Friday, February 25, 2011
I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing

I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing

Date: March 23–September 19, 2011
Location: The Paul J. Sachs Drawings Galleries, third floor , MOMA

In 1970, Japanese artist On Kawara sent a series of telegrams to his Dutch gallerist that proclaimed, “I am still alive.” The simplicity of the message, coupled with the austerity of the medium, creates the ambivalent impression of a profound truth expressed in almost immaterial form. This exhibition brings together works from the 1950s to today that exemplify such expressions of a personal existence in the world with decidedly conceptual, ephemeral, even opaque means. Embracing formal languages that can seem startling or difficult in their conceptual conceits or idiosyncratic references, the artists in this exhibition nonetheless comment—often directly—on the state of the world around them, highlighting their place within it or simply attesting to the existence of an outside reality full of conflicts, politics, and life. Additional artists in the exhibition include León Ferrari, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Marine Hugonnier, 
Lee Lozano, Mangelos, and Robert Morris, among others.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011
Mansheng Wang: Art and Artlessness

Date: Feb 15 - May 27, 2011
Location: Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, Queens, NY

Organized in conjunction with Queens College's "Year of China," this retrospective of over 80 works reveals the inspiration for Mansheng Wang’s serene, contemplative creations, in relation to centuries-old Chinese art, uniquely interpreted by the artist in a modern idiom. It includes landscapes, botanical studies, iconic Buddhist imagery, and calligraphy.

From Taiyuan, a city in north central China, Wang was classically-trained at Beijing's Central Academy of Fine Arts but works in an individual style deeply informed by the artist-scholar tradition and art as a meditative practice. The exhibition explores the ways in which Buddhism and Chinese tradition have influenced Wang’s form and content, and shows how he transforms traditional subjects and conventions in personal interpretations that intersect with Western culture.

Wang realizes his delicately rendered, figurative art through a number of media, including ink and color on various papers, ceramics, and woodblock and other printing techniques.  Selected Chinese objects from the Museum's collections will contextualize the artist's sources and inspiration, along with objects from the artist’s personal archive of the calligraphy of various dynasties.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities

Exhibition: February 10 - May 21, 2011
At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place

Curated by Kanu Agrawal

Opening Reception: 7 - 9 pm Thursday February 10, 2011.

Set in the radically uneven urban landscapes of Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune, India, Jugaad Urbanism explores how the energy of citizens "making-do" is translated by architects, urban planners, and governmental and nongovernmental entities into efficient and inventive strategies for sustainable urban growth. From energy generating spinning wheels to the extensive skywalks of Mumbai – the exhibition highlights how "jugaad" interventions (a term in Hindi used to describe an innovative, resourceful approach) are challenging traditional spatial hierarchies and mechanistic planning principles.

The work of Indian artists, including Raqs Media Collective, will also be included in the exhibition, offering insights into the complex and oft cited "messy" urbanism of India.

Go to Indo-American Arts Council for more info. 
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