Last month the Guggenheim published a blog post about a recent delivery the museum had received: a set of posters denouncing Trump’s most recent travel ban, printed as high-quality archival prints. Nine artists, including Joan Jonas, Barbara Kruger, and Julie Mehretu, created the works as the collective “Artists Against the Immigration Ban,” and the printed posters were mailed unsolicited to 30 leading contemporary art institutions.
Each package came with an introductory letter asking museums to make their own judgements about what to do with the posters. “Artists don’t normally send stuff to museums out of the blue,” a representative for the project told artnet News. “If these get accepted into collections, it means that there’s a record of this time that’s very different from a protest or an exhibition.”
Also this week:
- Laurie Simmons co-designed a T-shirt with fashion designer Michelle Smith, and all the profits are being donated to Planned Parenthood.
- Tomorrow, William Wegman is releasing a new book entitled William Wegman: Being Human. Cowritten with photography curator William A. Ewing, the book includes more than 300 images from the artist’s personal archive.
Events & exhibitions
- Thursday, October 5 from 7-9pm—LaToya Ruby Frazier will be giving a keynote address entitled “Art & Empathy: Storytelling for Social Change” at the Rockwell Museum. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and reception for the artist.
- A new exhibition at the RISD Museum is opening on Friday. Entitled Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now From the British Museum, the exhibition features work by William Kentridge and Julie Mehretu, and will be on view through January 7, 2018.
- A major survey exhibition of Mark Dion’s work is opening Wednesday at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist examines three decades of the artist’s career and will be on view through the end of the year. The museum is also hosting a conversation this Thursday at 7pm between the artist and writer Andrea Barrett.
- Seeking Stillness, a new group exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, features work by Martin Puryear and Hiroshi Sugimoto among others, and will be on view through July 1, 2018.
- Tuesday, October 3 from 6:30-8pm—Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle will be in conversation with art historian Hannah B Higgins at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
- A new exhibition at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art celebrates the work of Carrie Mae Weems. Entitled Carrie Mae Weems: Ritual and Revolution, the exhibition is on view through December 10. [Read a review in the Chicago Reader.]
- Thursday, October 5 from 6:30-9pm—As part of this year’s Culture Lab Detroit, Edgar Arceneaux will be participating in a panel on “Alternative Facts,” along with Christopher and Dominic Leong, the founders of architect and design studio Leong Leong, and conceptual entrepreneur Martine Syms. The panel will be moderated by the president of the Wright Museum of African American History, Juanita Moore.
- Friday, October 6 from 6:30-9pm—Mel Chin is also participating in a Culture Lab Detroit panel, alongside critic Hilton Als, and artist and writer Coco Fusco. The panel will be moderated by United States Artists president Deana Haggag and tackle the topic “The Lie that Tells the Truth.” Both panels are free to attend but require advance registration via Eventbrite.
- Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30pm—Andrea Zittel will be giving a lecture at Rocky Mountain College. Entitled “How to Live,” the talk is free and open to the public.
- Boulder Creative Collective’s fall exhibition Art for Social Change features a new work by Mary Mattingly. Currently participating in The Boulder Office of Arts and Culture’s “Experiments in Public Art Program,” Mattingly is presenting her new project Everything At Once, and the exhibition will be on view through October 27.
- SITE Santa Fe is hosting its grand reopening this weekend! On Saturday, the new space will open with the group exhibition Future Shock, featuring work by Andrea Zittel and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer in collaboration with Krzysztof Wodiczko. Future Shock will be on view through May 1, 2018.
- On Saturday, the For-Site Foundation is opening a new exhibition entitled Sanctuary. Featuring 36 wool prayer rugs handmade by master weavers in Lahore, Pakistan, each of the rug’s designs were commissioned from 36 artists from 22 countries, including Ai Weiwei, Diana Al-Hadid and Alfredo Jaar. On view through March 11, 2018 at Fort Mason Chapel.
- Saturday, October 7 at 7:30pm—This year’s Philip Glass Days and Nights Festival includes “An Evening with Laurie Anderson,” in which the artist will perform at the Golden Bough Theatre.
- Monday, October 2 at 7:30 pm—Tonight Laurie Simmons is giving a talk at LACMA about her friend and artist Sarah Charlesworth, in conjunction with the exhibition Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld.
- Richard Saltoun Gallery recently opened Eleanor Antin’s first solo exhibition in London. Entitled Romans & Kings, the exhibition features highlights from Antin’s seminal series The King of Solana Beach and Helen’s Odyssey, and will be on view through October 26.
- Damián Ortega has a new solo exhibition open at White Cube entitled Play Time, on view through November 12.
- Sarah Sze’s Hammock (for A. Albers) (2017) will be on view in Regent’s Park October 2-8 as part of Frieze Sculpture 2017.
- On Tuesday, Catherine Opie’s debut show at Thomas Dane Gallery is opening. Entitled Portraits and Landscapes, the exhibition will be on view through November 18.
- This Thursday Lisson Gallery is opening the group exhibition Everything at Once. Featuring work by Marina Abramović, Ai Weiwei, and Allora & Calzadilla among others, the exhibition celebrates the gallery’s 50th birthday and will be on view through December 10.
- Doris Salcedo’s latest work is opening on Saturday at the Palacio de Cristal. The new water-based installation piece, entitled Palimpsesto, is a memorial honoring drowned migrants. The Reina Sofía is also hosting a conversation between the artist and historian Estrella de Diego as part of the opening on Friday. Palimpsesto will be on view through April 1, 2018.
- Konrad Fischer Galerie is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the exhibition 50 Years of Konrad Fischer Galerie 1967 – 2017, which features work by artists Wolfgang Laib, Robert Mangold, Bruce Nauman, and Robert Ryman among others. On view through November 24.