LECTURE Urban Theory Lab Lecture: David Maisel, "Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime" December 1, 2016
Moderator: Neil Brenner. Panelists: Pierre Bélanger, Rosetta Sarah Elkin, Sharon Harper.
In his ongoing, multi-chaptered series Black Maps, David Maisel’s aerial photographs of environmentally impacted sites explore the aesthetics and politics of radically human-altered environments, open pit mines, clear-cut forests, and zones of water reclamation, framing the issues of contemporary landscape with equal measures of documentation and metaphor. Maisel’s work has been exhibited internationally, and is collected in several major books, including Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime. His latest book is the forthcoming Proving Ground.
MONIR FARMANFARMAIAN @ The Tang Museum
GROUP EXHIBITION Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science September 17, 2016 - March 12, 2017
Patterns, systems, and networks are all around us, and in this digital age we are increasingly aware of their influence on our lived experience. This exhibition explores some of the ways in which human beings create and manipulate patterns, and why we are intrinsically driven to do so. Patterns allow us to understand and predict complex natural and cultural phenomena, and to create artworks and other structures of surprising complexity and unity.
AI WEIWEI @ Foam Photography Museum
SOLO EXHIBITION Ai Weiwei - #SafePassage September 16 - December 7, 2016
The exhibition #SafePassage will deal with the fate of the individual versus the overruling systems of society, switching from Ai Weiwei’s personal experiences as a refugee of the Chinese Government, to the hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants who risked their lives to reach Europe, only to find their path barred by a succession of border closures.
Alongside marble sculptures and films, Ai Weiwei will cover the walls of Foam with thousands of photographs taken on his mobile phone. This immense collage will reflect on all the personal encounters the artist has had with individuals and the tragic situation unfolding in the Mediterranean, bringing to our attention what is, in his own words, "the biggest, most shameful humanitarian crisis since World War II".
LINDA CONNOR @ Cincinnati Art Museum
GROUP EXHIBITION The Poetry of Place December 10, 2016 - June 11, 2017
A sense of mystery prevails in the scenes William Clift, Linda Connor and Michael Kenna capture. Featuring lyrical interpretations rather than documentary fragments, their black-and-white photographs reveal moments steeped in history. This exhibition brings together their pictures of an ethereal, serene world that will invite visitors to consider meanings beyond visible details.
KOTA EZAWA @ Oakland Museum of California
SYMPOSIUM Exploring Public Art Practices Saturday, September 10, 2016
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation presents “Exploring Public Art Practices,” a free half-day symposium with artist talks, discussions and presentations by 15 local and national artists to investigate the shifting field of public artistic practice.
This event is designed to bring together artists working in, or who want to work in, public art to share ideas and learn from each other. The symposium aims to grow critical discourse among artists and expand Bay Area dialogue on the opportunities and challenges of working in public space.
The event will feature talks by Michael Arcega, Kota Ezawa, Ana Teresa Fernández, Cliff Hengst, Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman, Alison Pebworth, Chris Sollars and Jenifer Wofford.
DAVID MAISEL @ HALLE 14 - Center for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany
GROUP EXHIBITION Capitalist Melancholia July 26 - August 7, 2016
The artworks on display at the exhibition and the symposium/performance“A Government of Times” invite us to pause for a moment, reorient ourselves, and reflect on new perspectives, raising questions about political fantasy and a different form of acceleration—an experimental, navigational process where we can discover a universe of possibilities.
Ten artistic positions and a symposium/performance take a closer look at the current phenomenon of social, economic, and technological acceleration and exhaustion, exploring the theme of 21st century melancholy.
Participating artists: David Maisel, Gregory Barsamian, Stefan Brüggemann, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova, CHTO, Jeannette Ehlers, Famed, Rumiko Hagiwara, Álvaro Martínez Alonso, Guido van der Werve.
Curated by Michael Arzt, François Cusset, Camille de Toledo.
DAVID SIMPSON 2016 Monograph
PUBLICATION David Simpson Works 1965-2015 Published by Radius Books, 2016
Featuring works from 1965-2015, this expansive new monograph offers an in-depth look into the evolution of David Simpson's reductive painting style. With the help of over ninety full-color plates, the publication further examines how "Simpson's paintings explore light, color, and reflection to engage the surface of a painted canvas.” The resulting works are complex, surprising, and ever changing with the time of day.
