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Our Nationwide Guide To This Spring's Top Art Exhibits

From East Coast to West Coast, here are all the shows to catch this spring.
Sylvia Palacios Whitman (born Chile, 1941; lives and works in the United States). Passing Through, Sonnabend Gallery, 1977. Documentation of performance; photographer: Babette Mangolte. Photograph, 11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm). Courtesy of Babette Mangolte. © 1977 Babette Mangolte (all rights of reproduction reserved)

Sylvia Palacios Whitman (born Chile, 1941; lives and works in the United States). Passing Through, Sonnabend Gallery, 1977. Documentation of performance; photographer: Babette Mangolte. Photograph, 11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm). Courtesy of Babette Mangolte. © 1977 Babette Mangolte (all rights of reproduction reserved)

After what seemed like an endless winter, spring has finally arrived! Along with buds flowering, the season also breathes new life into the art world. From hearing the stories of young people, to interactive games about public green space, to a first in highlighting Latina artists, there’s a fresh crop of exhibitions for everyone from coast to coast.

Installation view, Claudia Comte: Zigzags and Diagonals. Photo: Field Studio. ©MOCA Cleveland 2018.   

Installation view, Claudia Comte: Zigzags and Diagonals. Photo: Field Studio. ©MOCA Cleveland 2018.   

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (Cleveland, Ohio)
Claudia Comte: Zigzags and Diagonals
February 16 — September 30, 2018

Clauda Comte’s mesmerizing Zigzags and Diagonals kicks off MOCA’s new wall-based installation series. You can hear Comte speak about her immersive work and interest in modernism in person on May 15.

Nicole Miller. Still from Athens, California, 2016.

Nicole Miller. Still from Athens, California, 2016.

California African American Museum (Los Angeles, California)
Nicole Miller: Athens, California
March 14 — September 9, 2018

Nicole Miller’s 3-channel video installation featuring interviews from students in the Athens area of Los Angeles questions whose voices are magnified and whose are suppressed. The timely exhibition highlights the stories of young people often ignored.

Louise Bonnet, The Gold Chain, 2018, Oil on linen, 64 x 56 in, 162.6 x 142.2 cm   

Louise Bonnet, The Gold Chain, 2018, Oil on linen, 64 x 56 in, 162.6 x 142.2 cm   

Nino Mier Gallery (Los Angeles, California)
Louise Bonnet: New Works
March 24 — May 5, 2018

Oversized canvases depicting cartoon-like scenes engulf Nino Mier Gallery’s walls as Louise Bonnet debuts new work. Her signature exaggerated forms invite viewers to both snicker and feel a bit of unease.

Sandra Eleta (born Panama, 1942). Edita (la del plumero), Panama (Edita [the one with the feather duster], Panama), 1977, from the series La servidumbre (Servitude), 1978-79. Black-and-white photograph, 19 x 19 in. (48.3 x 48.3 cm). Courtesy of Galeria Arteconsult S.A., Panama. © Sandra Eleta    

Sandra Eleta (born Panama, 1942). Edita (la del plumero), Panama (Edita [the one with the feather duster], Panama), 1977, from the series La servidumbre (Servitude), 1978-79. Black-and-white photograph, 19 x 19 in. (48.3 x 48.3 cm). Courtesy of Galeria Arteconsult S.A., Panama. © Sandra Eleta    

Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, New York)
Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985
April 13 — July 22, 2018

The heralded exhibition makes its way to Brooklyn from LA’s Hammer Museum, where it moved museum-goers and critics alike. Featuring more than 260 works by over 120 artist from 15 countries, it is the first (!) exhibition of its kind to put the work of Latin American and Latina women artists front and center.

The Door, by Maïmouna Guerresi, from the series "Giants", mystical images inspired by African (Senegalese / Sufi) Muslim saints

The Door, by Maïmouna Guerresi, from the series "Giants", mystical images inspired by African (Senegalese / Sufi) Muslim saints

Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle, Washington)
Maïmouna Guerresi, Aisha in Wonderland
April 19 — June 2, 2018

Mariane Ibrahim Gallery had many buzzing when it won the Armory Show’s inaugural Presents Booth Prize for emerging galleries last year. The space focusing on usually underrepresented artists opens a show this month by Italian-Senegalese multimedia artist Maïmouna Guerresi, whose work is influenced by Islamic imagery. 

Futurefarmers, This is Not a Trojan Horse, 2010. Photograph by Daniella D’Arielli. Courtesy Futurefarmers.

Futurefarmers, This is Not a Trojan Horse, 2010. Photograph by Daniella D’Arielli. Courtesy Futurefarmers.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, California)
Futurefarmers: Out of Place, in Place
April 20 2018 — August 12 2018

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Futurefarmers, the San Francisco group of artists, researchers, designers, architects, scientists, and farmers founded in 1995 gets a survey of their “social sculpture,” including a live project that will develop over the course of the exhibition. Its public programming runs through the summer and ranges from film viewings to taking part in a procession through the city.

Black Mat Oriole, 2016-2017, 8 min 46 sec, 3 channel video with sound. Courtesy of the artist.   

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The Last Place They Thought Of
April 27 — August 12, 2018

Two of the season’s most interesting shows shows open this month at Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the first museum to be certified by Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.). Suki Seokyeong Kang’s five-years-in-the-making immersive installation takes visitors on a journey referencing Korean poetry, craft, and dance, while The Last Place They Thought Of has a group of intergenerational artists (Torkwase Dyson, Lorraine O’Grady, Jade Montserrat and Keisha Scarville) sharing their takes on how traditional geographic models produce unequal social relations.

Joan Giroux, eco-monopoly ii (detail), 2002. Sculptural installation; 264 × 36 × 12 in. (670.56 × 91.44 × 30.48 cm). Photo courtesy of the artist.

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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)
The Commons Artist Project: Joan Giroux
May 1 — October 7, 2018

The MCA’s civically engaged space, the Commons, will be transformed into a site-specific board game, hatched from the mind of artist Joan Giroux. The interactive game will urge visitors to reassess their role in preserving public green space throughout the summer, both with each other and with the artist herself.

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Virginia Overton: Built
May 6, 2018 — September 3, 2018

A pickup truck, wooden architectural beams, roof trusses and a steel basin take over Socrates Sculpture Park in newly commissioned works by Virginia Overton. The industrial materials formed into elegant structures tackle issues of labor, economics and use of land.

Diana Thater, Delphine, 1999. Installation view, Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2015–16. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London/Hong Kong. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen. © Diana Thater

Diana Thater, Delphine, 1999. Installation view, Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2015–16. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London/Hong Kong. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen. © Diana Thater

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Diana Thater
Summer 2018

We’ll have to wait for the summer to see exactly what the ICA has in store for their brand new 15,000-square-foot space across Boston Harbor. A leading force in video installation art, Diana Thater will inaugurate the Watershed’s exhibition roster with enveloping light and image projections, responsive to the space’s industrial and coastal setting. 

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