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Opening of Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA  •  Bechtler Museum of Modern Art,  •  2 January 2010 - 2 January 2015
 
The museum is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler, a Charlotte resident and native of Switzerland who inherited and assembled a collection of more than 1,400 artworks created by major figures of 20th-century modernism. He donated the collection to the public trust. The Bechtler collection reflects most of the important art movements and schools from the 20th century with a deep holding of the School of Paris.

The collection comprises artworks by seminal figures such as Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miro, Jean Tinguely, Max Ernst, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Le Corbusier, Sol LeWitt, Edgar Degas, Nicolas de Stael, Barbara Hepworth and Picasso.

The 35,600-square-foot Bechtler museum building was designed by the Swiss architect  Mario Botta.



Bechtler Museum of Modern Art


Please click here for a Culturekiosque article on the opening of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Contact: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina
Tel: (1) 704 353 92 00

Christopher Williams: <EM>Mustafa Kinte (Gambia) / Camera: Makina 67 506347 / Plaubel Feinmechanik und Optik GmbH / Borsigallee 37 / 60388 Frankfurt am Main, Germany / Shirt: Van Laack Shirt</EM> Kent 64 / 41061 Mönchengladbach, Germany / Dirk Schaper Studio, Berlin / July 20, 2007, 2008.Restricted gift of Artworkers Retirement Society© Christopher WilliamsCourtesy of the artist; David Zwirner, New York/London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.
Christopher Williams: Mustafa Kinte (Gambia) / Camera: Makina 67 506347 / Plaubel Feinmechanik und Optik GmbH / Borsigallee 37 / 60388 Frankfurt am Main, Germany / Shirt: Van Laack Shirt Kent 64 / 41061 Mönchengladbach, Germany / Dirk Schaper Studio, Berlin / July 20, 2007, 2008.
Restricted gift of Artworkers Retirement Society
© Christopher Williams
Courtesy of the artist; David Zwirner, New York/London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.
Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness
NEW YORK  •  The Museum of Modern Art  •  27 July - 2 November 2014
 

With a career spanning 35 years, Christopher Williams (born 1956) now stands as one of the leading contemporary artists engaged in photography. . Deeply invested in the techniques and history of photography, Williams is just as profoundly committed to contemporary art as a forum for intellectual inquiry and thoughtful opposition—resisting, for example, a capitalist society in which photographs typically act as agents of consumer spectacle. This exhibition—a multipart installation conceived by the artist that spans three gallery spaces on three floors of the museum—is Williams’s first retrospective.

The survey begins with films from Williams’s studies at the California Institute of the Arts, where he earned his MFA in 1981 and took classes with John Baldessari and Michael Asher. Alongside the films and SOURCE (1981), Williams’s first mature work, is a classic early piece, Angola to Vietnam* (1989), shown in its 27-part entirety, as well as works of the 1990s, mainly from For Example: Die Welt ist schön (1993–2001), an eight-year project inspired in part by the 1920s photographs of Albert Renger-Patzsch.



The Museum of Modern Art Website


Contact: The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
Tel: (1) 212 708 94 00

<P>René Magritte: <EM>Les Amants/Die</EM> <EM>Liebenden</EM>, 1928 </P>

René Magritte: Les Amants/Die Liebenden, 1928

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938
CHICAGO  •  Art Institute of Chicago  •  24 June - 13 October 2014
 
This exhibition, the first major museum show to focus on the artist’s most inventive and experimental years, features over 100 paintings, collages, drawings, and objects, along with a selection of photographs, periodicals, and early commercial work, that trace the birth of the themes and strategies Magritte would go on to use throughout his long, productive career.

Art Institute of Chicago Website


Contact: Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404
Tel: (1) 312 443 36 00

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Wind Series
CHICAGO  •  Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago  •  16 June - 21 October 2014
 
This summer, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents the London-based artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, the next artist for the annual plaza series. Shonibare’s installation premieres three sculptures from his new Wind Series. Roughly twenty feet high, each monumental sculpture captures the movement of a billowing bolt of fabric, with designs inspired by the sails of ships, and patterns derived from Dutch wax fabric, or “African” batik. Shonibare works with these iconic fabrics to consider how signs of national or ethnic identity are culturally constructed.

