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Swoon, Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea (installation view), 2008, Courtesy of the artist, photo by Tod Seelie
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Sept. 3, 2011-Dec. 30, 2012
For the Institute’s 75th anniversary, Brooklyn-based street artist Swoon (b. 1977) presents the fifth edition of the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall: a 40-ft.-high site specific installation composed of streams of cut paper that connect structural elements within the work, including a 400-pound suspended bamboo sculpture
Curator: Pedro Alonzo
Funding: Louis Vuitton, Fotene Demoulas and Tom Cote, Geoff Hargadon and Patricia La Valley, Time Phillips, others

Harry Gamboa Jr., X’s Party (fotonovela), 1983, Stanford University
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Sept. 4-Dec. 4, 2011
The first retrospective of the Chicano performance and conceptual art group Asco (1972-1987) -- headed by East L.A. artists Gronk, Willie F. Herron III, Harry Gamboa, Jr. and Patssi Valdez -- features 150 sculptures, videos, performance ephemera and documentation, correspondence art and photography, including their signature No Movies, or invented film stills, as well as a new series commissioned for the exhibition
Curators: Rita Gonzalez, C. Ondine Chavoya
Catalogue: Hatje Cantz, 432 pp., $45
Tour: The show travels to its co-organizing institution, the Williams College Museum of Art, from Feb. 4-July 29, 2012
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, Inc.
Also on view: “Edward Keinholz, Five Car Stud 1969-1972, Revisited,” Sept. 4, 2011-Jan. 15, 2012; “Maria Nordman Filmroom: Smoke, 1967-Present,” Sept. 4, 2011-Jan. 15, 2012

Elena Rivero, [Swi:t] Home: A CHANT, 2001-2006, Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C., photo by Chan T. Chao
New Museum
Sept. 7-Oct. 2, 2011
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the museum presents the Spanish-born artist’s 500-foot-long installation, including 3,136 pieces of burned papers and debris stitched to cotton mesh that she discovered inside and around her Financial District studio after the World Trade Center tragedy
Tour: The installation was on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2008
Funding: Embassy of Spain, Acción Cultural Espanola (AC/E), Toby Devan Lewis Emerging Artists Exhibition Fund

Standing Prince Shotoku at Age Two (Shotoku Taishi Nisaizo), ca. 1292, Japan, Kamakura period, 1185-1333, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum; photo by Junius Beebe
Pulitzer Foundation
Sept. 9. 2011-Mar. 10, 2012
The first loan exhibition of Pan-Asian Buddhist art in St. Louis, presented on the Foundation’s tenth anniversary, features twenty-two Buddhist artworks created in Afghanistan, China, India, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan and Tibet between the second to the eighteenth centuries
Curator: Francesca Herndon-Consagra

Ezra Jack Keats, “Then he walked home,” Final illustration for Louie, 1975, The University of Southern Mississippi
Jewish Museum
Sept. 9, 2011-Jan. 29, 2012
80 original preliminary sketches, dummy books, final paintings, collages and documentary material by the award-winning author and illustrator (b. Brooklyn, 1916) responsible for The Snowy Day, the first full-color children’s book featuring an African-American protagonist, in celebration of that book’s 50th anniversary
Curator: Claudia Nahson
Catalogue: 104 pp., $27.50
Funding: Ezra Keats Foundation, Joseph Alexander Foundation, others

George Maciunas, Burglary Fluxkit, 1971, Hood Museum of Art
Grey Art Gallery
Sept. 9-Dec. 3, 2011
Over 100 documents, objects, event scores and Fluxkits (collections of scores, games and ephemera) that chart the contributions of the international 1960s network of artists, composers and designers, which included George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik and George Brecht
Curator: Jacquelynn Baas
Catalogue: University of Chicago Press, 144 pp., $30
Tour: The show debuted at its co-organizing institution, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, in April 2011, and continues to the University of Michigan Museum of Art in February 2012

Xu Bing printing on a tobacco leaf, 2000; photo courtesy Duke University
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Sept. 10-Dec. 4, 2011
For the last iteration of his “Tobacco Project” trilogy, which he conducted at Duke University (1999-2000) and in Shanghai in 2004, the Chinese artist (b. 1955) explores the production and culture of tobacco in a presentation that includes a 400-pound block of compressed tobacco embossed with text and a 50 tobacco slogans redesigned and printed on paper to form a book of poetry
Curator: John B. Ravenal
Catalogue: 116 pp., $35
Tour: Following its debut at the VMFA, the exhibition travels to the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in January 2012
Funding: René and Carolyn Balcer, Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Exhibition Endowment, others

