Unidentified Photographer, [Part of the crowd near the Drill Hall on the opening day of the Treason Trial], December 19, 1956. From the exhibit Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and Bureaucracy of Everyday Life at the International Center of Photography in New York. Opens Friday, in Midtown. (From the Times Media Collection, Museum Africa, Johannesburg. Courtesy of the ICP.)
- L.A.: Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective, at LACMA. Opens Saturday, in the Fairfax District.
- L.A.: Andrea Bowers, Help the Work Along, at Susanne Vielmetter. Through October 20th, in Culver City.
- S.F.: Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art, at SFMOMA. Opens Saturday.
- Durham, N.C.: Eat, Pray, Weave: Ancient Peruvian Art From the Permanent Collection at the Nasher Museum. Opens Saturday.
- NYC: Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through December 31, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: Materializing “Six Years”: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art, at the Brooklyn Museum. Opens Friday, in Brooklyn.
- NYC: Teresita Fernandez, Night Writing, at Lehmann Maupin. Opens today, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Carla Gannis: The Multiversal Hippozoonomadon & Prismenagerie, at Pablo’s Birthday. Through October 13, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Andrea Zittel, Fluid Panel State, at Andrea Rosen Gallery. Opens Friday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Gordon Parks: Centennial and Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison and ‘Invisible Man’ at Howard Greenberg Gallery. Opens Friday, in Midtown.
- NYC: Chauncey Hare, Christine Hill, Karel Martens, at P! Gallery. Opens Sunday, in SoHo. (Good luck navigating their website, it’s impenetrable. Find them at 334 Broome St.)
- NYC: Someday All the Adults Will Die: Punk Graphics 1971-1984, at Boo-Hooray. Opens Thursday, in Chinatown.
- NYC: Andrew Ohanesian at the Boiler, at Pierogi. Opens Friday, in Williamsburg.
- NYC: Chris Ware, Building Stories, at Adam Baumgold Gallery. Through October 27, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: Creative Time sponsors an evening under the stars, with Werner Herzog, Trevor Paglen and Tracy K. Smith. Next Wednesday at 7pm, in the upper terrace at Bryant Park.
- Berlin: Art Berlin Contemporary, at Station Berlin. Runs from Thursday through Sunday.
- Plus: América Tropical, the mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros, will re-open to the public on October 9 at the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument in LA after extensive conservation efforts. Get deets on the restoration on the Getty’s website.
- The Seattle art scene gets GIFfy.
Camera No. 1 by Miroslav Tichý. Photo by Roman Buxbaum. Part of the exhibit Tichý, at the International Center of Photography in NYC, through May 9. (Image courtesy of ICP.)
- In NYC: A month-long screening of Helen Leavitt’s 15-minute film, In the Street, on the anniversary of her death, at Laurence Miller Gallery, starting today.
- In NYC: Boris Hoppek and Alex Diamond: Damage Control at Factory Fresh, opens Friday at 8pm.
- In Philly: Dead Flowers, a group show, at Vox Populi, opens Friday at 6pm.
- In Portland, Ore.: Melody Owen, Letters from Switzerland, at Elizabeth Leach, opens Thursday at 6pm.
- In L.A.: Ali Prosh, Travelers’ Suite, at The Company, opens Saturday at 6pm.
- In L.A.: Rachel Whiteread: Drawings, at the Hammer Museum, through April 25.
- In L.A.: A signing with Uglydoll creators David Horvath and Sun-min Kim, at Giant Robot, this Saturday at 3pm.
- In Toronto: Ryan Dineen and Jacques Oule, Cityscrapes, at Show & Tell Gallery, opens Friday.
Anna May Wong, photographed by Edward Steichen in 1931. (Image courtesy of Condé Nast.)
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, consider downloading our C-Mon Museum Pot-Cast guide to Edward Steichen’s In High Fashion at the International Center of Photography. Make it a cheapie by going on a Friday evening, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., when the museum operates on a more affordable donation system.
Download the Pot-Cast here. Or add C-Mon to your iTunes feed here.
The show is up through May 3.
Ladies Man: Gary Cooper, photographed in 1930 by Edward Steichen. (Image courtesy of ICP.)
Make your way through the International Center of Photography‘s exhibit on Edward Steichen and you’ll see glamorous fashion models, hunky movie stars and lots of long-forgotten society types striking a pose. What you don’t get is any sort of real information on the people in the pictures. The wall labels provide names and dates — and not much else. Not even the exhibit catalogue (which weighs more than a small dog) will tell you, for example, about the uber-Catholic starlet who secretly gave birth to Clark Gable’s lovechild or the Greta Garbo-wannabe who immolated herself on a pyre of her own publicity.
To address this terrible oversight, I recently teamed up with Paris Bureau Chieftess Yvonne Connasse to create the very first C-Monster Pot-Cast: a 30-minute audio guide to the Steichen show that you can download and listen to as you tour the exhibit. We not only provide plenty of important background on Steichen and his time, but give you the dish on who was sleeping with who.
The podcast also provides listeners with a fine opportunity to admire my neolithic audio-editing skills and the many ways in which it is possible to massacre the English language. You can download or listen to the guide below. Likewise, you can subscribe to my feed on Soundcloud. (Oh, yes. There will be others. Eventually. We hope.)
Have fun at the museum. Steichen is up through May 3.
A lot of martinis were harmed in the making of this Pot-Cast.