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Carrie Mae Weems. Afro-Chic (video still), 2010. DVD, 5 minutes, 30 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Carrie Mae Weems.

Carrie Mae Weems. "Afro-Chic (video still)," 2010. DVD, 5 minutes, 30 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Carrie Mae Weems.

In this week’s roundup voting is open for a video portrait of John Baldessari, Martha Colburn’s cut out animation is showcased, Ann Hamilton works with factory workers, an upcoming Carrie Mae Weems retrospective and more.

  • Martha Colburn‘s work will be showcased in Harsh Realities at the Rowan University Art Gallery (Glassboro, NJ). The exhibition is a survey of stop-motion animation, including puppets, clay sculptures, toys, dolls, surface-altering textures, and more. The show explores how stop-motion animation is so often used to underline the resilience of the human spirit within difficult and challenging circumstances. This work will be on view September 4 – October 6.
  • Watch a portrait of John Baldessari in A Brief History of John Baldessari. Narrator Tom Waits guides you through a montage of the highlights of Baldessari’s life and career. You can also vote for the film at the official site of the ShortList Film Festival through Sept. 4.

  • Ann Hamilton is participating in Factory Direct: Pittsburgh that showcases the artwork of established contemporary artists who conducted artist residencies in Pittsburgh-based factories. Artists worked closely with the management teams and factory workers within their host facilities to plan and execute a new work of art based on the factory’s history, technologies, materials, or processes. The exhibition is on view through September 9.
  • Jessica Stockholder will soon lecture at Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University. During this afternoon talk she will speak about how her work has played a crucial role in expanding the dialogue between sculpture and painting, form and space. The event is scheduled for September 11, 4:30pm.
  • Mark your calendar for Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video at the Frist Center for the Arts (Nashville, TN). This retrospective, which is composed of more than 200 objects—primarily photographs but also written texts, audio recordings, fabric banners and videos—will provide an opportunity to trace the evolution of Carrie Weems’s career over the last 30 years. The exhibition will run September 21 – January 12, 2013 and move to several other venues next year.
  • Himmel Award & Lecture: Maya Lin at the Katonah Museum of Art honors Maya Lin, who draws inspiration from the landscape, asking the viewer to reconsider nature at a time when it is crucial to do so. The artist is currently at work on her last memorial, What is Missing?, a multi-sited artwork that raises awareness about the current crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss. The event takes place on November 4, 5pm.
  • Maya Lin is also teaming up with Cannon Design and Toshiko Mori, FAIA, to design a new, innovative research campus for Novartis, a pharmaceutical company. The new campus will change the way Novartis conducts research, promoting increased collaboration, idea-sharing and teamwork. The project will be completed in 2015.