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Ieva Epnere, untitled, ca. 2006, ink-jet print, 16 1/2 × 23 5/8". From “How to Live Together.”

“HOW TO LIVE TOGETHER”

KUNSTHALLE WIEN
VIENNA
May 25 - October 15
Curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen

The political developments that have recently shaped our societies seem characterized by their ability to highlight the exclusionary social boundaries of modern life. Curator Nicolaus Schafhausen draws on these boundaries and their histories not so much to demarcate lines of conflict as to envision scenes of change, renewal, and the potential transformation of the measures of shared life. This exhibition will bring together some of his longtime collaborators, such as Liam Gillick, Willem de Rooij, and Kai Althoff, alongside a younger, more diverse group of producers, including Binelde Hyrcan, Goshka Macuga, and Ieva Epnere. Whereas in shows such as “Political Populism” (2016) and “Populism” (2004) Schafhausen drew on art’s capacity for critical distance, “How to Live Together” aims to produce proximities.  

Kerstin Stakemeier

“Ed van der Elsken: Camera in Love

STEDELIJK MUSEUM AMSTERDAM
AMSTERDAM
Through May 28
Curated by Hripsimé Visser

Curator Hripsimé Visser describes the Dutch photographer and filmmaker Ed van der Elsken (1925–1990) as “a child of his time: melancholy in the ’50s, rebellious in the ’60s, liberated in the ’70s, contemplative in the ’80s.” This sprawling retrospective promises to explore each of these phases through more than two hundred vintage prints, slide projections, film clips, and books—a mere fraction of the output of one of the twentieth century’s most driven, eccentric, and underappreciated image makers. Van der Elsken made his mark in 1956 with Love on the Left Bank, a cinema-verité-style immersion into Paris’s bohemian underground, haunted by Brassaï but anticipating Godard, Truffaut, and Goldin. Van der Elsken was never an objective observer, but his work became increasingly personal. His final film, Bye (1990), about his losing battle with prostate cancer, closes with a challenge and an invitation: “Show the world who you are.” Travels to the Jeu de Paume, Paris, June 12–Sept. 24; Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid, Jan. 23–May 20, 2018.

Vince Aletti

Seth Price, Untitled, 2016, UV-cured print, acrylic, and synthetic polymer on board, 60 × 60 × 5".

“SETH PRICE: SOCIAL SYNTHETIC”

STEDELIJK MUSEUM VOOR ACTUELE KUNST (SMAK)
AMSTERDAM
Through September 3
Curated by Beatrix Ruf, Leontine Coelewij, and Achim Hochdörfer

In “Dispersion,” his influential open-ended essay begun in 2002, Seth Price poses a question animating his long- standing preoccupations with technology, digital culture, and the rituals of consumerism: “Suppose an artist were to release the work directly into a system that depends on reproduction and distribution for its sustenance, a model that encourages contamination, borrowing, stealing, and horizontal blur?” Featuring more than 150 works produced between 2000 and the present, Price’s Stedelijk retrospective will showcase the multidisciplinary range of his responses to this prompt, which include vacuum-form plastic reliefs, photography, digital paintings, drawings, clothing, and video. The catalogue features a superb roster of contributors, among them Cory Arcangel, Ed Halter, Achim Hochdörfer, Branden W. Joseph, John Kelsey, Michelle Kuo, Rachel Kushner with Laura Owens, and Ariana Reines. Travels to the Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Oct. 12, 2017–Mar. 18, 2018.

Pamela M. Lee

Garage Triennial

GARAGE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
MOSCOW
Through May 14
Curated by Kate Fowle, Katya Inozemtseva, Snejana Krasteva, Andrey Misiano, Sasha Obukhova

A full century after the collapse of the Russian Empire, the Russian Federation still covers more than an eighth of the planet’s inhabited land—home to more than 170 ethnicities, speaking more than a hundred different languages. This astonishing diversity rarely figures into the country’s reigning cultural narratives, which tend to concentrate on the competing capitals of Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The Garage seeks to expand this picture with its newly launched triennial. Under the direction of Kate Fowle, the curators traveled to over forty cities across Russia to select more than sixty artists from various generations and geographies. In addition to a guidebook, the Garage Triennial will offer an online atlas tracking the curatorial research process as it transpired from Yalta to Yakutsk.

Kate Sutton

“WAYS OF SEEING”

ARTER - SPACE FOR ART
ISTANBUL
June 2 - August 13
Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath

In 1972, in the bleak predawn of Thatcherism, British art historian John Berger published Ways of Seeing, an unapologetically Marxist primer that set out to explode the Western canon by demonstrating that looking is an inherently political act—structured by historical and social circumstance—and that culture therefore encompasses a multiplicity of perspectives. Almost half a century later, curators Bardaouil and Fellrath have organized their eponymous exhibition around a similar premise, bringing together works ranging from objects that literally manipulate the viewer’s gaze (Jeppe Hein’s ethereal Mirrored Objects II, 2013) to interactive installations that interrogate the act of looking (Gustav Metzger’s caustic To Crawl Into—Anschluss, Vienna, March 1938, 1996). This reconsideration of Berger’s thinking feels all too timely now, when neoliberalism and resurgent nationalism call into question not just the possibility that diverse viewpoints can coexist but also, for many, the very right to visibility itself.  

Julian Rose

Oscar Masotta, About Happenings, 1966. Performance view, Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, 1966. Re-presentation of Carolee Schneemann’s Meat Joy, 1964.

“Oscar Masotta: Theory as Action”

MUSEO UNIVERSITARIO ARTE CONTEMPORANEO (MUAC)
MEXICO CITY
Through August 13
Curated by Ana Longoni

A singular combination of cultural critic, teacher, occasional artist, and unrepentant Lacanian, Oscar Masotta was the key theorist of 1960s Buenos Aires’s fervent avant-garde. Fired from his university job by the dictatorship in ’66, he led workshops on structuralism and Marshall McLuhan from his apartment, ultimately yielding a wholly informational genre—“mass media art”—that marked one of the earliest instances of Conceptualism in Latin America. This exhibition will survey Masotta’s production and influence across multiple platforms: writing, teaching, his own artworks as well as those of many others, and the explorations of Lacanian psychoanalysis that marked the final decade of his career. A comprehensive set of programs will restage two of the three Happenings that Masotta produced, screen a new series of interviews with his associates, and host an interdisciplinary conference on his legacy. The exhibition catalogue will feature essays by Longoni, Olivier Debroise, and Manuel Hernandez.

Daniel Quiles