The Whitney Museum of American Art’s “Ruth Asawa Through Line” showcases the drawings of Japanese-American artist Ruth Asawa (1926-2013), best known for her wire sculptures.
Although Asawa is best known for her sculptures, the exhibition explains that drawing was central to her creative practice. Asawa drew every day, and she used to say that drawing was her “greatest pleasure and the most difficult.” The show presents more than 100 of Asawa’s drawings, many of which have never been exhibited. Asawa’s experimental approach to matter, line, surface, and space through drawing reveals the artist’s playful curiosity, technical dexterity, and interest in the aesthetic possibilities of the everyday. The exhibition is on view through January 15th of next year.
The Brooklyn Museum presents “Behold,” a solo exhibition by María Magdalena Campos-Pons (b. 1959), on view through January 14, 2024.
Campos-Pons is a Cuban artist who works in multiple media, including photography, immersive installations, painting, and performance. Campos-Pons’s work explores themes of migration, diaspora, and memory, drawing on her family’s narrative to examine the global history of slavery, indentured labor, motherhood, and migration.
The show marks the first exhibition to bring together the artist’s multi-media work since 2007. It features performance-based works, explorations of Yoruba Santería symbolism, and the artist’s collaborations with communities in Boston, Cuba, Italy, and Nashville. The exhibition highlights Campos-Pons’s journey to create new ways of understanding and her engagement with historical and contemporary challenges.
Museum of Modern Art, MoMA presents “The Encounter: Barbara Chase-Riboud/Alberto Giacometti” through October 9. Barbara Chase-Riboud (b. 1939) is an American sculptor, best-selling novelist, and poet, and Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) is a Swiss sculptor. The exhibition focuses on their encounters and shared interests that transcended their generations and nationalities: they first met in Paris in 1962, and then again in Milan shortly before Giacometti’s death.
The exhibition notes that both sculptors repeatedly returned to the human form and that they both used classical methods to create their figures. Giacometti preferred to model clay by hand and then cast it in plaster. Chase-Riboud used the classic lost-wax casting method to make her bronze sculptures, incorporating knotted and braided fibers, wool, and silk into the formed pieces.
For the first time in the United States, the exhibition presents five plaster sculptures from Giacometti’s masterpiece ‘Femmes de Venise (Women of Venice),’ created for the 1956 Venice Biennale. Alongside them are works from Chase-Riboud’s 70-year career. Two of Chase-Riboud’s seminal works are on view, ‘The Couple (1963)’ and ‘All That Rises Must Converge (1973).’