Weekly Roundup

 Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson, Moon, screenshot from the project website, 2013.

Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson, Moon, 2013. Screenshot of the project website.

In this week’s roundup Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson invite you to make your mark on the moon, Laylah Ali and Ellen Gallagher exhibit their Afrofuturist aesthetics, Jeff Koons teams up with Lady Gaga, and more.

  • Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson have collaborated on an Internet project entitled Moon. Visitors to the website are invited to draw on a slowly rotating digital moon, using their mouse or trackpad as a virtual pen. “Let’s show the world that together our marks matter. Creativity defies boundaries,” the artists write in their project statement. Users can log in to the website using an email, Facebook, or Twitter account.
  • Laylah AliTrenton Doyle Hancock, and Ellen Gallagher are among the nearly thirty artists included in The Shadows Took Shape at the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY). Featuring more than sixty works of art, including ten new commissions, the exhibition charts the evolution of Afrofuturism in contemporary art across the globe. Closes March 9, 2014.
  • Alfredo Jaar has created a new project for the Fondazione Merz (Turin, Italy). In Abbiamo amato tanto la rivoluzione (We so loved the revolution) Jaar plays with the idea of reflection and questions the sense of memory and the political commitment of the sixties and seventies. Closes February 2, 2014.
  • John Feodorov’s solo exhibition Emergence is at Gallery4Culture (Seattle, WA). It consists of an installation of large unstretched canvases and video projections juxtaposing contrasting narratives that convey themes of destruction and rebirth. The foundation for this body of work lies in Feodorov’s memory of a Navajo creation myth told to him by his mother when he was a child. Closes November 27.
  • Do-Ho Suh’s self-titled solo exhibition is at Lehmann Maupin Hong Kong through January 25, 2014. Suh explores the idea of home and memories of personal space by reproducing, in actual scale, objects from his former New York City apartment. This show coincides with the opening of Suh’s installation Home within Home within Home within Home within Home at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul, Korea), which closes May 11, 2014.
  • Diana Al-Hadid’s sculpture Nolli’s Orders has been installed at the Akron Art Museum (Akron, OH). Thirteen-feet high and constructed of steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam, and paint, it was inspired by the eighteenth century Italian architect and surveyor Giambattista Nolli, whose iconic 1748 map of Rome articulated the interplay between buildings and outdoor space, figure, and ground. On view November 23–March 16, 2014.
  • Jeff Koons was interviewed by MTV News about his artwork for Lady Gaga’s new album ARTPOP. In addition to the album cover, Koons created a “larger than life” statue of “Mother Monster” that was revealed at Gaga’s Art Rave in New York City on November 10.

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Nettrice Gaskins is an artist, educator, and member of the vibrant community of practitioner/theorists in the Digital Media PhD program at Georgia Tech. Gaskins compiles Art21's "Weekly Roundup."

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