That old year (what was it again?) is so…last year. Time to forge ahead into 2012!
Like you, The Bare Square has lots planned–a new look, more of Jen’s recommendations (starting next week), more episodes of the new show (Art Seen), more bite-sized art news, and enough artwork by emerging artists to fill the Museum of Modern Art.
When you’re not checking out The Bare Square, you might want to venture to New York’s amazing museums and landmark events. Whether it’s the MoMA, the Met, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, BAM, or Armory Arts Week, the art year is well underway. Don’t fall behind! Plan your art calendar now with The Bare Square.
For the next few days, in addition to regular news and a new episode of Art Seen, we’ll highlight a few of this year’s major art venues, events, and exhibits. So get the jump now, pick your faves, invite some friends, and add them to your calendar today.
Throughout the year, we’ll let you know about the emerging art and news flying below the radar, so check back with The Bare Square via Facebook, Twitter, or the e-mail list (join the e-mail list by signing up in the right sidebar).
In the meantime, today, we begin with…MoMA!
[Editor's note: Show descriptions are excerpts from MoMA's website.]
Diego Rivera was the subject of MoMA’s second monographic exhibition (the first was Henri Matisse), which set new attendance records in its five-week run from December 22, 1931, to January 27, 1932. After the opening, to great publicity, Rivera added three more murals to the five planned, taking on New York subjects through monumental images of the urban working class and the social stratification of the city during the Great Depression. All eight were on display for the rest of the show’s run. The first of these panels, Agrarian Leader Zapata, is an icon in the Museum’s collection. This exhibition brings together key works made for Rivera’s 1931 exhibition, presenting them at MoMA for the first time in nearly 80 years.
Started: Nov. 13, 2011
Ends: May 14, 2012
Print Studio is an interactive space that explores the evolution of artistic practices relating to the medium of print. The studio offers a series of drop-in workshops, lectures, and events that emphasize accessible and sustainable models for the production and dissemination of ideas.
Starts: Jan. 23, 2012
Ends: Mar. 9, 2012
In conjunction with Print Studio, this exhibition examines the evolution of artistic practices related to the print medium, from the resurgence of ancient printmaking techniques—often used alongside digital technologies—to the worldwide proliferation of self-published artists’ books and ephemera. Bringing together over 200 works drawn substantially from MoMA’s extensive collection of prints and books, with the addition of several important loans, the exhibition features major artists and publishing projects
Starts: Feb. 19, 2012
Ends: May 14, 2012
Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954) is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential artists in contemporary art. Working as her own model for more than 30 years, Sherman captured herself in a range of guises and personas which are at turns amusing and disturbing, distasteful and affecting. Bringing together more than 180 photographs, this retrospective survey traces the artist’s career from the mid 1970s to the present.
Starts: Feb. 26, 2012
Ends: Jun. 11, 2012
Ecstatic Alphabets is a group exhibition that brings together 12 contemporary artists and artists’ groups working in all mediums including painting, sculpture, film, video, audio, and design, all of whom concentrate on the material qualities of language—visual, aural, and beyond.
Starts: May 6, 2012
Ends: Aug. 27, 2012
This retrospective, organized in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Tate Modern in London, will be the largest presentation outside of Italy of works by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994) to date. Organized chronologically, the exhibition will span Boetti’s entire career beginning with his sculptural works, or objects as he preferred to call them, comprised of everyday materials including wood, cardboard, and aluminum.
Starts: Jul. 1, 2012
Ends: Oct. 1, 2012
- James Wallace