Exhibition Reviews

Disobedient Objects

Reviewed by Richard Taws

As I write this, activists in the West Bank are instructing protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, via social media, on the best ways to counter the effects of tear gas. Milk or Coke in particular prove much more effective than water for washing the face and eyes.

The Bauhaus in Calcutta: An Encounter of the Cosmopolitan Avant-Garde

Reviewed by Antonia Behan

The encounter between Bauhauslers and the Bengali avant-garde in 1922 has long tantalized scholars of South Asian modernism. 

Chris Burden: Extreme Measures

Reviewed by Ivan Gaskell

Just as there is no such thing as a private language, no artist—even one of the stature of Chris Burden—can play the art game alone.

Michael Landy: Saints Alive

Reviewed by Kerry Boeye

As saints, Landy's absurd machines become poignantly human: like us they are inefficient, flawed, and break down.

Bauhaus: Art as Life

Reviewed by Catherine Moriarty

While exploring the School’s peculiarities, the exhibition at the Barbican, perhaps inadvertently, encourages the visitor to frame things in a wider cultural and political context.

Bronze

Reviewed by Sarah M. Guérin

How have humans almost the world over crafted sculptures from this curious alloy of copper to such wonderful effect?

Present from the Earth: The Staffordshire Hoard

Reviewed by Benjamin C. Tilghman

How can we properly consider objects within their historical setting while allowing for the very real presence they have in the present day?

In Other Words

Reviewed by Kim Dhillon

Do we read or see art made of words? Is the aim of text in art to communicate efficiently?

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A brief sampling--in no particular order--of some of the upcoming or current exhibitions we would like to see reviewed (this listing will be updated regularly and we are open to contributor suggestions):

 

North America

 

Driehaus Museum, Chicago


Maker and Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry

February 14, 2015 – January 3, 2016

 

The Art Institute of Chicago


Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690 – 1840

March 17, 2015 – June 7, 2015

 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Ancient Columbia: A Journey Through the Cauca Valley

January 31, 2015 – December 31, 2015


The Getty Center, Los Angeles


Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts

March 31, 2015 – June 21, 2015

 

The Cleveland Museum of Art


Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa

February 22, 2015 – May 31, 2015

 

Museum of Modern Art, New York


Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye

November 15, 2014 – November 1, 2015

Latin America in Construction: Architecture, 1955 – 1980

March 29, 2015 – June 12, 2015

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


China: Through the Looking Glass

May 7, 2015 August 16, 2015

 

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York


Tools: Extending Our Reach

Decemer 12, 2014 – May 25, 2015

 

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York


From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics

February 12, 2015 – June 7, 2015

 

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford


Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861 – 2008

January 31, 2015 – May 31, 2015

 

Europe

 

The Barbican, London


Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector

February 12, 2015 May 25, 2015

 

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


Bengal and Modernity: Early Twentieth-Century Art in India

March 3, 2015 – June 1, 2015

From Palace to Studio: Chinese Women Artists, 1900 to the Present

March 10, 2015 – September 27, 2015

 

Designmuseum, Copenhagen


Cupboards, Cabinets, Closets: Domestic Storage Furniture Through the Ages

November 1, 2014 – September 6, 2016

Century of the Child

January 17, 2015 – August 30, 2015

 

Design Museum, Helsinki


Postmodernism: 1980 – 1995

January 30, 2015 – May 17, 2015

 

21er Haus, Vienna


Sleepless: The Bed in History and Contemporary Art

January 30, 2015 – June 7, 2015

 

BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels


The Sultan's World: The Ottoman Orient in Renaissance Art

February 2, 2015 – May 31, 2015

 

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein


Architecture of Independence: African Modernism

February 20, 2015 – May 31, 2015

 

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris


Déboutonner la mode

February 10, 2015 – July 19, 2015

 

Global

 

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide


Paradise of Earth: Flowers in the Art of Islam

Now showing until July 29, 2015