Weekly Roundup

RMB Opera

Cao Fei, "RMB Opera", 2011. Courtesy of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

In this week’s roundup, Cao Fei puts avatars on stage, Laurie Anderson to be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Barbara Kruger looks back in Dazed & Confused, Laylah Ali and Do-Ho Suh have uncommon portraits, and much more.

  • Cao Fei‘s RMB City Opera is at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the first place in the United States to host this installation, and it is the only place in the world to host it at the moment. RMB City Opera highlights RMB City’s virtual cityscape and allows the viewer to enter the city and experience interaction as actors on a stage and as avatars in the virtual world. The show is open until June 5.
  • Nancy Spero‘s work will be on view at the Serpentine Gallery (London) in the first major presentation following her death in autumn 2009. Spero drew upon a broad range of visual sources to create images representing women from pre-history to the present. The exhibition will be on view March 3 – May 2.

  • Pierre Huyghe: The Works of the Collection is on view at Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland. Presented in three rooms, video installations acquired between 2004 and 2007 shows work by Pierre Huyghe that explore the tensions between different planes of reality and time. This exhibition is on view until May 1.
  • Laylah Ali and Do-Ho Suh are in iImage: The Uncommon Portrait an group exhibition that re-imagines the portrait and explores the constantly evolving ideas of self, unexpected interpretations of the notion of portrait, unusual materials and techniques including the use of technology. The exhibition is on view until April 24.
  • Carrie Mae Weems is in Bodyscapes, an exhibition that explores the human form as a landscape upon which artists project ideas of heritage, identity, celebration and absence. Weems’s photos offer candid views of family rituals, rites of passage and performance, and moments that reveal the intellectual and cultural prowess of black women and the greater African American community. The show is on view through July 15 in the University of Delaware’s Mechanical Hall Gallery.
  • Gagosian Gallery Paris presents Rodin – Sugimoto, an exhibition of sculpture and photography that pairs August Rodin and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Sugimoto explores the relation of images sculpted in light and shade to the evolution of history. Each in its own way represents a pivotal moment in twentieth century fashion history, its corporeal dynamics crystallized by the steady gaze of the camera lens. This exhibition is on view until March 25.
  • Krzysztof Wodiczko‘s newest multimedia installation, …OUT OF HERE: The Veterans Project, gives viewers an experience of a visual and aural narrative conveying the complex psychological and emotional impact that combat has on both military personnel and civilians. The show closes on March 19.