The Films and Videos of Richard Serra
January 27–February 9, 2020
Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Over four evenings, Harvard Film Archive will screen Richard Serra’s films and videos, drawn from the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Anthology Film Archives; and Joan Jonas. Benjamin Buchloh will introduce the screening on Monday, January 27. To attend the event, purchase tickets at the box office. The box office opens forty-five minutes prior to the screening time.
Richard Serra, Hands Tied, 1968 (still), Museum of Modern Art, New York © 2019 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Adriana Varejão, Bernardo José de Souza, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 5–6pm
Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
On the occasion of the group show An exhibition with works by . . . at Witte de With in Rotterdam, Adriana Varejão will share personal perspectives on her work in the show and discuss the exhibition’s themes of historical conquest and the transformation of cultural identity. She will be joined by guest curator Bernardo José de Souza, and Witte de With director Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy. The event is free to attend.
Adriana Varejão, Paraty, 2011 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 6pm
Gagosian, Hong Kong
Join Gagosian for a tour of John Currin’s first solo exhibition in Asia, currently on view at Gagosian, Hong Kong. The exhibition presents a new series of portraits by Currin featuring his most beloved subject: women. Gagosian director Nick Simunovic will examine the genre of female portraiture in Currin’s oeuvre and explore how the artist channels his prodigious painterly skills into idealized yet perverse images that both charm and challenge. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
John Currin, Shelley, 2019 © John Currin. Photo: Rob McKeever
Friday, February 21, 2020, 7–8pm
Menil Collection, Houston
Brice Marden will discuss his drawing practice with curator Kelly Montana on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Think of Them as Spaces: Brice Marden’s Drawings at the Menil Collection. The pair will explore Marden’s manifold approach to draftsmanship in the six distinct series of drawings in the exhibition that span nearly the entirety of the artist’s ongoing career. The event is free and open to the public.
Brice Marden in his studio, Tivoli, New York, 2017. Photo: Mirabelle Marden
Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 5:30–6:30pm
Gagosian Shop, New York
Gagosian Shop will host a book signing with Mary Weatherford in anticipation of the exhibition Mary Weatherford: Canyon—Daisy—Eden at the Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, on view from February 1 through July 12. Weatherford will be signing copies of her new monograph, Mary Weatherford, which features a new text by art historian Suzanne Hudson. Published by Lund Humphries, the book presents an overview of her work from the mid-1980s until today. The artist will also be signing copies of her 2016 book, Mary Weatherford: The Neon Paintings. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com.
Mary Weatherford (London: Lund Humphries, 2019)
Dhaka Art Summit
February 7–15, 2020
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
William Forsythe and Ellen Gallagher are participating in Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements. Over nine days, five hundred artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers will join in panel discussions, performances, and symposia addressing the theme: “What is a movement and how do we ignite one beyond the confines of an art exhibition?” The event is free and open to the public.
Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Osedax, 2010 (still) © Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher
Mary Weatherford, Bill Arning, Ian Berry
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 4pm
Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
On the occasion of Mary Weatherford: Canyon—Daisy—Eden, opening on February 1 at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, the artist will speak with co-curators Bill Arning and Ian Berry. The trio will discuss Weatherford’s rich and diverse painting practice. A reception celebrating all of the Tang’s 2020 spring exhibitions will follow. The event is free and open to the public.
Mary Weatherford, canyon, 2014, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts © Mary Weatherford
Saturday, February 15, 2020, 2pm
Gagosian, Beverly Hills
Join Gagosian for a tour of Richard Prince: New Portraits led by the artist’s studio manager, Matt Gaughan. Since the 1970s Prince has redefined the concepts of authorship and ownership, transforming images from mass media, advertising, and popular culture. This exhibition of new works from Prince’s New Portraits series was originally presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit from October 2019 to January 2020. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Richard Prince, Untitled (Portrait), 2019
Collecting in the Digital Age
Alexander Forbes, Ken Maxwell, Andrew McClintock, Sarah Wendell Sherrill
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 4:30pm
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco
The last decade has seen the emergence of many new digital tools for engaging with art online. These range from sales platforms for galleries, collectors, and auction houses to art-specific systems for managing inventory, logistics, and client relations. Artsy’s Alexander Forbes, Gagosian’s Ken Maxwell, and Lobus’s Sarah Wendell Sherrill will discuss their experiences navigating this terrain. The talk, presented as part of FOG Design+Art 2020, will be moderated by Andrew McClintock. The event is free with fair admission.
