Season 4’s Jenny Holzer was in the news a lot last week! The text-driven artist created created a footstool to benefit the NYC AIDS Memorial, opening this fall at St. Vincent’s Triangle. She also won a million-dollar LED art commission for San Francisco’s new Transbay Transit Center. The installation will combine the artist’s texts with that of Bay Area authors. Also this week:
- Theaster Gates announced his plans to transform a former Chicago police station into a community art center.
- An eight million dollar Jeff Koons sculpture, Coloring Book #4, arrived in Sacramento last Friday outside the NBA arena.
- Season 6 video artist Mary Reid Kelley was named a MacArthur Fellow! Get to know the artist through her Art in the Twenty-First Century segment, or in a recent interview on The Huffington Post.
- And the broadcast premiere of Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 8 ended on Friday with the new episodes, Los Angeles and Vancouver. If you missed it, the entire season is available online.
Events & exhibitions
- September 26th | 6pm—Julie Mehretu will be speaking with two anthropologists and Deen Sharp, from CUNY Graduate Center’s Earth and Environmental Sciences department, in a panel discussion on a new book titled Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings.
- A new exhibition of work by Julie Mehretu opened last week at Marian Goodman Gallery, where it will remain on view through October 29th.
- September 30th | 12-1:30pm—Kalup Linzy is giving a lecture at The New School this Friday as part of the GIDEST Seminar series.
- Bruce Nauman’s Contrapposto Studies, i through vii is on view at Sperone Westwater through October 29th. [Read a review in The New York Times.]
- CHICAGO—Heavy Sketches, a solo show by Theaster Gates is opening at Richard Gray this Friday, September 30th.
- WASHINGTON, DC—A new exhibition of work by Barbara Kruger also opens on Friday at the National Gallery.
- LOS ANGELES—GUNS, an exhibition on the gun debate, opened at the Loft at Liz’s last Saturday. It features work by John Baldessari, Shepard Fairey and Ed Ruscha, among the 23 artists selected.
- LOS ANGELES—Abraham Cruzvillegas’ exhibition Autocanción is on view at Regen Projects through October 11th.
- STONY BROOK, NY | Thursday, September 29th—The Simons Center Art Program is presenting a talk by Laurie Anderson at 5:45 pm in the Simons Center Auditorium. Get tickets.
- NEW HAVEN, CT—Titus Kaphar and Carrie Mae Weems are featured in a new exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery examining America’s history of racial injustice.
- BALTIMORE, MD | Saturday, October 1st—The Baltimore Museum of Art is hosting Oliver Herring’s Areas for Action from 11am-2pm.
- LOS ANGELES—This week is your last chance to catch Catherine Opie’s O. The exhibition closes Sunday, October 2nd at LACMA. [Read a review in The Huffington Post.]
Around the world
- LONDON—Yinka Shonibare MBE’s new exhibition …AND THE WALL FELL AWAY opens at Stephen Friedman this Wednesday where it will remain on view through November 5th.
- MEXICO CITY—Graciela Iturbide’s photographs are on view at Museo del Chopo through December 10th.
- AMSTERDAM—#SafePassage, Ai Weiwei’s exhibition documenting the refugee crisis, runs at the Foam Museum of Photography through December 7th.
- LONDON—A much-anticipated solo exhibition by Richard Serra opens this Saturday, October 1st at Gagosian’s Britannia Street location.
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!