Ellen Gallagher calls on the legacy of Sun Ra, Keltie Ferris makes imprints of her body, Kiki Smith probes the natural and spiritual worlds, James Turell presents never-before-seen works, and more in this week’s roundup.
- Ellen Gallagher: New Work opens March 14 at Hauser & Wirth (London, UK). Works on view include Gallagher’s new film projection, made in collaboration with Edgar Cleijne, in which the artists explore what they call “different aspects of representation,” drawing inspiration from multidisciplinary figure Sun Ra, as well as the science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany. Closes May 3.
- Gallagher will be in conversation with American playwright Naomi Wallace at the Royal Institution (London, UK), speaking about projection, transmutation, and the influence of Sun Ra. The event will be held on March 15 at 5:30pm. Admission is free but booking is recommended. Email rsvp [at] hauserwirth [dot] com.
- Keltie Ferris’s solo exhibition Body Prints is on view at Chapter NY (New York, NY). For this new and intimate body of work, Ferris pressed her oiled body against paper on her studio floor and then dragged powdered pigment along the paper, revealing her imprint. New York Close Up artist Josephine Halvorson has written an essay to accompany the show. Closes March 30.
- Anything but Civil: Kara Walker’s Vision of the Old South is at the Saint Louis Art Museum (St. Louis, MO). Walker’s 2005 print portfolio, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), is the focal point of the exhibition. “The portfolio layers Walker’s own imaginative twist over historical events and forcefully imposes new perspectives on a brutal past.” Closes August 10.
- Kiki Smith: Wonder marks the twentieth anniversary of Smith’s first solo exhibition at Pace Gallery (New York, NY). In the works on view, Smith investigates “natural and spiritual worlds” through aluminum, bronze, fine silver, textile, stained and hand-blown antique glass, and paint—illustrating her “ability to move fluidly between materials with vastly different characteristics and properties.” Closes March 29.
- James Turrell has a show at Pace London (UK). Recent Works features two never-before-seen works from Turrell’s Wide Glass series staged in chambers on the gallery’s ground floor. “Turrell…invites the viewer to a meditative experience.” Closes April 5.
- Collier Schorr’s exhibition entitled 8 Women, now up at 303 Gallery (New York, NY), presents works that span roughly 20 years and a variety of subjects—artists, models, and musicians. “Drawing inspiration from photo histories of female performance, film, and dance artists, Schorr,” according to the press release, worked with “models that seemed to strike a similar balance between display and authorship.” Closes April 12.
- Works by John Baldessari and Barbara Kruger are included in a group exhibition at the Missoula Art Museum (Missoula, MT). Featuring over 100 prints, Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation surveys important artists of the post-1950s era and offers viewer insights into Jordan D. Schnitzer’s collecting method. Closes June 1.