From artnet.com – “The Most Exciting Museum Shows Around the US in 2017”:
Jasper Johns, Set elements for Walkaround Time, 1968. Collection Walker Art Center, T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 2000.
MINNEAPOLIS and CHICAGO:
“Merce Cunningham: Common Time” at the Walker Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, February 8–September 10, 2017
Set to be presented simultaneously in both Minneapolis and Chicago, this show promises not just 35 years of clips of dance performances by the famed choreographer, but also in-depth explorations of Cunningham’s epoch-making art collaborations, from John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg to Andy Warhol and Charles Atlas.
A(n) Office, Promised Land Air, 2016. Rendered aerial perspective of industrial studios with pneumatic freight, housing, air-purification network, and a Canadian consulate. Speculative project for Mexicantown/Southwest Detroit seen in The Architectural Imagination, an exhibition for the United States Pavilion, Biennale Architettura 2016, Venice. Courtesy A(n) Office.
“The Architectural Imagination” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, February 11–April 23, 2017
Re-presenting last year’s US pavilion for the Venice Architectural Biennale, “The Architectural Imagination” offers a dozen speculative architecture projects designed to respond to the condition of Detroit, plus, in this incarnation, the promise of four actual architectural interventions into Motor City itself
Painted Television in Apartment. Photo by Alexis Adler.
“Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979–1980” at Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, February 11, 2017–May 7, 2017
Public interest in artists doesn’t get more intense than that around Basquiat, and this showcase of the ephemera of the tragic NYC painter’s pre-fame life is sure to be a hot ticket.
Andrew Wyeth, The Stone Fence, 1946. Private collection.
“Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art, 1915–1950” at the High Museum, Atlanta, February 12–May 7, 2017
A sweeping consideration of the image of rural America in art, with more than 200 works by some 80 artists, including N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Georgia O’Keeffe, Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Jacob Lawrence, Grandma Moses, Hale Woodruff, Bill Traylor, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz, and Peter Sekaer.
Yayoi Kusama’s Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity.
“Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Feb 23–May 14, 2017
A sure-fire crowd-pleaser that brings together the Japanese artist’s “full range of unbridled creation” and includes no less than six of her popular mirrored environments.