Weekly Roundup

Du Bois In Our Time Exhibit - University Museum of Contemporary Art

LaToya Ruby Frazier, Born by Water and Spirit, Ninth and Washington Avenue (2009) in A Despoliation of Water From the Housatonic to Monongahela River (1930-2013), 2013. Courtesy the artist

LaToya Ruby Frazier charters a helicopter, a building is named after John Baldessari, and more in this week’s roundup.


  • LaToya Ruby Frazier: Born By a River opens at the Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, WA) on December 13. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from the opening lyrics of Sam Cooke’s song “A Change Is Gonna Come,” which became an anthem for the 1960s’ American Civil Rights Movement. The exhibition includes photographs that Frazier took from a helicopter flying over her hometown of Braddock, PA. Closes June 22, 2014.
  • LaToya Ruby Frazier’s exhibition WITNESS is at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA). According to Frazier, the exhibition tells “the story of economic globalization and the decline of manufacturing as told through the bodies of three generations of African American women”—her Grandma Ruby, her mother, and herself. Closes March 2, 2014.
  • Ai Weiwei: According to What is at the Pérez Art Museum (Miami, FL). The exhibition features Ai’s work from the last twenty years, including photographs and large-scale sculpture made from found objects. Closes March 16, 2014.
  • A building at the California Institute of Arts (Los Angeles, CA) will soon bear the name John Baldessari in recognition of the artist’s “extraordinary contributions” to the Institute. The John Baldessari Art Studio Building will house sixteen new artists’ studios as well as exhibition and instructional space.