In addition to these carefully selected examples of Simpson’s most influential work, the monograph contains a short biography complete with personal photographs and a tour of the artist’s studio. Also included are the essays "Reflecting Light" by Louis Grachos, "Creating Space" by Jonathon Keats, and "David Simpson's 1970's Abstractions Still Radical" by Kenneth Baker. Baker also sat down with the artist to discuss how he came to his iconic style, the trajectory of his work throughout the decades, and how he plans to continue his legacy in the 21st century.
MONIR FARMANFARMAIAN @ Gwangju Biennale, South Korea
BIENNALE Eleventh Gwangju Biennale | The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?) September 2 - November 6, 2016
By placing art center-stage, with an emphasis on its imaginative capacity, its connection with the future in the midst of daily life and struggles for survival in the present, the Gwangju Biennale highlights art as a kind of visionary knowledge and practice which can encompass prefiguration, diagnosis and prognosis, allowing for slightly different, be it ambiguous and conflictual, perspectives on how art engages with what lies ahead of us.
Thinking thoroughly about what art does, how it lands in different contexts, and how it sits in society, GB11 does not aim for a single exhibition but place emphasis on process of communication and mediation of art and society
Photo: Monir Farmanfarmaian at her 2015 Guggenheim Exhibition Credit: David Heald
BINH DANH @ The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
GROUP EXHIBITION From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art November 25, 2016 - April 2, 2017
From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art presents work by approximately twenty-five artists who grapple with memories that are not their own. There are many forms of memory: memories we have experienced, memories we have heard as family stories and from popular culture, even memories from an imagined future. Through their work, the artists in this exhibition search, question, and reflect on the representation of truths related to ancestral and collective memory—ultimately attempting to deal with their own past. Artists include Yamashiro Chikako, Binh Danh, Guy Goldstein, Rä di Martino, Yong Soon Min, Fabio Morais, and Anri Sala, among others.
AI WEIWEI @ 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria
SOLO EXHIBITION translocation – transformation July 14 - November 20, 2016
“translocation – transformation at the 21er Haus in Vienna is the first solo exhibition in Austria by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Continuing his ongoing engagement with the themes of migration, expulsion, and translocation, Ai draws on his own experiences of migration and the complexities of cultural and geographical politics to address current social issues, in particular the refugee crisis.
'We are living in a world with very fast change in many respects – politically or geographically,' says Ai. 'It is about our history; it is about how history and how different times merge into this so called contemporary moment. There is such a diversity, and such a very big span of time and different kinds of techniques, material, and the various treatments.'" - Nicholas Forrest, Blouin Artinfo
DENNIS OPPENHEIM @ Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY
SOLO EXHIBITION Terrestrial Studio May 14 - November 13, 2016
"[Dennis] Oppenheim transplanted himself from the Bay Area to New York in 1966 to become a pioneer of Earth, Body, Conceptual, installation, and video art. Eloquent and charismatic, he was one of the few who would convincingly and seemingly effortlessly traverse these genres in his wide-ranging projects. 'Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio,' this summer’s major exhibition at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York, focuses solely on the artist’s unique engagement with the land. While not a full-scale retrospective, it examines how his approach to nature evolved over the course of his career. The show constitutes the first posthumous solo exhibition for the artist, who died of cancer in 2011 at age seventy-two, and the first US museum exhibition of Oppenheim’s work in nearly a decade." - David Ebony, Art in America
TAHA HEYDARI @ Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
SOLO EXHIBITION Corrupted July 7 - September 3, 2016
"Fantastic paintings of corrupted data like you might find on your computer screen when bad things happen. Or maybe they refer more to the state of human relations. Whatever your interpretation, they're so good I hereby declare them Pick of the Month. Like to wager on young talent? Good odds here. Definitely worth a visit. While you're at it, catch the group photo show in the back." - Alan Bamberger, ArtBusiness.com
DAVID NASH @ The Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
AWARDS AND HONORS Charles Wollaston Award Royal Academy of Arts, London, England July 8, 2016
"Blaenau Ffestiniog sculptor David Nash was announced as winner of the Charles Wollaston award at the 2016 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition recently. The exhibition has been running nonstop since 1769 and is currently Europe’s oldest ‘open submission’ exhibition.
