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Thursday, October 30, 2008

TATE MODERN - November 2008

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster


Tate Modern: Until 13 April 2009 -Free entry -Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster is the latest artist to create a commission for The Unilever Series in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall. For this new commission, the French artist presents a vision of a post-apocalyptic world 50 years into the future. Filling the vast space with recreations of sculptures by artists including Louise Bourgeois and Claes Oldenburg, massive LED screens playing edited extracts from science-fiction and experimental films and 200 bunk-beds scattered with books, Gonzalez-Foerster imagines a world where the inhabitants of London take shelter in the Turbine Hall from a never-ending rain.


Tate Britain/ Until 18 January 2009/ This year, the four artists who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize are: Runa Islam, known for her carefully choreographed films that are both analytical and emotionally charged. Mark Leckey, who uses sculpture, film, sound and performance to communicate his fascination with contemporary culture. Goshka Macuga, whose form of 'cultural archaeology' uses work by artists past and present in new dramatic environments. Cathy Wilkes, who uses arrangements of commonplace objects and materials in her sculptures to explore issues of femininity.


Tate Modern/Until 11 January 2009/Cildo Meireles is one of the leaders of the international development of conceptual art. This Brazilian artist has made some of the most politically telling, aesthetically seductive and philosophically intriguing works in recent art. His objects and atmospheric installations from the late 1960s onwards never fail to surprise, ranging in scale from tiny works to vast installations covering 225m square. This major retrospective presents a powerful and intriguing tour of his most memorable works.


Tate Liverpool/Until 30 November/ Tate Liverpool is taking part in the UK’s largest festival of contemporary art. This year, leading international artists have made new work responding to the theme of ‘made up’. The Liverpool Biennial is one of the highlights of the city’s year as European Capital of Culture, and it involves galleries across Liverpool as well as many new commissions in surprising places.


Tate St Ives/Until 11 January 2009/ Tate St Ives presents the first UK exhibition by Austrian artist Heimo Zobernig. One of the most significant artists working in Europe today, the display includes important works from the last 25 years, as well as new works which intervene with both the architecture of the galleries at Tate St Ives and the Tate Collection. Alongside his own works, the exhibition brings together art from the Tate Collection as selected by the artist, including works by Pablo Picasso, Carl Andre, Henry Moore, Oskar Kokoschka, Marcel Duchamp and Kurt Schwitters.

Time Lines: Commonality and Difference in Contemporary South African Art

Institute of African American Affairs New York University 41 East 11th Street, 7th floor (between University Place & Broadway)

Penny Siopis, Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Witwatersrand, is one of South Africa's most renowned visual artists. Siopis will discuss recent art practices in South Africa that mix local cultural content with wider concerns of contemporary artistic expression.

Time Lines: New Perspectives on African Art

Time Lines presents fresh perspectives on the arts of Africa by some of the foremost scholars and artists working today. In these five programs the audience will discover antiquities from Nigeria, contemporary video art from South Africa, photography from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Malian masquerade, and sculpture by Nigerian-born artist Nnenna Okore.
Time Lines is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts. Image: Pinky Pinky Blue Eyes by Penny Siopis.

Conversations with a Continent: Kenya
November 5, 2008

Location: 92nd Street Y at 1395 Lexington Avenue, Warburg Hall
Now in its second year at the 92nd Street Y, Conversations with a Continent addresses contemporary life in Africa. Each program focuses on a different country and brings leaders from academia, politics, the arts and business into a conversation in a casual setting. Audience participation inspires enlightened commentary and lively debate among experts and moderators.

The Republic of Kenya, though known for animals and tourism, is a varied land, the most economically developed of East Africa. Kenya's political problems have been in the news as a result of the disputed election. More than 40 ethnic groups reside in Kenya with the largest group being the Kikuyu people and the next most important the Luo. Join us this week with unique views of Kenya through the eyes of John Kiarie Wa'Njogu, Lector of Kiswahili at Yale University, Jacqueline M. Klopp, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and Serah Shani, Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology and Education at Columbia University.

Series Subscription: $200
Each Session: $25/$20 for Museum for African Art members
Please visit the 92nd Street Y's website ( to purchase tickets. Members, please call 212-415-5500 to order.
Conversations with a Continent is co-sponsored by the Museum for African Art and the 92nd Street Y. Conversations with a Continent is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Image: Flag of Kenya.

Mitsui Family Day: Introduction to West African Drumming and Dancing: Part I
November 1, 200812:00pm - 2:00pm
PMT Dance Studio, 69 West 14th Street

A two session course (Part II Dec. 6) taught by dance instructor Maia McKinney and accompanist Michael Wimberly. Appropriate for dancers of all ages and experience levels!
All Family Days are FREE to the public, thanks to the generosity of Mitsui USA. Image: MfAA dancing workshop.
Email to pre-register today!