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Weekly Roundup

Louise Bourgeois. "Conscious and Unconscious," 2008.

Louise Bourgeois, "Conscious and Unconscious," 2008. Photo: Christopher Burke.

In this week’s roundup, Louise Bourgeois’s first show in Brazil, Fred Wilson inspires ‘artist as curator’ exhibition, Laurie Anderson’s short talk, and more.

  • There’s still time to see art by Louise Bourgeois in The Return of the Repressed exhibition at Tomie Ohtake Institute in São Paulo (Brazil).  This is the first time the artist’s work is on view in Latin America.  The exhibition presents a solid and extensive collection of drawings and sculptures that highlight Bourgeois’s radical thoughts and reflections on love: filial, parental, familiar—love itself.  The show closes on August 28.
  • Wall Works at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, is a “curatorial conflation” of the site-specific and historically-aware practice of artist Fred Wilson and the “artist as curator” exhibition model, and the diversity of installation practices in contemporary art. This project invites the artists to curate their own exhibitions and it’s on view until Spring 2012.
  • The inaugural exhibition at Galeri Manâ, Nereden Nereye, a Turkish phrase that translates “From Where to Where,”  features paintings, drawings, photographs and video works by eleven artists, including John Baldessari.  The show explores the function of images and the nature of representation and runs through July 23.

  • Earlier this month, Laurie Anderson performed and discussed A Short Talk on Places at the 2011 Biennale in Venice.  The event was one of the Biennale’s “Meetings on Art,” a series of seminars with artists, curators, philosophers, and scholars in conjunction with the 54th International Art Exhibition, ILLUMInations.


  • Laurie Anderson‘s next scheduled performance is a free concert at the Damrosch Park Bandshell in New York City as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors program. She will be joined by frequent collaborators Rob Burger and Eyvind Kang, both of whom perform on Anderson’s latest album, Homeland.  The event will take place on August 10.
  • William Kentridge will be giving a talk and presentation at Greatmore Studios in Cape Town (South Africa) as part of a fundraiser.  Greatmore is a non-profit organization and relies on funding in order to facilitate the programs it runs. The event will take place on August 5.
  • As part of Seattle Art Museum’s SAM Next, the museum’s contemporary art program, Mika Tajima is creating installation work that incorporates painting, sculpture, design, performance, and video.  It is on view this weekend.