Left to right, top to bottom: Alexander Forbes, Ken Maxwell, Andrew McClintock, and Sarah Wendell Sherrill
Ruth E. Fine
Making Magic: Frankenthaler on Paper
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 5–7:30pm
Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Curator and author Ruth E. Fine will be giving a lecture on the occasion of the opening of Frankenthaler on Paper at the Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Fine will discuss Helen Frankenthaler’s print practice. During the 1960s and ’70s, several groundbreaking print workshops were established, reflecting a renewed interest on the part of artists and collectors in contemporary printmaking. Inspired by the process, Frankenthaler experimented endlessly, working with master printers across the country and abroad for more than three decades. The event is free to attend.
Helen Frankenthaler, Message from Degas, 1972–74 © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), West Islip, New York. Photo: Kevin Ryan
SQÜRL—Jim Jarmusch & Carter Logan
Live Scores for Films by Man Ray
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6:30pm
906 World Cultural Center, San Francisco
SQÜRL, featuring filmmaker and composer Jim Jarmusch and producer and composer Carter Logan, will perform live original scores to four films by Man Ray: L’étoile de mer (1928), Emak Bakia (1926), Le retour à la raison (1923), and Les mystères du Château du Dé (1929). The performance is presented by Gagosian in association with the exhibition Man Ray: The Mysteries of Château du Dé at Gagosian, San Francisco. Doors open at 6pm; performance begins at 6:30pm. The event has reached capacity. To join the wait list, RSVP to email@example.com.
SQÜRL (Carter Logan and Jim Jarmusch). Photo: Sara Driver
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 2pm
Gagosian, Park & 75, New York
Join Gagosian for a tour of the exhibition John Mason: Geometric Force, opening at Gagosian, Park & 75, New York, on January 10, 2020. The tour, led by director Rani Singh, will explore the work of one of the most visionary ceramic artists of the last century. Mason brought his medium into conversation with Abstract Expressionism by extending the physical and spatial properties of clay. Singh will discuss the arc of Mason’s artistic career, his innovative technical developments, and the artworks on display. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
John Mason, Crosses, Three of a Kind, 2004 © 2004 Estate of John Mason. All rights reserved. Photo: Jeff McLane
Monday, December 30, 2019
Palm Beach, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Realized together with the Swedish film director Måns Månsson, Carsten Höller’s film Fara Fara (2014) documents the music scene in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Congolese tradition, the fara fara, which means “face-to-face” in Lingala, is a musical competition in which two musicians perform concurrently on different stages, playing for as long as they possibly can. The musician who is able to engage their audience the longest wins. The film examines the individual psychology of the people who spearhead Kinshasa’s music scene, offering insightful observations on the context, history, and political impact of this specific subculture.
Carsten Höller, Fara Fara, 2014 (still) © Carsten Höller
Reflections on Artistic License
Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 6:30pm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
In this series of conversations, the six artist-curators of Artistic License, currently on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York through January 12, are invited to reflect on their interpretations of the museum’s collection and the themes that informed their curatorial selections. Richard Prince’s presentation investigates the uncannily coherent formal qualities of the museum’s international holdings of abstract painting and sculpture from the 1940s and ’50s, and ultimately questions how taste is formed. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.guggenheim.org.
Georges Mathieu, Untitled, 1959, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6:30pm
Journalist and curator Judith Benhamou-Huet will lead a tour of the exhibition Urs Fischer: Leo at Gagosian, Paris. In Fischer’s work, the processes of material creation and destruction are often explored through the use of impermanent materials. Fischer’s candle sculptures, which he began to make in the early 2000s, exemplify this relationship. The artist’s newest candle portrait, Leo (George & Irmelin) (2019), depicts Leonardo DiCaprio with his parents, George DiCaprio and Irmelin Indenbirken. As with all of Fischer’s candle sculptures, Leo (George & Irmelin) will melt slowly over the course of the exhibition, its original composition transmuted into a form dictated by the wayward laws of physics. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com. Space is limited.
Installation view, Urs Fischer: Leo, Gagosian, Paris, October 14–December 20, 2019. Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger
November 27–30, 2019
Gagosian, Britannia Street, London
Join Gagosian for a special screening of Sterling Ruby’s Dihedral (2006) on the occasion of the exhibition ACTS + TABLE, on view through December 14. In the short video, a voice-over intones a modified quote from sociologist Roger Caillois’s surrealist etymological text, “Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia,” as waves of color encounter a clear liquid. Dihedral illustrates the process that is captured in Ruby’s ACTS series, in which liquid dye is fixed inside clear urethane blocks. The film will be screened during gallery opening hours, from 10am to 6pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Sterling Ruby, Dihedral, 2006 (still) © Sterling Ruby
December Dance 19
December 5–8, 2019
Concertgebouw, Bruges, Belgium
At the invitation of Needcompany, William Forsythe has created two new short works for December Dance 19, the international dance festival curated by the multidisciplinary dance company. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.concertgebouw.be.
