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Judy Pfaff. Humming in 5 Parts, 2012. Photo courtesy of the artist and Ameringer McEnery Yohe.

Judy Pfaff. “Humming in 5 Parts,” 2012. Photo courtesy of the artist and Ameringer McEnery Yohe.

In this week’s roundup Eleanor Antin reads from her memoir, Judy Pfaff presents her work, Cai Guo-Qiang to appear at the NY Public Library, Rashid Johnson explores new typologies and more.

  • Eleanor Antin will be “taking over” Art21’s Twitter account on Friday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Through posts of 140 characters or less, the artist will “read” stanzas of a story from her memoir, Conversations with Stalin, before embarking on four New York-based performances (see below). The artist encourages audience participation throughout, and will respond to questions submitted by audience members following the live Twitter “reading.” The event will take place from 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST on Twitter. Follow along with@Art21 and the hashtag #AntinCWS, ask questions, and see what else Eleanor Antin has to say.
  • Judy Pfaff is showing her work at Ameringer McEnery Yohe (NYC). This exhibition highlights the artist’s use of steel, glass, florescent lights, found objects, root systems of trees, paper and other materials. Her work is “ordered in the way that nature is ordered, without boundaries.” This show is on view through November 10.
  • Cai Guo-Qiang will participate in a discussion and book signing for Cai Guo-Qiang: Ladder to the Sky at the New York Public Library. The book features a rich sampling of Cai’s diverse oeuvre, from never-before-published early works to new works commissioned for a major exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art. This event will take place October 30, 6pm–8pm. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Rashid Johnson presents new work at the David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles). Coup d’état, Johnson’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, features new works in a variety of materials, in which wood, mirrored tile and wax are used as grounds for a series of mark-making strategies; as well as a series of floor-based works that use rugs as supports for further gestures. Among these are several works that represent new typologies for the artist. The show closes November 10.

  • Kiki Smith‘s second solo exhibition in the UK is on view at Timothy Taylor Gallery (London). Behold features sculpture, bronze wall reliefs, stained glass, porcelain figures and tapestry.  Running concurrently with this exhibition Smith will be exhibiting at Kunsthalle Bielefeld (Germany) along with her sister Seton Smith and late father, sculptor Tony Smith, celebrating the centennial of his birth. The exhibition at Timothy Taylor closes November 17.
  • Kalup Linzy is among the artists featured in Chelsea Sound, a day-long event in NYC devoted to music in contemporary art: artists who make work with sound and musicians who draw inspiration from art. Taking place in Chelsea’s Gallery District on October 27, the collaboratively-produced festival will include a series of performances, sound installations, and video screenings throughout the day across four venues. Performances are free and open to the public and will run between 2pm–9pm.
  • Andrea Zittel is featured in Fast Company‘s design magazine. Zittel is celebrating ten years as an artist by exhibiting an extensive retrospective of her textile rug and wall hangings at the Andrea Rosen Gallery (NYC). Zittel’s Fluid Panel State is on view through October 27.
  • Bruce Nauman and Alfredo Jaar are among more than 50 artists presenting work at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome. Neon: The Luminous Material of Art features a variety of sculptures and installations, as well as several works linked with words.The works are presented through a process that takes place mainly in the museum’s “great room” but also engages other areas of the building. This work is on view through November 11.

  • Louise BourgeoisCrouching Spider was recently unveiled at the newly constructed Maffei Arts Plaza, advancing Dartmouth’s Year of the Arts initiative through publicly displayed artwork. The sculpture, which is on loan from the Bourgeois family estate for a year and was constructed in 2003, is now located next to the new Black Family Visual Arts Center. The piece will remain at this location through the end of 2012.