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Weekly Roundup

Gabriel Orozco, "Dark Wave", 2006. Courtesy Jay Jopling / White Cube, via artnet.com

Gabriel Orozco, "Dark Wave", 2006. Calcium carbonate and resin with graphite, 119 11/16 x 154 5/16 x 541 5/16 in. Courtesy Jay Jopling / White Cube (via artnet.com).

From exhibitions and public talks, to limited-edition prints and digital calendars, this week you can find Art21 artists involved in various activities in New York, Washington D.C., Dublin, and Johannesburg:

  • The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has announced a mid-career retrospective exhibition of work by Season 2 artist Gabriel Orozco. In 1993, MoMA organized Projects 41: Gabriel Orozco, the artist’s first solo museum show. Many of the well-known objects he has created since that time (such as Black Kites, 1997) will be shown alongside lesser-known drawings, paintings, photographs, large sculptures and installations. Gabriel Orozco runs December 13, 2009–March 1, 2010. Jump to Wesley Miller’s 2008 blog post, Gabriel Orozco: Mobile Matrix, to learn more about the sculpture pictured above.
  • Picturing New Yorkan exhibition of 145 works from MoMA’s photographic collection – will open at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on November 25. Through the work of nearly 40 photographers, including Cindy Sherman (Season 5), Berenice Abbott, and Diane Arbus, the show celebrates the tradition of photographing the city.
  • In other Sherman news, Artinfo.com reports that the artist will receive the Jewish Museum’s Man Ray Award for “her distinguished accomplishments in advancing the world’s understanding of the limitless possibilities of identity, and the profound impact of her work on the contemporary art world.” The award will be presented on November 17.
  • On November 18, the Whitney Museum of American Art will host a public conversation between Roni Horn (Season 3) and chief curator Donna De Salvo. They will discuss Horn’s work over the last 30-years and her mid-career survey now on view at the Whitney. The program begins at 7pm. (Check out the Bomb Magazine website, where you can read an interview with Horn from 1989.)
  • Yinka Shonibare MBE, the traveling exhibition of work by the Season 5 artist, opened at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian last week. The museum has dedicated a blog, as well as a twitter account exclusively to their Shonibare show. The exhibition runs through March 7, 2010.
  • If you missed the mention on Art21’s twitter page, I Am Not Me, the Horse Is Not Mine – a performance by Season 5 artist William Kentridge commissioned for Performa 09 – was reviewed by Roberta Smith of the New York Times. Smith called the piece “an exquisitely polished work of art in itself, thanks largely to Mr. Kentridge’s marvelous stage presence.” Read the complete review here.
  • Later this month, the award-winning South African puppet company Handspring – who has collaborated with Kentridge in the past – will celebrate the release of their first full-length book exploring their work in adult puppet theatre. On the occasion, Kentridge (who served as an editor on the project) has designed two limited-edition prints based on his work with Handspring; they are available through David Krut Projects in Johannesburg.