Category: Museums

Calendar. 01.22.14.

William J. O'Brien, Untitled, 2011. Collection of Howard and Donna Stone. Image courtesy of the artist; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York.
Untitled, 2011, by William O’Brien. Part of the artist’s solo show, William J. O’Brien, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, opening Saturday. (Image courtesy of the artist; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York.)

  • NYC: Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, at the Guggenheim Museum. Opens Friday.
  • NYC: The Little Prince: A New York Story, at the Morgan Library & Museum. Opens Friday, in Midtown.
  • NYC: tranzit, Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module, at the New Museum. Opens today, on the Lower East Side.
  • NYC: Antonio Canova, The Seven Last Works, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Opens today, on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: Guy Ben Ner, Soundtrack, and Austin Lee, Ok Ok Ok Ok…, at Postmasters Gallery. Opens Saturday at 5:30pm, in Tribeca.
  • NYC: Ferran Adrià, Notes on Creativity, at the Drawing Center. Opens Saturday, in SoHo.
  • NYC: Sol LeWitt: Horizontal Progressions, at Pace. Opens Friday, on 25th Street, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Girls Against God magazine hosts Wolf Moon Gathering, an afternoon performance, at MoMA PS1. This Sunday at 3pm, in Queens.
  • NYC: Wayne Herpich, New Vision Display, at Blackston Gallery. Opens Thursday at 6pm, on the Lower East Side.
  • Ithaca, N.Y.: Beyond Earth Art, at the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. Opens Saturday.
  • Chicago: Wordless!, a performance featuring the work of Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston, at Logan Center Performance Hall, at the University of Chicago. This Saturday at 3pm.
  • Fort Worth: Focus: Fred Tomaselli, at The Modern. Through March 2.
  • L.A.: Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880 to 1914, at the Hammer Museum. Opens Sunday, in Westwood.
  • L.A.: Timothy Walker, at the Craft & Folk Art Museum. Opens Saturday, in Mid-Wilshire.
  • L.A.: Kaz Oshiro, Chasing Ghosts, at the Charles White Elementary School Gallery. Opens Friday, in Westlake/Macarthur Park
  • L.A.: Corporeal Impulse, at the Vincent Price Art Museum. Through April 12, in East L.A.
  • L.A.: Blinding Desire: Unfolding Artists, at Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis. Opens Saturday, in Westchester.
  • Santa Barbara: Alice Aycock Drawings: Some Stories are Worth Repeating, at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Opens Sunday.

Calendar. 10.09.13.

Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites. 1991/1999, by Mike Kelley. ( Images courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles. Photography: Joshua White/
Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991/1999, by Mike Kelley. Part of the exhibit Mike Kelley, at MoMA PS1. Opens Sunday, in Long Island City. (Courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery. Photograph by Joshua White/

  • NYC: Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori, at the Japan Society. Opens Friday, in Midtown.
  • NYC: The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, at the New-York Historical Society. Opens Friday, on the Upper West Side.
  • NYC: The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • NYC: Llyn Foulkes, and Counter Forms: Tetsumi Kudo, Alina Szapocznikow, Paul Thek, Hannah Wilke, at Andrea Rosen Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Midtown.
  • NYC: Thomas Eggerer, Gesture and Territory, at Friedrich Petzel. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: No Longer Empty Presents: Jan Tichy, at 196 Stanton Street at Attorney Street. Opens Thursday at 6pm, on the Lower East Side.
  • NYC: Rollin Leonard, Trunks, Stems and Heads, at Transfer Gallery. Opens Saturday, in East Williamsburg.
  • NYC: Between the Door and the Street, a performance initiated by Suzanne Lacy, at Park Place and the Brooklyn Museum. Opens Thursday, in Brooklyn. The performance will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, October 19.
  • NYC: Vernacular Criticism, a talk by Brian Droitcour, at the New Museum. This Saturday at 3pm, on the Lower East Side.
  • L.A.: Joe Sola, Portraits: An Exhibition in TIF Sigfrids’ Ear, at Tif Sigfrids. Opens Saturday, in Hollywood.
  • L.A.: Creative Collaboration in Music and Architecture: Frank Gehry, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Nicolai Ourossoff, in conversation at the Hammer Museum. Next Tuesday at 7:30pm, in Westwood.
  • Nottingham: Asco, No Movies, at Nottingham Contemporary. Opens Saturday.
  • Luxembourg: Brent Birnbaum, Ride (w/) The Wind, at Casino Luxembourg. Opens Saturday.

