Opening in September
September 4, 2019–January 5, 2020
September 6, 2019–January 12, 2020
In a Cloud, in a Wall, in a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury features work by Anni Albers and Ruth Asawa alongside four other artists who were influenced by their encounters with Mexican art and culture between the 1940s and 1970s. Albers, whose career is the subject of an extensive solo exhibition opening at the gallery on September 10, made many trips to Mexico with her husband, Josef Albers, driving to archaeological sites including Mitla, Chichén Itzá, Monte Albán, and Teotihuacán. Deeply affected by pre-Columbian art and textiles, she went on to employ long-forgotten techniques mastered through her in-depth study and collection of these works. Asawa, who was taught by the Alberses at Black Mountain College, made two trips to Mexico during this period and used techniques that she learned from local craftsmen to create her looped wire sculptures.
To celebrate the release of a new monograph about Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s ongoing series of works titled The Beautyful Ones, the artist will be with writer Siddhartha Mitter, who contributed an essay to the book, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
September 14–November 10
Head #1 (2001) by Philip-Lorca diCorcia is included in the group exhibition Vantage Points: Contemporary Photography from the Whitney Museum of American Art, which debuts at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in Illinois. Further works from the artist’s Heads series, begun in the early 2000s, will be on view concurrently at the gallery in Hong Kong as part of his first solo exhibition in Greater China. For these photographs, diCorcia used a hidden, overhead strobe light to illuminate unassuming individuals as they passed by on a busy street in New York’s Times Square.
September 14–December 8
The traveling group exhibition Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem opens on September 14 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Michigan. Featuring work by Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Kerry James Marshall, among many others, the exhibition has been curated by Connie H. Choi, associate curator of the permanent collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem, who states: “Black Refractions deepens our ability to share works and engage with new audiences in new environments, providing additional contexts in which we can understand the powerful works in our collection.”
September 19–October 13
Grand Hotel Abyss, a group exhibition that is part of the Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, includes work by Turner Prize–nominated artist Oscar Murillo. Curated by Ekaterina Degot, the exhibition’s title references a metaphor used by the philosopher Georg Lukács to describe the European intellectual and cultural scene as it faced the approach of fascism.
September 20, 2019–January 5, 2020
Stan Douglas’s video work Luanda-Kinshasa (2013) is included in the first major museum exhibition dedicated to the American pianist and composer Jason Moran, on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Luanda-Kinshasa is set in a reconstruction of the legendary Columbia 30th Street Studio, which was based in Midtown Manhattan and home to some of the most renowned musical recordings of the twentieth century. The video, for which Douglas enlisted Moran to play in and also select its musicians, expands Douglas’s interest in the African origins of the music scene in New York in the early 1970s. Douglas and Moran are featured in the first season of Dialogues, when they talked about collaboration and the power of good music—touching on Netflix, Kendrick Lamar, and what it’s like to play with Miles Davis.
September 21, 2019–January 5, 2020
Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect travels to the Rose Art Museum in Waltham, Massachusetts, following presentations at Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, Jeu de Paume in Paris, and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, where its debut showing in 2017 drew critical acclaim. Featuring more than one hundred works as well as film projections and rarely seen materials from the artist’s archive, this major survey has been organized by Antonio Sergio Bessa at The Bronx Museum with Jessamyn Fiore, co-director of the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark. In her review of Anarchitect for The New York Times, Roberta Smith praised this “beautifully staged, streamlined version of the artist’s career [that] still conveys a full picture of his radical sensibility.”
September 21, 2019–January 19, 2020
HERE AND NOW: Transcorporealities at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, includes work by Oscar Murillo. The exhibition “reflects on the museum as a permeable body in which various biological, social, technological, political, and economic systems flow into each other.”
Preceding the release of Donald Judd Interviews in November 2019, art historian, critic, and curator Barbara Rose will be in conversation with Caitlin Murray, coeditor of the book and Judd Foundation’s director of archives and programs, at the New York Art Book Fair. David Zwirner Books’s booth will feature Judd furniture and additional titles as part of a wide selection of publications.
Art21 presents a screening of selected works by Marcel Dzama (including The Infidels, Sad Ghost, and The Lotus Eaters), as well as Dada and surrealist films that have inspired him, at Metrograph in New York. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with Dzama and Art21’s Danielle Brock.
September 24, 2019–February 7, 2021
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston presents LOVE IS CALLING, an Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusama that debuted in Japan in 2013, and was presented in a solo exhibition at David Zwirner the same year. The largest of Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Rooms, this work stands as one of the artist’s most immersive, kaleidoscopic environments to date.
Image: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Head #1, 2001 (detail)