Shows & Exhibitions

The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs, featuring more than 40 pieces of furniture and related objects by this protean artist, actor, and furniture-maker will be presented January 30 to April 25, 2010 at Carnegie Museum of Art. The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs is the first major museum exhibition to bring together this designer’s rich body of work. Charles Rohlfs’ (1853–1936) designs stand alongside those of better-known contemporaries such as Gustav Stickley and Frank Lloyd Wright, but until now have not received the same level of analysis.

The White Bear Theatre, as part of its current Lost Classics Season which opened with ‘Madness in Valencia’ (Time Out’s Critics Choice and transferring to Trafalgar Studios in January), now presents ‘A Yorkshire Tragedy: not so new as lamentable and true’, part of the Shakespeare Apocrypha and produced by Tough Theatre.

Kicking off the new year with a bang and injecting London with a little much-needed sunshine, Gina Melosi takes residence in a disused shop in the East End with a striking collection of photographs and jewellery objects exploring the notion of memory. Shot whilst travelling in Costa Rica and Nicaragua at the cusp of the millennium and exhibited here for the first time, the images present the snapshot as a fine art object to reflect upon about our past histories.

This exhibition of new and recent work by eleven highly acclaimed young international artists explores a diverse range of contemporary approaches to drawing. From small, intricately-crafted pencil drawings to expanded installations in which the 'drawn' lines are made from masking tape, or in which drawings mutate into animation, the exhibition celebrates a contemporary resurgence in drawing.

Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers present the first solo exhibition of Robert Elfgen at their gallery in Cologne. After his studies at the Academy of Arts in Braunschweig (class of John Armleder) and at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf (class of Rosemarie Trockel), the artist realized solo exhibitions in Cologne (Simultanhalle), London (Westlondonprojects) and in Munich (Sprüth Magers Projects) as well as projects in public spaces.

Dia Art Foundation announces the launch of Wrestling with the Blob Beast, a web-based project by artist Ezra Johnson, the latest in Dia’s ongoing series of online artworks. The project can be seen at In Wrestling with the Blob Beast, Johnson presents a collection of sixteen animated screensavers. Derived from painting, they cover a wide field, ranging from formal studies where color is a primary concern, to quiet nature scenes like a campfire at night, to vignettes where figure and abstraction appear to be in active battle

The Walker Art Center presents the exhibition Trisha Brown: So That the Audience Does Not Know Whether I Have Stopped Dancing, the centerpiece of a spectrum of programs honoring the 40-year career of this contemporary dance icon at a moment of increasing interest in the broad sweep of her work and its influence. Providing an in-depth look at Brown’s visual arts practice, the exhibition features a survey of the artist’s drawings going back thirty-five years, a live early performance work in the gallery, and videos of seminal early performances.

Through video, performance, sculpture and installation, Dave McKenzie explores notions of public space and cultural exchange in relation to the private self. Often informed by humble actions and everyday circumstances, his modest proposals examine the world around us, revealing a larger set of social and political truths that are evidenced in the everyday.

Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement is the largest exhibition of cutting-edge Chicano art ever presented at LACMA. Chicano art, traditionally described as work created by Americans of Mexican descent, was established as a politically and culturally inspired movement during the counterculture revolutions of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Are we alone in the universe? Do aliens exist? Or are we, ourselves, strangers in our own world? Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International explores the important yet continually perplexing question of what it means to be human in the world today. Organized by Douglas Fogle, curator of contemporary art at Carnegie Museum of Art, the provocative Life on Mars will present the varying perspectives of 40 artists from 17 countries, spanning generations and continents.


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