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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, California)
Futurefarmers: Out of Place, in Place
April 20 2018 — August 12 2018
Mixed Emotions: Kay Brown on Finding Her Place as a Multi-Racial Millennial
“I think I would be considered somewhat of a white passing standard, but it diminishes the fact that I am still half black”
Single Women & Their Spaces: Freelance Creative Vanessa Labi's Northern California Home
"There’s such a joy and peace to having your own space. It’s really special when fostering creative pursuits, and I think that’s why I’ve hung onto it."
Raising Kids Who Are Actively Anti-Racist: Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs and Adam St. Bernard Jacobs Are Teaching Us How
"We’re both intentional about centering our parenting around justice and creativity and are also big believers in always being a work in progress."
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.
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.
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.
Socrates Sculpture Park (Queens, NY)
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.
Institute of Contemporary Art Boston - the Watershed (Boston, Massachusetts)
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.