The Royal Academy presents a number of significant prizes for outstanding works within the show including the prestigious £25,000 Charles Wollaston Award, one of the most significant art prizes in the UK, presented for the ‘most distinguished work’ in the exhibition, this year awarded to Nash for his sculpture, Big Black.
Big Black, a carved and charred redwood sculpture, stands at nearly four-metres-high and is an imposing presence in the Academy’s 10-room exhibition. It was completed in 2015 and previously shown at Periodic Tales."
DAVID SIMPSON @ Studio La Città, Verona, Italy
SOLO EXHIBITION David Simpson: Works from the 1980s June 2016
"The video room will be devoted to the works by the American David Simpson. We will be presenting for the first time in Italy his very special works from the 1980s: pieces in which the balance of colour has been engineered by the artist with the help of sharply-defined geometric forms. During the opening, Marco Meneguzzo presents the American artist English monograph: David Simpson, Works 1965-2015, published by Radius Books, with texts by Louis Grachos, Jonathon Keats, Kenneth Baker and David Simpson. The book is an explanatory summary of the artist's works created between 1965 and 2015."
BINH DANH @ Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
GROUP EXHIBITION War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Renewal by Binh Danh and Robert Schultz August 21 - October 16, 2016
"War Memoranda probes the question 'How do Americans remember war?' with soldiers’ portraits developed in the flesh of leaves, battlefield landscapes photographed using 19th-century technologies, and war poems of intimate reflection.
'The real war will never get in the books,' Walt Whitman declared. In response, photographer Binh Danh and poet Robert Schultz have drawn upon Whitman’s poetry and prose, as well as striking historical portraits of soldiers, to create daguerreotypes, chlorophyll prints, cyanotypes, artist’s books, and poems that contemplate American wars past and present."
AI WEIWEI @ Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
SOLO EXHIBITION Overrated April 28 - July 2, 2016
"Overrated addresses many of today’s concerns with government spying and government attempts at muffling dissent. Mixing traditional methods, like Chinese ceramics, with these contemporary socio-political issues, Weiwei challenges authority, while also commenting on the limited status of freedom of expression in his home country."
MIKE HENDERSON @ SAIC, Chicago, IL
SOLO EXHIBITION Down Hear: The Films of Mike Henderson March 31, 2016
"Best known as a painter and blues guitarist, San Francisco–based artist Mike Henderson produced a remarkable body of experimental and performance-driven films starting in the mid 1960s through the 1980s. Politically charged and often wickedly funny, Henderson's productions range from improvisational compositions and absurd musings to powerful "talking blues films" about blackness and black experience. Henderson presents a program from across his two decades with the medium, including the hilarious and conceptually pointed Dufus (1970/1973) and powerful Down Hear (1972), which tells the history of slave shipping through a charged performance by Henderson and his brother Raymond."
MONIR FARMANFARMAIAN @ ADAA's Art Show, New York City, NY
"Also at ADAA, Monir Farmanfarmaian looks stronger, more concentrated at Haines's booth than at the Guggenheim." - Roberta Smith, Co-Chief Art Critic, The New York Times
"In the post-museum-retrospective category, Haines has a good selection of work by the nonagenarian Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian, who had a show at the Guggenheim last year. Ms. Farmanfarmaian’s dazzling, mirrored sculptures and jewelry combine architecture, celestial geometry and Sufism with traditional Islamic craft techniques to produce a kaleidoscopic effect." - The New York Times
"Fair newcomer Haines Gallery shows sculptures and works on paper by Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian... “Her works are inspired in part by Iranian traditional mirror work found in shrines and mosques, and then she combines that with her understanding of abstraction—she was in New York in the ’50s, when hard-edged abstraction was coming into its own,” Haines director David Spalding noted." - Artsy
DAVID MAISEL @ Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
SOLO EXHIBITION The Fall January 7 - March 12, 2016
"David Maisel’s aerial photographs of Toledo, Spain, and the surrounding La Mancha region, some of which will be on view at Haines Gallery, in San Francisco, through March 12th, can make Earth’s surface look more alien than terrestrial. Parts of the area that Maisel focussed on are underlain by light-colored alkaline rocks, which formed through the evaporation of an ancient body of water. The silvery soil of plowed fields almost shimmers, like a ghostly memory of that long-vanished sea."
