September 2017: The Arts

Performing Arts.

  • Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents the world premiere of Works & Process Rotunda Project: Daniil Simkin Falls the Shadow with choreography by Alejandro Cerrudo and costumes designed by Dior; in real-time, the movements of four dancers will be captured by motion sensors, generating 3-D mapped visuals that will be projected onto the surface of the rotunda to create an immersive experience that meshes technology, music, visuals and dance – Sept 4-5
  • The New York City Opera will open its season with Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West – Sept 6
  • In Paris, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro will be performed under the stars in the Cour d’Honneur, the courtyard of the Hotel des Invalides – Sept 7-9
  • The 95th season of the San Francisco Opera begins with a gala and a performance of Puccini’s Turandot – Sept 8
  • For the Last Night of The BBC Proms in London, Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will end the festival in style; as always, the evening closes with the traditional song ‘Auld Langs Syne’ – Sept 9
  • Trinity Church Wall Street will stage performances of works by Viennese composer Anton Webern over 2 seasons – the first stage will be conducted by Julian Wachner – Sept 12-14
  • At the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch performs two of the late choreographer’s iconic works: Café Muller and The Rite of Spring – Sept 14-24
  • Fete de l’Humanite The Festival of Humanity has been celebrated in Paris since 1930 at Parc Courneuve – Sept 15-17
  • The New York Philharmonic’s black-tie opening gala at Lincoln Center is entitled 106 All-Stars, to salute the 106 members of the orchestra. Music Director Designate Japp van Zweden will conduct Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, with a dinner to follow. We may be biased, but we think this is always one of the most magical nights out of the fall season – Sept 19
  • At Works & Process at the Guggenheim, composer John Adams and librettist Peter Sellars will discuss the forthcoming opera “Girls of the Golden West,” which will premiere in October in San Francisco – highlights will performed, and the team will discuss the creative process – Sept 21-22
  • At the Palais Garner, the Paris Ballet will perform Joyaux, with choreography by George Balanchine, costumes by Christian Lacroix, and music by Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky – Sept 22-29
  • The Metropolitan Opera’s opening night production will showcase a new staging of Bellini’s Norma, featuring Sondra Radvanovsky and Joyce DiDonato – Sept 25
  • Part of the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Principles of Uncertainty – a dance-theater collaboration between choreographer John Heginbotham and artist Maira Kalman – is a meditation on the objects, memories, friends, and strangers that fill everyday life – Sept 27-30
  • The annual fall gala of the New York City Ballet will be held at Lincoln Center, featuring premieres from choreographers Lauren Lovette, Justin Peck, Troy Schumacher, and Gianna Reisen – costumes will be designed by Fernando Garcia and Lauren Kim of Monse; Tsumori Chisato; Virgil Abloh of Off-White; and Jonathan Saunders of Diane von Furstenberg – Sept 28

Visual Arts.

