MoMA and MoMA PS1 exhibits current and upcoming
In her first solo museum show, Lebanese-American artist Simone Fattal presents ceramic sculptures, paintings and collages spanning her 40-year career. An amalgam of figurative and abstract art, Fattal’s work often deals with the issue of war and is inspired by ancient history, mythology and Sufi poetry.
This artist’s paintings have been described as visceral, vexing and often grotesque. In a nutshell, her art is a kind of a punk-rock version of Marilyn Minter’s. This exhibition represents the artist’s first solo in a museum.
A member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho nations, Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds has been making art for more than 30 years, creating politically piquant paintings, drawing, prints and videos. His work draws upon Native American culture and its rich, proud heritage, while also reminding viewers of the centuries of depredations inflicted on native communities by the white man. This exhibit features large-formant prints resembling yard signs covered with crudely lettered, haiku-like meditations on this ugly history.
Over the course of 50 years and more, Betye Saar’s legendary career has put her in the forefront of African-American artist working today. Now in her nineties, Saar was a part of the Black Arts Movement of the 1970s, a group of leading cultural figures that included Maya Angelou among many others. Inspired by the example of Joseph Cornell, Saar began to make boxlike assemblages. These became her signature works, notable for narratives that delved into themes such as family, history and mysticism. Saar’s art took stands against racism and sexism as well: Many of her pieces featured racist collectibles featuring caricatures like Aunt Jemima, which Saar used to leverage white supremacy against itself. This show draws from MoMA’s collection and focuses on Saar's considerable production of prints, from the 1960s to the present.
Starts Oct 21
Although the artist known simply as artist Pope.L pursues a multidisciplinary practice that includes painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, theater and video, he is best known for performances such as one piece in which he crawled along the entire 22-mile length of Broadway, dressed as Superman (a feat executed in segments over nine years). In another performance, he sat covered with flour and wearing nothing but a jockstrap and boots on a toilet atop a ten-foot tower. From this perch, he consumed, and then regurgitated pages of the Wall Street Journal dressed with ketchup and washed-down with milk. Absurd and abject, these career-defining acts commented on the interrelationship between race and class in America, and 12 of them are revisited here through a presentation of videos, photos, sculptural elements and live actions.
Starts Oct 21
Latin American abstract painting at midcentury is the subject of this survey of works by artists from Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Uruguay.
Starts Oct 21