Yinka Shonibare was born in 1962 in the United Kingdom to Nigerian parents, who returned to Lagos with their children when he was three. When he was seventeen he relocated to London, where he currently lives and works. He studied at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and at the Byam Shaw School of Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London. His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions and is in public and private collections throughout the world. In 2005 Shonibare was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire, MBE, a distinction he uses despite and because of its irony.

Museum of Contemporary Art Website


Contact: 220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Tel: (1) 312 280 26 60

<P class=caption itemprop="description">Ragnar Kjartansson: <EM>The Visitors </EM></P>

Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors

Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS  •  The Institute of Contemporary Art 1  •  23 July - 2 November 2014
 
Curated by Andrea Lissoni and Heike Munder, The Visitors The Visitors consists of nine videos on a scale of 1:1, in which the audience sees different musicians, all friends of Kjartansson's (including Kristín Anna and Gyða Valtýsdóttir, founding sisters of the historic Icelandic band Múm, and Kjartan Sveinsson, keyboard player until 2012 with the famous Sigur Rós). For over an hour, the musicians, each with a different instrument, sing and play the same melody of a song called Feminine Ways. The nine scenes are set in the many rooms of the large, dilapidated nineteenth-century Rokeby Farm in Upstate New York. Ragnar Kjartansson was born in 1976 in Reykjavík (Iceland), where he lives and works. In 2013 he was invited to take part in the 55th Venice Biennale, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, during which he puts on S.S. Hangover, combining performance, sculpture and sound.

The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston Website


Contact: The Institute of Contemporary Art 100 Northern Avenue Boston, MA 02210
Tel: (1) 617 478 31 03

Charles Ray: <EM>Plank Piece</EM>, 1973Gelatin silver print, printed 1992
Charles Ray: Plank Piece, 1973
Gelatin silver print, printed 1992
A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio
NEW YORK  •  The Museum of Modern Art  •  8 February - 5 October 2014
 
 
Bringing together photographs, films, videos, and works in other mediums, A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio examines the ways in which photographers and artists using photography have worked and experimented within the four walls of the studio space, from photography’s inception to today. Featuring both new acquisitions and works from the Museum’s collection that have not been on view in recent years, A World of Its Own includes approximately 180 works, by approximately 90 artists, such as Berenice Abbott, Uta Barth, Zeke Berman, Karl Blossfeldt, Constantin Brancusi, Geta Brătescu, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Jan Groover, Barbara Kasten, Man Ray, Bruce Nauman, Paul Outerbridge, Irving Penn, Adrian Piper, Edward Steichen, William Wegman, and Edward Weston.

The show is curated by Quentin Bajac.

The Museum of Modern Art Website


Contact: The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
Tel: (1) 212 708 94 00

Beyond the Supersquare
BRONX, NEW YORK  •  ronx Museum of the Arts  •  1 May 2014 - 11 January 2015
 
 
Beyond the Supersquare explores the indelible influence of Latin American and Caribbean modernist architecture on contemporary art. Co-organized by Holly Block and María Inés Rodríguez, Beyond the Supersquare examines the complicated legacies of modernism through architecture and thought—as embodied by the political, economic, environmental, and social challenges faced by countries throughout Latin America—through the unique perspective of 30 artists working today.

Bronx Museum of the Arts Website


Contact: Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street
Bronx, New York 10456
Tel: (1) 718 681 60 00

Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT  •  Yale University Art Gallery  •  22 August 2014 - 4 January 2015
 
 

The Roman Empire was vast and diverse, but the inhabitants of even its most far-flung provinces—Britain, Gaul, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, and Tunisia— were all, to some degree, “Roman.” Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire examines the interaction between local traditions and Roman imperial culture through works of art and artifacts reflecting daily life, politics, technology, and religion. The juxtaposition of mosaics, ceramics, sculpture, glass, textiles, coins, and jewelry presents a rich image of life in the Roman provinces. The exhibition features more than 150 objects from across the empire, including works from Yale University’s excavations at Gerasa and Dura-Europos, many of which have rarely or never before been on view. The objects on display in the exhibition reveal the multitude of ethnicities, religions, and cultures found within the broad expanse of the Roman Empire. They demonstrate how many groups of people within Rome’s provinces sought to maintain their own local traditions and individuality while also representing themselves as Roman, especially in public contexts and in the sight of the emperor.



