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Jennifer Bolande, Cast of Characters, 1999
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Jan. 11-Mar. 11, 2012
The second stop of the 2010 survey of photos and sculptures by the 1980s "Pictures Generation" postmodernist Jennifer Bolande (b. 1957) features 40 esoteric works that "explore the materiality of the photograph" and cast the reoccurring everyday objects that figure in her oeuvre as actors “on stage for a curtain call”
Curators: Nicholas Franks, Ingrid Schaffner
Catalogue: J.R.P Ringier, 160 pp., $45
Tour: The exhibition originated at the Inova/Arts Center in Milwaukee
Funding: Toby Devan Lewis, the Dolfinger McMahon Foundation, others
Also on view: “Living Document/Naked Reality Towards and Archival Cinema,” Jan. 11-Mar. 4, 2012

Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, Single Wide (still), 2002, courtesy the artists and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Saint Louis Museum of Art
Jan. 13-Mar. 25, 2012
The collaborative six-minute film, which was shot in 2002 and premiered at the Whitney Museum in 2004, is presented as a preamble to a large group exhibition of works by more than 30 photographers opening in February, “An Orchestrated Vision: The Theater of Contemporary Photography”
Curator: Tricia Y. Paik
Also on view: “The First Act: Staged Photography before 1980,” Jan. 20-Apr. 29, 2012

Zoe Strauss
Ken and Don, Las Vegas
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Jan. 14-Apr. 22, 2012
The show of 170 photographs by Philadelphia artist Zoe Strauss (b. 1970) -- celebrated for annual one-day exhibitions mounted under I-95 -- includes 50 billboards located throughout the city and a slideshow projected on the museum’s façade
Curator: Peter Barberie
Catalogue: 270 pp., $55
Funding: Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Lois and Julian Brodsky, Dina and Jerry Wind, the Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, Lynne Harold Honickman, others

Dana Schutz
Swimming, Smoking, Crying, 2009
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas
Miami Art Museum
Jan. 15-Feb. 26, 2012
Organized by SUNY Purchase College’s Neuberger Museum of Art, where it debuted earlier this year, the young New York-based artist’s first ten-year survey (2001-2011) presents 30 paintings and 12 drawings and includes work from her series Frank from Observation (2002)
Curator: Helaine Posner
Funding: Joan Reynolds Linclau

Enrico David
Michael Werner Gallery, New York
New Museum
Jan. 18-Apr. 22, 2012
The second of the museum’s “Studio 231” series and the first New York exhibition for the Berlin-based, 2009 Turner Prize nominee (b. 1966) presents a new body of his pencil and acrylic portraits as well as a new series of “paravents” -- hand-painted folded screens conceived as architectural interventions in his own home
Curator: Gary Carrion-Murayari
Funding: Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg, Susan and Leonard Feinstein, Hermine and David Heller, Lietta and Dakis Joannou, others

Djuna Barnes
"The Terrorists," New York Morning Telegraph Magazine, September 30, 1917
Djuna Barnes Papers, University of Maryland Libraries
Brooklyn Museum
Jan. 20-Oct. 28, 2012
45 drawings, works on paper, documentary photographs, illustrations for newspaper articles and stories in newsprint by the early-20th-century women’s rights advocate and writer (1892-1982), who supported herself as a journalist and illustrator before publishing her celebrated Modernist novels and plays
Curators: Catherine Morris, Beth M. Alvarez
Funding: Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation
Also on view: “Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin,” Jan. 27-Aug. 26, 2012; “Question Bridge: Black Males,” Jan. 13-June 3, 2012

Annie Leibovitz
Ansel Adams’s darkroom, Carmel, California, 2010
© Annie Leibovitz
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan. 20-May 20, 2012
This collection of 70 recent photographs of tourist sites like Niagara Falls and the homes of Emily Dickinson and Georgia O’Keeffe -- photos that include no people at all, much less the artist’s usual celebrity subjects -- is billed as an "exercise in renewal" following a much-publicized financial meltdown (and seems to be one of those photography shows that is preceded by the book that accompanies it)
Curators: Andy Grundberg, Joann Moser
Catalogue: Random House, 246 pp., $50
Funding: Bernie Stadiem Endowment Fund
Tour: The exhibition travels nationally following its debut at the Smithsonian

