1 October – 1 April 2024
opening: 30 September 2023
8610 Uster, Switzerland
& Wade Guyton. The Raw and the Cooked: The Power of Transformation
1 October – 1 April 2024
Turner Prize 2023 exhibition
28 September 2023 – 14 April 2024
Devonshire ParkCollege Road
Rory Pilgrim is one of the four shortlisted artists for the Turner Prize 2023. Nominated for the commission RAFTS at Serpentine and Barking Town Hall, and a live performance of the work at Cadogan Hall, London. Pilgrim’s work interweaves stories, poems, music and film, created in collaboration with local communities in the borough of Barking and Dagenham, to reflect on times of change and struggle during the pandemic. The jury praised the project as a standout example of social practice. They felt that Pilgrim’s beautiful and affecting musical arrangements gave light to their collaborators’ voices and that the confidence and vulnerability of the performance reflected the strength of the relationship between artist and community.
One of the best-known prizes for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. Established in 1984, the Prize is awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the previous twelve months. The announcement of the winner of the Turner Prize will take place on 5 December 2023. With support from Eastbourne Borough Council, East Sussex County Council and University of Sussex, the Turner Prize will bring transformative cultural and social experiences for visitors and residents.
Turner Prize 2023 is part of ‘Towner 100’ – the gallery’s year-long centenary celebration of arts and culture across Eastbourne. With support from Eastbourne Borough Council and East Sussex County Council, the Turner Prize will bring immersive cultural and social experiences for visitors and residents of the popular seaside destination.
image: Rory Pilgrim, RAFTS, exhibition view, Radio Ballads, Serpentine Galleries, London, 2022. Photo: George Darrell
Public Art Fund Talks
Wednesday 27 September, 6:30 - 7:30pm EST
The Cooper Union
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10008
Join Public Art Fund and The Cooper Union in celebration of Felipe Baeza’s exhibition Unruly Forms, where fantastical images conjure realms of myth, spirit, and imagination, now on view across bus shelters in the United States and Mexico. A Cooper Union School of Art alumnus, Baeza will be in dialogue with writer and scholar Gayatri Gopinath to discuss how histories, cultures, landscapes, and bodies shape our ever-evolving identities. The conversation will explore the hybrid process behind Baeza’s new series, informed by his research on Mesoamerican artifacts in museum collections as well as his own experiences of physical and social displacement and difference.
Attend in person at The Cooper Union’s Frederick P. Rose Auditorium. Registration is required, and capacity is limited.
Public Art Fund Talks, organised in collaboration with The Cooper Union, connect compelling contemporary artists to a broad public by establishing a dialogue about artistic practices and public art. The Talks series features internationally renowned artists who offer insights into artmaking and its personal, social, and cultural contexts.
image: Felipe Baeza in the Studio. Photo: Spencer Worthley
Drawing something under itself
23 September – 26 November 2023
opening: 22 September 2023
Drawing something under itself is Fiona Connor’s first institutional solo show in Germany. Through a series of configurations that play on different forms of education and practice, as well as on the idea of embodied viewership, Connor explores the materiality and symbolism of repetition and divergence.
Five demonstrations of traditional brickwork stand among loose and repeated constellations of stackable chairs, drawn from the Kunstverein/Kunsthalle building’s historic collection, with the chairs providing both a support for the artist to make a series of observational drawings, and a support for the drawing board on which the drawings rest. Practices of construction and drawing encounter one another, revealing different perspectives on labor, skill, and artistry.
Among other works, Connor also presents an accumulated collection of the Kunstverein’s entire inventory of plinths, bringing in the hidden storage facility, but also making visibible their different shades of white, their marks and signs of wear.
The exhibition draws upon the artist’s own family archive. Her father, Bruce Connor, visited apprenticeship schools and construction sites in North Rhine-Westphalia in the 1950s as a foreman on a Cubitt Travel Prize, in order to study the new organizational and structural processes used here during postwar reconstruction. The exhibition at the Kunstverein picks up, returns to, and expands this personal archive.
