Various locations, Tokyo
The third Designart festival hosts exhibitions and talks across Tokyo that aim to revitalize the city’s creative scene and use the cityscape itself as a gallery. This year’s theme, “Emotions,” investigates the ways in which art and design are used as forms of communication. Along with more than 100 exhibitors in dozens of locations, the ten-day event hosts the multi-day Creative Conference Bridge, featuring panel discussions from designers, curators, and editors from around the world. (October 18–27; times and prices vary)
Teresita Fernández: Elemental
Pérez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, Fla.
Staged in contemporary artist Teresita Fernández’s hometown of Miami, this nature-inspired exhibition illustrates themes of identity and politics through often-vibrant installations, large-scale sculptures, and mixed-media work. Featuring pieces from the start of her career in the mid-1990s to the present day, this retrospective demonstrates the artist’s evolution, from mirrored sculptures emphasizing self-reflection to politically charged pieces that address climate change, violence, and the myth of the American Dream. (October 18–February 9, 2020; times vary, $16 general admission)
Dutch Design Week
Various locations, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Experimentation, innovation, and genre blurring are center stage at Northern Europe’s largest design event, where more than 2,600 designers will present work to more than 350,000 visitors in 110 locations around town. In addition to lectures, exhibitions, and award ceremonies, don’t miss the DDW Music Festival, a live soundtrack to the festivities with a lineup including Amy Root, Mk. Gee, Wooze, and dozens of others.
(October 19–27; times vary, €23 at the door)
Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Georgia
Lexington, Virginia–born photographer Sally Mann’s new exhibition, A Thousand Crossings, presents her gripping, and often haunting, black-and-white photography of the American South. Featuring images that span her decades-long career, the exhibition captures the region’s complex history of racism, religion, identity, and family while exploring the contradictory legacy of the South as both a battleground and a refuge.
(October 19–February 2, 2020; times vary, $14.50 general admission)
Wael Shawky: Al Araba Al Madfuna
Polygon Gallery, 101 Carrie Cates Ct., North Vancouver, BC
Egyptian artist Wael Shawky makes his West Coast debut with an exhibition that examines how history and mythologies are recorded, thus highlighting the fallibility of cultural memory. Through multilayered film productions, drawings, and sculptures, Shawky captures the relationship between the metaphysical and lived experience and brings to life the real and fabricated histories of the Arab world. During the exhibition’s run, catch screenings of his films Al Araba Al Madfuna I and II. (October 18–January 12, 2020; times vary, admission by donation)
Image on homepage: Sally Mann (American, born 1951), Deep South, Untitled (Scarred Tree), 1998, gelatin silver print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund
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