In this week’s roundup, Cai Guo-Qiang goes underground, Josiah McElheny curates for Andrea Zittel and Roni Horn, Beryl Korot composes in Krakow and more.
- Cai Guo-Qiang‘s 1040M Underground at Izolyatsia is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Ukraine. The title is inspired by the artist’s experience of the coal and salt mines of Ukraine’s industrial Donbas region.
- Art by Andrea Zittel and Roni Horn are on view at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) in New York, in an exhibition co-curated by Josiah McElheny. If you lived here, you’d be home by now presents Horn’s two-part photographic installation, This is me, This is You (1999-2000). For Horn’s work (and for others in the exhibition), McElheny “re-designed” and built Donald Judd-like furniture from which to view the artwork. The show closes December 16.
- Barbara Kruger and Carrie Mae Weems, among several other artists, are featured in At Fifty: Krannert Art Museum, 1961–2011 (Illinois), an exhibition that places art objects from ancient Greece and Latin America in dialogue with 19th century European paintings and 20th century video; realism sits astride abstraction; photography and drawings illustrate how artists have represented humanity for more than a century. This work is on view until October 23.
- Carrie Mae Weems was one of the artists featured in part three of the seven-part series, XX Chromosocial: Women Artists Cross the Homosocial Divide. Weems’ photographs focus on the “codes that underpin and perpetuate women’s homosocialization,” to demonstrate how art can act as a mirror of its maker. Weems’ work shows iconic images of the “girlchild” and of girls’ “first attention to mothers, sisters, and girlfriends they learn from and compare themselves to long before they (if ever) appeal to male desire.”
- Beryl Korot is one of a few select composers presenting work at the 9th Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow, Poland. This will be a celebration of American Minimalism and the 75th birthday of Steve Reich – an icon of the genre. The concert events will take place September 11–17.
- Cao Fei‘s film Shadow Life will be on display at Arthouse at the Jones Center in Austin, Texas. The film is an adaptation of traditional Chinese shadow puppetry. The intricate hand puppets animating Shadow Life merge these traditional art forms to tell a distinctly contemporary story of modern China. This film will be shown until October 30. Admission is free.
- Maya Lin‘s Confluence Project: Reimaging the Columbia River is now on view at the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History in Lewiston, ID. This exhibit includes models created by Lin and her New York studio, as well as images and models of the Vancouver Land Bridge created by Jones and Jones Architects in Seattle. This work will be on display through February 10.
- Josiah McElheny’s Island Universe will be screened at the Harvard Film Archive (Boston, MA). This film explores the origins of the universe and J. & L. Lobmeyr’s Space Age chandeliers for New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Melissa Franklin, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, and Chair, Department of Physics, Harvard University, and Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. This film will be shown October 15, from 3–5pm. Admission is free.