In this week’s roundup, Ann Hamilton’s La Jolla mural, photography by Collier Schorr and Carrie Mae Weems, and more.
- Ann Hamilton‘s mural, the sixth and final work in the first phase of the Murals of La Jolla project (spearheaded by the La Jolla Community Foundation), is scheduled to be installed this week. The Murals of La Jolla (San Diego, CA) seeks to promote dialogue and connection among residents as well as to enhance the beauty and aesthetic character of the community. More information regarding the Hamilton mural is forthcoming on the La Jolla website.
- Collier Schorr‘s photos are featured in Composed: Identity, Politics, Sex, an exhibition at The Jewish Museum (NYC). The show features seven photo-based contemporary artists. Using conventional forms of photography, including portraiture, photojournalism, and online profile pictures, the artists illuminate the complex identities of a wide range of characters, emphasizing stereotypes, in order to obscure individual differences. The show closes June 30.
- Carrie Mae Weems is in An Orchestrated Vision: The Theater of Contemporary Photography at the St. Louis Art Museum in Missouri. On view will be over 40 works from an international group of artists including Weems. Seen together, the works reveal the remarkable potential of the photographic medium in contemporary artistic practice. This exhibition is on view through May 13.
- Cai Guo-Qiang‘s Sky Ladder exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles featured a massive explosion of rockets and other fireworks, titled Mystery Circle. Sky Ladder is open at MOCA LA through July 30 and includes three gunpowder paintings, a crop circle installation, and videos of the various detonations. Viewers can also see the scorch marks from the explosion event on the side of the building. MOCA shot video of the event from many angles, and composed a video that combines these views:
- Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center (Poughkeepsie, NY) will display twenty of Julie Mehretu’s prints that highlight the progression of her personal language of lines and marks. This exhibition showcases Mehretu’s decade-long engagement with printmaking, where the discipline of printing (and thinking) in multiple layers informs her work in all media. The show is open through June 17.