It’s the time of year when newspapers and magazines fill space with fall arts previews. Yawn. Anyone with an internet connection can look to see what’s coming up at MoMA or the Getty. You know what would be really useful in a fall arts preview? Someone spotlighting shows you might not otherwise know about. So here’s an attempt at just that…
Huckleberry Finn at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. This is the final show in a series of three Wattis exhibits based on American novels and artists’ engagement with the themes therein. The show, which opens on Sept. 28, will feature work by nearly three dozen artists, including David Hammons, Kristen Morgin, Dorothea Lange, Glenn Ligon and Alec Soth. Exhibition website.
Jim Campbell: In the Repose of Memory at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University and the Roanoke College Galleries; Jim Campbell at Madison Square Park, New York. Campbell is a California-based artist who has been well-collected by Bay Area institutions but who has never had much of an East Coast career… until now. In addition to this two-museum survey which opens in southern Virginia on Sept. 16, Campbell will create an installation that will go on view in NYC’s Madison Square Park in October. Next year Campbell will create a lobby installation for SFMOMA. Exhibition information for Hollins/Roanoke. Exhibition information for Madison Square Park. [Image above is a digital rendering of Campbell's Madison Square Park installation, courtesy of the Madison Square Park Conservancy.]
Steve Roden at the Armory Center for the Arts. Former LACMA curator Howard Fox has organized a 20-year survey of Roden’s multi-disciplinary work. (It’s hard to think of two more significant, in-their-prime, California-based artists who have had less of an East Coast presence. ) Roden’s largest-ever installation is already on view at Pomona College. Exhibition website. [At right: Steve Roden, bowrain (2010), as installed at Pomona College. More images of the installation are here.]
Tracy Snelling’s Woman on the Run at 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Snelling makes clever, haunting, narrative post-Kienholz models and dioramas. Somehow, a hotel seems like a perfect venue for her storytelling. Part of the work will travel to Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts in 2011. It was originally commissioned by and shown at London’s Selfridges during 2008’s Frieze Art Fair. Exhibition website.
Set Pieces at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia: Philly-based artist Virgil Marti will pull 75 objects out of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s storage lockers and will install them at the ICA. Institutional critique times two? The show opens on September 15. Exhibition website.
Kunsterplakate: Artists’ posters from East Germany, 1967-1990 at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery. Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, posters were a key way through which artists could engage with audiences in East Germany, argues this exhibition. Is this street art motivated by a humanist imperative? The show opens today. Museum website.
Posing Beauty in African-American Culture at the Williams College Museum of Art: Deborah Willis, guest curator and chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, looks at the ways African-American beauty has been represented by artists such as Renee Cox, Bruce Davidson, Mickalene Thomas and more. The exhibition opens on September 11. Exhibition website.
Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000 at the Berkeley Art Museum: This exhibition (accompanied by this new book) details how a San Francisco-based vanguard that included Stan Brakhage, Yvonne Rainer, Bruce Conner and others jumped off from Eadweard Muybridge to push video art and film installation in new directions. The show opens on October 6. Exhibition website.
Sarah Oppenheimer at the Rice University Art Gallery: Already on view now at MCASD and the Mattress Factory, Oppenheimer is fulfilling a new commission for Rice. (Preview: Look for a special event with Oppenheimer here on MAN next week!) Exhibition website. See day-by-day pictures of the work-in-progress. [Above, left: Sarah Oppenheimer, D-17 (in progress).]
Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas by Rebecca Solnit and a cast of thousands. Coming in November, this book enlists writers, artists, designers, cartographers in more in an exploration of what makes a place a place.