SLP STAFF PICKS : ART HAPPENINGS IN 2015

YSL_China_Met_VogueImage: Courtesy of Vogue http://vogue.cm/1Ca3EsB

Welcome to 2015! Below are our thoughts and links for great art & design upcoming this year.  What are you looking forward to?

Sheri Pasquarella, Owner & Director

  1. On Kawara-Silence, Guggenheim Museum, Feb 6 – May 3,2015. If the current issue of Artforum is any indication, a good portion of the art world is looking forward to this post-humous retrospective – and with good reason. Kawara’s work personally resonates with my abiding interests in Conceptual art & western philosophy, and threatens to turn the Frank Lloyd Wright pavilion into a temporary temple to both. http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/exhibition/upcoming
  2. Whitney Museum grand re-opening, May 1, 2015. If my hard-hard tour of the new Whitney during the tail-end of its construction in fall 2014 was any indication, prepare to be floored by the expanded viewing galleries, performance spaces, and sweeping vistas of NYC that Renzo Piano so perfectly integrated into the Gansevoort street mecca.  Opening with highlights from the permanent collection, this is not to be missed.  www.whitney.org
  3. “China:  Through the Looking Glass,” opening May 7, 2015.  Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Exploring the influence of Chinese culture and aesthetics on the history of fashion, one hopes that this show will revert to the CI’s penchant for producing impeccably curated shows & dynamic exhibition design (this year’s “Death Becomes Her” was a little…um, dour for my taste).  The preview of the Beijing installation of the show is quite a teaser…  http://www.vogue.com/7798169/met-museum-china-through-the-looking-glass-preview-beijing/
  4. Joan Jonas, US Pavillion, Venice Biennale.   Truly curious to see how Jonas uses Venice as a platform to unite her history of performance, video and installation-based works.  First solo representation of the US by a female artist in…how long?  http://joanjonasvenice2015.com/
  5. Albert Oehlen, Home and Garden, June 10 – Sept 6, 2015, New Museum. Among my favorite painters, this will be Oehlen’s well-deserved museum treatment in NYC. The show will span his career, hopefully offering a thorough look at his profoundly dense, curious, generous and influential approach to painting.http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/albert-oehlen-home-and-garden

Brooke Tomiello, Administrative Assistant

  1. Substrate, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Jan 29 – Mar 15, 2015. I personally love the idea that the works in this show are to respond to a specific space with the end results unknown. http://bmoca.org/exhibitions/2015/spring/substrate
  2. Robert Irwin, Excursus: Homage to the Square3, Dia:Beacon, June 1, 2015 – May,2017. This show is for the art history nerds. Reconfiguring a 1998-1999 site-specific piece for Dia Center for the Arts in New York City, the new installation is reconfigure for Dia:Beacon http://www.diaart.org/exhibitions/introduction/12
  3. All At Once, Arlene Shechet, ICA Boston, June 10 – September 7, 2015. Having had first encountered Shechet’s work in The Sound of It at Jack Shainman Gallery in 2010, I have happily been following her career. This will be one of the most comprehensive shows of her work to-date. http://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions/exhibit/arlene-shechet/
  4. Montclair Art Museum: Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s, February 8 – May 17, 2015. The issues of the effects of digital technologies and global migrations on identity brought up in this exhibition only amplify the evolution of those issues, which we are dealing with today. https://montclairartmuseum.org/content/come-you-are-art-1990s
  5. Laumeier Sculpture Park: Danica Dakic: Three Places, Fall 2015. Using forms and language (body, written and spoken) to allow her work to unify  human kind and question the ‘human kind’ paired with Danica working with the Bosnian population in St. Louis, will only strengthen her ability to use different media in a clear and concise fashion.  http://www.laumeiersculpturepark.org/exhibition/upcoming
Image: Courtesy of Guggenheim http://bit.ly/14K3JYx

 Nico Alonso, Digital Assistant

  1. American Realness Festival, January 8 – 23, 2015. I’m a big sucker for performance, and this event series is a wonderful opportunity to gain exposure to a number of international and domestic artists convening for this impressive 63-performance and 23-production festival.  http://www.abronsartscenter.org/performances/american-realness-festival-2015/american-realness-festival.html
  2. “WITCHES X ESKFF 2015 Residency Exhibition”, Mana Contemporary, Spring, 2015. An incredible program aimed at turning a lens towards contemporary artistic practices in the (post-) digital age. The residency fosters community-driven initiative and collaboration. http://www.witchesofbushwick.com/art-residency/
  3. Rachel Rose @ Governors Island, Summer, 2015.  Engaged with the landscape of Governors Island, artist Rachel Rose (a new favorite of mine) has been selected to create a long-term piece responding to the historic site. Curated by Bard’s Director of Curatorial Studies, Tom Eccles, the show will be free and open to the public in the summer months. http://www.pilarcorrias.com/news/rachel-rose-at-governors-island-2015-new-york/
  4. Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, SculptureCenter, January 25 – March 30, 2015. The Thai artist’s first major retrospective on American soil is to feature over 20 artworks spanning two decades of her career. Concerned with communication and pedagogy, Rasdjarmrearnsook’s work often addresses subjects that occupy marginalized social spheres. New works will be on view. http://sculpture-center.org/exhibitionsExhibition.htm?id=110556
  5. “The Unmaking of Art,” e-flux, Lectures by Alfred Barr, January 13, 2015 and Gertrude Stein, January 20, 2015. These two prolific Art Historical figures will be addressing topics vital to contemporary discussions of the Modern canon. Lectures will be on-site at e-flux and will be streamed live here. http://www.e-flux.com/program/lectures-by-alfred-barr-and-gertrude-stein-the-unmaking-of-art/

Naana Frezel, Digital Intern

  1. Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks”, Brooklyn Museum, Apr 3 – Aug 23, 2015. The title alone intrigues me! I’m excited to gain more insight into the mind of the prolific artist and gain a better understanding of his work. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/upcoming_exhibitions.php
  2. Fresh Dressed”: A Documentary on the Fashion of Hip Hop, CNN, TBA. I enjoy a good documentary and I know I‘m going to love one that features interviews with the likes of Kanye West and Andre Leon Talley. This film is further evidence of hip-hop’s upper echelon slowly permeating the high-end fashion world, see: April 2014 Vogue cover. http://www.sundance.org/blogs/news/premiere-and-doc-premiere-films-and-special-events-announced-for-2015-festival
  3. Palindrome, Hugo McCloud, Sean Kelly Gallery, Jan 30 – Mar 14, 2015. I was absolutely enthralled by McCloud’s work from last summer’s group exhibition at Sean Kelly, From Pre-History to Post-Everything. Enthralled so much so, that I began following the artist’s Instagram account immediately after the show and have been getting sneak-peeks of what to expect from Palindrome. I can’t wait to see how McCloud reconstructs industrial materials into aluminum and black tar works of wonder! http://www.skny.com/exhibitions/2015-01-30_hugo-mccloud/
  4. Governors Ball Music Festival, Randall’s Island Park, June 5 – 7 2015. Festivals are my favorite vehicle for experiencing music, fashion and food. Governors Ball is a prime locale for people watching to the soundtrack of an eclectic mix of music. http://governorsballmusicfestival.com/
  5. Girls, Season 4, HBO, January 11, 2015.  With Lena Dunham embroiled by controversy last year, I’m looking forward to tuning-in to her show this season. I’m also curious about status of the characters’ developing careers in music, theater and literature. http://www.hbo.com/girls – /

Image: Courtesy of Guggenheim http://bit.ly/1C8iNfK

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