Shows to See: August / September 2016

Shows to See: August / September 2016

Gary Monji

Gary Monji at the Laguna Beach Festival Art Show

Courtesy of Festival of Arts

They say it’s your birthday: Museums in Illinois, Minnesota, New York, and Ohio blow out the figurative candles in celebratory anniversary shows.

CA / Laguna Beach
Festival Art Show
to Aug. 31
A juried show of work by 140 artists is the hub of Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts, a summer full of workshops, music, and the Pageant of the Masters – a separately ticketed event in which a costumed cast precisely re-creates works of visual art in the tableau vivant tradition, assisted by narration, an orchestra, and elaborate lighting and sets.

CA / Los Angeles
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel
Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016
to Sep. 4
Artists such as Ruth Asawa, Shinique Smith, Eva Hesse, Sonia Gomes, and Sheila Hicks have upended the sculpture universe since the mid-20th century. The gallery inaugurates its new downtown LA space with this show, co-curated by Paul Schimmel and Jenni Sorkin, of almost 100 works by 34 artists that trace this profound impact on form, medium, focus, practice, and sensibility.

CA / San Diego
Mingei International Museum
The Erik Gronborg Experience
Aug. 6 – Mar. 12, 2017
For the first major retrospective of Erik Gronborg’s 55-year career, the Mingei has assembled examples of the Danish-born artist’s carved wood and cast bronze sculptures, studio furniture, and writings, along with a comprehensive survey of his graphics-inflected ceramics.

CA / San Francisco
The de Young T.B. Walker Textile Education Gallery
Kay Sekimachi: Student, Teacher, Artist
to Nov. 6
Kay Sekimachi, who turns 90 on September 30, collaborated with the de Young on this exhibition of more than 30 works that follow her development as an artist who has redefined the possibilities of fiber. Studies from early in the ACC Fellow’s career of more than six decades, on view for the first time, take their places among finished works to reveal the effects over the years of education, discipline, and practice.

DC / Washington
Renwick Gallery
Visions and Revisions: Renwick Invitational 2016
Sep. 9 – Jan. 8, 2017
For the seventh iteration of this biennial showcase, Steven Young Lee, Kristen Morgin, Jennifer Trask, and Norwood Viviano got the invites. Their RSVPs: about 65 works in clay, metal, glass, bone, and other mediums that explore change, ruin, and reinvention. 

IL / Chicago
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Post Black Folk Art in America, 1930 – 1980 – 2016
to Jan. 2, 2017
“Black Folk Art in America, 1930 – 1980” was an exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, in the early 1980s that brought to the fore previously underacknowledged artists and fundamentally changed the way collectors, museums, and artists looked at African American visual culture. To mark Intuit’s silver anniversary, the center places works from that landmark show alongside other works meeting the same selection criteria. But curator Faheem Majeed goes beyond the all-male original show, taking care to include women, such as the Gee’s Bend quiltmakers, among the show’s 50 artists.

MN / St. Paul
Goldstein Museum of Design
Seeing 40/40: Forty Years of Collecting at the GMD
Sep. 10 – Jan. 8, 2017
In the early 20th century, sisters and professors Harriet and Vetta Goldstein began gathering objects to help them teach their University of Minnesota students about design. They retired in 1949, leaving a collection of Rookwood pottery, Tiffany metalwork, Native American textiles and ceramics, and a wealth of other objects with which the Goldstein was founded in 1976. In honor of the museum’s 40 years, 40 objects are drawn from its current holdings of more than 34,000 pieces.

NM / Santa Fe
Santa Fe Indian Market
Aug. 20 – 21
Nearly 900 Native American artists fill the city’s historic central plaza and the surrounding streets with textiles, basketry, beadwork, jewelry, and other work.

NY / Corning
Corning Museum of Glass
The Studio at 20
to Jan. 22, 2017
Since the Corning Museum’s Studio opened in 1996, more than 20,000 artists have created, taught, and learned there, surrounded by a spectacular collection of historical glass and supported by a dedicated, glass-savvy staff. All the work in this 20th-anniversary show was drawn from the museum’s permanent collection and made by Studio participants. (For more on the Studio, see “Glass From the Past,” on co-founder Bill Gudenrath.)

OH / Toledo
Toledo Museum of Art
Hot Spot: Contemporary Glass from Private Collections
to Sep. 18
The museum’s Glass Pavilion, the postmodern building that holds its 5,000-piece glass collection, artist studios, and educational spaces, is 10 years old; the celebration is this show of more than 80 works, many on public view for the first time.

WA / Bellevue
Bellevue Arts Museum
Bren Ahearn: Strategies for Survival
to Jan. 15, 2017
Stitch by stitch, Bren Ahearn pokes at cultural references to find their emotional content. These 11 embroidered samplers are pages from his life, chronicling his defeats and discoveries in letters and images made of thread. This is his first solo museum show.