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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

Sigmar Polke: <EM>Salamander Stone</EM>, 1997Courtesy of Michael Werner Gallery, New York Photo: © 2014 The Estate of Sigmar Polke/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany
Sigmar Polke: Salamander Stone, 1997
Courtesy of Michael Werner Gallery, New York
Photo: © 2014 The Estate of Sigmar Polke/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany
Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963 - 2010
NEW YORK  •  The Museum of Modern Art  •  19 April - 3 August 2014

This retrospective is the first to encompass the unusually broad range of mediums German artist Sigmar Polke (1941–2010) worked in during his five-decade career, including painting, photography, film, sculpture, drawings, prints, television, performance, and stained glass. Polke eluded easy categorization by masquerading as many different artists—making cunning figurative paintings at one moment and abstract photographs the next. Highly attuned to the distinctions between appearance and reality, Polke elided conventional distinctions between high and low culture, figuration and abstraction, and the heroic and the banal in works ranging in size from intimate notebooks to monumental paintings. Four gallery spaces on MoMA’s second floor are dedicated to the exhibition, which comprises over 250 works and constitutes one of the largest exhibitions ever organized at the Museum.

The exhibition travels to Tate Modern from 9 October 2014, to 8 February 2015, followed by the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, in spring 2015.

A major publication accompanies the exhibition, comprising 16 essays covering the entire span of Polke’s intermedial production, a comprehensive narrative chronology, an interview with Benjamin Buchloh on the 1976 solo exhibition of Polke’s work that he curated.

The Museum of Modern Art Website

Contact: The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street,
between Fifth and Sixth avenues
New York, NY 10019-5497

Tel: (1) 212 708 94 00

Between Mountains and Sea: Arts of the Ancient Andes
AUSTIN, TEXAS  •  The Blanton Museum of Art  •  1 February - 17 August 2014

The Blanton Museum of Art, in partnership with the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, presents a special selection of objects that illuminate the lifestyle, technological achievements, and ideology of pre-Inka cultures among the coastal Andes of South America. Between Mountains and Sea: Arts of the Ancient Andes features 80 works drawn primarily from the University’s collections with loans from the Dallas Museum of Art, ranging from intricately woven textiles to painted ceramic vessels and modeled effigies. 

Nasca Culture, Peru, (100 BCE - 600 CE) Bowl with profile birds
Nasca Culture, Peru, Early Intermediate Period (100 BCE - 600 CE)
Bowl with profile birds Ceramic, slip paints
Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts, The University of Texas at Austin

The exhibition traces the artistic development of the ancient Paracas, Nasca, Wari, Moche, Chancay, Sicán, and Chimú cultures from the Early Horizon (900–200 BCE) through the Late Horizon (1470–1532 CE) periods.

The Pacific coast of South America is home to environmental extremes, where the narrow but stark desert coastline is striped by fertile river valleys, whose abundance depends on the towering highland peaks for rains, springs, and water runoff. Mountains and sea thus frame the desert coast, marking environmental, ecological, and economic contrasts that have prompted complex networks of production and trade throughout Andean cultural history.

The coastal Andean societies devised both technological and ideological means to tackle their precarious dependence on water for agricultural production. Through the vivid colors and refined modeling of their ceramic vessels and woven textiles, viewers understand the ideas, personae, and performances addressing such concerns. Perhaps one of the most well-known, the Nasca culture (100 BCE – 600 CE) created vast geoglyphs in the desert pampa known as “Nazca lines.” Among various possible functions, these immense earthworks may have indicated regions possessing or void of underground water channels. Historical photographs of these expansive figural and geometric designs will be included in the exhibition. They bear close connection to the images decorating vibrant polychrome Nasca ceramic vessels, which retain their remarkable brilliance after 1500 years.

Arguably the most prolific of Andean visual cultures, the Moche (100–800 CE) on the North coast of Peru excelled in ceramic arts, using the medium to portray ritual, regalia, performance, and power. Moche ceramicists blended modeling and mold-making, painting, and relief to illustrate dramatic scenes of warfare and sacrifice, agricultural production, and fertility. The Moche approached stark realism in portraiture of male warriors, as well as in animal and plant representations.