Yale University Art Gallery Website


Contact: Yale University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel Street
New Haven, Conn
Tel: (1) 203 432 06 00

<EM>Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art</EM>
Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art
Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS  •  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  •  18 January - 19 October 2014
 
 

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), presents a selection of works by 20th-century Brazilian artists of mostly African descent in Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art. Opening the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the exhibition includes 15 paintings and one work on paper by key artists including Heitor dos Prazeres, Maria Auxiliadoro da Silva and Waldemiro de Deus, as well as two sculptures by Agnaldo Manoel Dos Santos. Rarely studied in the United States, these artists drew on a range of traditions and found inspiration in all aspects of Brazilian culture—religious rituals, urban and rural life, music and dance.

In the 19th century, Brazil had the largest population of African slaves in the Americas and was the last to abolish the institution in 1888.  The pervasive impact of slavery on subsequent generations led one sociologist to write, “Every Brazilian, even the light-skinned fair-haired one, carries with him on his soul, when not on soul and body alike…the influence of the African, either direct or vague or remote.”  The resulting blend of African, European and indigenous cultures can be seen throughout Brazil, from the world-famous choreography of the samba and the frevo to the practices associated with the Candomblé and Umbanda faiths.  This influence extends to the visual arts as well, where the depiction of subjects and symbols related to the experiences of Afro Brazilians is prevalent.



Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Website


Contact:

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

 


Tel: (1) 617 267 93 00

What May Come: The Taller de Gráfica Popular and the Mexican Political Print
CHICAGO  •  Art Institute of Chicago  •  4 July - 12 October 2014
 
 
In 1945, the Art Institute of Chicago commissioned Mexican printmaker and political activist Leopoldo Méndez to create a custom woodblock print that would be the centerpiece of the artist’s first major exhibition in the United States. Now, almost 70 years later, that print and the original woodblock Mendez carved are part of the exhibition What May Come: The Taller de Gráfica Popular and the Mexican Political Print, on view in the museum’s Jean and Steven Goldman Prints and Drawing Galleries in the Richard and Mary Gray Wing.

The Taller de Gráfica Popular (the Popular Graphic Art Workshop), or TGP, created some of the most memorable images in mid-century printmaking. The Mexico City–based workshop, founded in 1937 by Méndez, Luis Arenal and American-born Pablo O’Higgins, took up the legacy of the famous Mexican broadside illustrator José Guadalupe Posada. The group created prints, posters, and illustrated publications that were popular, affordable, legible, politically topical, and, above all, formally compelling.

In addition to the commissioned Méndez woodblock print, the exhibition includes more than 100 works from the Art Institute’s rich holdings—one of the most significant TGP collections in the United States. The range of works demonstrates why this collective boasted such international influence and inspired the establishment of print collectives around the world.

Showcasing the TGP’s prolific and varied output, What May Come is organized into thematic sections such as Chicago connections to the TGP, antifascism, national history, daily life, caricature, and popular visual traditions. A Spanish-English catalogue authored by guest curator Diane Miliotes accompanies the exhibition.

Art Institute of Chicago Website


Contact: Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404
Tel: (1) 312 443 36 00

Wynn Bullock: Revelations
ATLANTA, GEORGIA  •  High Museum of Art  •  14 June 2014 - 18 January 2015
 
 
This retrospective features the work by American photographer Wynn Bullock (1902-1975), one of the most significant photographers of the mid-20th century. Bullock worked in the American modernist tradition alongside Edward Weston, Harry Callahan and Ansel Adams. More than 100 black-and-white and color works by Bullock are brought together for the exhibition, which coincides with a major gift to the High from the Bullock Estate of a large collection of vintage photographs.

