This Week in Art 11.6-11.12: Artists Fights Sexism and Harassment with #NotSurprised

Jenny Holzer. Truisms, 1982. Installation view, Times Square, New York. Photo: Public Art Fund.

Laurie Anderson, Cindy Sherman, Abigail DeVille, Barbara Kruger, Catherine Opie, Tania Bruguera, and thousands of other artists, writers, curators and directors have signed an open letter condemning Artforum publisher Knight Landesman, who resigned last month after a lawsuit accused him of sexual harassment. The campaign, titled Not Surprised, pledges to fight against sexism and sexual harassment in the art world, and takes its name from a 1982 Jenny Holzer Truism, “Abuse of power comes as no surprise.”

Also this week:

Events & exhibitions

New York City

Nyack, NY

  • Beginning Friday, November 10, Carrie Mae Weems will be presenting her series of photographs, Beacon, at the Edward Hopper House. The show is being held as part of the artist winning the Edward Hopper Citation of Merit for Visual Artists, and will be on view through February 25, 2018.


  • Saturday, November 11 from noon–3:30pm—Mark Bradford will be speaking at the Baltimore Museum of Art with the museum’s director Christopher Bedford in a discussion entitled “Making a Path.”


Washington D.C.

  • On Wednesday Mark Bradford is debuting one of his largest works to date at the Hirshhorn Museum. Entitled Pickett’s Charge, the monumental new commission spans nearly 400 feet and will be on view through November 12, 2018.

Sarasota, FL


  • On Friday the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is opening a solo exhibition by Nick Cave. Entitled Nick Cave: Feat., the show will be on view through June 24, 2018.

San Francisco

  • Friday, November 10 at 8pm & Saturday November 11 at 2pm & 8pm—William Kentridge’s chamber opera Refuse the Hour will be premiering on the West Coast this weekend at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.).



  • Last week a new solo exhibition by Hiroshi Sugimoto opened at Marian Goodman Gallery Paris. Entitled Surface Tension, the show is on view through December 22.


  • This is the last week to see Cai Guo-Qiang’s first exhibition in Russia. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts commissioned a new series of works by the artist for the October Revolution’s centenary, and October closes this Sunday, November 12.