NEW THIS MONTH
IN U.S. MUSEUMS

Matika Wilbur, Swinomish/Tulalip
City of Dreams and Mr. Runningwater
2010
Seattle Art Museum
Jan. 10-Aug. 14, 2011
An installation of 12 photographs exploring contemporary Native American identity in the context of historical U.S. government policy -- dubbed "Kill the Indian and Save the Man" -- that promoted assimilation by stripping its subjects of their native languages and traditions
Curator: Barbara Brotherton

Concrete Improvisations: Collages and Sculpture by Esteban Vicente
Grey Art Gallery, NYU
Jan. 11-Mar. 26, 2011
Juxtaposing approximately 20 small-scale sculptures and 60 collages by the New York School artist Esteban Vicente (1903-2001), an influential teacher (Yale, Princeton, University of Puerto Rico, NYSS, NYU) whose students include Chuck Close and Dorothea Rockburne
Curators: Lynn Gumpert, Edward J. Sullivan, Ana Martínez de Aguilar
Catalogue: Bi-lingual, with essays by Daniel Haxall, and Edward J. Sullivan, plus interviews
Tour: Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain
Funding: Harriet and Esteban Vicente Foundation, others
Also on view: "Art / Memory / Place: Commemorating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire" (which took place on the site now occupied by NYU’s Silver Center, which includes the Grey Art Gallery)

Trisha Brown Dance Company
Sticks
1973
photo by Alfredo Anceschi
Museum of Modern Art
Jan. 12-ongoing
In conjunction with its "On Line" drawing exhibition, the museum is staging a series of performances in the galleries (dubbed "Performance Exhibition Series"), beginning with the Trisha Brown Dance Company (Jan. 12-16, 2011), and continuing with Alison Knowles (Jan. 13-Feb. 4), Marie Cool and Fabio Balducci (Jan. 17-20), Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Jan. 22-23), and Ralph Lemon (Jan. 26-30)
Curators: Klaus Biesenbach, Jenny Schlenzka, and the museum’s curatorial staff
Funding: Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art
Also on view: "Staging Action: Performance in Photography since 1960, Jan. 28-May 9, 2011

Sarah Charlesworth
"Figures" from "Objects of Desire I"
1983-84
courtesy Susan Inglett Gallery
Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase
Jan. 15-Apr. 3, 2011
The crucial feminist contribution to 1970s and ‘80s postmodernism, via 68 works by 22 artists and one collaborative (The Guerrilla Girls), ranging from Judith Barry, Dara Birnbaum and Barbara Bloom to Sturtevant, Carrie Mae Weems and Hannah Wilke
Curators: Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal
Catalogue: Prestel, 176 pp., $49.95

Filippino Lippi
Madonna and Child
ca. 1485
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Jan. 15-Apr. 15, 2011
The painting commissioned by Florentine banker Filippo Strozzi (1428-1491) and bequeathed to the Met by Jules Bache in 1949, newly cleaned and thus strikingly transformed, along with several items associated with the Strozzi, in an exemplum of the museum world’s increasingly popular "now on view: one artwork" exhibitions
Curator: Keith Christiansen
Also on view: "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," Jan. 3-Mar. 27, 2011

Johan Grimonprez
Looking for Alfred (still)
2005
Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston
Jan. 15-Apr. 2, 2011
The modern world as seen through the lens of technology and invention, via the Belgium-born artist’s prize-winning "film essay" Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997), along with four other films and the ongoing compilation of clips, Maybe the Sky Is Really Green and We’re Just Colorblind, described as "a joyful affirmation of global disengagement as well as the catalyst of effervescent criticism"
Curator: Claudia Schmuckli
Funding: Cecil Amelia Blaffer von Furstenberg Endowment, Houston Endowment
Also on view: "First Take: Okay Mountain," an immersive environment by the Austin collective

Al Taylor
Untitled (Pet Stains)
1990
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Jan. 21-Apr. 16, 2011
The first U.S. survey of the eccentric oeuvre of the late New York artist Al Taylor (1948-1999), who was Robert Rauschenberg’s studio assistant and later became known for constructions of scavenged elements like broomsticks, carpentry remnants, wire and other ephemera, features almost 50 works from two series
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation, Irmas Charitable Foundation, Susan and Leonard Nimoy, David Zwirner
Also on view: "The Donkey Show" and "Daniel Cummings: Recent Paintings"

Hendrick ter Brugghen
Saint Sebastian Tended by Irene
ca. 1625
Allen Memorial Art Museum
National Gallery of Art
Jan. 21-May 15, 2011
On loan from the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, the Dutch Caravaggist’s masterpiece, possibly painted for a hospital in Utrecht, is installed near the NGA’s own Bagpipe Player, in yet another example of the "now on view: one artwork" exhibition
Also on view: "Collections Frozen in Time: Selections from the National Gallery of Art Library," Jan. 29-July 24, 2011

Wang Qingsong
Competition
2004
International Center of Photography
Jan. 21-May 8, 2011
The most extensive U.S. exhibition to date of the leading Beijing-based artist Wang Qingsong (b. 1964), a member of China’s Gaudy Art Group who took up photography in 1997, includes a dozen large-scale photographs -- measuring up to 21 feet wide -- and three video works
Curator: Christopher Phillips
Funding: ICP Exhibitions Committee, Carpenter Foundation, Mar McCain and Caro Macdonald/Eye and I, others