Calendar. 09.27.13.

9th Street Exhibition, 1951 by Robert Motherwell (Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Photo: Courtesy Dedalus Foundation, Inc.) 9th Street Exhibition, 1951 by Robert Motherwell. Part of the exhibit Robert Motherwell: Early Collages, at the Guggenheim Museum. Opens today. (Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Courtesy of the Dedalus Foundation.)

  • NYC: Magritte: Mysteries of the Ordinary, at the Museum of Modern Art. Opens Saturday.
  • NYC: See It Loud: Seven Post-War American Painters, at the National Academy Museum. Through January 26, on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: EKG, with performances by Fake Hooker and the Unstoppable Death Machines, for the re-opening of Pandemic 22. Saturday at 8pm, near the Navy Yard in Brooklyn.
  • NYC: Wynne Greenwood, More Heads, at Soloway. Through October 27, in Williamsburg.
  • NYC: Jonathan Schipper, Detritus, at the Boiler. Opens today at 7pm, in Greenpoint.
  • NYC: No More Road Trips?, a film by Rick Prelinger, screening at the New York Film Festival. This Saturday at 9:30pm, at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center.
  • L.A. : Robert Heinecken, Sensing the Technologic Banzai, at Cherry & Martin. Opens Saturday at 4pm in Culver City.
  • L.A.: Kristian Burford, Audition, at Nye + Brown. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Culver City.
  • Orange County:Within, at the Cypress College Art Gallery. Through November 5, in Cypress.
  • PLUS: 323 Projects has an open call for very funny audio. You have until this Sunday to submit.

Ed Ruscha and Los Angeles.

Ed Ruscha's documentation notes from

There are some insanely cool things about being a reporter. One of them is access — to people, to information, to old artist notebooks. As part of reporting a story about Ed Ruscha and his artist books for NPR, curator John Tain of the Getty Research Institute (GRI) took me into the Institute’s archive and showed me some of Ruscha’s materials. (The GRI holds all of Ruscha’s so-called ‘Streets of Los Angeles’ projects.) We poked around old notebooks and contact sheets. My favorite was the sketch above, which shows how Ruscha executed Every Building on the Sunset Strip. An image which I simply had to snap…

The Getty currently has a show devoted to Ruscha’s early photography. (You’ve got one more week before the show closes!) And my profile of Ruscha is now up at NPR. It includes 1933 Ford pick-ups and vintage audio of the Doors playing at the Whiskey A Go Go. Please tune in!


Calendar. 09.18.13.

Film still from Una dia De Vida, directed by Emilio 'El Indio' Fernandez, 1950, at LACMA. (Copyright Televisa Foundation)
Film still from Una dia De Vida, directed by Emilio ‘El Indio’ Fernandez, 1950. From the exhibit Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa — Art and Film, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Opens on Sunday. Saw this show at the preview, by the way, and it’s all kinds of wonderful. Do not miss. (Image courtesy of the Televisa Foundation.)

