NEW YORK Chapter NY The women in Kettner’s images may or may not need assistance, medical or otherwise; they are nevertheless subjected to an audience of goggling eyes and pointing fingers.
Mary Ann Unger
WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS Williams College Museum of Art Unger’s intertwined roles as mother, activist, and curator, as well as artist, foreshadowed those of today’s cultural workers, who often juggle organizing, administration, and educational work in addition to art-making.
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA Dalhousie Art Gallery The body evoked in Morgan’s work is porous and ephemeral, dispersed and unbounded. It’s a way of seeing ourselves that was impossible for most of human history, needing a specific set of scientific and technological lenses.
NEW YORK Park Avenue Armory Questioning Modernism as a Eurocentric appropriation of African culture, Newsome presents an alternative formation in which the expressive dynamic of ballroom vogue and Black femme/trans performance serves as both a model and critique.
SAN FRANCISCO Chinese Culture Center The poetic and powerful stories conveyed in each of these spaces bring us face to face with the disjunction between the American Dream and the experience, both physical and psychological, of immigration to a land where one is forever regarded as “other.”
GREENFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS Geissler Gallery at Stoneleigh-Burnham School Working by hand with alchemical processes and simple tools, Bernard submits her materials to the bidding of her unconscious and the force of gravity.
NEW YORK Brooklyn Bridge Park Versed in popular culture and Black history and speaking to the intersecting narratives of migration and the immigrant experience, the works in “Black Atlantic” educate and enrich.
CATSKILL, NEW YORK, AND NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS Thomas Cole National Historic Site and MASS MoCA Marc Swanson’s “A Memorial to Ice at the Dead Deer Disco” offers a queer elegy for our collective climate futures. The two-venue exhibition tackles a huge set of parameters, including climate change, the AIDS crisis and the friends he’s lost to it, the Industrial Revolution, the Hudson River School, sublime forests, and backyard gardens.
Matt Kenyon and Jason J Ferguson
BUFFALO, NEW YORK Buffalo Arts Studio Indeed, the warmth has been leeched from every surface in “Homing,” not because the artists lack humanity, but because of all the damning evidence they have accrued while desperately mining the souls of our technologies and illuminating their injustices.
NEW YORK Luhring Augustine Though LeWitt’s use of commercial materials and repetitive shapes would seem to emphasize the minimal and quotidian, the cumulative effect resulted in a constantly changing field of immersive wonder.