The Blanton Museum of Art Website


Blanton Museum of Art
The University of Texas at Austin
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78701

Tel: (1) 512 471 73 24

Charles MarvilleHôtel de la Marine, c. 1870Diana and Mallory Walker Fund2006.23.1
Charles Marville
Hôtel de la Marine, c. 1870
Diana and Mallory Walker Fund
Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris
HOUSTON, TEXAS  •  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston  •  15 June - 14 September 2014
After Washington, DC and New York, the first exhibition in the United States and the very first scholarly catalogue on the renowned 19th-century French photographer Charles Marville arrive in Houston, Texas. The showl presents recently discovered, groundbreaking scholarship informing his art, including his identity, background, and family life. Charles Marville, 1813–1879 includes some 100 photographs that represent the artist's entire career, from his city scenes and landscape and architectural studies of Europe in the early 1850s to his compelling photographs of Paris and its environs in the late 1870s.

Marville has remained a mystery for so long partly because documents that would shed light on his biography were thought to have disappeared in a fire that consumed Paris' city hall in 1871. The whereabouts of others were simply unknown. However, new research has uncovered a wealth of documents that have been critical in reconstructing Marville's personal and professional biography.

Exhibition curator Sarah Kennel and independent researcher Daniel Catan have made discoveries in Parisian archives that have provided the basis for a completely new history of Marville. The most important revelation is his given name: Charles-François Bossu. Born into an established Parisian family in 1813 (and not 1816, as previously thought), the young Bossu adopted the pseudonym Marville just as he was embarking on a career as an illustrator and painter in the early 1830s. Although he continued to be known as Marville until his death in Paris on June 1, 1879, (two facts also just uncovered), he never formally changed his name and therefore many of the legal documents pertaining to his life have gone unnoticed for decades.

Kennel and Catan have not only established Marville's biography, including his parentage and his relationship with a lifelong companion (named in his will), but also uncovered many significant details that illuminate the evolution and circumstances of his career.

The exhibition is accompanied by the first fully illustrated scholarly catalogue on Marville, written by Kennel; Peter Barberie, Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Anne de Mondenard, Mission de la Photographie, Ministère de la Culture, France.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Website

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Contact: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, Texas 77005
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Christian Marclay: The Clock
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA  •  Walker Art Center  •  14 June - 25 August 2014
Christian Marclay's celebrated video installation The Clock (2010) is composed of thousands of film clips referencing the time of day, intricately edited into a 24-hour-long montage that matches real time minute for minute — a tour de force of appropriation that is also a functioning timepiece.

Walker Art Center Website

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1750 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Tel: (1) 612 375 76 00

Garry Winogrand: <EM>Metropolitan Opera, New York, ca. 1951</EM>Gelatin silver printGarry Winogrand Archive, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona© The Estate of Garry WinograndCourtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Garry Winogrand: Metropolitan Opera, New York, ca. 1951
Gelatin silver print
Garry Winogrand Archive, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
© The Estate of Garry Winogrand
Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Garry Winogrand
NEW YORK  •  Metropolitan Museum of Art  •  27 June - 21 September 2014

The first retrospective in 25 years of work by artist Garry Winogrand (1928–1984) — the renowned photographer of New York City and of American life from the 1950s through the early 1980s — brings together the artist's most iconic images with newly printed photographs from his largely unexamined archive of late  work, brings together the artist's most iconic images with newly printed photographs from his largely unexamined archive of late work. 

More than 300 photographs in the exhibition and more than 400 in the accompanying catalogue attempt to create a portrait of Garry Winogrand — a chronicler of postwar America.

After serving in the military as a weather forecaster, Winogrand first began working as a photographer while studying painting on the G.I. Bill at Columbia University (1948–51).

The Bronx-born Winogr was enormously prolific but largely postponed the editing and printing of his work. Dying suddenly at the age of 56, he left behind approximately 6,500 rolls of film (some 250,000 images) that he had never seen, as well as proof sheets from his earlier years that he had marked but never printed. Roughly half of the photographs in the exhibition have never been exhibited or published until now; over 100 have never before been printed.

Winogrand photographed business moguls, everyday women on the street, famous actors and athletes, hippies, rodeos, politicians, soldiers, animals in zoos, car culture, airports, and antiwar demonstrators and the construction workers who beat them bloody in view of the unmoved police.

The exhibition catalogue Garry Winogrand (448 pages; $85 hardcover; $50 softcover)—published by SFMOMA in association with Yale University Press serves as the most comprehensive volume on Winogrand to date and the only compendium of the artist's work.  Five new essays and nearly 400 plates trace the artist's working methods and major themes.

After New York, Garry Winogrand travels to the Jeu de Paume, Paris (14 October 2014 through 25 January 2015); and the Fundacion MAPFRE, Madrid (3 March through 10 May 2015).

