From 5 November to 3 December, at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC, William Kentridge applies his unique theatrical vision to Alban Berg’s notorious femme fatale in the opera Lulu, a woman who shatters lives, including her own. Soprano Marlis Petersen has excited audiences around the world with her portrayal of the tour-de-force title role, a wild journey of love, obsession, and death. Susan Graham joins a winning cast, including Daniel Brenna and Johan Reuter.
Kentridge’s performance piece Refuse the Hour created with composer Philip Miller for a performer, three singers or vocalists, seven musicians, a number of machines and a set of videos runs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from 18 to 24 October.
David Goldblatt: The Pursuit of Values is on show at Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, from 20 October to 5 December. The catalogue produced for the show notes that the exhibition is “essentially about the human spirit” and draws on a number of bodies of work, covering a period of some 65 years. There is a particular focus on South Africa, with works from the series The Structure of Things, Then (1998) and from his ongoing series on the Structures of Democracy.
Alfredo Jaar is included in the exhibition Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York until 31 March, 2016 as well as Into Dust: Traces of the Fragile in Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, until 25 October. In Porto Alegre, Brazil, Jaar is exhibited on Messages from a New America at the Mercosul Biennale 2015 from 8 October to 22 November, and on the IV Poly/Graphic San Juan Triennial: Latin American and the Caribbean from 24 October to 27 February 2016. Other exhibitions include Todovía Esclavos / Still Slaves at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Léon, from 30 October to 22 November.
Haroon Gunn-Salie is among a group of 53 artists from 22 countries selected by the curatorial committee of Videobrasil and set to take part in the 19th edition of the festival, running until December 2015 in Sao Paulo. For the first time, the Festival is awarding the SP-Arte/Videobrasil Prize, and the prize has been awarded to Gunn-Salie for his sculpture Sunday Best. The initiative is part of SP-Arte’s program, in partnership with Videobrasil, to provide incentive to artists and foster up-and-coming talent, and is designed to encourage and publicize the work of young artists whose lines of research focus on the debate surrounding the Global South. Gunn-Salie will be featured in a solo exhibit at Galpão VB during the SP-Arte fair (in April, 2016), in a time when São Paulo takes to the global stage as it hosts one of the most important art fairs in the Southern Hemisphere.
Biennials exhibiting work by Mounir Fatmi include the 1st TRIO Biennial, Rio de Janeiro under the title Who said that tomorrow doesn’t exist? until 8 December; the 2nd International Bodrum Biennial in Turkey titled Tolerance, until 2 November; and the 10th Rencontres de Bamako – Biennale Panafricaine de Photographie in Bamako, Mali, titled Telling Time, which runs from 31 October to 31 December.
Group shows exhibiting Fatmi include Global Control and Censorship at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany until 1 May 2016, and the Jameel Prize 3 at the National Library in Singapore until 30 November.
Other Voices, Other Cities is a solo exhibition with works from an ongoing series by Sue Williamson. Since 2009, Williamson has explored the definition of place to cities and citizens. In this age of globalization Williamson and her collaborators explore what it means to live in a particular place – Why residents of a city choose to live there. They explore the essences and messages expressed by cities. In each new city, Williamson works by setting up a workshop of young artists and other residents, asking them discuss what distinguishes their city and the people of that city from any other.
The exhibition at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Geogria is organized by Storm Janse van Rensburg, SCAD head curator of exhibitions, and runs until 24 January 2016.
ReSoundings draws on sound as an archaeological and navigational tool for exploring the richly complicated terrain of South African history. Artists Siemon Allen and Garth Erasmus take audiences into a world of South African chronologies and heritage deeply rooted and specific, yet resonant beyond national borders. Erasmus summons stories of the indigenous peoples for whom present-day Cape Town was home long before European contact and colonization. Generated during his recent exploration of coastal regions in South Africa, Allen’s project investigates the complex relationships between the United States and South Africa through various maritime and colonial histories. At Mechanical Hall Gallery, University of Delaware, DE until December 19.
Time / Image explores the interrelationship of time and thought in contemporary art. The exhibition, curated by Amy L. Powell and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow at Blaffer Art Museum, brings together 11 international artists and filmmakers whose work seeks out and develops temporal strategies of representation across film, video, photography and painting. . Until 12 December at Blaffer Art Museum, Houston.
Haroon Gunn-Salie is among a group of 53 artists from 22 countries selected by the curatorial committee of Videobrasil to take part in Southern Panoramas, the 19th edition of the Contemporary Art Festival, scheduled for 6 October to 6 December 2015 in São Paulo. The committee notes that the selection “is an invaluable opportunity to confront art production from the global South, comprising countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Oceania and parts of Europe and Asia. Given the deep socioeconomic and cultural changes experienced by these regions, the outlines that define this South are gradually changing in their statute. Even though economic indicators and political instances have altered the conditions of some of these localities as they relate to the rest of the world, the fact remains evident that there are huge regional disparities. Thus being, art production reacts to history and future promises, old and new political orders, affections, projects, and alterity.”
Work by Liza Lou forms part of the exhibition Painting @ the very edge of Art at the Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut from 14 September to 4 December. The exhibition features nine international artists who approach painting as a generative process open to redefining materials and handling of the traditional pictorial plane. It reconsiders the boundaries of the discipline, questioning what it means to create works that reference the painting practice at this contemporary moment. Artists embracing the traditional four-corner canvas, with its flat two-dimensional surface referencing early European modernism mid-century Minimalism, Op-Art and Color-Field include Liza Lou, Jason Middlebrook, Donald Moffett, Dianna Molzan, Guillermo Pfaff, Zak Prekop, Cordy Ryman and Mika Tajima.
Mounir Fatmi is included in this year’s 1st Trio Biennale in Rio de Janeiro from 4 September to 8 December. The biennal, titled Who said that tomorrow doesn’t exist? is an international exhibition of contemporary art around three-dimensional sculpture, installations and objects taking into account the expanded fields of painting, photography, performance and video. Other exhibitions showing the work of Fatmi include Espace Arlaud in Geneva, titled Seins à Dessein from 12 September to 8 November as well as the 2nd International Bodrum Biennial in Turkey, titled Tolerance, from 12 September to 12 November.
The [mac] musée d’art contemporain de Marseille announces the first major exhibition of Alfredo Jaar in a French museum titled Alfredo Jaar: Nous l’avons tant aimée, la révolution from 4 July 10 January 2016. Specially conceived for the [mac] the title is inspired by the writings of Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a French-German politician and student leader active during France’s May 1968 movement. The exhibition is composed around a large installation of 150 tons of broken glass. In addition Jaar has selected works from over forty artists who from the 1960s to 1980s sought change through resistance. Simultaneous to his exhibition Jaar’s public commissioned public work produced by the [mac] for Marseille 2013 European Cultural Capital, and recently acquired by the Fonds d’art contemporain de la Ville de Marseille, will continue to be on view at the Bibliothèque Municipale à Vocation Régionale.