High Museum of Art Website


Contact: High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Tel: (1) 404 733 44 00

Events in Classical Music

Berliner Philharmoniker
NEW YORK  •  Carnegie Hall  •  2 October 2014
 

Rachmaninoff’ Symphonic Dances
Stravinsky: The Firebird (complete)

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director and Conductor



Carnegie Hall Website



Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Carnegie Hall
881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Tel: (1) 212 247 78 00

Emerson String Quartet
PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY  •  Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall  •  2 October 2014
 
Haydn, Beethoven, Ravel

Emerson String Quartet

Princeton University Concerts Website



Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
Princeton Univeristy
Princeton, New Jersey
Tel: (1) 609 258 28 00

New York Philharmonic: Lisa Batiashvili, violin
NEW YORK  •  Avery Fisher Hall  •  9 - 14 October 2014
 
Christopher Rouse: Thunderstuck (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
Haydn: Symphony No. 103, Drumroll
Brahms: Violin Concerto

New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Lisa Batiashvili, violin

New York Philharmonic Website



Detailed schedule information:
Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 7:30 pm
Fridayi, 10 October 2014 at 8:00 pm
Saturday 11 October 2014 at 8:00 pm
Tuesday 14 October 2014 at 7:30 pm

Contact: Avery Fisher Hall
Broadway and West 65th Street
New York, NY
Tel: (1) 212 875 56 56

The MET Orchestra: Maurizio Pollini, piano
NEW YORK  •  Carnegie Hall  •  12 October 2014
 

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467
Mahler: Symphony No. 9

The MET Orchestra
James Levine, Music Director and Conductor
Maurizio Pollini, piano



Carnegie Hall Website



Detailed schedule information:
3:00 pm

Contact: Carnegie Hall
881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Tel: (1) 212 247 78 00

Events in Dance

<EM>Tanguera </EM>Photo courtesy of <EM>Tanguera</EM>
Tanguera
Photo courtesy of Tanguera
Cia. Unión Tanguera
NEW YORK  •  Joyce Theater  •  23 September - 5 October 2014
 

The French/Argentinean company tells a story of unrequited love in turn-of-the-20th-century Buenos Aires. Set to classic tango recordings and original compositions played live by a quartet of Buenos Aires’ finest musicians, Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night) examines with humor the desires and fears that are revealed in the course of a late-night milonga.

After its premiere in Buenos Aires, the dance musical went on to dazzle audiences in Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Tokyo and New York.



The Joyce Theater Website



Detailed schedule information:

Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday 8pm
Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 2pm

Contact: The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Avenue (at the corner of 19th Street)
New York
Tel: (1) 212 242 08 00

Pacific Northwest Ballet
NEW YORK  •  Joyce Theater  •  8 - 12 October 2014
 
 
Pacific Northwest Ballet performs a programme that features the New York premieres of works by Christopher Wheeldon and Alejandro Cerrudo. Wheeldon’s Tide Harmonic, a work performed by four couples, is set to a score for chamber orchestra of the same name by British composer Joby Talbot. Cerrudo’s Memory Glow, a Joyce commission and the first piece that the choreographer has created for Pacific Northwest Balle

The Joyce Theater Website



Detailed schedule information:

Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday 8pm
Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 2pm

Contact: The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Avenue (at the corner of 19th Street)
New York
Tel: (1) 212 242 08 00

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
CHICAGO  •  City WInery  •  12 October 2014
 
2014 marks the 21st Anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's remarkable arrival onto the music scene.

