In the upcoming Fall print edition of The Window, we profile Claudia Gould and the work she is doing as director of the Jewish Museum. With her sharp personal style and diverse background, Gould is ushering the museum into a new era, with the focus shifting to include architecture, design, fashion, and living artists.
“The museum was searching for someone to give it a more contemporary edge, but when you look at its history, contemporary is part of its makeup,” she told us of the groundbreaking museum that gave Rauschenburg his first retrospective in 1963 and Jasper Johns his first one-man exhibit in 1964.
Below, Gould shares 10 of the most exciting international openings this fall, from the launch of the Broad Museum in Downtown L.A. to the opening of “Unorthodox” at the Jewish Museum, which explores iconoclasm and art’s key role in breaking rules and traditions.
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting
A major retrospective of Alberto Burri at the Guggenheim, the first in the U.S. in more than 35 years, will revisit the oeuvre of this key postwar Italian artist, who was widely celebrated in the U.S. during the 1950s. The exhibit offer an in-depth exploration of the beauty and complexity of Burri’s process-based works and a revision of the traditional narrative of the cultural exchange between the U.S. and Europe in the 1950s and 60s.
One of this fall’s must-see events, the Broad Museum in LA is opening on September 20th. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a stunning “veil to vault” gallery space will present a remarkable showcase for the ever-expanding collection of Eli and Edythe Broad, and a thrilling addition to the art world and LA downtown scene. The Museum will also serve as the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library.
This fall, in a tradition of a true laboratory for architectural innovation, Chicago is hosting the inaugural State of the Art of Architecture, the first architecture biennial in North America. This survey of contemporary architecture will present the younger, emerging international talents a unique platform for transformative architectural projects and spatial experiments. A constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, and programs will aim to engage the public in a global discussion about the future of the built environment.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Making Place, The Architecture of David Adjaye
Continuing the global conversation about the future of architecture, another remarkable architectural offering taking place in Chicago in the fall is Making Place, The Architecture of David Adjaye at the Art Institute. The first comprehensive museum survey devoted to Adjaye, the show is an in-depth overview of the architect’s renowned focus on historical, regional and cultural specificity of his projects, and the eclectic visual language of his work that ranges in scale from private residences to major art centers, civic buildings, and master plans around the world.
The Jewish Museum, New York
This November, the Jewish Museum will present “Unorthodox,” a large-scale group exhibition featuring more than 50 contemporary artists from around the world whose practices mix forms and genres without concern for artistic convention. Through over 200 works, the exhibition will highlight the importance of iconoclasm and art’s key role in breaking rules and traditions. Inspired by the Jewish tradition of public dialogue and debate, and in collaboration with 92Y, a dynamic series of programs will accompany “Unorthodox” and continue throughout the run of the exhibition.
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (MAK), Vienna
Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show
Created by the celebrated graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, the show is a fascinating insight into the designer’s mind as he attempts to increase his happiness via meditation, cognitive therapy, and mood-altering pharmaceuticals. Centered around the designer’s 10-year exploration of happiness, this exhibition presents typographic investigations of a series of maxims, or rules to live by, originally culled from Sagmeister’s diary, manifested in a variety of imaginative and interactive forms. The exhibition was organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, in 2011.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style
The iconic style of Jacqueline de Ribes, the perennially cool aristocrat, business woman, and philanthropist, is the theme of this fall’s MET annual Costume Institute exhibit. The exhibition focuses on de Ribes’ daringly cut and re-designed haute couture wardrobe, a precursor to her successful design business.
The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA
Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood
The first solo museum exhibition for Yuskavage in the U.S. in 15 years, the show is a much-anticipated survey of 25 years of painting by the multifaceted figurative artist. Lisa’s works traverse styles, theories, thresholds, and histories, and her willingness to merge the high-craft refinement and grand tradition of oil painting with the expansive vocabulary of female transgression and empowerment is inspiring.
Fondazione Prada, Milan
The recently unveiled Milan venue of Fondazione Prada—designed by Rem Koolhaas and OMA—integrates seven preexisting buildings of a former distillery dating from the 1910s with three new structures, thus creating an arresting ensemble with unique variables. “An Introduction,” the opening show on view through December explores different methodologies of collecting and researching, and features works by Elmgreen & Dragset, Carsten Höller, Tobias Rehberger, and Sarah Lucas. The site’s golden “Haunted House” hosts a permanent installation by Robert Gober and Louise Bourgeouis, along with a series of site-specific projects coming up in the fall.
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia
A fascinating look at the rich narrative of an era, Hippie Modernism—opening at the Walker in October—offers an in-depth examination of the counterculture ethos of the 1960s and early 1970s through the intersection of art, architecture, and design. It also serves as a survey of the radical experiments that challenged societal norms while proposing new kinds of technological, ecological and political utopia.