U.S. Museum Exhibitions

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“Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia”

HARVARD ART MUSEUMS
CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Through September 18
Curated by Stephen Gilchrist

"Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia,” held at the Asia Society in New York in 1988, was a key exhibition in demonstrating that Aboriginal art was not “primitive” but modern. This show goes one step further in arguing that Aboriginal art is not modern but contemporary. “Everywhen,” a neologism adopted from anthropologist William Stanner, is a way of taking the Dreaming—the cultural and spiritual worldview of Aborigines—out of the past and placing it in the present. The show includes Pintupi artists such as Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, the Anmatyerr Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Sydney photographer Christian Thompson, Brisbane Conceptualist Vernon Ah Kee, and other native Australians. If New Yorker David Smith once made a work called Australia in response to Aboriginal art, and Texan Forrest Bess actually wanted to become an Aborigine, what Gilchrist seeks to prove is that Aboriginal art is not just “everywhen” but belongs everywhere.

Rex Butler

Rodney McMillian

STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM, NEW YORK/INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, PHILADELPHIA
NEW YORK/PHILADELPHIA
Through August 14
Curated by Naima J. Keith and Anthony Elms

For more than a decade, Rodney McMillian has employed various media to interrogate the intersections of race, class, gender, and cultural history in relation to the body. His poured paintings, stitched fabric constructions, and sculptures of postconsumer objects impart a visceral sense of disquiet, while his performances and videos explore the construction of political subjectivity through spoken language. This double-venue endeavor will provide a rich overview of McMillian’s work: The Studio Museum’s “Views of Main Street” will present some twenty pieces dating from 2003 to the present, while “The Black Show” at the ICA will focus on recent work, including a new large-scale painting, videos, and an off-site performance. A substantial catalogue will accompany the two exhibitions.

Kavior Moon