The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York presents Ed Ruscha’s (b. 1937) retrospective “ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN” through January 13, 2024. Ruscha, a leading figure in postwar American pop art and conceptual art, worked in multiple mediums, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, artist’s books, film, and installation, using everything from gunpowder to chocolate.
Upon leaving his native Oklahoma and arriving in Los Angeles in 1956, he drew inspiration from the city’s architecture, colloquial speech, and popular culture.
Over the years, he has created series of works that document and transform familiar motifs, places, and words, such as roadside gas stations and the 20th Century Fox logo. With more than 200 works on display, the exhibition focuses specifically on Ruscha’s consistent practice of varying and reinventing the same motifs.
The 8th Floor, an independent art space in New York of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, presents “The House Edge” through January 13. The exhibition is curated by Caitlin Chaisson, 2023 Curatorial Open Call Recipient
The exhibition focuses on the economic aspects of Native American sovereignty. The “house” in the title refers to a colloquial term for a dealer or casino, a reference to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) passed by the U.S. Congress in 1988. For Native nations, gaming has been an essential resource for housing, education, and healthcare, as well as supporting cultural and artistic endeavors. However, since court rulings and legislation in the 1970s and 1980s, Native nations have been required to enter compacts with the U.S. government to operate gaming operations.
The 16 contributing artists are David Bradley, Jim Denomie, Joe Feddersen, Harry Fonseca, G. Peter Jemison, Chaz John, Matthew Kirk, Terran Last Gun, Rachel Martin, Kimowan Metchewais, Nora Naranjo-Morse, Duane Slick, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Bently Spang, Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, and Nico Williams.
Templon Gallery New York presents “Nocturnal Fragments,” a solo exhibition by American painter and sculptor George Segal (1924-2000), through October 28.
Segal is best known for his public sculptures, including the Holocaust Memorial in San Francisco and the Gay Liberation Monument in New York’s Sheridan Square. Segal began his career as an abstract painter and became widely recognized in the early 1960s, at the height of the Pop Art movement, when he started working in plaster and created signature pieces cast from living models.
Segal is credited with capturing the human life in contemporary American society and raising existentialist questions, influencing realist sculptors such as Duane Hanson (1925-1996) and Ron Mueck (b. 1958). The exhibition presents works by Segal between 1972 and 1999. It shows the gradual transformation of his early realist style towards expressionism.