City Winery Chicago Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: City Winery
1200 W Randolph Street
Chicago, IL, 60607

Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida) From the Haudenosaunee Nation of central New York State, Shenandoah blends Iroquois songs with traditional and western instruments. A leader in the genre of contemporary Native music, her music addresses everything from Native American struggles and issues, to love, relationships, and the environment. Photo by James MahshiePhoto courtesy of National Museum of the American Indian
Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida)
From the Haudenosaunee Nation of central New York State, Shenandoah blends Iroquois songs with traditional and western instruments. A leader in the genre of contemporary Native music, her music addresses everything from Native American struggles and issues, to love, relationships, and the environment.
Photo by James Mahshie
Photo courtesy of National Museum of the American Indian
Our Lives: Contemporary Life and Identities
WASHINGTON, D.C.  •  National Museum of the American Indian  •  21 September 2004 - 1 January 2015
 
Our Lives reveals how residents of eight Native communities—the Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians (California, USA), the urban Indian community of Chicago (Illinois, USA), Yakama Nation (Washington State, USA), Igloolik (Nunavut, Canada), Kahnawake (Quebec, Canada), Saint-Laurent Metis (Manitoba, Canada), Kalinago (Carib Territory, Dominica), and the Pamunkey Tribe (Virginia, USA)—live in the 21st century. Through their stories, visitors learn about the deliberate and often difficult choices indigenous people make in order to survive economically, save their languages from extinction, preserve their cultural integrity, and keep their traditional arts alive.

The main section of Our Lives centers on various layers of identity. For Native people, identity—who you are, how you dress, what you think, where you fit in, and how you see yourself in the world—has been shaped by language, place, community membership, social and political consciousness, and customs and beliefs.

National Museum of the American Indian Web Site


Contact: Tel: (1) 202 633 10 00

PterosaurPhoto: Don Emmert
Pterosaur
Photo: Don Emmert
Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs
NEW YORK  •  American Museum of Natural History  •  5 April 2014 - 4 January 2015
 

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs, a new exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History explores the world of these extraordinary flying reptiles, the first back-boned animals to evolve powered flight. As long as dinosaurs walked the Earth, pterosaurs—ranging from the size of a sparrow to that of a small airplane—ruled the skies until they went extinct 66 million years ago.

The largest exhibition ever presented in the United States about these animals, Pterosaurs highlights the latest research by Museum scientists and leading paleontologists around the world. It also features rare pterosaur fossils from Germany, the United States, and Brazil as well as casts, life-size models, videos, and interactive exhibits that immerse visitors in the mechanics of pterosaur flight.

The exhibition is overseen by Curator Mark Norell, chair of the Division of Paleontology, who conducts pterosaur research in Romania, China, and Mongolia, with Co-curator Alexander Kellner, a Museum research associate and paleontologist at the Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.



American Museum of Natural History Website


Contact: American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY
Tel: (1) 212-769 58 00

Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnsonin <EM>All the Way</EM> &nbsp;
Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson
in All the Way  
All the Way: By Robert Schenkkan
NEW YORK  •  Neil Simon Theatre  •  6 March - 30 December 2014
 
 

Robert Schenkkan: All the Way
Drected by Bill Rauch

All the Way is a new play about a pivotal moment in American history. This drama takes audiences behind the doors of the Oval Office and inside the first years of Lyndon B. Johnson's (Bryan Cranston) presidency, and his fight to pass a landmark civil rights bill. The play stars Bryan Cranston as LBJ, Michael McKean as J. Edgar Hoover, and Brandon J. Dirden as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Other cast members:

 Susannah Schulman (Lurleen Wallace), J. Bernard Calloway (Ralph Abernathy), James Eckhouse (Robert McNamara), Michael McKean (J. Edgar Hoover), Steve Vinovich (Rep. Emanuel Celler), Peter Jay Fernandez (Roy Wilkins), Ethan Phillips (Stanley Levison), Bill Timoney (Senator Karl Mundt), Betsy Aidem (Lady Bird Johnson), Christopher Gurr (Senator Strom Thurmond), Roslyn Ruff (Coretta Scott King), Eric Lenox Abrams (Bob Moses), Richard Poe (Senator Everett Dirksen), John McMartin (Senator Richard Russell); (seated from left) Robert Petkoff (Senator Hubert Humphrey), Christopher Liam Moore (Walter Jenkins), playwright Robert Schenkkan, Bryan Cranston (LBJ), director Bill Rauch, Brandon J. Dirden (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.), and William Jackson Harper (Stokely Carmichael).



Neil Simon Theatre Website


Contact: Neil Simon Theatre
250 W 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Tel: (1) 212 757 86 46



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