[Blackstudies-l] Radical women and climate change: what to expect from the US art world in 2018

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lisaparavisini posted: " A report by Nadja Sayej for London's Guardian.
Sexual misconduct reports, vital signs of climate change, altering net
neutrality: 2017 was a tumultuous year for America. A number of upcoming
art exhibitions continue the protest, debate and argument aro"
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A report by Nadja Sayej for London's *Guardian*.

Sexual misconduct reports, vital signs of climate change, altering net
neutrality: 2017 was a tumultuous year for America. A number of upcoming
art exhibitions continue the protest, debate and argument around free
speech, the environmental crisis, civil rights and feminism – and look back
on a year that changed the game.

*The Brooklyn Museum opens an exhibition devoted to pioneers of feminist
art in Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985
<https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/radical_women> on 13 April,
which explores the groundbreaking work of 120 artists from 15 countries.
The politically charged artwork is used as a form of social critique,
especially in the works of Brazilian performance artist Lygia Pape, Cuban
film-maker Sara Gómez and Afro-Latina activist and artist Marta Moreno
Vega, the founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora

How did women enter the workforce before their right to vote? After this
year’s centennial of the women’s suffrage movement, In Her Words: Women’s
Duty and Service in World War I
<https://postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibits/upcoming/index.html> opens on 2
February at the National Postal Museum in Washington, which shows how the
military helped shape the women’s workforce in the early 1910s. This
exhibition features four heroic women, including a nurse named Greta Wolf,
by putting their personal artifacts and letters on view.

Just as 2017 became an outspoken year of social criticism, on 20 January,
the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles opens Unspeakable
featuring the works of three artists defined as “social critics”. One piece
is by text-based artist Barbara Kruger, who shows a video inspired by the
cultural theorist Homi Bhabha, while Kara Walker shows a video inspired by
the civil war and the life of a Virginia slave named Sally Hemings,
believed to be the mother of six children with Thomas Jefferson.

It has been a complicated year with Trump dropping climate change from the
US national security strategy
on 19 May, an exhibition opens at the Storm King Art Center
<http://www.stormking.org/> in Mountainville, New York. Artists on Climate
Change puts the work of a dozen artists on view who “speak to larger issues
that affect regional, national, and global ecological health”, said John P
Stern, the president of Storm King. The exhibition includes the works of
David Brooks, who uses construction materials like roof shingles to draw
attention to suburban sprawl, and Dear Climate <http://www.dearclimate.net/>,
a group of activists who make and distribute posters to raise awareness
around climate change.

Another environmentally focused art show, Designed California
<https://www.sfmoma.org/exhibition/designed-california/>, opens on 27
January at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. From old Apple
prototypes to recycled design, it traces the history of socially conscious
design in California from the 1960s to the 1980s. The show features the
eco-friendly furniture of Charles and Ray Eames and brings back the Whole
Earth Catalog <http://www.wholeearth.com/history-whole-earth-catalog.php>,
a counterculture publication that ran from 1968 to 1972.

It has been 50 years since the civil rights movement and the assassination
of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, and one exhibition opening on 13
January at the Museum of the City of New York, called King in New York
<http://www.mcny.org/exhibition/king-new-york>, shows photos that document
his public protests, church sermons and speeches across the city. In one
photo, King speaks about the American intervention in Vietnam in 1967,
which was taken outside the UN headquarters. It also aims to show his
lesser-known side, like his personal life, friendships and family.

On the note of anniversaries, it has also been 50 years since the Vietnam
War’s Tet Offensive <http://www.tet1968.com/>, and on 26 January the
exhibition The Marines and Tet: The Battle that Changed the Vietnam War
<http://www.newseum.org/exhibits/upcoming/the-marines-and-tet/> will open
at the Newseum in Washington. With 20 large-format photographs by
award-winning Life magazine photographer John Olson, there are photos of
the marines during Battle of Huê, alongside old cameras, audio interview
clips with marines and objects, which can be handled by blind and
low-vision visitors.

Just last week, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net
neutrality, suggesting the internet will become a two-tier service – one
for the rich, one for the poor
Two new exhibitions look at the power of mass surveillance, data collection
and technology. Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen
<https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/paglen> opens on 21 June at the
Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington with roughly 100 artworks
that reveals fragments of the government’s secret operations. One new video
will make its debut, one which uses facial recognition algorithms, called
How to See Like a Machine.
[image: A naval base in Guantanamo by Edmund Clark.]
 A naval base in Guantanamo by Edmund Clark.

*Over at International Center of Photography in New York City, British
photographer Edmund Clark opens The Day Music Died
<https://www.icp.org/exhibitions/edmund-clark-the-day-the-music-died>, a
10-year survey exploring state secrecy. From Guantánamo Bay to Afghanistan
and the CIA’s secret prison program, there are images of declassified
documents, empty jail cafeterias and messy interrogation rooms. The artist
aims to “reflect on how terror impacts us all by altering fundamental
aspects of our society and culture”, writes the curator Erin Barnett. The
show opens on 26 January.*

Street art goes indoors at The Hole in New York City, as one artist hacker
named KATSU is the subject of a solo show opening on 4 January. Memory Foam
<http://theholenyc.com/2017/12/14/11615/> shows the New York City graffiti
artist’s pioneering work from the 1990s, a mockumentary tagging the White
House in Washington and his quadcopter graffiti drones, which will soon
become open-source.

In light of recent social justice activism across America, one icon of
20th-century art is being honored with a survey show, the late Chicago
artist Leon Golub, a painter and Vietnam War protester. The Raw Nerve
<https://metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/leon-golub> show opens on
6 February at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
<https://metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/leon-golub>The artist was
committed to social justice and on view are his portraits of Brazilian
dictator Ernesto Geisel, interrogators, heads of state, mercenaries and
victims of violence.
[image: An image from Leonard Fink’s Out for the Camera exhibition.]
 An image from Leonard Fink’s Out for the Camera exhibition.

And over at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
<https://www.leslielohman.org/>, a new exhibition honors the unseen work of
New York photographer, Leonard Fink. Out for the Camera
<https://www.leslielohman.org/project/art-aids-35-years-of-survival-9/> opens
on 24 January with hundreds of images that he shot in the 1970s and early
1980s in the West Village, from self-portraits in mirrors to gay bar
culture and New York’s annual Pride marches.

The American dream is at the core of a new, forthcoming exhibition opening
at the Guggenheim museum in New York City, the first American survey of
Vietnam-born Danish artist Danh Vo on 9 February, entitled Take My Breath
Away <https://www.guggenheim.org/exhibition/danh-vo>. From American flags
to everyday objects like washing machines and bar fridges, the sculptures
on view reveal what the artist calls “the tiny diasporas of a person’s
life”. The American military’s influence in south-east Asia is part of this
exhibition, which also puts a critical lens towards the Statue of Liberty
and the Kennedy era’s Camelot.

The New Museum Triennial opens 13 February with a sprawling exhibition
themed around Songs for Sabotage
Showcasing 30 artists from 19 countries, the work explores the boundaries
of society’s power and structure, and on view are the cartoonish paintings
of young Los Angeles artist Janiva Ellis, who documents life as an African
American millennial, and the art collective Inhabitants
<http://inhabitants-tv.org/about.html>, an online channel who upload video
episodes by ever-changing themes and topics.

As the co-curator Gary Carrion-Murayari says: “The exhibition amounts to a
call for action, an active engagement, and an interference in political and
social structures urgently requiring them.”
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