Born in Aleppo and raised in Ohio, Syrian-American artist Diana Al-Hadid draws from an eclectic range of sources, including architecture, cartography, art history and a fascination with urban spaces, to create her own idiosyncratic works. Her exhibition “Liquid City,” at the San Jose Museum of Art, will showcase Al-Hadid’s monumental, 13-foot-high 2012 sculpture Nolli’s Orders, as well as related works and sources, including the landmark 1748 map of Rome by Giambattista Nolli that inspired it. Made of diverse materials and fragmentary elements that are only partially woven together, the piece suggests at once a construction site and a ruins. In its irresolution, it stands in poignant tribute to both the power of the imagination and the fragility of man-made culture. At the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA. February 24 – September 24, 2017.
Less famous, and less shiny, than fellow minimalist Donald Judd, Robert Grosvenor is known for creating spare, solid sculptures from industrial materials, that are at once conceptual and highly tactile, offering witty manipulations of texture and scale. To mark Grosvenor’s 50-year career, The Renaissance Society is exhibiting a major untitled sculpture of his from 1989-90, and will also be releasing a new monograph on the artist with numerous essays on his body of work. At The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL. February 11 – April 9, 2017.
A self-proclaimed “fabricator,” British sculptor Richard Deacon is renowned for his facility with a diverse spectrum of materials, pushing them in directions that even they never knew they could go. Veering from industrial to organic, his unlikely geometric forms offer a tactile poetry derived from the process of their making. This spring Deacon will have his first US survey show; titled “What You See Is What You Get,” it will feature 40 works spanning over three decades. At San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA. March 25 – July 25, 2017.
If you want to get totally lost in an artwork, and yet see yourself reflected in it ad infinatum, odds are, you’re one of the eager throngs who will soon be lining up to experience Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. In celebration of the Japanese artist’s 65-year (!) career, the Hirshhorn is presenting a survey of Kusama’s works, spanning from her radical polka-dot period in the 1960s, to six of her Infinity Mirror Rooms, as well as a giant, polka-dotted yellow and black outdoor pumpkin sculpture. (And yes, the show will travel widely.) “Infinity Mirrors” can be seen at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC. February 23 – May 14, 2017.
Using technology and computer animation to model the neurological shifts in the human brain, Ian Cheng brings a slightly different tool kit to his artistic practice. LA-born, and New York-based, Cheng studied cognitive science at Berkeley before moving on to visual art at Columbia. In his first US museum solo show PS1 will present the artist’s Emissary trilogy (2015-17), which was recently purchased by the Museum of Modern Art. Adapting an engine used for video games, the work presents a series of open-ended animations, a format the artist calls “live simulations,” as a tool to investigate consciousness. At MoMA PS1, New York, NY. April 9 – Sept 25, 2017.