The Guggenheim Museum in New York presents “Sarah Sze: Timelapse,” a solo exhibition by Sarah Sze (b. 1969) through September 10. She creates immersive installations combining traditional media with digital art, following her interest in how our experiences of time and space change by advances in technology.
In the Guggenheim Museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright building, she has created site-specific installations through eight bays in and around the space. The works fill the building’s exterior walls, interior hall, and top floor, with video installations in each area connecting the viewer’s path with the digital images. Her works interact with the outside world beyond the boundaries of the museum. Electronic images on the building’s exterior reflect the movement of vehicles and pedestrians on the street, while the rotunda displays a live broadcast of the changing lunar cycle during the exhibition.
Sarah Sze is simultaneously presenting her work at London’s Peckham Rye train station. The London show runs through September 17.
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents “Ming Smith: Feeling the Future,” a solo exhibition by American photographer Ming Smith (b. 1947), on view through October 1. Ming Smith recently had a solo exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Ming Smith has been a photographer for more than 50 years, based in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, and is best known for her portraits of black pop stars, including Nina Simone, Grace Jones, and Alice Coltrane.
Ming Smith was the first female member of Kamoinge, a collective of black photographers in New York City in the 1960s, and the first black female photographer to have her works collected in the Museum of Modern Art. Her oeuvre is acclaimed for its experimental techniques and individual style, its ability to capture everyday scenes with subtle moods, and its historical value as a reflection of black cultural movements in New York over the past 50 years.
In early June, a public sculpture by Japanese photographer and architect Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948) was unveiled on a hilltop on San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Island. Point of Infinity: Surface of Revolution with Constant Negative Curvature’ is a 69-foot-tall slender stainless steel sculpture with a mirrored exterior. It sits on a 23-foot-wide concrete base that tapers to less than an inch in diameter at the top.
Sugimoto’s public sculpture was created as part of the City of San Francisco’s public art program. Treasure Island, adjacent to Yerba Buena Island, served as a naval base from 1942 to 1997. Since then, a neighborhood development plan has been developed that designates about 75 percent of the 400-acre site as public space, and in 2017, the city held a competition for its first public art project.
Among the shortlisted artists were Pae White (b. 1963) and Antony Gormley (b. 1950). Sugimoto’s work was selected from 495 applicants and received $2 million in funding.