In this week’s roundup Barbara Kruger lands at the Hirshhorn, Oliver Herring is nominated for an award, Robert Adams shapes his legacy and more.
- Barbara Kruger‘s Belief + Doubt opens soon at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington DC). This work is part of an initiative to bring art to new sites within and around the building. The installation by Barbara Kruger will fill the lower level lobby and extend into the newly relocated Museum bookstore. The exhibit opens August 20.
- Oliver Herring is listed among the nominees for the 2012 contemporary artist award from Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington DC). In 2001, the museum established a contemporary artist award. This award recognizes an artist younger than fifty who demonstrates exceptional creativity and has produced a significant body of artwork that is considered emblematic of this period in contemporary art. The winner will be announced soon.
- Laurie Anderson is performing Dirtday!, a piece that looks at politics, theories of evolution, families, and history. Set against a sound-based landscape, this collection of stories and music is the third and last in a series of solo performances, which includes Happiness and The End of the Moon. Anderson begins her US. tour at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art on September 16 and Cal Performances on September 18, with more performances to come.
- Maya Lin will display several of her pieces at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Expo Chiacgo booth, including Reversing the Flow, a topographical map of the Chicago River made entirely of pins. A sound/video installation from What is Missing?, her final memorial about endangered species and ecosystems, will also be on display. These pieces will draw attention to NRDC’s continued efforts to create a healthy and safe Chicago River: from fighting the practice of dumping raw sewage into the waterway, to addressing the threat of Asian carp and other invasive species. This event will take place at Navy Pier from September 20–23.
- Kara Walker recently lectured at the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum located in Grant Park. Her talk, The Art of War, is part of an ongoing Civil War Summer series, The American Civil War: One-Hundred-Fifty Years Later. The series was initiated by The City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Cyclorama.
- Robert Adams has been working with curators at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, selecting 169 prints from his own holdings for the museum to acquire. This selection will complement 25 images by Adams that the gallery already owns.