Metropolitan Museum of Art Web Site

Contact: Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028
Tel: (1) 212 535 77 10

<EM>Icon of the Archangel Michael,</EM> Byzantine, from Constantinople, a.d. 1300–1350Tempera and gold on woodCourtesy of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens
Icon of the Archangel Michael, Byzantine, from Constantinople, a.d. 1300–1350
Tempera and gold on wood
Courtesy of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens
Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections
LOS ANGELES  •  Getty Villa  •  9 April - 25 August 2014

Spanning the Bosporus Strait that links the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) became the new capital of the Roman Empire in A.D. 330. The ancient name of the former Greek colony now refers to the entire Byzantine Empire, which lasted for more than a millennium. As the state religion, Christianity permeated all aspects of life, profoundly influencing architecture and the visual arts.

This exhibition traces the development of Byzantine visual culture from its roots in the ancient pagan world through the opulent and deeply spiritual world of the new Christian Byzantine Empire and its broad influence across diverse regions. Featured are mosaics, icons, frescoes, sculpture, manuscripts, metalwork, jewelry, glass, embroideries and ceramics drawn from Greek collections.

Getty Villa Website

Contact: Tel: (1) 310 440 73 00

Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe
NEW YORK  •  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  •  21 February - 1 September 2014
This multidisciplinary exhibition examines the historical sweep of the movement from its inception with F. T. Marinetti’s Futurist manifesto in 1909 through its demise at the end of World War II. Presenting over 300 works executed between 1909 and 1944, the chronological exhibition encompasses not only painting and sculpture, but also architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, free-form poetry, publications, music, theater, and performance. To convey the myriad artistic languages employed by the Futurists as they evolved over a 35-year period, the exhibition integrates multiple disciplines in each section.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Website

Contact: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
(at 89th Street)
New York, NY 10128-0173

Tel: (1) 212 423 35 87

<P>Josef Koudelka: <EM>Invasión 68 Praga</EM> (Invasion 68 Prague)Photo courtesy of  Espacio de Arte de Fundación OSDE</P>

Josef Koudelka: Invasión 68 Praga (Invasion 68 Prague)
Photo courtesy of  Espacio de Arte de Fundación OSDE

Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful
CHICAGO  •  Art Institute of Chicago  •  7 June - 14 September 2014
Czech-born French artist Josef Koudelka belongs in the firmament of classic photographers working today. Honored with the French Prix Nadar (1978), the Hasselblad Prize (1992), and the International Center of Photography Infinity Award (2004), Koudelka is also a leading member of the world-renowned photo agency Magnum. This exhibition, his first retrospective in the United States since 1988, is also the first museum show ever to emphasize his original vintage prints, period books, magazines, and significant unpublished materials.

Choosing exile to avoid reprisals for his Invasion photographs, Koudelka traveled throughout Europe during the 1970s and 1980s, camping at village festivals from spring through fall and then printing in wintertime. His photographs of those decades became the series Exiles. Since the late 1980s Koudelka has made panoramic landscape photographs in areas massively shaped by industry, territorial conflict, or—in the case of the Mediterranean rim—the persistence of Classical civilization.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, which after its debut at the Art Institute travels to the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid.

Art Institute of Chicago Website

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111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404
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Lygia Clark: <EM>Óculos,</EM> 1968Industrial rubber, metal, glass11 7/16 x 7 1/16 x 2 15/16&#8243; (29 x 18 x 7.5 cm)© Courtesy of World of Lygia Clark Cultural AssociationPhoto: © 2014 Eduardo Clark
Lygia Clark: Óculos, 1968
Industrial rubber, metal, glass
11 7/16 x 7 1/16 x 2 15/16″ (29 x 18 x 7.5 cm)
© Courtesy of World of Lygia Clark Cultural Association
Photo: © 2014 Eduardo Clark
Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988
NEW YORK  •  The Museum of Modern Art  •  10 May - 24 August 2014
Brazilian artist Lygia Clark (1920–1988) trained in Rio de Janeiro and Paris from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s and was a leading abstract artist at the forefront of the Neo-Concretist movement in Brazil, fostering the active participation of spectators through her works. From the late 1960s through the 1970s she created a series of unconventional artworks in parallel to a lengthy psychoanalytic therapy, leading her to develop a series of therapeutic propositions grounded in art.

Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988 comprises nearly 300 works, ranging from the late 1940s to the early 1980s, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, and participatory works. Drawn from public and private collections, including MoMA’s own, this survey is organized around three key themes: abstraction, Neo-Concretism, and the “abandonment” of art. Each of these axes anchors a significant concept or a constellation of works that mark a definitive step in Clark’s career.

Contact: The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street,
between Fifth and Sixth avenues
New York, NY 10019-5497

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

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111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404
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Robert Heinecken
Robert Heinecken
Robert Heinecken: Object Matter
NEW YORK  •  The Museum of Modern Art  •  15 March - 7 September 2014

Robert Heinecken (1931–2006) was a pioneer in the postwar Los Angeles art scene. Describing himself as a “para-photographer,” because his work stood “beside” or “beyond” traditional ideas associated with photography, Heinecken worked across multiple mediums, including photography, sculpture, video, printmaking, and collage. Culling images from newspapers, magazines, pornography, and television, he recontextualized them through collage and assemblage, double-sided photograms, darkroom experimentation, and rephotography. Although Heinecken was rarely behind the lens of a camera, his photo-based works question the nature of photography and radically redefine the perception of it as an artistic medium. His works explore themes of commercialism, Americana, kitsch, sex, the body, and gender. In doing so, they also expose his obsession with popular culture and its effects on society, and with the relationship between the original and the copy.

This survey exhibition covers five decades of the artist’s remarkable, unique practice, from the early 1960s through the late 1990s. Although Heinecken was prolific, this exhibition is a focused presentation of his major works, emphasizing early experiments that investigated technique and materiality and sought to destabilize the very definition of photography.

The Museum of Modern Art Website

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between Fifth and Sixth avenues
New York, NY 10019-5497

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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
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<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
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13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World's Fair
QUEENS, NEW YORK  •  Queens Museum  •  27 April - 7 September 2014

50 years have passed since an up-and-coming Pop provocateur named Andy Warhol sparked a minor scandal at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. As part of a prominent set of public commissions for the Philip Johnson-designed New York State Pavilion’s exterior, Warhol chose to enlarge mug shots from a NYPD booklet featuring the 13 most wanted criminals of 1962. Forming a chessboard of front and profile views, 13 Most Wanted Men was installed by April 15, 1964, and painted over by Fair officials’ direction with silver paint a few days later. When the Fair opened to the public, all that was visible was a large silver square.  Later in the summer of 1964, Warhol produced another set of the Most Wanted Men paintings with the screens he had used to make the mural and nine of these are assembled in New York for the first time since their creation, forming the core of the 175 or so objects in the exhibition.

13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World's Fair

The exhibition takes Warhol’s 13 Most Wanted Men as its single subject, addressing its creation and destruction and placing it in its artistic and social context by combining art, documentation, and archival material. Parallel to the striking, somber Men canvases, materials in the exhibition are organized in strict chronological order so the viewer can appreciate the interrelations of underground and establishment; art, protest, and gay life; painting, sculpture, and film in a key year for Warhol; fine art and mainstream culture; and the lives and careers of the major players. A sampling of paintings and sculpture from that year; artists’ and photojournalists’ documentation of the Fair and of the Factory; and never-before-displayed materials from the Andy Warhol Museum archives unwind the mystery behind who ordered the painting-over of the Men and people and places that shaped the work and the incident.

Queens Museum Website


Queens Museum
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368


Tel: (1) 718.592.97 00

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

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11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
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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

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1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street
Bronx, New York 10456
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Here and Elsewhere
NEW YORK  •  New Museum  •  16 July 2914 - 28 September 2014
Here and Elsewhere, the first museum-wide exhibition in New York City to feature contemporary art from and about the Arab world. The exhibition brings together more than forty-five artists from over fifteen countries, many of whom live and work internationally.

The exhibition borrows its title from a 1976 film-essay by French directors Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, and Anne-Marie Miéville. Their film, Ici et ailleurs [Here and Elsewhere], was initially conceived as a pro-Palestinian documentary, but evolved into a complex reflection on the ethics of representation and the status of images as instruments of political consciousness.

Taking inspiration from Godard, Gorin, and Miéville’s film—which has had a strong impact on an entire generation of artists in various Arab countries—“Here and Elsewhere” pays particular attention to the position and role of the artist in the face of historical events. An example of personal reportage can be found in the short videos produced and distributed by Abounaddara, a collective of self-taught filmmakers dispersed throughout Syria, as well as in Bouchra Khalili’s video portraits, which reveal the clandestine journeys of migrants seeking to enter Europe.

