In this week’s roundup, Kerry James Marshall and others explore black identity, Mark Dion has a ship in a bottle, Barbara Kruger makes art from chess, and more.
- Martin Puryear, Julie Mehretu and Kerry James Marshall are part of Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery. Works were chosen by students from New Haven and from the University of Maryland, College Park, where the exhibit was on view at the David C. Driskell Center last fall. The show features work that addresses, questions, and complicates the paradigms that have mapped meanings onto African American bodies throughout history. The exhibition closes on June 26.
- Kerry James Marshall is also featured in 30 Americans at the North Carolina Museum of Art, along with Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems and Mark Bradford. The exhibition focuses on artists who explore similar themes and subject matter in their work, primarily issues of race, gender, identity, history, and popular culture.
- Mark Dion‘s Ship in a Bottle, a new public art sculpture, was unveiled at The Port of Los Angeles last Tuesday. Dion created an eight-foot scale model of a container ship inside a 12-foot clear glass bottle. Sitting on a grassy mound in the midst of the Marina, the ship rests on a bed of crushed glass, and both the bottle and container ship appear to be floating out over the waters of the Port’s outer harbor. It is permanently installed at the South end of a newly completed 1,200 linear foot section of Cabrillo Way Marina Phase II.
- Barbara Kruger is part of The Art of Chess exhibition organized by The University of Queensland Art Museum (Australia). This exhibition is an ongoing project featuring chess sets designed by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists in a celebration of the game of chess and its continued relevance to the creative arts. The show closes on April 24.
- Raymond Pettibon is in the group exhibition, Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die, that opened at Subliminal Projects (Los Angeles). The exhibition closes March 26.
- Collier Schorr‘s Early Birds series of fashion photographs are featured in The New York Times‘ Spring Fashion issue that highlights the season’s most notable, wearable, and desirable trends.
- William Wegman‘s Cat on a Rock was featured as part of Betty Cuningham Gallery‘s presentation at The Armory Show – Modern (NYC).
- Laurie Anderson is set for the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, to take place April 25-May 1 in various venues in New York City. Theater-related highlights include a celebration of poetry curated by Anderson and featuring Antony and the Johnsons.