Happy Halloween art lovers! This week is fittingly the last for Pedro Reyes’ politically-themed haunted house Doomocracy. Tickets went fast, so if you were unable to catch the performances in person, read the New York Times’ play-by-play (complete with a slideshow), Hyperallergic’s review, or The Daily Beast’s coverage of the project. Also this week:
- Pedro Reyes and Tania Bruguera were given the first and second slots, respectively, of Artnet’s list of art world game changers.
- On Friday a monumental bronze sculpture by Ursula von Rydingsvard was unveiled at the McGovern Institute. Titled SCIENTIA, the piece was commissioned by MIT and is the latest addition to MIT’s growing Public Art Collection.
- Finally, Richard Serra shared on T Magazine that his ten favorite books include Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance and Other Essays, and George Kubler’s The Shape of Time.
Events & exhibitions
- On Saturday a new exhibition by photographer Carrie Mae Weems opened at Jack Shainman Gallery. The artist’s first solo show since her retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2014, the two-part exhibition “highlights her recent investigations into performance, entertainment, and history.”
- The Print Fair is happening this weekend at the Park Avenue Armory. Thursday November 3 through Sunday November 6, hundreds of exhibitors will gather to display prints from 16th century masters to contemporary artists today.
- Also happening on Thursday, Memory Ware, an exhibition by the late Los Angeles artist Mike Kelley opens at Hauser and Wirth’s 69th Street gallery. [Flavorwire chose the exhibition as a Staff Pick.]
- An exhibition of new work by Ai Weiwei is opening this Saturday, November 5 at Deitch Projects’ Wooster Street space. Centered around the refugee crisis, Laundromat includes belongings left behind by migrants who were forced to evacuate, along with photographs and a short documentary about Idomeni, a refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border. [Learn more in the New York Times.]
- DALLAS—Pedro Reyes has a solo show open at Dallas Contemporary. Titled For Future Reference, the sculpture exhibition is open through December 18.
- CAMBRIDGE, MASS | Wednesday, November 2, 6-7:15pm—Artist Doris Salcedo is participating in a panel discussion with Elaine Scarry, Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value at Harvard. The event is held in conjunction with a new exhibition of the artist’s work The Materiality of Mourning, opening Friday, November 4 at Harvard Art Museums.
- AUGUSTA, GA | Saturday, November 5, 6pm—Kara Walker will be talking about her life and work with her father, Atlanta-based artist Larry Walker at the Morris Museum of Art.
Around the world
- AKUREYRI, ICELAND—A collection of video and sound pieces by Joan Jonas is on view at the Akureyri Art Museum in a new exhibition titled Volcano Saga, 1985. On view through January 8, 2017. [Read a review in IceNews.]
- SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | Saturday, November 5, 12pm and 5pm—Chris Ware Collection, a series of short films about the Season 8 artist, is playing twice this weekend as part of GRAPHIC, a festival of visual storytelling, animation, and music.
- FRANKFURT, GERMANY—Giacometti-Nauman, a new exhibition pairing the works of Alberto Giacometti and Bruce Nauman, is on view at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt through January 22.
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!