Artists such as Hrair Sarkissian, Lamia Joreige, and Hassan Sharif undertake experimental approaches to archival material, rewriting personal and collective traumas, and weaving fragments both real and imagined into their work. Sharif, a conceptual artist in Dubai, works by accumulating surplus materials and found objects, but in contrast to the archaeological pursuits of other artists, his catalogues of manufactured goods reflect on globalized production and consumption. Ala Younis presents a visual essay, an exhibition within the exhibition, in which artworks, archival materials, and objects from popular culture are combined to analyze the representation of the Palestinian struggle within the historical context of Pan-Arabism.

For other artists, traditional mediums like painting, drawing, and sculpture record subtle and intimate shifts in awareness.

A number of pieces on view prompt a reflection on images as spaces of intimacy, such as the works of studio photographer Hashem El Madani, which through the research and efforts of artist Akram Zaatari, reveal the construction of identity at a time when studio photography flourished as a powerful and prolific site of individualized image-making.

Here and Elsewhereis accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue coedited with Negar Azimi and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie of Bidoun magazine.

New Museum Website

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New York, NY 10002
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Nalini Malani: Transgressions
NEW YORK  •  Asia Society  •  19 February - 3 August 2014

Nalini Malani was born in 1946 in Karachi before the 1947 Partition of India and was trained as a painter at the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art in Mumbai (1964–1969). Malani became known as a pioneer in India in the 1980s for her attention to feminist issues, and later in the early 1990s for her innovative theater and installation projects. Her multimedia projects feature recurring themes around the subjects of gender, memory, race, and transnational politics, especially in reference to India’s postcolonial history after independence and partition. The artist often draws upon stories from Hindu and Greek mythology, nineteenth-century literary nonsense writing by such authors as Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, and early-twentieth-century experimental theater to create allegories for present day events.

Transgressions II, 2009, a video/shadow play from the Asia Society Museum Collection, explores the nuances of western postcolonial dominance in India. This three-channel video installation integrates the folk sensibility of traditional shadow plays with new technology.

Asia Society Website

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New York, NY 10021
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Nina Talbot: Veterans
BRONX, NEW YORK  •  Bronx Museum of the Arts  •  16 March - 24 August 2014
The series of paintings Veterans conveys personal stories of American men and women from the U.S. Military. The paintings, interviews conducted by the artist, and the accompanying stories by Sophie Rand convey the pressing need for a civilian awareness of the realities and experiences of veterans from current and past generations.

The ten paintings selected for this exhibition focus primarily on Bronx residents, including portraits of Leroy Archible and Carmen Rodriguez, who were instrumental in introducing Talbot to veterans in the Bronx. Archible, a Korean War Marine Veteran, is an activist in local Bronx politics and civic affairs.

Bronx Museum of the Arts Website

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1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street
Bronx, New York 10456
Tel: (1) 718 681 60 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


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


Tel: (1) 617 267 93 00

Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA  •  Nasher Museum of Art  •  6 March - 8 August 2014

Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection  includes paintings, works on paper, photography, video, installation and sculpture. The show features 37 works by artists including Njideka Akunyili, Radcliffe Bailey, Sanford Biggers, William Cordova, Noah Davis, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Charles Gaines, Deborah Grant, Barkley L. Hendricks, Taiyo Kimura, Christian Marclay, Kerry James Marshall, Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid, Zanele Muholi, Odili Donald Odita, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Robert Pruitt, Dario Robleto, Gary Simmons, Xaviera Simmons, Burk Uzzle, Nari Ward, Andy Warhol, Carrie Mae Weems and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.


Nasher Museum of Art
at Duke University
2001 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705


Tel: (1) 919 684 51 35

Rufino Tamayo: <EM>Retrato de Olga</EM>, 1964Oil on canvasCollection Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City© Tamayo Heirs/Mexico/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
Rufino Tamayo: Retrato de Olga, 1964
Oil on canvas
Collection Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City
© Tamayo Heirs/Mexico/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
Treasures of the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA  •  Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego  •  17 May - 31 August 2014
Treasures of the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City brings to the La Jolla location of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego highlights from one of Mexico's foremost museums of modern and contemporary art. In 1981, Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) opened the doors of his eponymous museum, to which the Mexican artist donated both his paintings and his collection of late-modernist and contemporary art. The selections featured in this exhibition include three canvases by Tamayo--an iconic portrait of his wife Olga, a watermelon still life, and nocturnal skyscape. These paintings' distinctive bright colors and abstracted figures embody the artist's signature synthesis of the pre-Columbian imagery and folk forms of Mexico with the modernist movements of Europe and the United States.

