In happy news this week, New York Close Up artist Mary Mattingly worked with MoMA teen artists to convert a two-ton military trailer into a social space dedicated to breaking down barriers. And the Mike Kelley Foundation announced plans to fund an artist project that will bring mini-golf to Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Created by the activist group Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) and artist Rosten Woo, The Back 9: Golf and Zoning Policy in Los Angeles is an interactive installation that examines the effect of zoning codes on underprivileged LA communities.
- Ai Weiwei recently announced his latest project: a feature-length documentary on the refugee crisis, although some have doubts about the artist’s ability to emphasize the refugees’ struggle over Ai himself.
- The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is opening to the public this week! The new building opens its doors this Saturday, May 14th. SFWeekly listed Richard Serra‘s Sequence as the expanded museum’s first highlight.
- See Cindy Sherman‘s latest photographs in a new W Magazine slideshow, created as a preview of her current exhibition on view at Metro Pictures until June 11th.
Events & exhibitions
- Tuesday, May 10th | 7pm — Our film Kimsooja: Collaboration on Campus—Nanotechnology and Contemporary Art is screening at Cooper Union’s Frederick P. Rose Auditorium. Art critic and curator Steven Henry Madoff, and architect Jaeho Chong will offer remarks before the film. [RSVPs requested]
- Thursday, May 12th | 7:30pm — The 92nd Street Y is hosting a conversation between Jeff Koons and art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad to discuss the collaborative process between artists and collectors.
- Flag Art Foundation’s exhibition Cecily Brown, Jeff Koons, Charles Ray is closing this Saturday, May 14th.
- Half Moon, a new work by Abigail DeVille, is on view as part of Socrates Sculpture Park’s latest exhibition LANDMARK, on view till August 28th.
- Two Richard Tuttle shows are open until June:
- MEMPHIS, Monday, May 9th | 7-9pm — Memphis College of Art is hosting a reading and book signing by Sally Mann about her recent memoir HOLD STILL.
- BALTIMORE — Abigail DeVille‘s Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars is a new body of work organized by The Contemporary that includes installations and performances based on the history of very building it resides in: the Peale Museum. [Read a review in Baltimore Magazine.]
- LARAMIE, WY — This is the final week to view Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. The exhibition closes this Saturday, May 14th.
Around the world
- BRIGHTON, UK — Laurie Anderson served as guest director for this year’s Brighton Festival, and she’ll be performing in it three times this week. The most interesting performance comes tomorrow, May 10th with Music for Dogs—a 20-minute concert featuring music only audible to canines.
It’s impossible to include all the incredible exhibitions and art events happening this week in a single post. If there’s something you feel should have been included in today’s roundup, leave a comment below!