This Week in Art 4.17-4.23: Robert Ryman Donates Work to Dia Art Foundation

Robert Ryman in Paradox, an episode from Season 4 of Art in the Twenty-First Century, 2007.

Season 4 artist Robert Ryman recently made the news with a donation of twenty-one works to the Dia Art Foundation. Valued at over $420 million, the gifted works, together with a piece the foundation already owns, are currently on view at Dia:Beacon, and now comprise the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s work held by a public American institution.

Also this week:

Events & exhibitions

New York City

New Brunswick, NJ

  • Kara Walker collaborated with Rutgers students to create a new immersive installation, on view through July 2. Entitled Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association, the exhibition acts as both a living memorial and cabinet of curiosities, incorporating found objects, ephemera, and personal observations that provide “a space for voices and stories that would have remained absent,” when considering the history of the South.

Easton, PA


  • Tuesday, April 18, 6–8 pm—LaToya Ruby Frazier is speaking at the Memphis College of Art as part of the school’s Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series. The lecture will be preceded by a book signing of the artist’s 2015 award-winning monograph The Notion of Family.



  • Friday, April 21, 7:30pm—Season 8 artist Diana Thater is speaking at Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts in conjunction with her nine-monitor video installation The Starry Messenger (2014), on view at the Moody Center through February 2018.

Los Angeles

  • Lari Pittman’s work is featured in a new dual exhibition with that of artist Silke Otto-Knapp. Subject, Predicate, Object opens on Saturday at Regen Projects where it will be on view through May 27.




  • April 17–25—Alfredo Jaar will be presenting Culture = Capitala week-long seminar and series of public lectures at Tokyo University of the Arts.

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!