  • L.A.: Santa Ana Condition: John Valadez, and When You Sleep: A Survey of Shizu Saldamando, at the Vincent Price Art Museum. Opens Saturday at 5pm.
  • L.A.: Cakewalk, a group show, at Hudson|Linc. Opens today at 5pm at the Design Lab at Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.
  • L.A.: John Bock, Keren Cytter, Paul Pfeiffer, Gillian Wearing, and Akram Zaatari, at Regen Projects. Through October 26, in Hollywood.
  • L.A.: George Herms, Emergio, at OHWOW. Through October 26, in West Hollywood.
  • L.A.: Mike Kelley: Photographic Works, at Patrick Painter Gallery. Through October 5, in Santa Monica.
  • L.A.: David Welzius, Relief, at Monte Vista Projects. Through October 6, in Northeast L.A.
  • Granada Hills: California Living, Eichler’s Balboa Highlands Tract — Nate Page, organized by Machine Project, on various houses off of Balboa Blvd. This Thursday from 8-11pm, in the Valley.
  • Santa Ana: Beatriz Cortez, The Time Machine, at the Grand Central Art Center. Through October 13, in downtown.
  • East Lansing: Michelle Handelman: Irma Vep, The Last Breath, at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Opens Friday, at Michigan State University.
  • Chicago: MCA DNA: Warhol and Marisol, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chiago. Opens Saturday.
  • NYC: Paulo Bruscky, Art Is Our Last Hope, at the Bronx Museum. Opens Thursday, in the Bronx.
  • NYC: Behind Closed Doors, Art in the Spanish American Home, at the Brooklyn Museum. Opens Friday.
  • NYC: T.J. Wilcox: In the Air, at the Whitney Museum. Opens Thursday.
  • NYC: An I for an Eye, a group show organized by Stamatina Gregory and Andreas Stadler, at the Austrian Cultural Forum. In Midtown.
  • NYC: Steve Lambert’s installation Capitalism Works for Me! is going to be in Times Square this Friday, starting at noon. All part of the Alliance Française’s Crossing the Line Festival.
  • NYC: Victoria Cohen: Hotel Chelsea, at Third Streaming. Through October 25, in SoHo.
  • NYC: Edward Burtynsky, Water, at Howard Greenberg Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Midtown.
  • NYC: Sensitive Geometries: Brazil 1950s - 1980s, at Hauser & Wirth. Through October 26, on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: The New York Art Book Fair, at MoMA PS1. Thursday through Sunday, in Long Island City.
  • London: George the Dog, John the Artist, at Howard Griffin Gallery. Opens Thursday, at Shoreditch High Street.

Bits and scraps: An installation about all that remains after we die.

Nothing Else Left, 2013 by Adriana Salazar at the Grand Central Art Center
A view of Nothing Else Left, 2013, at the Grand Central Art Center. (Photo by C-M.)

Colombian artist Adriana Salazar has a pair of very stirring installations at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana and the California-Pacific Triennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. My story about her work (and her very unusual research methods) is now up at KCRW. Please tune in!


Calendar. 07.24.13.

Pereira and Luckman, Original LAX Scheme, Courtesy LAX Flight Path Learning Center
The original scheme for LAX, by the firm of Pereira and Luckman. From the exhibition Never Built L.A., at the Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles; opening Sunday. (Courtesy LAX Flight Path Learning Center.)

  • Honolulu: A secret pop-up exhibition in honor of Craig Kaufmann, installed by Billy Al Bengston, at the Honolulu Museum. Opens today.
  • L.A.: Werner Herzog: Hearsay of the Soul, at the Getty Center. Through January 19, in West L.A.
  • L.A.: Sign Painters, a screening of a film by Faythe Levine, at the Fowler Museum. On Thursday, at 7pm, at UCLA.
  • Reno: Modernist Maverick: The Architecture of William L. Pereira, at the Nevada Museum of Art. Opens Saturday.
  • Aspen: Lorna Simpson: Works on Paper, at the Aspen Art Museum. Opens Thursday.
  • Chicago: MCA Chicago Plaza Project: Amanda Ross-Ho, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Through November.
  • NYC: Robert Irwin, in Conversation with Donna De Salvo, at the Whitney Museum. This Thursday, at 6:30pm.