William Eggleston, Untitled (Glass in Airplane) from The Los Alamos Portfolio, 1965-74, MoMA PS1
Sept. 11, 2011-Jan. 9, 2012
More than 41 artists -- including Diane Arbus, Rosemarie Trockel, James Turrell and Luis Camnitzer -- present over 70 works in a range of mediums that explore the attacks’ resonance and reflect on the ways they have “changed how we see the world in their wake”
Curator: Peter Eleey
Catalogue: 248 pp., $45
Funding: Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art

De Wain Valentine in his Venice studio, polishing a section of Gray Column (1975–1976), J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
J. Paul Getty Museum
Sept. 13, 2011-Mar. 11, 2012
Presenting the materials and fabrication processes developed by the L.A.-based American minimalist sculptor (b. 1936) for his large-scale works, in particular the 12-foot tall, eight-foot wide, 3,500-pound polyester resin sculpture Gray Column, 1975-76, which has never before been publicly displayed
Curator: Tom Learner
Catalogue: 32 pp., $24.95

Eva Hesse, Untitled (detail), 1960, collection of Barbara Bluhm-Kaul and Don Kaul, Chicago
Brooklyn Museum
Sept. 16, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012
19 figurative oils, termed “spectre” paintings by the show’s curator and created when the artist (1936-1970) was just 24 years old, go on view for the first time
Curators: Catherine Morris, E. Luanne McKinnon
Catalogue: Yale University Press, 88 pp., $40
Tour: The show debuted at the L.A. Hammer Museum in 2010 and also appeared at its organizing institution, the University of New Mexico Museum, in March 2011
Funding: FUNd Endowment, Julius Rolshoven Memorial Fund, Robert Lehman Foundation, Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia Contemporary Art Exhibition Fund
Also on view: “19th-century Modern,” Sept. 2, 2011-Apr. 1, 2012; “Matthew Buckingham: The Spirit and the Letter,” Sept. 3, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012; “Ten Years Later: Ground Zero Remembered,” Sept. 7-Oct. 30, 2011; “Raw/Cooked: Kristof Wickman,” Sept. 16-Nov. 27, 2011; “Sanford Biggers: Sweet Funk-An Introspective,” Sept. 23, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012

Bertrand Goldberg, Health Sciences Center, sectional view, 1969-74, The Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Sept. 17, 2011-Jan. 15, 2012
The first comprehensive retrospective of the Bauhaus-trained American architect (1913-1997) known for his seminal contributions to the city of Chicago and his design for Marina City features 100 original drawings, models and photographs, as well as examples of his lesser-known graphic and furniture design
Curators: Zoe Ryan, Alison Fisher, Elizabeth Smith
Catalogue: Yale University Press, 192 pp., $60
Funding: Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, others
Also on view: “Exposure: Matt Keegan, Katie Paterson, Heather Rasmussen,” Sept. 3, 2011-Mar. 4, 2012; “Design Inspiration: 19th-Century American Builders’ Manuals and Pattern Books,” Sept. 6-Nov. 1, 2011

Zaha Hadid, Lightweight carbon fiber composite made by GTM Cars, Kingswinford, England; photo by Zaha Hadid Architects
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Sept. 17, 2011-Mar. 25, 2012
The Iraqi artist-architect (b. 1950) presents an “all-encompassing environment” of finished polystyrene and vinyl to display examples of the furniture, objects and footwear she has designed in recent years -- including a collection of Swarovski-encrusted necklaces and spiraling shoes made for Lacoste -- as well as the prototype for her three-wheeled Z-Car I (2005)
Curator: Kathryn Bloom Hiesinger
Also on view: “Here and Now: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs by Ten Philadelphia Artists,” Sept. 10-Dec. 4, 2011

Willem de Kooning, Pink Angels, ca. 1945, The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Sept. 18, 2011-Jan. 9, 2012
Nearly 200 sculptures, drawings, prints and paintings occupy the museum’s entire sixth floor and represent the scope of the artist’s oeuvre in technique, medium and subject, beginning with his early academic works made in Holland, including his famed Pink Angels, Excavation and the "Woman" series, and concluding with his abstract paintings of the late ‘80s
Curator: John Elderfield
Catalogue: Forthcoming, 725 pp., $75
Funding: Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, Henry Luce Foundation, others
Also on view: “Thing/Thought: Fluxus Editions, 1962-1978,” Sept. 21, 2011-Jan. 16, 2012; “New Photography 2011,” Sept. 28, 2011-Jan. 16, 2012

Pablo Picasso, Pendant: Le Grand Faune, 1973, signed François Hugo, Museum of Art and Design, New York
Museum of Art and Design
Sept. 20, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012
Presenting little-known “wearable sculptures” by 135 artists, including Georges Braque, Max Ernst, Louise Nevelson, Anthony Caro and Yoko Ono, grouped into three categories: the Early Masters, Representational, and Abstraction, with sections devoted to the human figure, Pop subjects, words, and new technologies
Curator: Diane Venet
Catalogue: Skira Flammarion/Rizzoli, 240 pp., $70