William Forsythe, Unsustainables, 2019 (detail), installation view, SESC Pompéia, São Paulo © William Forsythe. Photo: Ricardo Ferreira
Monday, November 25, 2019, 6:30–8pm
Tate Modern, London
On the occasion of Helen Frankenthaler, a yearlong display of the artist’s work at Tate Modern, London, Clifford Ross, chairman of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, and art historian Briony Fer will discuss Frankenthaler’s life, work, and legacy. The talk will be chaired by Mark Godfrey, senior curator of international art at Tate Modern. The event has reached capacity.
Helen Frankenthaler, Vessel, 1961 © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 6:30–7:30pm
New York Studio School
John Currin will be in conversation with Brett Littman, director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in New York. The pair will discuss Currin’s practice as well as his exhibition, Life as a Man, on view at Dallas Contemporary through December 22. The event is free and open to the public.
John Currin, Untitled, 1995 © John Currin
Music in Conversation with Reverse Curve
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 8pm
Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York
Join Gagosian for a concert featuring new music inspired by Richard Serra’s Reverse Curve (2005/19) and other works that engage with questions of weight, timbre, volume, and form. Some of the compositions will test the acoustical properties of the sculpture within the room, while others will produce sound masses in the shadow of the sculpture, creating dialogues between sound and space. The range of musical strategies will illustrate a historical path from the 1970s through the present day. Musicians Lea Bertucci, Miguel Frasconi, Joan La Barbara, Chris McIntyre, Chris Nappi, and Danny Tunick are all major players in the world of experimental music and collaborate in addition to their solo projects. As well as their own compositions they will perform a 1973 piece by Michael Byron. The event has reached capacity.
Richard Serra, Reverse Curve, 2005/19 © 2019 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Cristiano Mascaro
Art in Action
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 1:30pm
Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
On select Sundays, visitors can explore the Water exhibition on view at QAGOMA through tours for kids, talks, hands-on workshops, and more. On Sunday, December 8, curatorial manager Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow will explore William Forsythe’s The Fact of Matter (2009), which is featured in the show. The event is free to attend with exhibition admission.
William Forsythe, The Fact of Matter, 2009 © William Forsythe. Photo: Liza Voll
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6–8pm
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
Jonas Wood will be signing copies of his new self-titled monograph, published by Phaidon. This monograph—the first on the artist’s work—brings together his most significant paintings and drawings and reveals the vast array of his sources. The book includes contributions by curators Helen Molesworth and Ian Alteveer, as well as a conversation between Wood and Mark Grotjahn. The event is free and open to the public.
Jonas Wood (New York: Phaidon, 2019)
Theaster Gates, Grace Wales Bonner, and Michael Ralph
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 4:30–6:30pm
Museum of Liverpool, England
On the occasion of Theaster Gates: Amalgam, opening on December 13 at Tate Liverpool, England, the artist will speak with fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner and Michael Ralph, associate professor and director of Africana studies at New York University. The trio will discuss how Gates’s art transforms places and aims to improve the lives of the people who live there. The artist will also share his thoughts about his ongoing artistic endeavors on questions of land ownership, displacement, and interracial relationships. The event has reached capacity.
Theaster Gates with his work So Bitter, This Curse of Darkness (2019) in the exhibition Theaster Gates: Amalgam at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2019. Artwork © Theaster Gates. Photo: © Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
2019 Benefit Art Auction
Live auction: Saturday, November 16, 2019, 8:30pm
Silent auction: November 1–16, 2019
Preview: November 12–16, 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents its annual Benefit Art Auction on Saturday, November 16, with a cocktail reception and viewing of the available works, followed by a seated dinner and live auction. Works by leading artists, including Virgil Abloh, Theaster Gates, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, Sarah Sze, and Christopher Wool, have been donated. All proceeds support MCA programs and exhibitions. For information on works in the live or silent auctions, visit artsy.net. To attend the event, purchase tickets at mcachicago.org.
Richard Prince, Untitled, 2018 © Richard Prince