruminating path: finding subject matter, absorbing it, meditating on it, and then reprocessing it in a new form…

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Cal Performances
University of California, Berkeley
Laurie Anderson
Homeland
Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m.
Excerpt from press release:
Homeland consists of a series of songs and stories that create a poetic and political portrait of contemporary American culture. Conceived as one long piece of music, Homeland moves through many worlds—from Greek tragedy to American business models—addressing the current obsession with fear, violence, and security. Technologically, this new work is Anderson's most sophisticated production to date…
 
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Day of Transfer and Exchange
Mierle Laderman Ukeles's Project for In the Beginning
Thursday, September 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 13, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Excerpt from press release:
Participants will have a chance to take possession of a mirror from the installation, and put in its place a "covenant," in which the participant commits to do works of active transformation, or tikkun, after leaving the Museum. As a token of this covenantal exchange, each participant will take home one of the handmade mirrors made exclusively for this installation.
 
These ideas reflect Ukeles's reading of the first chapter of Genesis, in which God creates each person in God's image. Ukeles was also inspired by a mystical interpretation of Genesis, in which each person is obligated to actively help God repair the world that was mysteriously shattered during Creation…
 
SFMOMA
Frida Kahlo
June 14–September 28, 2008
Excerpt from press release:
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo began painting in 1926, while recovering from a near-fatal bus accident, and soon became captivated by the medium's expressive possibilities. Kahlo's folkloric style, influenced by Mexican popular art, and her fantastical imagery earned her recognition among the Surrealists, but her intriguing persona and unmistakable originality propelled her beyond the confines of a specific movement to become a leading figure in modern art…

Triple Base

Excerpt from press release:
Triple Base is a project space that strives to facilitate new and innovative ways to promote and assist emerging Bay Area artists, to instigate dialogue with artists from various regions and to encourage cross-disciplinary collaborations. Brought together by a shared interest in site-specific and multi-disciplinary contemporary art practice, co-curators Joyce Grimm and Dina Pugh invite artists working in areas of film/video, social practice, music, painting, drawing and sculpture to create new work while considering the parameters of site, scale and location. Triple Base seeks to aid emerging artists in at a crucial point in their careers, and to encourage them to create projects that go beyond the usual scope of their art making practice. Integral to our artist-centered mission is Triple Base’s arts education programming that benefits our diverse audience, artists and interns.
 
ST. LOUIS, MO
Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis
Aida Ruilova
THE SINGLES 1999 - NOW
September 12, 20087-January 4, 2009
Excerpt from press release:
Aïda Ruilova creates dark, narrative video works in which cryptic characters and actions conjoin with horror movie aesthetics and elements of the sublime. Using classical cinematic devices and distinctively jarring, low-tech sensibility, Ruilova’s work is imbued with strong formal and associative relationships to music, as well as more visceral experiences of discrete sounds…
 
Photos courtesy of (from top to bottom): Nicelle Beauchene Gallery; Institute of Contemporary Art, Kate Gilmore, and Smith-Stewart; SFMOMA 
 
Photo credits: (from top to bottom):
Rebecca Saylor Sack
Eye-Lights, 2008
Untitled (Red), 2008

Kate Gilmore
Wallflower, 2006/2007, Video
Every Girl Loves Pink (still), 2006, Video
 
Frida Kahlo
The Two Fridas, 1939
The Broken Column, 1944
Henry Ford Hospital, 1932

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