In this week’s roundup, abstraction is the theme, with James Turrrell on view in Brussels, Sally Mann preparing to push boundaries, while Allan McCollum’s work is on view as Jessica Stockholder co-curates, Mike Kelley and Arturo Herrera are keeping it real, and more.
- Almine Rech Gallery (Brussels) is currently exhibiting a James Turrell retrospective that engages viewers’ visions of light, matter, color, shape and explores the role of the spectator in the gallery installation/exhibition space. The exhibition is on view until October 21.
- Allan McCollum joins several artists whose abstract artworks were selected for The Jewel Thief, a new exhibition at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. The exhibition closes on February 27, 2011. Jessica Stockholder co-curated The Jewel Thief with Ian Berry and they were interviewed about how the exhibition was organized.
- Carrie Mae Weems will join curator Deborah Willis for a discussion about the contested perspectives of African and African American beauty as part of Posing Beauty, currently on view at the Williams College Museum of Art. On October 21, the museum will host this free event at the Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. The exhibition is on view until November 21, 2011.
- Laurie Anderson premiered her latest stage piece, Delusion, at BAM (Brooklyn), the first of 12 performances. The work launched BAM’s Next Wave Festival that was previewed by the Wall Street Journal.
- Works by Mike Kelley and Arturo Herrera are part of Keeping it Real: An Exhibition in 4 Acts at the Whitechapel Gallery (Liverpool). The second act in the series, Subversive Abstraction, features Kelley’s Transplant (1990), which closes on December 5. Later in December, Herrera’s work will be on display as part of Current Disturbance.
- Mark your calendars and be on the lookout for Sally Mann: The Flesh and The Spirit when it opens on November 17 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition will focus on the body as a theme and feature new and little-known photography by Sally Mann.
- Kara Walker will be honored at Brooklyn Museum’s Women in the Arts 2010 Fundraising Luncheon on November 4. As part of this event, Walker will join curator Catherine Morris for a conversation before receiving her award.