Other selections in the exhibition reveal Tamayo's cosmopolitan approach to collecting, influenced by the various avant-garde movements he encountered during lengthy periods abroad. These works include large figurative paintings by Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon, and a prime example of Mark Rothko's color field abstractions. The strongest of Tamayo's fellow Latin American artists are highlighted with works such as Francisco Toledo's trademark animal paintings.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Website

Contact: MCASD La Jolla
700 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037-4291
Tel: (1) 858 454 35 41

<P><SPAN class=pie _extended="true">Alberto Korda: <EM>El Quixote of the Lamppost (El Quijote de la Farola), </EM>Cuba, 1959Collection Leticia and Stanislas Poniatowski</SPAN><SPAN class=pie _extended="true">© Alberto Korda</SPAN></P>

Alberto Korda: El Quixote of the Lamppost (El Quijote de la Farola), Cuba, 1959
Collection Leticia and Stanislas Poniatowski
© Alberto Korda

Urbes Mutantes: Latin American Photography 1944–2013
NEW YORK  •  International Center of Photography  •  16 May - 7 September 2014
Urbes Mutantes: Latin American Photography 1944–2013 is a major survey of photographic movements in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. Taking the "mutant," morphing, and occasionally chaotic Latin American city as its focus, the exhibition draws particularly on street photography's depictions of the city during decades of political and social upheaval. It is divided into sections that explore public space as a platform for protest, popular street culture, the public face of poverty, and other characteristics of the city as described in photographs.

International Center of Photography Website

Contact:  International Center of Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

Tel: (1) 212 857 00 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

Emerson String Quartet
Emerson String Quartet
Emerson String Quartet
NEW YORK  •  Alice Tully Hall  •  4 August 2014
Haydn, Mozart

Emerson String Quartet

Lincoln Center for the Performaing Arts Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Alice Tully Hall
Lincoln Center for the Performaing Arts
New York, NY
Tel: (1) 212 721 65 00

Jeremy Denk, piano
LENOX, MASSACHUSETTS  •  Seiji Ozawa Hall  •  13 August 2014
Ives, J.S. Bach

Jeremy Denk, piano

Tanglewood Festival Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Seiji Ozawa Hall
Tanglewood Festival
Lenox, Massachusetts
Tel: (1) 617 266 14 92

Miloš Karadaglić, guitar
STANFORD, CALIFORNIA  •  Bing Concert Hall  •  6 August 2014

Fernando Sor: Grand Solo, op 14

Joaquin Rodrigo: Invocation and Dance

J.S. Bach: Lute Suite BWV 997

Roberto Gerhard: Fantasia

Enrique Granados: Danza Española no. 5- Andaluza  arr. Michael Lewin

Enrique Granados: Danza Española no. 2- Oriental arr. Michael Lewin

Manuel de Falla: Danza del Molinero (from El Sombrero de Tres Picos)  arr. Michael Lewin

Manuel de Falla: Homenaje pour le Tombeau de Debussy

Manuel de Falla: Danza Española no. 1 ( from La Vida Breve) arr. Michael Lewin

Carlo Domeniconi: Koyunbaba Suite)    

Miloš Karadaglić, guitar 

Stanford Live Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Bing Concert Hall
327 Lasuen Street
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305
Tel: (1) 650 72 42 464

Events in Dance

Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY: For now
LOS ANGELES  •  Walt Disney Concert Hall  •  7 - 9 August 2014
Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY: For now

Israeli choreographer Danielle Agami teams up with Persian underground Hip Hop musician Omid Walizadeh in For now, a new work for ten dancers.

REDCAT's 11th Annual New Original Works (NOW) Festival 2014 Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:30 pm 

Contact: Tel: (1) 213 237 28 00

Spectrum Dance Theater: Sidra Bell Dance New York
NEW YORK  •  Central Park  •  6 August 2014
Spectrum Dance Theater

Sidra Bell Dance New York

SummerStage Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm


Contact: Central Park
New York, NY

Events in Jazz

Arturo O'Farrill Quintet
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK  •  Pier 1  •  18 August 2014
Arturo O'Farrill Quintet

Afro-Latin Jazz pianist and composer Arturo O'Farrill and his Quintet are part of the 2014 summer Jazzmobile on the Harbor View Lawn at Pier 1 in Brooklyn.

Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:00 pm

Contact: Harbor View Lawn at Pier 1
Brooklyn, New York
Tel: (1) 212 283 40 86

Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock with Orchestra
LOS ANGELES  •  Hollywood Bowl  •  6 August 2014
Herbie Hancock, piano
Vince Mendoza, conductor
Gregory Porter
Robert Glasper Experiment

Hollywood Bowl Website

Please click here for a Culturekiosque archive interview with Herbie Hancock by the late Mike Zwerin.

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA
Tel: (1) 323 850 20 00

Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Newport Jazz Festival 2014
NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND  •  Fort Adams State Park  •  1 - 3 August 2014
Atists on the 2014 line up of the Newport Jazz Festival includeJazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater featuring Theo Croker - To Billie with Love, Dave Holland Prism with Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn & Eric Harland, Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper Experiment, SFJAZZ Collective: Miguel Zenón, Avishai Cohen, David Sanchez, Robin Eubanks, Warren Wolf, Edward Simon, Matt Penman & Obed Calvaire, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Bobby McFerrin spirityouall, David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco with Billy Hart & Warren Wolf, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Gary Burton New Quartet with Julian Lage, Scott Colley & Marcus Gilmore, Vijay Iyer Sextet with Graham Haynes, Mark Shim, Steve Lehman, Stephan Crump & Marcus Gilmore, Danilo Perez Panama 500 with Ben Street, Adam Cruz, Django Festival All-Stars featuring Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard, DouDou Cuillerier, Peter Beets & Brian Torff , Ron Carter Trio with Russell Malone & Donald Vega, Lee Konitz Quartet with special guest Grace Kelly. Ravi Coltrane, The Cookers: Donald Harrison Jr., Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee & Billy Hart, Mingus Big Band, The Brubeck Brothers

Newport Jazz Festival 2014 Website

Contact: International Tennis Hall of Fame
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, Rhode Island
Tel: (1) 800 745 30 00

Catherine Russell
NEW YORK  •  Iridium Jazz Club  •  16 August 2014

Catherine Russell is a contemporary jazz and blues vocalist. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director, and her mother, the late Carline Ray, held degrees from both Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music and performed with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm during World War II.

She also worked with David Bowie as backing vocal and playing percussion, keyboards and guitar in Heathen Tour, Reality album and in A Reality Tour from 2002 to 2004.

Russell’s cover of the 1920s song Crazy Blues was used in Episode 10, Season 1 of the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire. This song was included on a soundtrack recording that won in 2012 for Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media at the 54th Grammy Awards.


Iridium Jazz Club Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm, 10:00 pm

Contact: Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway (Corner of 51st)
New York, NY 10023
Tel: (1) 212 582 21 21

Sonny Landreth
NEW YORK  •  Iridium Jazz Club  •  31 July - 2 August 2014
Blues guitarist Sonny Landreth

Iridium Jazz Club Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm, 10:00 pm

Contact: Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway (Corner of 51st)
New York, NY 10023
Tel: (1) 212 582 21 21

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Bettye LaVette
Bettye LaVette
Bettye Lavette
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA  •  Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant  •  15 August 2014
Award-winning singer-songwriter Bettye LaVette is a mystery of modern American music. Although considered R&B royalty with an incredibly expressive voice, Bettye LaVette's career stalled after her first hit in 1962. A contemporary of Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson and the Four Tops, LaVette is enjoying a career rebirth following the Grammy-nominated 2005 release of The Scene of the Crime and her critically-acclaimed, explosive live performances. LaVette is more than a soul singer, she sings the blues, rock, country and the work of contemporary singer-songwriters with equal power and emotion.

Her new album Thankful N' Thoughtful is a collection of songs by The Black Keys, Sly Stone, Bob Dylan, and others.

Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA 9460
Tel: (1) 510 238 92 00

Dr. John
Dr. John
Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
NEW YORIK  •  Central Park  •  2 August 2014
Known as New Orleans’ favorite son and the physician of voodoo funk, legendary singer and pianist Dr. John began his colourful musical career in the 1950’s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford. A notorious gun incident forced the artist to give up the guitar and concentrate on organ and piano. Further trouble at home sent Dr. John west in the 60’s, where he continued to be in demand as a session musician, playing on records by Sonny & Cher, Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin to name a few. He then launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John The Night Tripper. Adorned with voodoo regalia, a legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album Gris-Gris, which established his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots.

