Mel Ramos: Sirens & Heroes, on view from November 2 - January 3 2018 at Modernism, San Francisco. As a young artist in the early 1960s, Mel Ramos made portraits of figures he particularly admired. He painted Batman and Wonder Woman and other comic book characters, rendering them on canvas with brushwork he’d learned by studying Old Masters. Concurrently with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein—yet independently of both— Mel Ramos pioneered an entirely new vision of modern art popularly known as Pop.
Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2017, on view from November 16, 2017–January 11, 2018. Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with The Photographers’ Gallery and the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, is pleased to present the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2017, featuring works from the shortlisted artists: Sophie Calle, Awoiska van der Molen, duo
Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, and this year’s winner, Dana Lixenberg. Marking the first exhibition of the prize in the United States, this is one of the most prestigious international arts awards, celebrating established photographic narratives alongside experimental and conceptual approaches to documentary, landscape, and portraiture. Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ at the Royal Academy of Art, London, September 23–December 10, 2017. Legendary American artist and Royal Academy member Jasper Johns gets a massive UK retrospective—his first in the country in 40 years. The show will feature over 150 paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. The academy is promising a chance to see works that are rarely exhibited together in one place, with loans from private collections and museums from around the world. Rodin: 100 Years at the Cleveland Museum of Art, September 1, 2017–May
13, 2018. Worldwide commemoration of the centennial of Auguste Rodin’s death continues with the Cleveland Museum of Art showcasing its holdings of the great sculptor’s work. Some of the artworks included in the exhibition were acquired ahead of the museum’s opening in 1913, just five years before the passing of the artist. Rodin cast a version of his piece Age of Bronze for the museum, which also owns a monumental version of The
Thinker perched at the institution’s main entrance. Jean Fouquet: The Melun Diptych at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, September 15, 2017–January 7, 2018.
For the first time in 80 years, art lovers will be able to see both panels of the Melun Diptych, Jean Fouqet’s 15th-century French masterpiece, featuring the sexiest Madonna you’ve ever seen. There have been several failed attempts to reunite the two panels over recent decades, making the reunion here all the more significant.
Inside the Dinner Party Studio at the National Museum of Women in the Arts Library, Washington, DC, September
17, 2017–January 5, 2018. It took Judy Chicago five years to create The Dinner Party, perhaps the most famous feminist piece in the history of art. That painstaking process is explored at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, showcasing
the artist’s research in uncovering the stories of history’s forgotten women, as well as film documentation of the work of Chicago and her hundreds of volunteers.
(At the Brooklyn Museum, where the piece is permanently on display, “Roots of The Dinner Party: History in the Making,” which also recounts the work’s genesis, is on view October 20, 2017–March 4, 2018. Mark Rothko: Reflection at MFA Boston, September 24, 2017–September 3, 2018.
An early Mark Rothko, Thru the Window (1938), makes its public US debut in “Mark Rothko: Reflection” at the Museum of Fine Art Boston. The show will feature 11 works by the artist, on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. From early Surrealist works to his iconic Color Field paintings, the exhibition spans the full range of Rothko’s career
An Eames Celebration at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany, September 30, 2017–February 25, 2018.
In a museum-wide celebration of the pioneering design stars Charles and Ray Eames, four parallel exhibits will open this fall at the Vitra Design Museum. The four shows will touch on all aspects of the couple’s careers: Their toy collections, furniture experiments, and their cinematic oeuvre will all be available to see, just in time for the 110th birthday of Charles.
Cuba Is at the Annenberg Center for Photography, Los Angeles, September 9,
2017–March 4, 2018. Photographers Elliott Erwitt, Leysis Quesada, Raúl Cañibano,
Tria Giovan, and Michael Dweck, have documented contemporary Cuban life in over 100 images that go well beyond the colorful architecture and classic cars so often captured in views of the island nation. Part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative, the exhibition reveals how real Cubans live their lives, from El Paquete, an illegal weekly selection of downloadable American media, to the Frikis, a community of young punk rockers who in the 1980s and ’90s deliberately infected themselves with AIDS in order to live in governmentrun sanatori.
Walker Evans at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, September 30,
2017–February 4, 2018. Billing itself as “unprecedented in scope and scale,” this Walker Evans retrospective is organized by SFMOMA with the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and features over 300 prints as well as close to 100 related documents and objects. The focus is on the great photographer’s interest in the American vernacular, which found beauty in everyday scenes across the US, even during the depths of the Great Depression. Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895–1925 at the Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey, October 7, 2017–January 7, 2018. Home to the Clarence H. White Archives, the Princeton University Art Museum showcases the work of the groundbreaking photographer, who helped the medium gain recognition as an art form. The traveling exhibition is the first retrospective dedicated to White’s career in over a generation, at once reestablishing his legacy and refocusing the story of early 20th-century American photography.