Weekly Roundup

Street Market

Barry McGee, Todd James, and Steve Powers, "Street Market," Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster St., 2000.

In this week’s roundup, Barry McGee tags a street market in LA, Margaret Kilgallen is remembered, Matthew Barney to be awarded in San Francisco, Allan McCollum electrifies objects in Florida, and much more.

  • Barry McGee, along with Todd James and Steve Powers, are joining forces to recreate Street Market at MOCA (Los Angeles) for Art in the Streets.  The installation is their vision of an urban street that includes a liquor store, a bodega, and much more. Battered trucks, bombed with graffiti tags by McGee, lay upended on the gallery floor. The MOCA exhibition will open April 17 and close on August 8.
  • The legacy of Margaret Kilgallen is featured as the newsstand cover for Juxtapoz magazine’s April 2011 issue dedicated to Art in the Streets, the first major historical survey of graffiti and street art in North America. For this particular occasion, the magazine reprinted an interview with Kilgallen from the May/June 1999 issue. Barry McGee and Raymond Pettibon are also featured in this issue.
  • Matthew Barney will receive the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival, which will run April 21 through May 5.  Barney will receive his award on April 30 and also participate in an onstage interview with writer, critic and curator Glen Helfand, just before the North American premiere of Drawing Restraint 17 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.

  • Allan McCollum‘s The Event: Petrified Lightning from Central Florida is a collaborative project with geologists and electrical engineers from the University of Florida. They spent several weeks triggering lightning strikes with the use of small rockets attached to copper wires that directed the lightning bolts down to sand-filled containers. The process resulted in the creation of small glass objects that bear the same form of the bolts that created them. This installation is on view as part of The Wilderness at Miami Art Museum until June 26.
  • Carrie Mae Weems and Cindy Sherman, among several others, are part of Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960 at the Baltimore Museum of Art.  The more than 200 images on view reveal the astonishing breadth and depth of the BMA’s outstanding photography collection and presents many recent acquisitions being shown at the museum for the first time.  The show closes on May 15.
  • Bruce Nauman has work currently on view for Making Histories: Changing Views of the Collection at the Stedelijk Museum (The Netherlands).  The exhibition highlights the breadth of the museum’s collection, which includes over 90,000 pieces including painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, works on paper, artist’s books, applied arts, and industrial and graphic design. Selections from the collections are presented on a rotating basis.
  • William Wegman‘s Eye On, a color polaroid of a Weimaraner, is on display in Lyman Allyn’s Face Off: Portraits by Contemporary Artists.  Work by Kiki Smith is also on view.  The framework for the show is thematic: self portraiture, portraiture as a memorial or commemoration, portraiture as political statement, portraits addressing stages of life, and, finally, portraits of non-human subjects.  The exhibition will be on view at the museum in New London, Connecticut. from April 10 – September 8.
  • Mark your calendars.  Doris Salcedo will have an installation at Moderna Museet Malmö (Sweden).  Plegaria Muda springs out of a three-year-long research of the ghettoes of Southeast Los Angeles, but is also a direct answer to repeated atrocities committed by the Colombian army between 2003 and 2009.  Salcedo’s work will be on view May 21 – September 4.