South Side Suite and Hecky Naw! Angles!
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave., Chicago
Drummer and percussionist Thurman Barker kicks off this 80-minute program with a composition that recalls the Chicago music scene in the late 1950s through the 1970s. It’s followed by a groundbreaking performance by composer Ben LaMar Gay, in which he reimagines the relationship between dancer and music to retell the stories of Chicago’s racial communities. Audiences will take in Gay’s distinctive style of dance: where the music is turned down and the dancer conducts. (August 30, 8 p.m., $15 non-member)
Fierce Women 2.0
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC
This popular and fast-paced tour, returning after the success of the first Fierce Women tour, introduces visitors to a diverse array of female artists. The project brings the institution to life by sharing the stories and backgrounds of trailblazing artists, activists, and innovators who have made opportunities possible for younger generations. (September 1, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., free on a first-come, first-serve basis)
Design Biennale Zurich
Locations vary, Zurich, Switzerland
International designers and architects come together to share ideas, present their projects and visions for the future in this weekend-long event. Listen in on how 3D printing is changing the future of design and attend an immersive conference that explores the intersection of design, play, and research. (August 29 – 30, times and prices vary)
Less is Never More
As-Is. LA Gallery, 1133 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles
This moving exhibition, created by artist Susan Mogul, invites visitors to walk through her memoir. Created with chairs, shopping bags, photos, and other items that reflect Mogul’s life, the exhibition comments on divisions between public and private life, past and present, and mother and daughter. (Through September 7, free)
Local Views: Onajide Shabaka
Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
With new artists every month, PAMM features tours led by local artists to provide a space that fosters conversations around art and the creative process. This month, see the museum through the eyes of Onajide Shabaka, whose historical and biographical works reflect themes of African diaspora and Native American cultures. (August 29, 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., free with admission)
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Photo on homepage: Pressure Vases from the Recycling Reject, Pressure Series by Tim Teven at Design Biennale Zurich.