AI WEIWEI @ Le Bon Marché, Paris, France
SOLO EXHIBITION Er Xi January 16 - February 20, 2016
"From January 16 to February 20, 2016, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche features the first exhibition in France of original works by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The monumental installations of the exhibition "Er Xi, play Air" infuse poetry and fantasy at the heart of store and shop windows, rue de Sèvres."
AI WEIWEI @ National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
GROUP EXHIBITION Andy Warhol - Ai Weiwei 11 December - April 25, 2016
"This major international exhibition features two of the most significant artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.
Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, developed by the NGV and The Andy Warhol Museum, with the participation of Ai Weiwei, explores the significant influence of these two exemplary artists on modern art and contemporary life, focusing on the parallels, intersections and points of difference between the two artists’ practices. Surveying the scope of both artists’ careers, the exhibition at the NGV presents more than 300 works, including major new commissions, immersive installations and a wide representation of paintings, sculpture, film, photography, publishing and social media."
WON JU LIM @ Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, CA
GROUP EXHIBITION Oasis September 13 - December, 2015
The exhibit Oasis looks beyond these surface characteristics, and broadens the definition of oasis to a place of refuge, a way station for travelers, an island of life in the middle of a difficult and dangerous landscape.
In the exhibit, 22 artists use the theme of “oasis” as a point of departure, with artworks that not only fill the Gallery but also spill out into the hidden corners of Descanso, created by artists who specialize in site-specific sculptures and environments. The exhibition includes the work of four prominent Los Angeles poets whose words and ideas leave the printed page and enter into the nooks and crannies of Descanso Gardens itself.
ZHAN WANG @ OCT Ten Year Public Art Project, Shanghai, China
SOLO EXHIBTION Nothing for the Time Being October 25 - January 23, 2016
"This installment of the Shanghai Pujiang OCT Ten Year Public Art Project, China’s longest and most influential public art project, will feature a large scale solo exhibition and 17.5 Degrees of Deviation. The artist chosen for this year’s solo exhibition segment is Zhan Wang, who will present two entirely new art series for the public art project, Metamorph and Terrain. The 2015 Shanghai Pujiang OCT Ten Year Public Art Project will also install the 9th marker in the 17.5°Deviation installation, to be held simultaneously with the opening of Zhan Wang’s Nothing for the Time Being."
KOTA EZAWA @ THE THING Quarterly
Commissioned by THE THING to create an umbrella, visual artist Kota Ezawa went for a hybrid of form, function and entertainment (as only a zoetrope can be). Each panel of the umbrella contains a victorian woman in various stages of umbrella opening, like a film still in a zoetrope. Get it out in the rain and take it for a spin!
KOTA EZAWA @ Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
SOLO EXHIBITION In the Box: Kota Ezawa October 15 - April 10, 2016
Kota Ezawa's exhibition here in The Box includes a video mashup of The Beatles and the Punk Band Dead Kennedys and a lightbox reinterpretation of one of the most famous pictures in human history. Also on view is a work called City of Nature, where he applies his signature visual style to scenes from famous films and weaves them into a four-minute digital animation where nature moves from the backdrop to the subject.
ANDY GOLDSWORTHY @ Storm King Art Center, Windsor, NY
AWARDS AND HONORS Sixth Annual Gala Dinner Honoree October 1, 2015
This October, Storm King will host its sixth Annual Gala Dinner and Live Auction honoring Andy Goldsworthy and The Duke of Devonshire.
Storm King Wall—Andy Goldsworthy’s first museum commission for a permanent work in the United States and his largest single installation to date—exemplifies his nature-based methodology, which includes building this and other dry stone walls that draw on British agricultural tradition. Storm King Wall was originally imagined as a 750-foot-long dry stone wall snaking through the woods, but when it reached its planned endpoint, at the foot of a large oak tree, it seemed only natural to the artist for the wall to continue downhill to a nearby pond. Soon after the wall’s trajectory was extended again; it now emerges from the other side of the pond and continues uphill to Storm King’s western boundary at the New York State Thruway—totaling 2,278 feet overall.
