ON BISA BUTLER

I have a fine arts degree in painting but I never felt it connected with me. I was struggling to find my own voice when one of my professors at Howard University noted that I always dressed in a multitude of patterns and textures. One day he looked at my paint splattered combat boots and lace palazzo pants and suggested I use fabric in my work. He advised me to look at the collages of Romare Bearden and incorporate fabric into my paintings. It wasn’t until I was studying for my masters that I made my first quilt, abandoning the canvas all together. — Bisa Butler

In conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago exhibition BISA BUTLER—PORTRAITS, Nancy Chen will lead a conversation focused on the artist’s creative process.

See link below to register for this online event.

NANCY CHEN—SPOTLIGHT ON BISA BUTLER

Art Institute of Chicago

Wednesday, November 18.

Noon on the West Coast; 2 pm Chicago; 3 pm East Coast.

Bisa Butler, Portraits, Art Institute of Chicago, November 16, 2020–April 19, 2021, from top: Dear Mama, 2019, quilted and appliquéd cotton, wool and chiffon, collection of Scott and Cissy Wolfe; Anaya with Oranges, 2017, Dimmitt Davies Collection; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 2019; Southside Sunday Morning, 2018; The Broom Jumpers, 2019, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; The Safety Patrol, 2018, Cavigga Family Trust Fund. Images © Bisa Butler, courtesy of the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery, New York.

NJIDEKA AKUNYILI CROSBY AND THELMA GOLDEN IN CONVERSATION

Join Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Thelma Golden in conversation as part of Stanford’s Artists on the Future program.

The online talk will be moderated by the university’s Interim Vice President for the Arts, Matthew Tiews. See link below to register.

NJIDEKA AKUNYILI CROSBY and THELMA GOLDEN IN CONVERSATION

Stanford University—Artists on the Future

Monday, November 16.

5 pm on the West Coast; 8 pm East Coast.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, above, from top: Akunyili Crosby, photograph by Brigitte Sire, © the photographer; Blend in, Stand Out, 2020, limited edition poster for 2020 Solidarity project; I Refuse to Be Invisible (2016), cover image courtesy the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; The Beautiful Ones series #8, 2018, acrylic, color pencil, and transfers on paper. Images © Njideka Akunyili Crosby, courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner.

Below: Thelma Golden, courtesy of Golden and Stanford University.


CEDAR SIGO, OSCAR TUAZON, AND ARIANA REINES — INVISIBLE COLLEGE

From Ariana Reines:

“PUBIC SPACE, an online reading and conversation, features one of my favorite poets in the world, Cedar Sigo, and the mind-boggling sculptor Oscar Tuazon. Oscar and I collaborated on a major exhibition in 2016 that combined poetry and monumental sculpture in unusual ways.  We all know what a portentous year 2016 was.  It was also a time I was healing from severe PTSD.  (Long story—which we will go into in due time.)  Oscar and Cedar have known each other since childhood and are longtime collaborators. 

“I thought it would be useful for us three, and all of you, to talk about just what constitutes public space on stolen land, about the true function and meaning of monuments, about the sexuality of totalitarian and anarchist aesthetics, about grief and its relationship to objects, about the speed of poetry and the slowness of space, about what language builds, about poetry’s relationship to structure, and more.”

PUBIC SPACE—CEDAR SIGO, OSCAR TUAZON, and ARIANA REINES

Sunday, November 15.

4 pm on the West Coast; 7 pm East Coast.

From top: Cedar Sigo;, photograph by Alan Bernheimer, courtesy of Sigo and the photographer; Oscar Tuazon, image courtesy of the artist; Cecilia Dougherty, Kevin & Cedar (2002), video still (Kevin Killian and Sigo), image courtesy and © Cecilia Dougherty; Ariana Reines, image courtesy of the author.

ADAM PENDLETON — ELEMENTS OF ME

ELEMENTS OF MEAdam Pendleton’s installation now on view in Boston—”considers the relations between (geometric) abstraction, blackness, and languages of collectivity,” utilizing what the artist describes as “radical juxtapositions, to disrupt established history and open up new potential associations.”*

Pendleton has created an artist’s book-exhibition catalog for the show. See links below for details.

ADAM PENDLETON—ELEMENTS OF ME*

Through November 15

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way, Boston.

ADAM PENDLETON—ELEMENTS OF ME exhibition book

Published by Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2020, printed by die keure.

Adam Pendleton, Elements of Me, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, February 13, 2020–November 15, 2020, photographs by Stewart Clemens Photography. Images © Adam Pendleton, courtesy of the artist and the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum.

PUPPIES PUPPIES PERFORMANCE

In conjunction with the exhibition NOT I—THROWING VOICES (1500 BCE–2020 CE), LACMA presents a new video, installation, and performance work by Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo): Performance–Trans, Transfeminine, Femme, Trans Womxn, Trans Women, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary, Genderqueer, and Two-Spirit people (Dedicated to Camila María Concepción—Rest In Peace).

In addition to the artist, the performance features Jerome AB, Cielo Oscuro, Bamby Salcedo, Davia Spain, and Bri Williams. See link below for viewing information about this online event.

PUPPIES PUPPIES PERFORMANCE

LACMA

Thursday, November 12, at 5 pm (PST) through Sunday, November 15, at 1 pm (PST).

Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo), from top: Realistic Androids for Hospitals in Japan (audio “Kanzi the Ape Speaking Through a Lexigram Keyboard”), 2020, digital video with sound, courtesy of the artist, commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Anxiety, Depression & Triggers, Balice Hertling, June 6, 2019–July 20, 2019, installation views (3). Images © Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo), courtesy of the artist, LACMA, and Balice Hertling.