Category: Museums

Calendar. 04.17.14.

Wangechi Mutu, Riding Death in My Sleep, 2002 (Courtesy of the artist and MOCA North Miami)
Riding Death in My Sleep, 2002, by Wangechi Mutu. Part of the exhibit Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. (Images courtesy of the artist and MOCA.)

Calendar. 04.10.14.

Swoon (American, born 1978), The Swimming Cities of Serenissima, Adriatic Sea, 2009. © Tod Seelie
The Swimming Cities of Serenissima on the Adriatic Sea. On view in Swoon: Submerged Motherlands, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Opens Friday. (Photo by Tod Seelie.)

If you’re hitting the Mike Kelley show at MoCA…

Mike Kelley's Chinatown Wishing Well at MoCA

The Mike Kelley show at MOCA Geffen has a whole lot of everything going on: child nightmare videos, weird banners, scary stuffed animal sculptures, night-light installations of the fictional Kandor, and architectural models of every school Kelly ever went to. There’s also his “Chinatown Wishing Well,” above, his tribute, to a similarly garish fountain located in L.A.’s Chinatown.

It’s a lot to absorb. But while you’re at it, don’t forget to take a peek under and inside many of his pieces, since they often seem to contain little surprises. Under the architectural models, you’ll find a mattress; a pink dresser hides books about sex and a packet of birth control pills; and inside the “Wishing Well” is a mattress, a box of Kleenex, some candles and tub of Vaseline. (This latter space he once described as a “crawl space/fuck room.”)

All of it certainly gets at aspects of the forbidden he often explored in his work. But they also serve as a reminder that if you’re just looking at the literal surface of his pieces, you’re missing a good chunk of the story.

Calendar. 03.26.14.

Untitled, 2012-13, by Helen Pashgian
Untitled, 2012-2013, by Helen Pashgian. Part of the artist’s solo show, Light Invisible, at the L.A. County Museum of Art, in Los Angeles. Opens Sunday, in Mid-Wilshire. (Courtesy of Helen Pashgian. Photograph by Josh Morton.)

Calendar. 03.05.13.

Maria Lassnig Sciencia 1998 at MoMA PS1
Sciencia, 1998, by Maria Lassnig. On view as part of the artist’s solo exhibition at MoMA PS1, which coincides with a show of work by Christoph Schlingensief. Opens Sunday, in Long Island City. (Image courtesy of MoMA PS1.)

Calendar. 02.19.14.

Performa Obscura, by Athi-Patra Ruga, in collaboration with Mikhael Subotzky
Performa Obscura, by Athi-Patra Ruga, in collaboration with Mikhael Subotzky. Part of the exhibit Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in collaboration with SFMOMA, in San Francisco. Opens Friday. (Photo: Ruth Simbao, courtesy Athi-Patra Ruga.)

Calendar. 02.05.14.

David Wojnarowicz, The Death of American Spirituality, 1987, at the Hammer Museum's
The Death of American Spirituality, 1987, by David Wojnarowicz. Part of the exhibition Take it or Leave It: Institution, Image, Idealogy, at the Hammer Museum. Opens Sunday, in Westwood. (Collection of John Carlin and Renee Dossick. Courtesy of the Hammer.)

Calendar 01.29.14.

National Life Insurance Company Building. Project, 1924–25, by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives
National Life Insurance Company Building, project, 1924–25, by Frank Lloyd Wright. Part of the exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, opening Saturday. (Image courtesy of MoMA and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives.)