During the duration of the exhibition, visitors and students will be invited to participate in various spontaneous events and educational workshops in the foyer, where Connor has also installed a print workshop that is free to use for all visitors, including a newly created typeface by the artist that distills found characters from the archive and immediate surroundings of the Kunstverein.
Solo Exhibition: Gropius Bau
22 September 2023 – 14 January 2024
opening: Thursday 21 September 2023 7 pm
In an extensive retrospective of General Idea's work to date, the Gropius Bau will showcase over two hundred works spanning from the late 1960s to the early 1990s. Developed in close collaboration with AA Bronson, the exhibition will bring together key installations, publications, videos, drawings, paintings, sculptures and archival material, providing an overview of the development of General Idea's artistic practice.
A public opening celebration will be held on Thursday, 21 September from 7 pm with free entry to the exhibition and a DJ set by DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess on the Beba summer terrace.
Curated by Adam Welch for the National Gallery of Canada and Beatrix Ruf, in collaboration with Zippora Elders, for the Gropius Bau. Organised by the National Gallery of Canada in collaboration with the Gropius Bau.
image: General Idea, exhibition view, Gropius Bau, Berlin, 2023
The Voice of the People: talk and screening
Thursday 14 September 2023 7pm
77-82 Whitechapel High St
London E1 7QX
The Voice of the People:
Embodiment, Collectivity and Power
This event explores how collective songs and chants work as expressions of group solidarity and political protest. Alan Finlayson discusses the history and politics of the protest song, Ananya Kabir considers the synergy of voices, bodies, and movement found in processions, Noreen Masud explores collectivity in voicing puppetry and Rory Pilgrim reflects on voice and activism in relation to their practice. The discussion is chaired by Matthew Taunton.
The evening concludes with the London premiere of Pilgrim’s 2019 film The Undercurrent, which poetically explores how 10 teenage activists in Idaho come together to find a collective voice in response to climate change.
Tickets and more information
image: Rory Pilgrim, The Undercurrent, 2019 (still)
A PREVIEW OF AN EXHIBITION UNDER CONSTRUCTION
13 September 2023 18:00 CEST
online via Zoom
in person: Gartensaal
Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen
In conversation with Friederike Sigler (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) and Christian Berger, KWI Essen, Fiona Connor discusses her upcoming exhibition Drawing something under itself at Kunstverein Düsseldorf.
Taking the tradition of institutional critique as a point of departure, Connor's exhibition will examine the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen as an institution, as well as the brutalist 1960’s architecture in which it is housed and the materials and labour processes that built it.
As part of her research for the exhibition, Fiona Connor consulted archives in Düsseldorf and Essen to learn about masonry training in the Rhein/Ruhr region in the 1950s and 1960s, when her father went to Essen and other cities in Europe to study the labor conditions of construction workers. The conversation at KWI will address the significance of these historical findings, provide an insight into the making of the exhibition (which will remain in process or under construction throughout its run) and delve into issues of art and labour, craft and the relation between the symbolic and the material in her work.
image: Fiona Connor, I haven't arrived yet, Drawing something under itself, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, 2023, iPhone photo
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
2 September 2023 – 17 March 2024
Galleries 7 & 8
Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC)
Mexico City, Mexico
Curated by: Virginia Roy
This September, Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s exhibition Cross-Border Crimes will open at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City. A performance by the artist will take place at midday on Saturday 2 September 2023.
The exhibition will present 45th Parallel (2022). Through the history of the Haskell Free Library & Opera House, this work addresses the volatile character of borders, as well as the porosity and fluidity of limits and their contrast with the final and sometimes lethal nature of national borders.
His artistic practice experiments with ways of creating new aesthetic expressions that reshape politics. His pieces reflect on that which is perceptible and audible, but above all on the context in which these characteristics develop.
image: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, 45th Parallel, 2022, single channel video, colour, sound, 15 minutes (still). Commissioned by Spike Island, Bristol; the Toronto Biennial; Mercer Union, Toronto; and the Western Front, Vancouver. Produced by LONO Studio and supported by Arts Council England and JustFilms/ Ford Foundation.