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William Kentridge. "Untitled (You Are Lying)," 2010. Courtesy the artist and and Volte Gallery, Mumbai.

William Kentridge. “Untitled (You Are Lying),” 2010. Courtesy the artist and Volte Gallery, Mumbai.

In this week’s roundup, a one-day conference is devoted to the work of Yinka Shonibare MBE, William Kentridge shows work in Mumbai, Shana Moulton presents magic realism, and much more.

  • William Kentridge‘s first solo show in Mumbai is now on view at Volte Gallery. Poems I Used to Know is comprised of large Indian ink drawings on found book pages, a film installation, flip book films, tapestry, sculpture, etchings, and photogravures. The show closes March 20. Volte has made a video of the installation:

  • Shana Moulton and several internationally acclaimed contemporary artists are presenting their work at Indiana State University’s University Art Gallery (Terre Haute, IN). Lies that Tell the Truth: Magic Realism in Contemporary Art features paintings, photographs, etchings, drawings, and video that explore magic realism–a mode in literature and the visual arts that mixes representational forms with elements of fantasy. The exhibition is on view through March 22.
  • LaToya Ruby Frazier will lecture at The Nelson-Atkins Museum (Kansas City, MO) on March 1 at 6pm. The artist will discuss her use of social documentary and portraiture to create a personal visual history of the decline of her hometown, Braddock, Pennsylvania. Through photographs of her family and Braddock itself, Frazier offers an intimate exploration of the effects of deindustrialization.
  • Yinka Shonibare MBE: Fabric-ation opens March 3 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Wakefield, UK). The show will spread across three of YSP’s indoor galleries and open air space, and feature over 30 works made by Shonibare between 2002–2013. Many of these works have never before been shown in the UK. Accompanying the exhibition is a one-day conference, Yinka Shonibare MBE: Material Positions, which aims to explore the history and development of Shonibare’s work in the British context since the mid 1990s, and to examine its position within the global culture of contemporary art today. Organized by the University of Huddersfield, they have posted a call for papers with a deadline of April 15. The exhibition will run through September 1.

  • Matthew Ritchie has organized two public workshops this spring as part of the Mellon Visiting Artists Project at Columbia University’s School of the Arts (NYC). Collectively titled A Time For Everything, the workshops examine how artists can extend understanding and use of digital environments and platforms in the shared space of culture. The workshops are free and open to the public (RSVP here). Ritchie will curate a related show, The Temptation of the Diagram, for Andrea Rosen Gallery 2 (NYC); it will be on view March 29–April 27.
  • Mary Heilmann‘s Another Green World is currently on view at the Häusler Contemporary (Munich, Germany). The exhibition features her paintings, ceramics, and furniture. The title of the show comes from a song by Brian Eno and also refers to the color schemes and subject matter of Heilmann’s latest work. The show closes May 4. A video about the exhibition is posted below.

  • Trenton Doyle Hancock has collaborated with BalletAustin to produce Cult of Color: Call to Color. The production is a chapter in Hancock’s ongoing artistic mythology that uses multiple and mixed media materials to present Mounds, Vegans, and other imaginative creatures who are the center of the artist’s unfolding operatic narrative. Performances will take place March 28–April 7.