Daily Archives: March 25, 2014

Tameka Norris at Lombard Freid Gallery

Tameka Norris who is a recent MFA graduate from Yale has her first solo show at the Lombard Freid Gallery in Chelsea. The exhibition is called Too Good For you (Introducing Meka Jean). In the exhibition Norris has several paintings and two video pieces. Her works explores her relationship to the post-Katrina landscape of New Orleans which is her home town.

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Jim Lutes at Wright Gallery

im Lutes, who teaches in Painting and Drawing Department has a solo show in New York at Wright Gallery until the 29th of March. The exhibition is titled Ponies&Psychos.

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Karla Black at David Zwirner Gallery

Glasgow based sculptor Karla Black has an installation in David Zwirner Gallery in New York until the 12th of April. Exhibition includes a large scale installation that Black created inside the gallery and a cellophone sculpture that serves as a window for the gallery. Installation is titled Takes Its Place.

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Just back in from LA, felt fortunate to see this show, heres the blurb from the Hammer website…. 

“Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology is the first large-scale exhibition to focus on the intersection of two vitally important genres of contemporary art: appropriation (taking and recasting existing images, forms, and styles from mass-media and fine art sources) and institutional critique (scrutinizing and confronting the structures and practices of our social, cultural, and political institutions). The exhibition brings together works by thirty-six American artists who came to prominence between the late 1970s and the early 1990s. 

The majority of the works on view are from the 1980s and 1990s, a groundbreaking period that was shaped by the feminist and civil rights movements of the previous decades. Conscious of the profound impact on society of mass media such as television, newspapers, and film, artists examined critical questions of identity and representation via politically and socially engaged practices. This era witnessed a number of significant events that reverberated in the art world: the AIDS crisis; Ronald Reagan’s “trickle-down” economics and the subsequent recession; the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War; among others.

Expanding on the work of earlier conceptual artists, who were committed to exploring the very definition of art, the artists featured in Take It or Leave It believe that art cannot be fully understood or experienced without acknowledging the contexts in which it is produced, viewed, and distributed. They point to the links between art institutions and the other organizations that make up our society, asserting that to separate art from aspects of our daily experience—whether education or medicine, marriage or war, parenting or advertising—is to reinscribe arbitrary and false divisions between art and society, between our aesthetic lives and our everyday lives.

Although Take It or Leave It is a historical show focusing on a period in the recent past, it also includes recent work, arguing for the continued relevance of these artists’ practices and also revealing their sustained commitment to both historically recognizable and emerging strategies of appropriation and institutional critique. The exhibition highlights dynamic practices in notably diverse mediums, including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, text, and performance. The works are by turns subtle and aggressive, poetic and didactic, emotional and intellectual. They are as challenging as they are rewarding, as radical as they are rational. Take It or Leave It seeks to revive and participate in the meaningful debates that the artists have fostered over time and to instill a desire for critique, in its many forms, to remain a cornerstone of American art.”


Lectures Lectures Lectures!

Art Historians at SAIC!

Today 3/25 Jason Foumberg is visiting SAIC as a Internlink Visiting Artist to discuss his experiences as a Chicago-based art critic and how SAIC prepared him for this path.
12:10-12:50, MacLean Center, room 111

Also Today 3/25 Jennifer Doyle is visiting SAIC through the Visiting Artist Program.
6:00 pm, Columbus Auditorium

Jennifer Doyle is a Professor of English and Co-Chair of the LGBIT Studies Minor at University of California, Riverside, where she directs Queer Lab. Her newest book, Hold it Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art (2013), explores some of contemporary art’s most contentious works. Doyle shows how controversy in art is used to question our assumptions about identity, intimacy, and expression; and, she considers emotion as an artist’s medium in the works of such artists as Ron Athey, Carrie Mae Weems, and David Wojnarowicz. Co-sponsored by SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program and Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism


Wednesday 3/26 Cecile Whiting, the Chancellors Professor of Art History at UC Irvine and prominent art critic, will be giving the Terra lecture on the Americanist Sixties in the MacClean Ballroom.
6:00- 7:00pm
Terra 2014


Mike Nelson, Quiver of Arrows, courtesy of the Power Plant, Toronto and 303 Gallery, New York

Mike Nelson, Quiver of Arrows, courtesy of the Power Plant, Toronto and 303 Gallery, New York

Mike Nelson’s first solo exhibition in Toronto at the Power Plant, featuring two new projects commissioned and produced by the gallery.