Portland Textile Month
Various locations in Portland
Hosted throughout the city, Portland’s month-long celebration of textiles includes an exhibition on the flax industry in the Willamette Valley, a workshop on how to dye clothes with natural pigments, and a class on how to design a zero-waste dress. (All month long; times and prices vary)
Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Ave., Toronto
In a disruption of all things delicate, this exhibition features five emerging Canadian artists who render tranquil flora and fauna into untamed works of art. Organized by Toronto-based curator Farah Yusuf, the exhibition showcases unusual material combinations, such as a wooden log filled to the brim with pearls in Humboldt Magnussen’s print Pearl and Helmet Log (2014). (October 2–March 15, 2020; times and prices vary)
Hyundai Commission: Kara Walker
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG, London, United Kingdom
The Turbine Hall is a contemporary artist’s blank canvas. With 85-foot-tall ceilings and more than 35,000 square feet of floor space, the space has hosted everything from a life-sized interactive swing set (Superflex’s One Two Three Swing!, 2017) to a sea of hand-crafted porcelain seeds (Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds, 2010). In March, Tate Modern and Hyundai Motor announced that New York–based artist Kara Walker—known for her black-paper silhouettes that depict the violence and suffering of slavery—would create this year’s annual Hyundai Commission in the space. Curated by Clara Kim, senior curator of international art (Africa, Asia, and the Middle East) and Priyesh assistant curator of international art Priyesh Mistry, the project will be immortalized in a book from Tate Publishing. (October 2–April 5, 2020; free, times vary)
Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, 601 W. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia
This show reaches beyond museum boundaries to examine racial inequality in the United States. In addition to showing work from both emerging and established artists in a traditional gallery setting, Great Force also includes two interactive offsite performances. Multidisciplinary artist Alexandra Bell’s piece Counternarratives, which comprises multiple installations on buildings throughout Richmond, explores how racism is perpetuated through governmental law and news media. Charlotte Lagarde’s collaborative citywide project Colonial White invites locals to photograph a white paint chip next to objects, places, and situations that represent whiteness to them. (October 5–Jan 5, 2020; free, times vary)
Los Carpinteros: Cuba Va!
Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St., Washington, DC
Collaborating for the first time since its split in 2018, the 27-year-old Havana-based artist collective Los Carpinteros (formed by Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez) is presenting a new body of work in Cuba Va!. Borrowing its title from an idealistic 1970s Cuban song, the contemporary art exhibition uses nostalgia to unmask existing power dynamics and social unrest in post revolutionary Cuba. Through video and sculpture work, the show deconstructs the myth of a classless society in a 22-minute film focused on Cuban home interiors that gradually transitions from affluent to poor, while LED sculptural portraits of ordinary Cuban citizens are reimagined as revolutionaries. (October 10–Jan 26, 2020; times and prices vary)
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