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TWENTY TOP SHOWS
IN U.S. MUSEUMS

Eiko & Koma, Raven
Photo by Danny Ardiono
Walker Art Center
Nov. 2-30, 2010
Japanese movement artists Eiko & Koma inhabit the Walker’s "Event Horizon" exhibition, "their exposed bodies [serving] as a metaphor for raw human existence and the longing of the soul"
Funding: Bush Foundation, others
Tour: Developed as a residency at the Park Avenue Armory, New York

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Mappamondo (Globe)
1966-68
Collection of Lia Rumma
© Michelangelo Pistoletto
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Nov. 2, 2010-Jan. 16, 2011
One hundred works of art, from early self-portraits to subsequent series, including Quadri specchianti (Mirroring Paintings), Oggetti in meno (Minus Objects) and Stracci (Rags), by the Arte Povera artist
Curator: Carlos Basualdo
Catalogue: $65, 404 pp.
Funding: Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Kathleen C. and John J. F. Sherrerd Fund for Exhibitions
Tour: This show has already appeared at Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (MAXXI), Rome

Tom Palazzolo
Ricky and Rocky (still)
1972
Image courtesy of Tom Palazzolo
Art Institute of Chicago
Nov. 4, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011
Four films from 1967 to 1976, encompassing Surrealist experimentations and quirky cinema verité portraits, from the Chicago-based experimental filmmaker
Curator: Kelly Shindler
Funding: Film Foundation, National Film Preservation Foundation

Installation view of collaboration between artist Tobias Putrih and architects MOS
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Oh.
Nov. 9, 2010-Sun, Feb. 13, 2011
Six independent exhibitions by emerging artists: Gustavo Godoy, Joel Morrison, Erwin Redl, Megan Geckler, Tobias Putrih/MOS Katy Moran

Film still from Cyprien Gaillard installation
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Nov. 10, 2010-Mar. 27, 2011
Film of ruined structures by French artist Cyprien Gaillard, displayed alongside a slideshow about a disavowed Daniel Buren work by Mexican artist Mario Garcia Torres

Alfred Stieglitz
Georgia O’Keeffe
1918
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Nov. 10, 2010-Apr. 10, 2011
Ca. 115 photographs by three masters of American photography
Curators: Malcolm Daniel, Russell Lord
Catalogue: $35, 180 pp.
Funding: Joseph M. Cohen

Helio Oiticica & Neville D’Almeida
CC4 Nocagions
1973
Courtesy of Projeto Helio Oiticica
Photo by Cesar Oiticica Filho
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Dec. 12, 2010-Feb. 27, 2011
Focusing on Latin-American artists as pioneers of the Light and Space movement: Carlos Cruz-Diez, Lucio Fontana, Julio Le Parc, Helio Oiticica, Jesus Rafael Soto
Curator: Alma Ruiz
Catalogue: 112 pp.
Funding: Fundación Jumex, others
Tour: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, June 23-Sept. 11, 2011

Robert Therrien
Under the Table
1994
Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica
© Robert Therrien
Photo © Douglas M. Parker Studio
Milwaukee Art Museum
Nov. 15, 2010-Feb. 20, 2011
L.A.-based artist Robert Therrien’s Under the Table, a really large table

Jean Fouquet
From Concerning the Fates of Illustrious Men and Women (Des cas des nobles hommes et femmes; original text in Latin)
ca. 1459-60
Bayerische staatsbibliothek, Munich
Getty Center
Nov. 16, 2010-Feb. 6, 2011
Seventy-plus illuminated manuscripts, from 1250 to the close of the 15th century
Curators: Elizabeth Morrison, Anne D. Hedeman
Catalogue: $49.95, 384 pp.

Poster for Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt
1927
Image courtesy Filmmuseum Berlin-Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek
Museum of Modern Art
Nov. 17, 2010-Mar. 8, 2011
Posters and film stills drawn, plus a selection of presentation books from Germany’s UFA film studio, examining the period from the end of World War I to Hitler’s becoming Chancellor
Curator: Ron Magliozzi, Laurence Kardish, Rajendra Roy
Funding: International Council of the Museum of Modern Art

The Global African Project (Prestel, 2010)
Museum of Arts and Design
Nov. 17, 2010-May 15, 2011
Exploring the contemporary art made in or influenced by Africa, by 100 artists including Kossi Aguessy, Duro Olowu, Yinka Shonibare, Kehinde Wiley, Fred Wilson and the Gahaya Links Weaving Association
Curators: Lowery Stokes Sims, Leslie King-Hammond
Catalogue: $45, 265 pp.

