Last week it was announced that New York Close Up artist Rashid Johnson will be directing his first feature length film—an adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel Native Son. “I came up with the project originally,” the artist told artnet News, “and then I was able to find great partners to participate with it.” Also this week:
- Raymond Pettibon and Marcel Dzama published new zine entitled Illegitimate President, with all proceeds going to the ACLU.
- Ai Weiwei announced that his film about the refugee crisis will be released this summer.
- And Julie Mehretu’s 2003 painting Looking Back to a Bright New Future, is the Detroit Institute of Arts’ new “Guest of Honor,” the first in a series of loans highlighting artists from diverse backgrounds.
Events & exhibitions
New York City
- A new exhibition of Robert Mangold’s work entitled Robert Mangold: A Survey 1965 – 2003 is on view at Mnuchin Gallery through March 25. [Read a review in Hyperallergic.]
- A new exhibition by assume vivid astro focus opened last weekend at SITE 57. always vomit after formalities is open through March 26.
- Sunday, March 5 | 2pm—Glenn Ligon will be speaking with the 2009 YoungArts Winner in Jazz, Samora Pinderhughes, as part of the National YoungArts Foundation Salon Series. [Tickets are $10.]
- A new exhibition by Season 8’s Theaster Gates is opening on Sunday at the National Gallery of Art. In the Tower: Theaster Gates will be on view through September 4.
- This is the last week to see Kara Walker’s Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art. The exhibition closes this Sunday, March 5.
- Thursday, March 2 | 5-6pm—Matthew Ritchie will be presenting his new performance-based work, Surrender to the Diagram: Toward a Complete Theory of Picture at the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum.
- A new exhibition at Serpentine Galleries entitled Speak: Tania Bruguera, Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost and Cally Spooner is opening on Thursday. Featuring the ways in which each artist “explores language as a medium for action, exchange and disruption,” Speak is on view through May 21.
- Humlebaek—William Kentridge’s Thick Time opened last week at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition, centered around “colonized, regulated, oppressed, fleeing or dreaming humanity,” is on view through June 18.
- Denmark—Pierre Huyghe’s 2014 video installation Untitled (Human Mask) is on view at Copenhagen Contemporary through May 21.
It’s impossible to include all the incredible exhibitions and art events happening this week in a single post. If there’s something you feel should have been included in today’s roundup, leave a comment below!