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Dennis Hopper: Signs of the Times
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, September 12-October 24
Though nowadays Hopper seems happy to appear in the most mediocre films, back in the 60s he only hung out with the coolest musicians, actors, filmmakers and artists. In this exhibition of photographs taken between 1960-1967 and organized concurrently with their-long delayed publication, Hopper offers an elegant, sprawling survey of the wildest, hippest and most beautiful people on the scene.
Urs Fischer (work pictured)
The New Museum, October 28-January 24
In creating the first exhibition to occupy all of the museum’s new building, the German installation artist brings together a retrospective of his previous works and a series of new creations. Whether monumental and fascinating objects (giant plush toys slumped on street corners, a 30-foot-tall tree made up of framed drawings), or radical interventions in the gallery space (smashing holes in museum walls, digging through floors to create room-sized pits of dirt) Fischer’s creations are always spectacular and elusive.
Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present
The Brooklyn Museum, October 30-January 31
More than any genre before it, rock music has depended on photography to spread its sounds, stars and styles across the world. Here, the history and evolution of rock is chronicled in artifacts like shots of stars’ early performances, the full-blown spectacle of stadium concerts, intimate portraits and candid backstage moments, thronging, hysteric crowds and album cover images.
100 Years (version # 1, ps1, nov 2009)
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, November 1-April 5
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of The Futurist Manifesto
’s publication, P.S.1 and the arts organization Performa co-curated this exhibition in an attempt to chart the history of performance art. One of the newest (and most under-represented) strands of modern art, performance is, by its nature, ephemeral and difficult to trace, catalog and categorize, which is why this survey will be updated and adapted throughout its run.
Roni Horn aka Roni Horn
The Whitney Museum, November 6-January 24
More so than most contemporary artists, Horn’s work is nearly impossible to grasp without a comprehensive retrospective to bring together her photo portraits, glass sculptures, installations, conceptual art, drawings and the ant farm she first placed in a gallery setting in 1975. Undermining conventions of modern art, her work is often witty and minimalist, while her photo series exploring identity, sexuality and androgyny are stark and earnest.
(photo credit: Gavin Brown's enterprise)