Weekly Roundup

Ai Weiwei. "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads (detail)," 2010. Bronze. Private Collection, USA. Photo © Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei. “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads (detail),” 2010. Bronze. Private Collection, USA. Installation view at the 29th São Paolo Biennale. Photo: Ding Musa

Ai Weiwei’s zodiac heads go to Cleveland, Judy Pfaff explores time, Marina  Abramović turns to crowdsourcing, and more in today’s roundup:

  • Ai Weiwei‘s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads are on view in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s new atrium (Cleveland, OH). The sculptures were inspired by an eighteenth-century Qing imperial fountain featuring twelve bronze zodiac heads that were looted by invading Europeans during the Second Opium War. By recreating these figures at monumental scale, the artist “raises issues of cultural patrimony, national pride, and China’s ongoing relationship with its own history.” On view through January 26, 2014.
  • Judy Pfaff is one of fourteen artists in the group show The Land Before and After Time at Accola Griefen Gallery (New York, NY). Through their artwork, selected artists “evoke ideas and imagery pertaining to our planet before and after human existence.” On view through August 10.
  • Vija Celmins and Hiroshi Sugimoto are part of SEESCAPEa group exhibition at George Adams Gallery (New York, NY). SEESCAPE spans almost a century and a half of painting, drawing and photography, and explores the evolution of maritime representation from the sublime to the political. On view through August 31.
  • Marina  Abramović has turned to Kickstarter to fund the Marina  Abramović Institute in Hudson, New York. The Institute will be dedicated to the presentation and preservation of long durational work, including performance art, dance, theater, film, music, opera, and other forms that may develop in the future. In the following video, Abramovic gives a virtual tour of the space:

  • Richard Tuttle has a three-dimensional artist book in the exhibition Rahway’s Own at the Rahway Arts District Gallery (Rahway, NJ). The exhibition features photographs, artifacts, and artwork relating to notable innovators with Rahway connections, including Tuttle, astronomer Carl Sagan, Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, inventor Nikola Tesla, novelist Carolyn Wells, and chemist and corporate leader P. Roy Vagelos. On view through September 20.