Richard Aldrich
Narrative with Syd Barrett, Robert Smithson, John Cale, Patty Waters, Daan Van Golden, Richard Aldrich and Can
2008
courtesy Bortolami Gallery
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Jan. 21, 2011-May 1, 2011
In the first museum survey of by the New York-based artist Richard Aldrich (b. 1975), nearly 20 large and small paintings propose "a dialogue between painterly histories and social gestures," and are juxtaposed, thanks to a special collaboration with the Saint Louis Art Museum, with the artist’s selection of early modern paintings from the SLAM collection
Curator: Laura Fried
Funding: Mari Carmen and Jose R. Alvarez, Manuel Gonzalez and Avo Samuelian, others
Also on view: "Manon de Boer: Between Perception and Sensation"

Maker unknown
Man’s "Paper" Shirt
Late 1960s
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Jan. 22-June 2011
300 years of men’s sartorial display -- ranging from Mummers, 19th-century firemen, Masons, sportsmen and the military to psychedelic gear and Vivienne Westwood’s "bondage suit" -- drawn from the museum collection
Curator: Kristina Haugland

Ed Ruscha: Road Tested
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Jan. 23-Apr. 17, 2011
75 key works reflecting the artist’s career-long love of driving, from books (Thirty-Four Parking Lots and Every Building on the Sunset Strip) to paintings  (Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas) and including Miracle, an early film about rebuilding a Mustang carburetor
Curator: Michael Auping
Catalogue: Hatje Cantz, 128 pp., $40, with essay by Richard Prince, an interview with Ruscha about driving, and a pull-out road map

Jasper Johns
0-9
1960
Sally and Wynn Kramarsky Collection
photo by Peter Muscato
Katonah Museum of Art
Jan. 23-May 1, 2011
74 geometric and process-driven abstractions by 66 artists, from Carl Andre and John Cage to Ursula von Rydingsvard and Christopher Wilmarth, from the holdings of celebrated collectors Sally and Wynn Kramarsky
Curator: Ellen Keiter
Also on view: "Reverse Polarities," Jan. 23-May 1, 2011, a site-specific sculpture by Jason Peters, and "Machine Wall Drawing," Jan. 23-May 1, 2011, a machine-made pen drawing by Tristan Perich

George Condo
Homeless Harlequins
2004
private collection
New Museum
Jan. 26-May 8, 2011
Over 80 paintings and sculptures (on two floors) -- featuring a dramatic salon-style grouping of more than 50 portraits -- in the first major U.S. survey of the "neo-surrealist" painter, in a show co-organized with the Hayward Gallery in London
Curators: Ralph Rugoff, Laura Hoptman
Catalogue: Hayward Publishing, 190 pp., $50
Tour: Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Hayward Gallery, London; Schirn Kunstalle, Frankfurt
Funding: Laura and Stafford Broumand, Steven and Alexandra Cohen, Nathalie and Charles de Gunzberg, Lise and Michael Evans, Danielle and David Ganek, others

Lorna Simpson
1957-2009
2009
courtesy Salon 94
Brooklyn Museum
Jan. 28-Aug. 21, 2011
In the Sackler Center for Feminist Art, new photographic and collage works, including May June July 57/09, a suite of more than 100 African American pinups from 1957 paired with Simpson’s own self-portraits in identical poses
Curator: Catherine Morris
Funding: Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation

Jim Nutt
Plumb
2004
private collection
courtesy David Nolan Gallery
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Jan. 29-May 29, 2011
A retrospective of 70 drawings and paintings, dating from 1966 to the present, by the Chicago artist who helped launch the "Hairy Who" in the mid-1960s and who since 1990 has focused exclusively on richly detailed renderings of distorted female heads
Curator: Lynne Warren
Catalogue: 136 pp., $35
Funding: Henry Luce Foundation, others
Also on view: "New Chicago Comics," Jan. 8-30, 2011, works by Jeffrey Brown, Lilli Carré, Paul Hornschemeier, and Anders Nilsen

Marc Swanson
Untitled (Looking Back Buck)
2004
courtesy Richard Gray Gallery
Walker Art Center
Jan. 29-May 8, 2011
The rustic, the folkloric and the humbly homemade meet street spectacle and commercial culture, via 40 works by more than 20 contemporary artists -- Aaron Spangler, Lari Pittman, Marc Swanson, Rachel Harrison, William Eggleston, Shannon Ebner -- in a show inspired by artist Mike Kelley’s observation that "the mass art of today is the folk art of tomorrow"
Curator: Darsie Alexander
Catalogue: 128 pp., $19.99
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation, Helen and Peter Warwick, Wurtele Family Foundation

Eileen Quinlan
The Raft
2010
UCLA Hammer Museum
Jan. 30-Apr. 24, 2011
In the sixth Hammer Invitational, the notion of "being in the world" ("favoring intuition and poetry over rationality and logic") via works by 14 artists, including Karla black, Charles Gaines, Diana Molzan, Gedi Sibony and Frances Stark
Curators: Anne Ellegood, Douglas Fogle
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation, Maurice Marciano, others
Also on view: "Roberto Cuoghi," Jan. 22-May 15, 2011, organized by Ali Subotnick