In this week’s roundup LaToya Ruby Frazier curates and demystifies, Ai Weiwei goes worldwide, Andrea Zittel and John Baldessari have “must-click” websites, and more.
- Inheritance: LaToya Ruby Frazier and Tony Buba at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) is a curatorial effort by LaToya Ruby Frazier that includes never before seen artwork. With documentary filmmaker Tony Buba the artist spans 20th and 21st century socio-economic change in Braddock PA. This show is on view until May 19.
- LaToya Ruby Frazier‘s work can be found on the 2nd floor of the Whitney Museum (as part of the Biennial) through May 27, and on May 11 she’ll be giving a performance, Demystifying the Myth of the ‘Urban Pioneer.’ She will be joined by filmmaker Tony Buba, artist Martha Rosler, and composer and sound artist Damian Catera for a multimedia exploration of the myth of the “urban pioneer” within her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. This event is free with museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6–9 pm; there are no special tickets or reservations.
- LaToya Ruby Frazier was featured on NJTV’s State of the Arts which aired on April 1. Watch a preview of LaToya Ruby Frazier: Politics & Poetics here.
- Ai Weiwei set up a Weiwei cam website a year after police in China locked him up for 81 days, showing feeds from four live webcams in his Beijing home. This is in reference to the 24-hour police surveillance he has been subjected to since his detention and the camera feeds can be viewed by anyone online.
- Beryl Korot is at btforms gallery (NYC) and this is the artist’s first solo exhibition at this venue. Beryl Korot Selected Video Works: 1977 to Present features her landmark video installation Text and Commentary (1977), and the show also includes two of Korot’s more recent investigations into the medium, Florence (2008) and Yellow Water Taxi (2003). The show closes May 5.
- Mark Bradford has a show at the Fabric Workshop and Museum (Philadelphia). Geppetto is a new, multimedia wall installation by Bradford that is composed of 2,000 newsprint pages spanning the length of the gallery wall. This provides an immersive, psychological experience for the viewer. This exhibition is on view until late Spring 2012.
- Andrea Zittel‘s “faux-corporate Web site” was featured in Blouin’s 20 Artists With Must-Click Web Sites. The site advertises the services of her company, A to Z Administrative services. It’s noted for spot-on branding and “bravely quotidian accounts of home renovation and feeding her turtles.”
- John Baldessari‘s website is also highlighted in 20 Artists With Must-Click Web Sites because it uses information trees to create an interactive menu for visitors wanting to find out more about the artist. Note: It takes some exploring to find all of the branches.
- Cai Guo-Qiang Plays With Fire on the ABC News website features a retrospective of Cai Guo-Qiang‘s work, from the late 1980s to the present. Qiang’s exhibition Sky Ladder is on view through July 30 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
- Yinka Shonibare MBE and several artists whose works cover issues related to homelessness, such as isolation and security, are on display at the Somerset House as part of The Crisis Commission. The show features the Aurasma Augmented Reality app that allows visitors to find out more about the art and artists. This work is on view through April 22.
- Mark your calendars now for Barry McGee at the Prism Gallery (Los Angeles). The exhibition will run from May 12 – June 30.
- Mark Dion‘s upcoming show Phantoms of the Clark Expedition at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA) explores, among other things, the Explorers Club. The installation is intended to show, through artist-made objects, what these endeavors don’t reveal about themselves. This exhibition runs from May 9 – August 3.
- Mark Dion is featured in New York Times Magazine’s The Know-It-All which is a preview of Phantoms of the Clark Expedition and features the many vocations of the “celebrated artist/explorer/archeologist.”