  • Alex Israel Bret Easton Ellis, written by Michael Tolkin with Alex Israel, Bret Easton Ellis and Hans Ulrich Obrist, presents the collaborative paintings of Israel and Ellis, both sharp observers of the culture of pleasure; Los Angeles is both background and subject – Sept 5
  • Mahmoud Said, edited by Valerie Didier Hess and Hussam Rashwan, is a “catalogue raisonné of the entire oeuvre of the artist, who is considered to be the founder of modern Egyptian painting – Sept 5
  • Theaster Gates, written by Darby English, showcases works from the internationally renowned artist known for his blend of social practice, sculpture, and urban development; Gates has created a series of works that utilize bronze, repurposed stone, wood, tar, and ceramics to explore the forms and imagery of African masks – Sept 5
  • Kara Walker at the Sikkema Jenkins & Co. gallery in New York marks the artist’s return to the city three years after her installation at the Domino Sugar Factory three years ago – Sept 7-Oct 14
  • Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Utopian Projects at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC features the work of the acclaimed Russian-born artists; their work is based on the hardships of living in the Soviet Union, realized with creativity and imagination – Sept 7 –March 4, 2018
  • Fresh off of her Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale, German performance artist Anne Imhof and her partner Eliza Douglas will debut a joint exhibition of paintings at Galerie Buchholz in New York — Sept 7
  • Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit interweaves art, music and politics — works by artists are juxtaposed with items from the city’s music scene and the political aftermath of the riots in 1967; there will be a listening space, a film series and live concerts — Sept 8-Jan 7, 2018
  • The Renaissance Society in Chicago will present the first institutional solo exhibition by artist Jennifer Packer. Her paintings and drawings are reminiscent of Matisse, and meant to provoke thought and discussion about the nature of individual identity — Sept 9-Nov 5
  • British artist Rachel Whiteread is the first woman ever to win the Turner Prize; in a retrospective at the Tate Modern, her drawings, collages, photographs and documentation of her public art projects will be on display, some for the first time — Sept 12-Jan 21, 2018
  • Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason 1950-1980 at the Met Breuer is divided into four sections—Vertigo, Excess, Nonsense, and Twisted— that showcase roughly 100 works of art by 62 artists, including Philip Guston, Anna Maria Maiolino, Bruce Nauman, and Claes Oldenburg – Sept 13 –Jan 14, 2018
  • Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound opens at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York – Sept 14
  • Chris Ofili: Paradise Lost at the David Zwirner Gallery in Mahattan will feature paintings utilizing unconventional materials – Sept 14-Oct 21
  • The Jean Fouquet: The Melun Diptych exhibit at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin will allow visitors to see – for the first time in 80 years – both panels of Fouqet’s 15th-century French masterpiece – Sept 15 –January 7, 2018
  • The Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative will bring together roughly 70 art institutions from around Southern California to stage exhibitions that look at the influences that Latin American and Latino and Latina artists have had on Los Angeles. The program officially launches Sept 15 and runs through Jan 2018
  • Anders Zorn at the Petit Palais is the first Paris retrospective of the 19th-century Swedish painter, who is still enormously popular in Scandinavia; the exhibition showcases Zorn’s work as a society portraitist and also as a champion of Swedish folklore, seen in his work as a watercolorist and photographer – Sept 15 – Dec 17
  • Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony is a reimagining of the Japanese ritual at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas – Sept 16
  • Rodin at the Met marks the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin with a display of works from the museum’s historic collection; nearly 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas, including iconic sculptures such as The Thinker and The Hand of God, as well as masterpieces such as The Tempest will be part of the exhibit. Paintings by some of Rodin’s most admired contemporaries, including Claude Monet and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes will be presented in dialogue with the sculptures on display – Sept 16 –Jan 15, 2018
  • Marc Chagall: The Breakthrough Years 1911-1919 at the Kunstmuseum in Basel Switzerland focuses on pivotal years in the artist’s early career, half of which were spent in Paris, and the other half in Russia after the outbreak of WW1 — Sept 16-Jan 21, 2018
  • Michael Rakowitz at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago surveys the artist’s career since the 1990s; he is best known for a project to reconstruct every object looted from the Iraqi National Museum entitled “the invisible enemy should not exist.” Utilizing newspaper, cardboard, tape and other scavenged materials, he recreates ancient artifacts — Sept 16-March 4, 2018
  • Inside the Dinner Party Studio at the National Museum of Women in the Arts Library in Washington, DC showcases the painstaking 5-year process by which Judy Chicago and a corps of volunteers created The Dinner Party, perhaps the most famous feminist piece in the history of art – Sept 17–January 5, 2018
  • Generation Wealth, an exhibit of 200 photographs taken by Lauren Greenfield that document expressions of affluence around the world, will be at the International Center of Photography in New York – Sept 20
  • Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell at the National Gallery in London is a rare opportunity to see works from one of the world’s largest holdings of creations by Degas; Scotland’s Burrell Collection has loaned 20 pastels to the National Gallery to be shown alongside other Degas works from the museum’s collection – Sept 20–May 7, 2018
  • Basquiet: Boom for Real at the Barbican Art Gallery in London features more than 100 works, including paintings made in collaboration with Andy Warhol; its the first large-scale exhibition of the artist’s work in the UK, and will also include photos, and music – Sept 21-Jan 28, 2018
  • Rineke Dijkstra: The One and the Many at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humelbæk, Denmark is the Scandinavian debut of the Dutch photographer and filmmaker, known for her work documenting the depths of adolescence – Sept 21–Dec 30
  • The highly-anticipated Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) will open on the waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa – Sept 22
  • Unseen Photo Fair is an annual international photography fair and festival based in Amsterdam – Sep 22 – 24
  • Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth at the Royal Academy of Art, London, is the artist’s first retrospective in the UK in 40 years; it brings together the artist’s paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings – Sept 23 – Dec 10
  • Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait at the MOMA is an exhibition of the artists’ prints and illustrated books – Sept 24-Jan 28, 2018
  • At Mark Rothko: Reflection at the MFA Boston, an early work by the artist, Thru the Window (1938), will make its public US debut; the show will feature 11 works on loan from the National Gallery of Art and present a full range of his work – Sept 24 –Sept 3, 2018
  • Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon at the New Museum in New York, curated by Johanna Burton, will feature works by 40 artists born between 1950 and 1990 – Sept 27
  • Takashi Murakami at Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is a survey of the Japanese contemporary artist’s work; the show is the first major presentation of his work in Russia – opens Sept 29
  • Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York features works from a formerly private collection that include Rembrandt, Matisse and Pollack – Sept 29 – Jan 7, 2018
  • Walker Evans is a retrospective of the photographer’s work at the SFMOMA; organized by the museum with the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the show will feature over 300 prints as well as close to 100 related documents and objects – Sept 30 – Feb 4, 2018
  • Crossroads is a new art fair in London that offers visitors the best of the current artistic avant-garde from all regions of the world – Sept 30 – Oct 4
  • Solidary and Solitary: The Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection, on exhibit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, presents work from this private collection from the 1940s to the present; artists include Norman Lewis, Lorna Simpson, Theaster Gates, Kevin Beasley, Julie Mehretu, Mark Bradford, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Jennie C. Jones, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye – Sept 30 – Jan 21, 2018
  • An Eames Celebration​ at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany is a museum-wide celebration of the pioneering design stars Charles and Ray Eames – Sept 30 –Feb 25, 2018

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