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“Performance Lessons: Suzanne Lacy Teaches Andrea Bowers Performance Art” at the Main Museum, October 30 (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) LOS ANGELES — Eschewing the pomp and fanfare that typically greet the opening of a new art institution, the Main Museum recently made its debut quietly, not with a star-studded gala but with a low-key performance.
Nitrate film (all images courtesy George Eastman Museum) Many of the most iconic films in cinematic history — Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, Citizen Kane — were recorded on nitrate, the earliest form of motion picture film, yet the material has a terrible reputation.
The Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum, Paris, France (via Flickr/Pablo Ibañez) Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
Miami-based collectors Mera and Don Rubell (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) The Rubells have become synonymous with the A-list of major contemporary art collectors.
José Alvarez’s drawing of Orlin “el Pajaro” (bird), Honduras, Krome #318, Blue, 18 years old. Orlin came to the US to escape gang violence, crossing Guatemala in one day and one night on a bus.
KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst / KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art (all photos by Jens Ziehe) BERLIN — When you visit one of the many high-ceilinged, post-industrial cultural spaces in Berlin, they might seem like they were just built for site-specific, oversized contemporary art.
James Weldon Johnson, The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man, jacket illustration by Aaron Douglas (New York, Alfred A.
Larry S., “Always Without a Net” (all photos by Christopher Watkins unless noted) One of the two hands thrust through the bars clutches a pencil, and the wrist sports the bracelet of a handcuff, putting to rest any question that these bars are anything other than those of a prison cell.
Liquor being poured down the sewer during Prohibition (courtesy Mob Museum) Flappers, jazz, and colorful cocktails to mask the harsh taste of bathtub gin are familiar cultural influences from the Prohibition era.
Minor White, “San Francisco” (1949), from The Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum, bequest of Minor White (all photos © Trustees of Princeton University) When Minor White, the prolific American photographer and founding editor of Aperture magazine passed away in 1976, he bequeathed his entire archives to Princeton University.
The MFA Graphic Design program at BU pairs intensive making with research, design theory and professional practices.
Frieze from Roman sarcophagus representing Putti with sundial (140–160 CE), marble (courtesy Musée du Louvre, Paris, Département des Antiquités grecques, étrusques et romaines, © RMN-Grand Palais / Hervé Lewandowski Art Resource, NY) The oldest known example of a portable sundial is in the shape of a ham.
The foyer of Unit 1: 3583 Dubois by Anders Ruhwald (all images by Jerry Birchfield, courtesy the artist, Volume Gallery, and MoCA Cleveland) CLEVELAND — Maybe I haven’t yet recovered from binge-watching Stranger Things, but my immediate reaction as I crossed the threshold into Unit 1: 3583 Dubois, an immersive installation work by Anders Ruhwald at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, was that I’d somehow stumbled into “the upside-down.” Ruhwald, a ceramic artist whose work has always displayed an extraordinary sensitivity to space, has meticulously reconstructed a Detroit apartment building he purchased back in 2014 for the purpose of the project. Mere weeks earlier, I had attended a birthday party at this location, and the clean, cheerful, and bustling environs of the real 3583 Dubois could not have provided a sharper contrast to the silent, windowless, blacked-over surfaces of the dark-side doppelgänger Ruhwald has created in Cleveland.
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Kader Attia, “Ghost” (2007) (photo by Herry Lawford/Flickr) A music video for the song “Putain d’époque” by French rappers Dosseh and Nekfeu has been removed from YouTube after the artist Kader Attia filed a lawsuit claiming it plagiarizes one of his works.
Heather Feather, “Candy Queen ASMR Role Play for Relaxation” (screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic via YouTube) Sometimes we all just want someone’s gentle, soothing voice whispering in our ear that it’s all going to be okay, or we long to hear some meditative, relaxing sounds that induce calming sensations.
Installation view of Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, featuring Berni Searle video (courtesy of the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art) CLINTON, NY — In the idyll of Oneida County, the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College is showing Senses of Time: Video and Film–Based Works of Africa, which features nine videos and films by seven artists, all of whom were born or grew up in the continent of Africa. The remarkably accomplished installation strategy designed by the Wellin’s Preparator, Christopher Harrison, takes those nine separate works and stitches them together into an experience defined less by a given video’s narrative and spectral material than by its manifestation as spectacle.
Image from the invite to a rally protesting Steven Mnuchin (via facebook) LOS ANGELES — In a statement released last Friday, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) announced that Steven Mnuchin would be resigning from the museum’s board, which he joined in 2009.
Joyce Scott, 2016 MacArthur Fellow, at the CAA 2016 Annual Conference This Valentine’s Day, the College Art Association (CAA) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) are showing their love for artists by partnering to offer professional development programming, “The Artist as Entrepreneur,” the day before the CAA Annual Conference.
The Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building at 2030 SW 145th Avenue in Miami’s Miramar district (all images courtesy the General Services Administration, via gsa.gov) A large wooden sculpture by Ursula von Rydingsvard is being blamed for a series of illnesses suffered by agents working out of the Miami field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).