In this week’s roundup Lari Pittman arrives in the Midwest, Alfredo Jaar revisits Venice Biennale, Kalup Linzy casts Michael Stipe, David Altmejd explores paradise, Marina Abramovic appears in an opera about her life, and more.
- Lari Pittman: A Decorated Chronology is on view at the Contemporary Art Museum (St. Louis). The exhibition includes 30 large-scale paintings and a 24-part works on paper series from Lari Pittman. Most of the works are from the mid-2000s to the present, as well as earlier works dating back to 1985 that have been borrowed from museums and private collections from across the U.S. The show closes August 11.
- Alfredo Jaar has a site-specific installation, Venezia, Venezia, on view at the Pavilion of Chile, Venice Biennale (Italy). It invites viewers to question the role of the Venice Biennale in a worldwide culture that has perhaps outgrown it. The exhibition runs through November 24.
- Mika Tajima is in a group show at Galeria Quadrado Azul (Porto, Portugal). Artists at Art Brussels includes artists who participated in the April 2013 international contemporary art fair Art Brussels. The show closes July 31.
- David Altmejd and other artists reflect on the art historical significance of a Garden of Eden and the contemporary social significance of a paradise at Middelheim Museum (Antwerp). My Little Paradise (Mijn kleine paradijs) is located in the former Hortiflora flower garden that was the source of inspiration for the exhibition theme. The artists’ works represent the theme of a small, personal paradise. The show is on view through September 15.
- Conversations wit de Churen X: One Life to Heal, a new video by Kalup Linzy, revisits characters that have appeared in his past films including All My Churen (2003). Michael Stipe and Leo Fitzpatrick appear alongside Linzy in the latest installment of the fictional Braswell family saga.
- Maya Lin‘s latest art installation was unveiled at Queen Anne Square (Newport, RI). The work remembers leading Newport preservationist Doris Duke, with a design meant to invoke the bond between historic preservation and a healthier community.
- Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle is in a group show at the Hairpin Arts Center (Chicago). According to the curators, The Presence of Absence features work that “explore[s] the tension between that which is and that which is not in a variety of media (film, video, installation, sculpture, and paint )and from a multitude of perspectives.” The exhibition closes June 2.
- Kimsooja‘s A Needle Woman (2005) is on view at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Israel). Presented as part of Host & Guest the video shows the artist walking through seemingly alien settings. assumes a position of silence and stillness, amid throngs of moving people in trouble-ridden cities in various parts of the world. The show is open to the public through June 5.
- Mark Bradford, Rashid Johnson, Glenn Ligon, Kalup Linzy, Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, and Carrie Mae Weems are part of a traveling exhibition that will be at the Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee, WI). 30 Americans features paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, video, and more made by African American artists since 1970, that raise questions of what it means to be a contemporary artist and an African American today. The show will be open to the public June 14 – September 8.
- Marina Abramovic will share The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic and more at the Luminato Festival (Toronto). With the arrival of the autobiographical opera and details of her new institute, Abramovic will be the focus of the festival. These events will take place June 14 – 17.