His latest album "Locked Down", released in 2012 with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys also won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. In 2013 Dr. John was awarded an honorary doctorate from Tulane University alongside His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

SummerStage Website

Detailed schedule information:
3:00 pm, 8:00 pm

Contact: Central Park
New York. NY

Dream Cars
ATLANTA, GEORGIA  •  High Museum of Art  •  21 May - 7 September 2014

This exhibition of innovative automotive design brings together 17 concept cars from across Europe and the U.S., including some of the rarest an most imaginative cars designed by Ferrari, Bugatti, General Motors and Porsche. Dream Cars features cars from the early 1930s to the 21st century that pushed the limits of imagination and foreshadowed the future of design. The show pairs conceptual drawings, patents and scale models with realized cars.

Highlights of Dream Cars includes:

Paul Arzens' L'Oeuf électrique (1942), an electric bubble car designed by Arzens for his personal use in Paris during the German occupation that has never before traveled to the U.S.

William Stout's Scarab (1936), the genesis of the contemporary minivan.

Marcello Gandini's Lancia (Bertone) Stratos HF Zero (1970), a wedge-shaped car that is only 33 inches tall.

Christopher Bangle's BMW GINA Light Visionary Model (2001), featuring an exterior made of fabric.

A full-scale (6 x 20 foot) rendering of a concept car by Carl Renner (1951).

High Museum of Art Website

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

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
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

American Cool
WASHINGTON, DC  •  National Portrait Gallery  •  7 February - 7 September 2014
American Cool features 100 photographs of icons who have contributed an original artistic vision to American culture and are symbolic figures of their time.

Cool is an original American concept and remains a global obsession. In the early 1940s, legendary jazz saxophonist Lester Young brought this central African American sensibility into the modern vernacular. Cool became a password in bohemian life connoting a balanced state of mind, a dynamic mode of performance and a certain stylish stoicism. A cool person always seems to have the situation under control with a signature style.

Cool has been embodied in jazz musicians such as Miles Davis and Billie Holiday; in actors such as Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway and Robert Mitchum; and in singers such as Elvis Presley, Patti Smith and Jay-Z. They emerged from a variety of fields: art, music, film, sports comedy, literature and even political activism. “American Cool” is the zeitgeist taking embodied form.

The National Portrait Gallery Website

Contact: The National Portrait Gallery
Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture
Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C.

Tel: (1) 202 633 10 00

Detroit—Bruce Weber
DETROIT, MICHIGAN  •  Detroit Institute of Arts  •  20 June - 7 September 2014
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has partnered with Condé Nast to present an exhibition of around 80 photographs by fashion photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber. Among them are portraits of activist Grace Lee Boggs, R&B legend Aretha Franklin, the Detroit chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen and everyday Detroiters who embody the essence of the city. Well-known Detroit locations, such as the Kronk Gym, Belle Isle Park and the Raven nightclub are also featured.

Detroit Institute of Arts Website

Contact: Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202
Tel: (1) 313 833 79 00

Patti LuPone
NEW YORIK  •  54 BELOW is located at 254 West 54th Street  •  28 July - 2 August 2014
Patti LuPone

54 BELOW Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm, 11:00 pm

Contact: 54 BELOW 254 West 54th Street New York, NY
Tel: (1) 646 476 35 51

<EM>The Power of Poison</EM>American Museum of Natural History
The Power of Poison
American Museum of Natural History
The Power of Poison
NEW YORK  •  American Museum of Natural History  •  16 November 2013 - 10 August 2014

The astonishing variety of evolutionary adaptations among toxic plants and animals is at the heart of The Power of Poison,  an exhibition that also examines humans’ attempts to understand poisons’ potency, how the science of detecting poison developed, and how researchers today use venoms and other natural toxins to develop new medical treatments.

Visitors will:

Encounter some of history’s most puzzling poisoning cases and take part in a live theater presentation to help unravel a real-world case of poisoning

Discover extraordinary organisms using poison in their daily struggle to survive while walking through a re-created Colombian forest

Examine an “enchanted” book that resembles an ancient botanical volume and watch animations of well-known poisonous plant species “magically” appear with each turn of the page

See several tales and legends re-created in life-size dioramas, including the trio of witches dropping gruesome ingredients into a boiling cauldron from a famous scene in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Consider some of history’s most notorious poisoners and poisonings that still puzzle today, including Cleopatra’s death and Napoleon’s decline.

American Museum of Natural History Website

Contact: American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192

Tel: (1) 212 769 51 00

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