This Week in Art 10.9-10.15: Jeff Koons Collaborates with Snapchat

Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog in an augmented reality collaboration with Snapchat.

Last week Snapchat released an augmented reality collaboration with artist Jeff Koons, virtually “placing” his iconic sculptures in ten locations around the world. If you’re in one of those locations, you can see and capture the digital work using the Jeff Koons Lens in the Snapchat app. It wasn’t long before the virtual sculpture was virtually vandalized by graffiti artist Sebastien Errazuriz, who created a mockup of a graffitied Balloon Dog as a means of questioning the power corporations have over our shared digital spaces.

Also this week:

Events & exhibitions

New York City


Washington D.C.


  • A survey exhibition of Tim Hawkinson’s work opened last week at the University of Tampa’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. Entitled Tim Hawkinson: BodyCon, the exhibition is on view through November 3.



  • The Museum of Contemporary Art just opened the group exhibition A Poet*hical Wager, which features work that uses abstraction, minimalism, and assemblage to explore complex ideas that can’t be addressed through representation. The exhibition includes work by Abraham Cruzvillegas and Rashid Johnson, and will be on view through January 28, 2018.

Conway, Arkansas

  • Thursday, October 12 at 6:30pm—The Los Angeles episode of Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century is screening at the University of Central Arkansas’s Baum Gallery. The screening is free and open to the public.


  • Kiki Smith’s new exhibition at Dallas Contemporary, Mortal, explores “life as a pilgrimage” and features works from the last decade of the artist’s career. [Read a review in D Magazine.]

Los Angeles

  • Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 at 8pm—Stan Douglas’s Helen Lawrence is being performed twice this weekend at the Center for the Art of Performance.

West Bretton, UK

Woodstock, UK

  • The Blenheim Art Foundation recently opened SOFTER: Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace. Featuring newly commissioned site-specific installations, the exhibition is on view through the end of the year. [Read a review in VICE.]

Santander, Spain


  • This is the last week to see Richard Serra: Films and Videotapes at Kunstmuseum Basel. A presentation of 16 works made between 1968 and 1979, the exhibition closes this Sunday, October 15.

Lausanne, Switzerland