It’s the last week of summer, which means that the fall museum exhibition season is right around the calendar. Here’s what I’m eager to (try to) see over the next few months. This list does not include new-museum openings or any of the dozens and dozens of Getty-funded Pacific Standard Time exhibitions, which will receive their own preview-post at a later date. Did I miss something? Pile on in the comments.
Charline von Heyl at the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia. How important a painter is Charline von Heyl? This 20-year survey will feature just 18 paintings plus collaged works on paper will help those of us who are intrigued by von Heyl’s work begin to decide. Catalogue. Curator: Jenelle Porter (ICA Boston). Opens: September 7. [Image above: von Heyl, It's Vot's Behind Me That I Am (Krazy Kat), 2010.]
Sepember 11 at PS1. A 9/11-oriented show featuring… Diane Arbus? According to the museum the exhibition “brings together more than 70 works by 41 artists—many made prior to 9/11 — to explore the attacks’ enduring and far-reaching resonance.” That could work — and it might not. Catalogue. Curator: Peter Eleey. Opens September 11.
de Kooning: A Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. The most-anticipated show of the season, bar none. Catalogue. Curator: John Elderfield. Opens: September 18. [Image below, right: de Kooning, Pink Angels, c.1945, Collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles.]
Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series at the Museum of Modern Art Fort Worth. This exhibition of the 20-year series of work that many consider to be the pinnacle of American abstract painting has been long-anticipated. Catalogue. Curator: Sarah C. Bancroft (Orange County Museum of Art). Opens September. 24.
More American Photographs at the Wattis Gallery at the California College of Arts, Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes from America’s Heartland at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. I’m kind of amazed that it’s been three years since The Great Recession began but no American museum or kunsthalle has looked back to the Farm Security Administration archive for a look at how photographers depicted economic calamity. Now two are. The Wattis will pair work from the 1930s and 1940s with a series of commissions from living artists and the Albright will show color photographs taken by the FSA team. The Wattis show opens: October 4. The A-K show opens: October 21.
Caravaggio and his Followers in Rome at the Kimbell Art Museum. In which the curators discover a previously unknown Italian artist named Caravaggio. Catalogue. Curators: David Franklin and Sebastian Schutze. Opens October 16.
Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit “ruin porn” has become a big hit on the interwebs and in $125 coffee-table books. There has to be more to post-automotive-industry Detroit than artfully photographed decaying buildings, right? This exhibition promises a fuller view of post-Motor City Detroit. Catalogue forthcoming. Curator: Nancy W. Barr. Opens October 16.
Timothy O’Sullivan: The King Survey Photographs at the Art Institute of Chicago. A major 2010 exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum of all of O’Sullivan’s survey work (plus some work allegedly inspired by O’Sullivan) was a mite underwhelming. Perhaps a narrower, more in-depth look at O’Sullivan’s work from a single survey expedition — presented by all-star curator Keith F. Davis — will be more revealing? Catalogue forthcoming. Curators: Davis and Jane A. Aspinwall (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art). Opens October 22. [Image at left: O'Sullivan, Pyramid Lake, c.1867-69, collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.]
Crime Unseen at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago. Photography offers a record and evidence, but it does not always offer truth or context. This exhibition, which features seven artists, including Deborah Luster and Angela Strassheim, examines the photographic presentation of dramatic, disturbing events. Opens October 28.
The Air We Breathe at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The battle for marriage equality for gays and lesbians has been one of the fastest-moving civil rights struggles in American history. SFMOMA will show work by 30 artists and eight poets engaged with the issue. Catalogue. Curator: Apsara DiQunizio. Opens: November 5. [Image: Martha Colburn, Untitled, 2011.]
Diego Rivera: Murals for the Museum of Modern Art, at MoMA. The museum mines its own archive to revisit its second monographic show, a 1931 Rivera exhibition. Catalogue. Curator: Leah Dickerman. Opens: November 13.
Jenny Saville at the Norton Museum of Art. The first Saville survey in an American museum will feature just 30 works — 15 paintings and 15 works on paper. Curator: Cheryl Brutvan. Opens on November 30.
Mark Handforth: Rolling Stop at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. The museum will install Handforths not just in its galleries but throughout South Florida. Curator: Bonnie Clearwater. Opens on November 30.