Weekly Roundup

Charles Atlas video still.

Video/Performance Still. Photo Credit: Charles Atlas

As summer 2010 winds down this week’s roundup gets ready for an exciting fall season when Mark Dion embarks on an expedition in Oakland, Andrea Zittel lands on the Portland Art Museum front patio, Cindy Sherman steps out in Balenciaga, and Matthew Ritchie and Trenton Doyle Hancock gear up for Super Bowl XLV and more!

  • The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art presents a live, audiovisual collaboration between Charles Atlas and musician/composer William Basinski as part of the Time-Based Art Festival. “This is a rare chance to see a virtuoso performance from Atlas — a pioneer of the integration of live video with stage performance known for acclaimed collaborations with Michael Clark, Leigh Bowery and Merce Cunningham — and New York experimental media musician and composer William Basinski. — forma.org” The festival will run September 9-19.
  • Miradas: Mexican Art from the Bank of America Collection, organized by the National Museum of Mexican Art in collaboration with Bank of America, includes work by Gabriel Orozco. The exhibition will be on view September 10, 2010 – January 9, 2011 and is comprised of “the most extensive corporate collections in the U.S. and takes a close look at the paintings, prints and photographs created over the past 80 years.”
  • At the Oakland Museum of California artist Mark Dion journeys through the museum’s art, history, and natural science collections to create multiple site-specific installations and interventions. The Marvelous Museum will have “two discrete installations and 18 interventions” including various items which Dion refers to as “orphans” because they are “objects that no longer fit the museum’s mission or curatorial mandate, which, as times have changed, left lots of things high and dry.” This exhibition will be open to the public September 11 – March 6, 2011.
  • Still on view at Museum für Gegenwart (Berlin) Who Knows Tomorrow presents the work of artists whose work is primarily shaped by their African origins, including Yinka Shonibare MBE among a small group of selected artists. These artists “reflect and interpret our own history and present us with their views of our culture, against the back-drop of four of the National Gallery’s iconic buildings, which themselves reflect German national identity at various points in the country’s past.”
  • Currently on view at the Dallas Museum of Art is Focus On: Bruce Nauman which showcases various media Nauman has used over the past four decades. “Nauman has used the evocative power of language in drawings, neon installations and video scripts, restructuring words to create puns and oxymorons that dismantle and reshape meaning. Perfect Door/Perfect Odor/Perfect Rodo is a perfect example of Nauman’s exploration of art expressed simultaneously as both an idea and a form, and his desire to engage the viewer intellectually and visually. — artdaily
  • As part of Hauntology the Berkeley Art Museum presents Carrie Mae Weems‘s The Capture of Angela (2008), is described as photography “masquerading as documentary, describes a re-enactment of the 1970 arrest of activist and academic Angela Davis on charges of which she was later cleared.”  The work is on view through December 5.
  • Fashion’s Night Out, a one-night-only shopping event on Sept. 10 (New York) will include a series of six self-portraits by Cindy Sherman. “Ms. Sherman, who is known for transforming herself into wildly divergent characters, dressed herself exclusively in Balenciaga for the portraits, which are on loan from the private collection of Francois Pinault of PPR, the parent company of Balenciaga.”
  • Tony Wight Gallery (Chicago) has announced Arturo Herrera & David Schutter, an exhibition of “new and related paintings and drawings. Accompanying the exhibition is a small book of the artists’ work with writings by Seth Brodsky, Anthony Elms, Darby English, Josiah McElheny and Diane Williams.” The exhibition will be on view from September 10 – October 9.
  • On September 11 the Portland Museum of Art’s front patio will be the launch site for Andrea Zittel’s new project the Group Formerly Known as Smockshop (GFKAS), as part of SPACE Gallery’s outdoor art and music Block Party. GFKAS products begin artist modified “panels.” “These rectangular designs, which include garments, accessories, household items, and printed projects, all have the capacity to contract and expand, morphing from single surfaces to fully functional objects.”