LESLIE SHOWS @ SFAI, San Francisco, CA
SOLO EXHIBITION November 7 - December 12, 2015
Leslie Shows (BFA, 1999) recently spoke of a desire to “makework that is so secret from myself that I would be seduced into making it.” In a series of sculptural paintings commissioned for this exhibition, Shows’ striking materials—engraved aluminum, synthetic rubber, cut Plexiglas, silk, and digitally printed sand—appear as just-formed thoughts.
Shows’ new works further dissolve previous imagery akin to abstractions of pyrite, or glaciers, to crawl out of, and back into, the landscape. Her works vary in scale, from picture-sized to room- scale installations, and shiver in light. They evoke the unknown, and are particularly unknowable. Even as they slip from your grasp, one is compelled to learn their vocabulary. Yet the paintings don’t arrive at an end—they are rather happening to themselves, and becoming together.
The same could be said of our Earth, and human complicity within it, and Shows’ work effectively shifts geologic timescales to a sensuous, urgent state.
CAMILLE UTTERBACK @ Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
GROUP EXHIBITION NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology October 15, 2015 - January 17, 2016
Camille will be participating in NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) alongside eight other Bay Area digital artists. NEAT looks at the rapidly evolving relationship between artists and technology almost 50 years since the seminal 1960s Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) set out to break down barriers between artists and scientists and expand the artist’s role in social developments related to new technologies. E.A.T. was officially launched in 1967 by the engineers Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer and the artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman. These men had previously collaborated in 1966 when they organized 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, a series of performance art presentations that united artists and engineers. Ten New York artists worked with thirty engineers and scientists from the world-renowned Bell Telephone Laboratories to create groundbreaking performances that incorporated new technology.
KOTA EZAWA @ Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany
GROUP EXHIBITION Last Year in Marienbad: A Film as Art November 14, 2015 - March 13, 2016
The 1961 film "L’Année dernière à Marienbad" (Last Year in Marienbad) directed by Alain Resnais wrote history: More radically than any previous film, Resnais’ cinematic adaptation of Alain Robbe-Grillet’s avant-garde nouveau roman broke with traditional structures of time, place and causality.
The exhibition "Last Year in Marienbad: A Film as Art", conceived by the Kunsthalle Bremen, demonstrates for the first time how influential the Nouvelle Vague aesthetic that distinguishes the Marienbad film has been on the visual arts and will provide visitors with an understanding of its lasting international relevance. To illustrate this, the Kunsthalle Bremen will bring together exceptional international exhibits in video, animation, and installation art as well as paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and architecture which will be supplemented by examples from pop culture and fashion from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day.
AI WEIWEI @ Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
SOLO EXHIBITION Ai Weiwei September 19 - December 13, 2015
From the Royal Academy of Arts: "Our most recent single artist shows have seen some of the true greats of contemporary art animate our Main Galleries with unforgettable, powerful work. Hockney, Kapoor, Kiefer – you need to be a special artist to embrace the immensity of our historic spaces. Who better then to take up the challenge this autumn than Ai Weiwei, one of China’s most influential artists.
Curated in collaboration with Ai Weiwei from his studio in Beijing, we present some of his most important works from the time he returned to China from the US in 1993 right up to present day. Among new works created specifically for our galleries and courtyard are a number of large-scale installations, as well as works showcasing everything from marble and steel to tea and glass.
With typical boldness, the chosen works explore a multitude of challenging themes, drawing on his own experience to comment on creative freedom, censorship and human rights, as well as examining contemporary Chinese art and society."
ALLISON SMITH @ Signal Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden
SOLO EXHIBITION The Fort September 18 - November 8, 2015
A sconce (skans in Swedish) is a centuries-old term for a type of fortification assembled as a base for defense operations primarily in Northern Europe. Mostly signifying a covering or protection, sconce is an interesting word of many meanings including a kind of candlestick, a fine, and a scull. Founded on the idea that historical events gain meaning and relevance when performed live in an open-air, interactive setting, living history as a form of history-making “institution,” as well as a form of entertainment and tourism, parallels the rise of 20th century modernism. The world’s first open-air living history museum was founded in Sweden in 1891. Its name: Skansen (The Fort).