Eugène Delacroix, study for The Death of Sardanapalus, réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY; photo by Franck Raux
Morgan Library & Museum
Sept. 23-Dec. 31, 2011
From the Musée du Louvre, 80 drawings by artists working in France between the onset of the Revolution in 1789 and the establishment of the Second Empire in 1852, including Corot, David, Delacroix, Géricault and Ingres
Curators: Louis-Antoine Prat, Jennifer Tonkovich, Esther Bell
Catalogue: 200 pp.
Funding: Karen H. Bechtel, Alex Gordon Fund for Exhibitions, others
Also on view: “Ingres at the Morgan,” Sept. 9-Nov. 27, 2011; “Dickens at 200,” Sept. 23, 2011-Feb. 12, 2012

Bill Traylor
Figures, Animals, Guns (Exciting Events)
ca. 1939–1942
The Menil Collection, Houston
photo by Paul Hester
Menil Collection
Sept. 23, 2011-Jan. 15, 2012
More than 50 rarely exhibited drawings by “outsider artists,” including Jean Dubuffet’s “Art Brut,” Unica Zurn’s Surrealist scrawlings and a nine-foot-long scroll by Henry Darger, as well as rare prints by Hungarian photographer Brassaï, tattoo sketches by I.E. Requier and lesser-known early drawings by Jackson Pollock and Adolf Wölfii
Curator: Michelle White
Funding: Courtney and Christopher Sarofim, Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray, others
Also on view: “Walter De Maria: Trilogies,” Sept. 16, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012

Empress Dowager Cixi with foreign envoys’ wives in Leshoutang, Summer Palace, Beijing, China, Qing dynasty, 1903-04, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Sept. 24, 2011-Jan. 29, 2012
Documenting the influence of China’s Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) -- who rose from concubine to powerful female Dowager of the Qing Court -- via 25 life-sized photographic portraits printed on large aluminum panels, including one that was sent to President Theodore Roosevelt in 1904
Curator: David Hogge

Andy Warhol
A Boy for Meg
National Gallery of Art
Sept. 25, 2011-Jan. 2, 2012
Approximately 80 works in painting, drawing, print, photography, sculpture, film and video that explore the Pittsburgh-born father of American Pop Art’s interest in creating artworks based on headlines from the tabloid news
Curator: Molly Donovan
Tour: Following its debut at the NGA, the show travels to its co-organizing institutions: the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, in February 2012; the Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna, Rome, in June 2012, and the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, October 2012-January 2013
Funding: Terra Foundation for American Art
Also on view: “The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries,” Sept. 18, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012

Andy Warhol, Shadows, 1978-79, Dia Art Foundation, photo by Bill Jacobson
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Sept. 25, 2011-Jan. 15, 2012
All 102 silkscreened and hand-painted canvases of the artists 1978 installation Shadows, displayed edge-to-edge for the first time for an uninterrupted 450 linear feet along the Museum’s curved galleries, presented in conjunction with a number of evening events and lecture series that comprise D.C.’s  “Warhol on the Mall,” a Fall-long celebration hosted with the NGA
Curators: Evelyn Hankins, Yasmil Raymond
Tour: The work went on view as a complete group of canvases for the first time at Dia, its organizing institution, in 1998
Funding: Bell Family Foundation, Constance R. Caplan, others

Robert Adams, Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1969, Yale University Art Gallery
Denver Art Museum
Sept. 25, 2011-Jan. 2, 2012
More than 200 black-and-white photographs spanning the Colorado-based photographer’s 45-year career that showcase his role as a significant chronicler of the American West
Curators: Joshua Chuang, Jock Reynolds
Catalogues: Yale University Press, three-volumes for $224; and a smaller paperback, $25
Funding: Ms. Helen D. Buchanan, Mr. Allen K. Chasanoff, others

Attributed to Chitarman II, Emperor Muhammad Shah with falcon viewing his garden at sunset from a palanquin, Mughal court at Delhi, ca. 1730, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sept. 28, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012
Some 220 works devoted to the connoisseurship of Indian painting that dispel the “notion of anonymity in Indian art,” organized chronologically and highlighting the artistic achievements of individual artists in each period
Curators: Dr. Jorrit Britschgi, John Guy
Catalogue: 224 pp., $45
Tour: The exhibition debuted at the Museum Rietberg, its co-organizing institution, from Mar-Aug. 2011, before traveling to New York
Funding: MetLife Foundation, Novartis Corporation
Also on view: “The Art of Dissent in 17th-century China,” Sept. 7, 2011-Jan. 2, 2012; “Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine,” Sept. 13, 2011-Mar. 4, 2012; “Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures,” Sept. 21, 2011-Jan. 29, 2012 contact Send Email