Christina’s Farm
UCLA Hammer Museum
Jan. 21-May 13, 2012
Antony Hegarty (b. 1971), the British-born crooner and front man for the late 1990s New York art-blues group Antony and the Johnsons, presents collages, drawing and sculpture -- the products of rituals like washing and burning paper and sewing found images together -- made from the 1990s to the present, some of which were recently published in Swanlights, a book accompanying the group’s 2010 album
Curator: James Elaine

Flicker Art Collaboratory
from every point a different facet (media installation)
courtesy of the artists
Tacoma Art Museum
Jan. 21-May 20, 2012
Founded in 1991, the only juried Northwest project of its size focuses this year on the “interdisciplinary” art practices of 30 artists currently residing in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia, and includes former Whitney Biennial artists Wynne Greenwood (from Seattle Catalog LLC) and Harrell Fletcher, as well as celebrated Vancouver artists Dana Claxton and Jin-Me Yoon
Curators: Rock Hushka, Renato Rodrigues da Silva
Funding: Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander, David Thorne
9 Scripts from a Nation at War (installation view)
Museum of Modern Art, New York
photo by Scott Groller
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Jan. 25-Aug. 6, 2012
A political video installation of ten channels -- each offering a different first-person perspective on the involvement of U.S. troops in global war zones and projected at its own seated viewing station -- created in 2007 as a project for Documenta 12 by frequent collaborators Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander and David Thorne
Curators: Sabine Breitwieser, Martin Hartung
Funding: Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro, others

Frank Gaard
Eight Famous Artist’s Panties
Walker Art Center
Walker Art Center
Jan. 26-May 6, 2012
40 paintings by the Minneapolis-based cartoonist  (b. 1948) made between the mid-‘80s and the present, including a suite of brand new work and illustrations from Art Police, the cult zine published by the artist from 1974 to 1994
Curator: Elizabeth Carpenter

Rabindranath Tagore, untitled, nd, Collection Rabindra Bhavanaa
Art Institute of Chicago
Jan 28-Apr. 15, 2012
The renowned Indian novelist, poet, musician and philosopher (1861-1941) who didn’t begin making art until his mid-60s, presents 61 paintings and works on paper on the 150th anniversary of his birth, in an exhibition co-organized by the Indian Ministry of Culture and the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Dehli
Curator: Madhuvanti Ghose
Catalog: Mapin, 240 pp., $65
Funding: Anita and Prabhakant Sinha and the Sinha Kikeri Foundation, Charles and Kathleen Harper, Penelope R. Steiner
Tour: The exhibition debuted at the Asia Society in September 2011
Also on view: “Rough, Blurred, and Our of Focus: Provoke Magazine and Postwar Japanese Photography,” Jan. 3-Feb. 27, 2012

Bridget Tichenor
Autorretrato (Self Portrait)
© Bridget Tichenor
photo courtesy of Yoje Tapuach
Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art
Jan. 29-May 6, 2012
Co-organized with the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, North America’s first large-scale international survey of Surrealist women artists features 175 works by 47 women, including Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller and Dorothea Tanning, all organized according to nine dominant themes such as “Identity,” “The body and Fetishes” and “Abstraction”
Curators: Dr. Ilene Susan Fort, Tere Arcq
Catalog: Prestel Publishing, 256 pp., $60
Funding: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Terra Foundation for American Art
Tour: After its debut at LACMA, the exhibition travels to the Musée national des beaux-arts in Québec, June-Sept. 2012, and its co-organizing institution, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, Sept, 2012-Jan. 2013
Also on view: “Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings,” Jan. 22-Apr. 22, 2012

Pablo Picasso
Pierrot and Harlequin, Juan-les-Pins
National Gallery of Art, Gift of Mrs. Gilbert W. Chapman
National Gallery of Art
Jan. 29-May 6, 2012
55 works on paper, ranging from the “precocious academic exercises” of his youth in the 1890s to the “virtuoso works” of the early 1920s that mark the invention of Cubism and collage
Curator: Andrew Robison
Catalog: Yale University Press, 224 pp., $60
Funding: The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
Tour: The exhibition premiered at the Frick Collection, its co-organizing institution
Also on view: “The Baroque Genius of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione,” Jan. 29-July 8, 2012; “In the Library: Marks of Ownership,” Jan. 9-Apr. 27, 2012