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Kerry James Marshall at Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Kerry James Marshall
    Better Homes, Better Gardens, 1994
    Acrylic and collage on unstretched canvas
    Denver Art Museum Collection, Funds from Polly and Mark Addison, the Alliance for Contemporary Art, Caroline Morgan, and Colorado Contemporary Collectors: Suzanne Farver, Linda and Ken Heller, Jan and Frederick Mayer, Beverly and Bernard Rosen, Annalee and Wagner Schorr, and anonymous donors

In his first solo exhibition in Canada, Kerry James Marshall (Studio Museum artist in residence 1985-86) tells visible and invisible stories of black America. This exhibition features three diverse and significant series, each of which present a historically-informed exploration of black life: "Garden Projects," a series of vibrant urban scenes based on public housing projects on the South Side of Chicago and Watts; "Souvenirs," late-1990s paintings of middle-class living rooms; and "Vignettes," idyllic images of black couples in sumptuous romantic landscapes reminiscent of eighteenth-century Rococo paintings.
 

Kerry James Marshall
Vancouver Artgallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
May 8, 2010–January 3, 2011
vanartgallery.bc.ca

Dawoud Bey at the Chrysler Museum

  • Dawoud Bey
    Joseph, 2006
    Chromogenic print
    Image courtesy Aperture Foundation

Dawoud Bey, who has had a long relationship with the Studio Museum, beginning with the exhibition Harlem, USA (1979), brings his recent series of life-size photographs of American teens to Virginia this year. The photographs in Class Pictures are accompanied by the sitters’ descriptions of their own lives, creating a holistic portrait of American youth at the dawn of the 21st century.
 

Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey
The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
March 26–August 6, 2010
chrysler.org

 

off/site

Studio Museum x Goethe-Institut

This fall the Studio Museum launches its collaboration with Goethe-Institut New York, the German government’s cultural institution in the city. off/site will include public programs at the Studio Museum, as well as exhibitions, artist projects, and programs in the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building—a newly renovated gallery space in the East Village. Taking place outside of Harlem and a distance from Germany, this joint effort speaks to each institution’s commitment to contemporary ideas and cultural specificity within a global context. off/site engages an aesthetic of experimentation, collaboration and interactivity, prioritizing local interventions that reference multiple identities and locations.

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Mel D. Cole

  • Mel D. Cole
    Photo: Suzette Lee

Most of photographer Mel D. Cole’s work is done onsite at concerts and parties throughout New York City and the surrounding area. His body of work is both an archive of urban youth culture and a series of arresting compositions.

Located on a quaint street that contrasts with the kinetic energy of the nightlife he documents, Mel D. Cole’s first-floor apartment in Jersey City is his center of creative calm. In the last five years, Cole has been prolific, evidenced by thousands of photos on his Mac computer demonstrating the true depth of his work. He clicks through brilliant photographs from a recent trip to Mexico City, countless images of Japanese dancehalls and a series on homelessness.

Julie Mehretu: Grey Area at the Guggenheim

  • Julie Mehretu
    Atlantic Wall, 2008–09
    Ink and acrylic on canvas, 304.8 x 426.7 cm.
    Commissioned by Deutsche Bank in consultation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin.
    © 2010 Julie Mehretu
    Photo: Mathias Schormann

2000-01 artist in residence Julie Mehretu has emerged as a major voice in contemporary American painting. Grey Area features work made during, and inspired by, Mehretu’s recent residency in Berlin. Not simply grey in color, the paintings play with the phrase “grey area,” engaging us in her difficult-to-define, complex compositions of meticulously drawn mechanical renderings, spontaneous gestural markings, and colorful interjections.
 

Julie Mehretu: Grey Area
Guggenheim, New York, NY
May 14 – August 6, 2010
guggenheim.org

Mark Bradford at the Wexner

  • Mark Bradford
    Strawberry, 2002
    Photomechanical reproductions, acrylic gel medium, permanent-wave end papers, and additional mixed media on canvas
    72 x 84 in.
    Collection of Barbara and Bruce Berger
    Photo: Bruce M. White
     

This summer, the Wexner presents the first major museum survey of the work of artist Mark Bradford, friend of the Studio Museum and Freestyle alum. Bradford, who lives and works in Los Angeles, received the Wexner Center's Residency Award in visual arts for 2009–10 and was a 2009 MacArthur Fellow. The exhibition features a wide range of painting, sculpture, and collage from the last decade, as well as brand-new works, all reflecting on social and urban environments.
 

Mark Bradford
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
May 8–August 15, 2010
wexarts.org