Weekly Roundup

Hiroshi Sugimoto. Selections from the Lightning Fields series, 2009. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Hiroshi Sugimoto. A selection from the "Lightning Fields" series, 2009. Photo courtesy the artist.

In this week’s roundup, Mel Chin commemorates 9-11, Hiroshi Sugimoto creates art with lightning, Mike Kelley delves into Superman, Oliver Herring throws art parties, Kiki Smith creates with paper, and much more.

  • Mel Chin‘s 9-11/9-11, which premiered in New York and Santiago, Chile, on Sept. 11, 2007, is part of an exhibition at the Louisville Visual Art Association (Kentucky).  The film follows the family and intimate relationships of a small circle of people involved in the attacks in New York, as well as others touched on that same date in 1973, when a presidential coup led to the violent rule of dictator Augusto Pinochet.


  • Hiroshi Sugimoto‘s selections from the Lightning Fields series are currently on view at the Edinburgh International Festival (Scotland).  Lightning Fields is a series of dramatic photographs produced through violent electrical discharges on photographic film. The images suggest a range of associations, from lightning flashes to strange forms of primordial life.  The show closes on September 25.
  • Barry McGee participated in Art & About Sydney 2011, a project that aims to transform the Australian city into a canvas, or a living gallery.  As part of the Laneway Art program McGee joins a select group of artists and created an “evocative work that teeters between the free spirit of graffiti, the random energy of the urbane and the pure intent of controlled artistry.”  This work is on view from September 23 – January 31, 2012, and is free to the public.
  • Kiki Smith is co-curating and has work represented in Papertails at NYU Steinhardt’s 80WSE Galleries (NYC).  The exhibition includes examples that range from printmaking and collage to photography, painting, and sculpture.  The show will open Sept. 14 for a special viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. and remains on view during regular gallery hours through November 5.
  • Mike Kelley‘s Exploded Fortress of Solitude is currently on view at the Gagosian Gallery (London).  The Kandors series, which Kelley initiated in 1999, are sculptural depictions of Superman’s birthplace Kandor.  Selecting 20 examples from the myriad two-dimensional renderings of the famous fictional city, Kelley has created three-dimensional Kandors and variant works.  This exhibition closes on October 22.
  • Oliver Herring is traveling the U.S. throwing parties involving a game called TASK, a straightforward activity with very few rules.  Its open-ended, participatory structure creates almost unlimited opportunities for a group of people to interact with one another and their environment.  Herring is throwing a new party on October 21 at Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
  • Susan Rothenberg has new work on view at Sperone Westwater (NYC).  The exhibition features 13 paintings, including one of a raven perched on a tree branch and a large profile of a head outlined in grey and black. The artist mines the tactility of her medium to extract emotional truths about perception, memory and the human condition.  The show closes on October 29.
  • Sally Mann‘s Proud Flesh is on view at Jackson Fine Art (Atlanta, GA). Using the human body as her main subject, Mann’s photography explores familial and spousal relationships.  This exhibition is on view until October 29.
  • To mark her 100th birthday, the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland is featuring an homage to Louise Bourgeois.  The exhibition represents a concentrated selection from the artist’s collection and addresses its key themes: an involvement with other artists, a concern with her own biography, and the translation of emotions into objects of art.  This exhibition is on view until August 1, 2012.