(Andrea reviews a show of drawings and monumental sculptures in bronze and other materials by Barbara Chase-Riboud and finds them filled with historical, art historical and cultural references from across cultures and through time.–theartblog editors) In the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s (PMA ) stunning installation, each of Barbara Chase-Riboud’s five works from the series she dedicated to Malcolm X, stands in its own niche. She calls them steles, a term for upright, stone monuments inscribed with text, and a form that has survived from various ancient civilizations. Chase-Riboud’s steles are mysterious and imposing. Lit candles on the floor before them ... More » »
Sheila Hicks; 50 Years at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania through August 7, 2011 is likely to knock you off your feet with its power and get you high on color; it will certainly expand your idea of what can be made out of yarn and second-hand clothes. The survey of more than ninety works ranges from the monumental May I have this Dance? (2002-03), whose cable-like forms burst out of the far corner of the ICA’s double-story space and fall in loops across twenty-five feet of floor, to the series of flat works, no more ... More » »
In connection with the Exhibition, Possible Cities; Africa in photography and video at Haverford College’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery March 18 – April 29, 2011, a symposium, Imaging Africa will be held on Saturday, March 19, 10:45am-3:15 pm. bringing together leading curators, filmmakers, critics, and scholars to discuss the current status of African visual culture. The exhibition aims to challenge representation of Africa as either traditional utopia or postcolonial distopia, offering a more complicated picture of African cosmopolitanism.