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DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE CHILDREN ARE?

As a native Texan, I have witnessed firsthand the discrimination that immigrants face in the United States. I have heard from friends who visited detention centers, and from lawyers representing those detained. I have heard the stories of those who are separated from their families, and read transcripts from underfunded courtrooms operating far beyond capacity. It is devastating. That all of this occurs in the name of “security” and “safety” is the greatest farce of all. Molly Gochman

DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE CHILDREN ARE (DYKWTCA) is a call to action and exhibition of over 100 unique works of art by 100+ leading visual artists that is organized by the artists and activists Mary Ellen Carroll and Lucas Michael. Each work incorporates, or represents an actual account (in whole or in part) from a child who was separated from their family and detained by the U.S. government. This text may be in the native language of the child or a translation into English. The accounts are taken from the interviews that were conducted by the Flores investigators that included legal, medical and mental health experts who visited the detention facilities six months ago in June of 2019. Upon witnessing the deplorable, inhumane, and illegal conditions they found the children in, they decided it was necessary to act upon their findings. They went public.*

The exhibition—WHEN WE FIRST ARRIVED…,curated by Ruth Noack—will open this weekend in Washington, D.C., and proceeds from artwork sales will benefit and support the Safe Passage Project, Terra Firma, Team Brownsville, and the Innovation Law Lab.

WHEN WE FIRST ARRIVED…*

Through March 29.

Opening night: Saturday, January 25, from 6 pm to 8 pm.

The Corner at Whitman-Walker

1701 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

When We First Arrived…, artwork, from top: Spencer Ostrander, Ricci Albenda, Mary Lum, Molly Gochman, Rob Pruitt, Terence Gower, Jesse Presley Jones, When We First Arrived invitation card, Amy Sillman, Beto De Volder and Leon Villagran, Kay Rosen, and Carlos Motta. Artwork courtesy and © the artists, the photographers, DYKWTCA, Mary Ellen Carroll, and Lucas Michael.

FOR SHANNON MICHAEL CANE

Printed Matter presents a survey of artist editions and publications produced by Shannon Michael Cane (1974-2017), the late Fairs and Editions Curator.

25% of Edition sales through September 2nd will be contributed to the Shannon Michael Cane Fund, supporting future projects carried out in Shannon’s name.

 

SHANZINI—SHANNON MICHAEL CANE AND PRINTED MATTER

Through October 14.

Printed Matter, 231 Eleventh Avenue (at 26th Street), New York City.

printedmatter.org/event

Above: L.A. and N.Y. Art Book Fair organizers Jordan Nassar (left) and Shannon Michael Cane.

AT MARCIANO, UNPACKING REPACKING

UNPACKING—the inaugural show at the Marciano Art Foundation—will be up through mid-September, when it makes way for the installation of a Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition, opening in October, 2017.

Included in UNPACKING—curated by Philipp Kaiser—are works by El Anatsui, Walead Beshty, Huma Bhabha, Carol Bove, Latifa Echakhch, Cyprien Gaillard, Rashid Johnson, Glenn Ligon, Paul Sietsema, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Oscar Tuazon, and Kaari Upson.

The foundation’s building—a repurposed Masonic temple—also features one of the best small bookstores in town. The shop stocks a comprehensive selection of catalogues and art books by artists in Maurice and Paul Marciano’s collection, as well as a shelf-full of back issues of the recently discontinued journal Parkett.

UNPACKING—THE MARCIANO COLLECTION

Through September 16.

Marciano Art Foundation

Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top: Oscar Tuazon, Playboy Papercrete, 2012/2013 (detail) and Latifa Echakhch, All Over 2016, images courtesy the artists and Galerie Eva PresenhuberAdrián Villar RojasTwo Suns (II), 2015, image courtesy the artist and the Marciano Art Foundation.

CONTEMPORARY ART AND WALTER BENJAMIN’S ARCADES

Benjamin’s Arcades Project—the notes for which he left with Georges Bataille before killing himself on the Pyrenees in 1940 after leaving Nazi-occupied France—was made up of thirty-six folders on such subjects as “Fashion,” “Mirrors,” “Panorama,” “Dream City and Dream House,” and “Flâneur,” (a term Benjamin popularized). For THE ARCADES exhibition, curator Jens Hoffman (assisted by Shira Backer) has brought together works by Walead Beshty, Andrea Bowers, Chris Burden, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Andreas Gursky, Pierre Huyghe, Mike Kelley, Collier Schorr, Cindy Sherman, Taryn Simon, and James Welling.

THE ARCADES: CONTEMPORARY ART AND WALTER BENJAMIN, through August 6.

THE JEWISH MUSEUM, 1109 Fifth Avenue, at 92nd Street, New York City.

thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/the-arcades-contemporary-art-and-walter-benjamin

 

*David Wallace, “Walter Benjamin’s Unfinished Opus, Revisted Through Contemporary Art,” The New Yorker, May 9, 2017:

newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/walter-benjamins-unfinished-magnum-opus-revisited-through-contemporary-art

A view of The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin, at the Jewish Museum. Artwork, all by Adam Pendleton: Black Dada Reader (wall work #1), 2016; what is…?/Chagall (study), 2017; Dada Dancers (study), 2016.
Photograph by Will RagozzinoSocial Shutterbug