Allison Smith’s work is carved from a fascination and investigation into the cultural phenomenon of historical reenactment. Combining sculpture, photography, textiles, and traditional craft, this new body of work sheds light on objects and spaces of historical reenactment as props and sets for the performance of fundamentalist nationalisms in Sweden and the US. While the apparent task of living history museums is to resuscitate the past by performing, as accurately as possible, everyday activities such as sewing, weaving, basket and rope making, metal- and woodworking, as well as the art of warfare, Allison Smith’s research-based projects question the underlying impulses—perverse, economic, and haunting—that drive history-in-the making as a form of knowing.
YOSHITOMO SAITO @ Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
GROUP EXHIBITION First Look September 4 - October 11, 2015
From the Asian Art Museum: "Everyone knows we have one of the largest and most impressive collections of Asian art in the Western world. But you might not know we’ve spent the last 15 years enriching that celebrated collection with outstanding contemporary art.
For the first time ever, we’re presenting a large-scale exhibition of contemporary highlights from the museum’s collection. These pieces are remarkable on their own, but they also activate the rest of the museum’s collection in compelling new ways, infusing traditional themes and mediums with present-day ideas."
CAMILLE UTTERBACK | Creative Work Fund
AWARDS AND HONORS Creative Work Fund Grantee in Media Arts July 2015
From the Creative Work Fund: "The Creative Work Fund is delighted to announce the award of 14 grants supporting the creation of new works by San Francisco Bay Area artists who are working in collaboration with an array of nonprofit organizations to develop and present their work. From a mapping project that illuminates stories of evictions and displacement in Alameda County to a creative exchange between a traditional Lao molam (theatrical) group and a Lao rap artist, the projects reflect the rich variety of the region’s cultures and artistic practices.
Camille Utterback—a pioneer in the field of digital and interactive art— collaborating with the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History to create an interactive public artwork on the museum’s monumental glass atrium wall."
DAVID SIMPSON @ Studio la Città and the Galleria Tonelli, Milan, Italy
GROUP EXHIBITION Today Together September 15 – October 31, 2015
TODAY TOGETHER is a show that Studio la Città and the Galleria Tonelli will be presenting on 15 September 2015 in the rooms in Via Aurelio Saffi 33, Milan. It will feature six great international artists: Getulio Alviani, Stuart Arends, Vincenzo Castella, Fausto Melotti, Mario Schifano, and David Simpson. The show will be organized in three rooms and will propose a dialogue between “couples” of artists.
WON JU LIM @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
SOLO EXHIBITION Raycraft is Dead August 14 - December 6, 2015
Can we ever really own a space, either legally, practically, or theoretically? Won Ju Lim’s mixed media installations ask her viewers to consider the psychological relationship they have to their own spaces. By investigating, exploiting, and deconstructing the spaces of her home in Raycraft Is Dead, Lim invites us to rethink our everyday experiences of our own spaces. An ongoing body of work set in YBCA’s unique Terrace Landing, Raycraft Is Dead is composed of sculptures, video projections, and collages that were born of Lim’s looking at domestic spaces as witnesses to the history of a certain place.
LESLIE SHOWS @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
GROUP EXHIBITION Earth Machines August 14 - December 6, 2015
The environmental impact of our high-tech world. Our laptops, cell phones, and other gadgets derive from and return to the earth in a harmful cycle that requires urgent awareness and action to address humanity’s permanent impact on the planet. Earth Machines considers this relentless stream of new tech products, the materials they are made of, and their ecological influence. In this small group exhibition, each work of photography, sculpture, sound, or painting explores a different aspect of the rapid production of electronics and the resulting effects on the environment, from rare earth mining, to the disposal of e-waste and the long-term decomposition of tech products.
Artists include: Alisa Baremboym, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Kevin McElvaney, Leslie Shows, Addie Wagenknecht
DAVID MAISEL @ Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA), Birmingham, AL
SOLO EXHIBITION Black Maps August 28 – November 14, 2015
BLACK MAPS surveys four chapters of the artist’s ongoing body of work titled Black Maps and features twenty-eight large-scale pigment prints from four series created between 1989 and 2007 including selections from The Lake Project, The Mining Project and American Mine, Terminal Mirage, and Oblivion.
