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Weekly Roundup

Do Ho Suh.  Fallen Star 1/5. 2009.  Photo courtesy of the artist.

Do-Ho Suh, "Fallen Star 1/5," 2009. Courtesy the artist.

In this week’s roundup, Do-Ho Suh explores the memory of spaces, Carrie Mae Weems poses African American beauty, Louise Bourgeois’s spider tours Europe, a James Turrell retrospective in Russia, and more.

  • Do-Ho Suh will present a series of works that reflect the artist’s ongoing exploration of cultural displacement and the co-existence of cultural identities, as well as the perception of our surroundings and how one constructs a memory of a space.  Home Within Home at Lehmann Maupin Gallery (NYC) presents ongoing projects that Suh began including replicas of his childhood home in Korea.  The exhibition will be on view on view September 8 – October 22.
  • Carrie Mae Weems will have work on view in Posing Beauty in African American Culture an exhibition to explore the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising, and other forms of popular culture such as music and the Internet.  This show will take place at the USC Fischer Museum of Art (Los Angeles) from September 7 – December 3.
  • James Turrell has a retrospective on view at The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow).  It is Turrell’s first solo exhibition in Russia and features fifteen works completed throughout his forty-year career. Turrell’s works challenge not only visual perception, but also the other senses, as visitors are required to interact with the installations and sculptures.  This show is on view until August 21.

  • Louise Bourgeois‘s sculpture of a spider is currently on view in central Geneva, Switzerland after having made its way from Zurich and Bern. Maman, or “mother,” is touring the country as part of an exhibition organized by the Beyeler Foundation in Basel.  This spider is on view in its current location until August 28.
  • Laurie Anderson is coming to the Chicago Humanities Festival this fall.  Dubbed “Tech-knowledge,” the annual event will present O Superwoman, riffing off Anderson’s O Superman that explores how artists use technology for artistic expression.  Anderson will be interviewed onstage by Steppenwolf Theatre artistic director Martha Lavey, jump-starting the festival on November 2.
  • Kalup Linzy was featured in the New York Times in the article, “The Art of Being a Character,” which explores Linzy’s “black Southern-inflected, gender-bending, genre-defying” videos and performances.
  • Mika Tajima will spend three weeks on campus at the University of Texas Visual Arts Center, as part of  an Artist-in-Residence program this fall.  The work Tajima created for the Visual Arts Center, entitled The Architect’s Garden, combines sculpture and projected images inspired by UT and the city of Austin. The work is on view until September 15 and will remain on display throughout the fall semester.