Charles LeDray
Flip Flops
2006
Collection John McEnroe
Photograph by Tom Powel
Courtesy of Sperone Westwater
Whitney Museum of American Art
Nov. 18, 2010-Feb. 13, 2011
Mid-career survey of Seattle-born obsessive miniaturist, including works from the 1980s to the present, presenting him as a pioneer of the "return to the handmade"
Curator: Randi Hopkins, Carter Foster
Catalogue: $45, 160 pp.
Tour: This show has already been seen at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Alexis Rockman
The Pelican
2006
Courtesy Elizabeth Schwartz
© Alexis Rockman
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Nov. 19, 2010-May 8, 2011
Forty-seven paintings and works on paper by the artist known for his post-apocalyptic realist paintings
Curator: Joanna Marsh
Catalogue: $49.95, 176 pp.
Funding: Cowles Charitable Trust, Kara and Wayne Fingerman, Dorothy Tapper Goldman, Barbara and Jonathan Lee, Nion McEvoy, Pamela K. and William A. Royall Jr., Holly and Nick Ruffin, Betty A. and Lloyd G. Schermer, Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins, anonymous donor

Still from Bruce Weber’s A Letter to True
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
Nov. 19, 2010-Feb. 13, 2011
Ca.  75 photographs of Miami’s Haitian community from 2003 to the present, as well as the artist’s film A Letter to True (which was filmed in Miami)
Curator: Bonnie Clearwater
Catalogue: essays by Bonnie Clearwater, Edwidge Danticat
Funding: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Mark Bradford
The World Is Flat
2007
Collection of Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann
Photo by Bruce White
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Nov. 19, 2010-Mar. 13, 2011
Painting, sculpture, installation and video from 1997 to 2010, as well as several new works by the L.A. neo-collage maestro
Curator: Christopher Bedford
Catalogue: $65, 256 pp.
Tour: This show originated at the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Columbus, Oh.; it continues to Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Dallas Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Norman Rockwell
The Tattoo Artist
1944
Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Nov. 19, 2010-Apr. 10, 2011
Focusing on the role of photography in Rockwell’s oeuvre, via study photographs and related tear sheets, alongside his paintings and drawings
Curator: Sharon Matt Atkins
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Mass.
Funding: DLA Piper, others

Vija Celmins
Burning Man
1966
Private Collection
Menil Collection
Nov. 19, 2010-Feb. 20, 2011
Ca. 20 paintings and two small sculptures by the New York-based painter produced between 1964 and 1966, focusing on images of violence in America and U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War
Tour: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Mar. 13-June 5, 2011

Dennis Adams
SPILL (production still)
2009
Courtesy Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Nov. 20, 2010-Apr. 17, 2011
Historical artifacts, architectural models, multimedia installations, newly commissioned artworks and a "smell wall," exploring the culture of wine, all in an installation designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Curator: Henry Urbach

Steve Wolfe
Untitled (Study for Eggplant/Gateway 2000 Cartons)
1996-97
Whitney Museum of American Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Nov. 20, 2010-Feb. 20, 2011
Works on paper which combine aspects of drawing, collage and printmaking, from the artist known for trompe l’oeil book and record covers
Curator: Franklin Sirmans, Carter Foster
Catalogue: $19.95, 102 pp.
Funding: Laura and John Arnold, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Lois and George Stark, Scott and Judy Nyquist, Michael Zilkha, City of Houston
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Menil Collection

Adrian Piper
Cornered
1988
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art
© 1988 Adrian Piper
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Nov. 20, 2010-May 1, 2011
Demonstrating the cultural shift towards greater incorporation of public experience in art itself, via works by Carl Andre, Richard Serra, Dennis Oppenheim, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Vito Acconci, Chris Burden, Bruce Nauman, Liam Gillick, Gabriel Orozco, Dan Peterman, Andrea Zittel, Aernout Mik, others
Curators: Dominic Molon, Tricia van Eck




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