BINH DANH @ San Francisco International Airport, CA
SOLO EXHIBITION Yosemite June - Sept 2015
Photographer, artist, and college professor Binh Danh was born in a fishing town in Vietnam in 1977. He escaped the country with his family on a boat in 1979 and was placed in a refugee camp in Malaysia. Eventually, the Danh family immigrated to the United States and settled in San Jose, California. Themes of mortality, memory, and spirituality are a lifelong inspiration for Danh and a primary influence on his artistic development. Danh is known for his innovative approach to alternative photography processes.
Ansel Adams' seminal black-and-white photographs of Yosemite National Park fascinated Danh when he was growing up. He revisited many of Adam’s sites to photograph the same terrain, but instead of film, he used light-sensitive silver plates to create daguerreotypes, from which he created the archival-pigmented prints on exhibition. Danh is interested in how daguerreotypes "reflect" us in the idyllic environs of this national landmark, making a connection between us, the nation of immigrants, and their new homeland.
AI WEIWEI | Amnesty International
HONORS AND AWARDS Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award May 2015 Berlin, Germany
Legendary folk singer Joan Baez and world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei were today awarded the 2015 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award at an evening ceremony in Berlin which featured performances from artists around the world.
The Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award recognizes those who have shown exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights, through their life and work.
"The Ambassador of Conscience Award is a celebration of those unique individuals who have used their talents to inspire many, many others to take injustice personally. That is why both Joan Baez and Ai Weiwei make such worthy recipients; they are an inspiration to thousands more human rights activists, from across Asia to America and beyond,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.
JOHN CHIARA and PIERRE CORDIER @ The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
GROUP EXHIBITION Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography April 14 – September 6, 2015
From its beginnings in experimentation by mid-19th century scientists and gentlemen of leisure, photography has been shaped by the desire to understand and explore the medium’s essential materials. Taking that spirit of invention and discovery as its point of departure, this exhibition features the work of seven artists—Matthew Brandt, Marco Breuer, John Chiara, Chris McCaw, Lisa Oppenheim, Alison Rossiter, and James Welling—who focus their investigations on the light sensitivity and chemical processing of photographic papers, challenging us to see the medium anew.
MONIR FARMANFARMAIAN @ Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
SOLO EXHIBITION Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Infinite Possibility: Mirror Works and Drawings, 1974 - 2014 March 13 - June 3, 2015
This exhibition premiered at the Fundação de Serralves–Museu de Arte Contemporânea in Porto, Portugal, to great critical success before traveling to New York. The works on view trace a key time in Farmanfarmaian's artistic evolution, which has been shaped at once by cataclysmic geopolitical upheavals, ancient Persian traditions, and the New York art scene of the 1950s. The arc of Farmanfarmaian's creative development remains one of the great untold stories of modern art.
DARREN WATERSTON @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
SOLO EXHIBITION Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty March 29, 2014 - February 22, 2015
This exhibition features a selection of Waterston's works on wood panel and canvas. These luminous paintings, which seem to glow from within, transport viewers to other-worldly spaces, somewhat familiar but unhinged from a particular time or place.They express both the grotesque and the beautiful, hinting at utopian fantasies and Arcadian dreams, as well as apocalyptic nightmares. Filthy Lucre is the center piece of this exhibition, it's a contemporary homage to James McNeill Whistler's 1876 decorative masterpiece Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room. This ambitious installation will travel to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and will be on view from May 2015 - January 2017
@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA
SOLO EXHIBITION FOR-SITE Foundation, Alcatraz Island, California September 27, 2014 - April 26, 2015
The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is internationally renowned for work that defies the distinction between art and activism. In this exhibition of new works created specifically for Alcatraz, Ai responds to the island's layered legacy as a 19th-century military fortress, a notorious federal penitentiary, a site of Native American heritage and protest, and now one of America's most visited national parks. Revealing new perspectives on Alcatraz, the exhibition raises questions about freedom of expression and human rights that resonate far beyond this particular place.