All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ A former photojournalist for The Washington Post, Aida Muluneh also is an award-winning artist whose extraordinary work can be found in the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (she exhibited there in 2015), Dartmouth's Hood Museum, and the Museum of Biblical Art. She founded and directs the international photography festival Addis Foto Fest, in Ethiopia, where she was born. Muluneh's recent series The World is 9 comprises 28 images on life, love, and history.
✦ Artist Bill Murphy, the "unofficial recorder of Staten Island's changing landscape", has been commissioned to produce drawings and etchings of New York Wheel, a 630-foot-tall observatory modeled after London Eye and currently under construction. Murphy's a remarkable printmaker. Read Peter Malone's "The Artist Documenting the Rise of New York's Giant Ferris Wheel" at Hyperallergic.
✦ An experimental, interdisciplinary incubator space for the arts, The Centre for the Less Good Idea has been launched in Johannesburg, South Africa, by artist William Kentridge. The center kicked off its 2017 season March 1-5 with a series of performance-based installations involving more than 60 actors, dancers, poets, writers, composers, musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, and boxers.
✦ A global coalition of more than 200 creative professionals, Hands Off Our Revolution seeks to "help counter the rising rhetoric of right-wing populism, fascism and the increasingly stark expressions of xenophobia, sexism, homophobia and unapologetic intolerance" in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere by "using our own particular forms, private and public spaces, to engage people in thinking together and debating ideas, with clarity, openness and resilience." Proceeds from the group's contemporary art exhibitions and "actions" will go to the arts and activist causes. Among the "who's who" of contributing members are Laurie Anderson, Sophie Calle, Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Maya Lin, Julie Mehretu, Catherine Opie, Ed Ruscha, and Yinka Shonibare.
✦ As part of its winter 2017 film series, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., will host tomorrow, March 25, the documentary Gertrude Bell: Letters from Baghdad (Between the Rivers Productions, 2016), about the "female Lawrence of Arabia". The 95-minute film will be presented in the auditorium of the NGA's East Building at 3:00 p.m. Filmmakers Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbuhl will introduce the film. Watch the trailer.
Letters from Baghdad on FaceBook
✦ Following is an animation of illustrator Federico Babina's Archiatric, a series of visualizations of mental illnesses as architectures. The music for the video is by composer Elisabet Raspall.
Federico Babina on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ For her exhibition "Unearthed" at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California, Julia Anne Goodman created a site-specific window installation, comprising two panels made from varieties of beets, that depict images of San Jose's winter constellations. Listen as Goodman describes her project, which is on view through May 7:
A satellite exhibition, "Julia Anne Goodman: On Verticality", at San Francisco's Jewish Community Center presents three bodies of Goodman's work that explore connections between the earth and stars. That show remains up through April 28.
✭ Pennsylvania's Philadelphia Museum of Art is presenting through May 14 "American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent". The ticketed exhibition, which includes rarely seen landscapes, illustrations, and designs for ceramics and stained glass, examines how watercolor became "a uniquely American medium" in the hands of such artists as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, John La Farge, Thomas Moran, Thomas Eakins, George Inness, Charles DeMuth, and Edward Hopper, among others. More than 170 works from private and public collections, as well as watercolor sets and sketchbooks, are on display. An exhibition preview and a slideshow are available at the link above. A 464-page catalogue with 360 color illustrations accompanies the show.
Catalogue Cover Art
✭ Continuing through September at Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, is "Profligate Beauty", drawn from the museum's own collection and celebrating important works by artists of the American South.
✭ A site-specific mural by Indonesian contemporary artist Eko Nugroho can be seen at the Asia Society's visitor center in New York City through April 16. The mural complements the Asia Society Museum's exhibition "Video Spotlight: Eko Nugroho", continuing through April 16. The latter features three single-channel videos in the museum's collection: Bercerobong (Like a Chimney) (2002), The Breeder (2003), and Let Me Love Me (2004).
Asia Society on FaceBook
✭ The Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, New York, opens its 2017 season on May 13 with two exhibitions of note: "David Smith: The White Sculptures" and "Outlooks: Heather Hart". Both exhibitions will run through November 12.
The Smith exhibition, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Storm King's acquisition of 13 of Smith's sculptures, will be the first to critically examine Smith's use of the color white and the first public presentation bringing together Smith's 1962 Primo Piano series of monumental white-painted steel sculptures. Also on view will be earlier constructions created from white coral, and paintings, drawings, and photographs exploring the use of white. A video about Smith's career and a fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
The Hart exhibition will feature "an interactive, sculptural environment in the form of a domestic rooftop, which will be activated by performances, discussions, and events."
Storm King on FaceBook and Instagram