previews

  • Sheng Qi, Memories (Me), 2000.

    Sheng Qi, Memories (Me), 2000.

    Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video From China

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)
    220 East Chicago Avenue
    October 2, 2004–January 16, 2005

    Asia Society | New York
    725 Park Avenue
    June 11–September 5, 2004

    Seattle Art Museum
    1300 First Avenue
    February 10–May 15, 2005

    Curated by Wu Hung and Christopher Phillips

    Contemporary art from China is the latest hot ticket, so it’s hard to see how this survey of Chinese photography and video from the past decade can miss. Given that most of its fifty artists are exhibiting in the US for the first time, talent pickers should be out in force. Since Chinese art photography was subject until recently to an officially sanctioned, academic aesthetic rooted in Pictorialism (filtered through the traditions of Chinese painting), the 125 works here, which smack of postmodernist cultural critique, are sure to come as a shock to American eyes.

    Travels to the Smart Museum of Art and MCA, Chicago, Oct. 2–Jan. 16, 2005; Seattle Art Museum, Feb. 10, 2005–May 15, 2005; and other venues.

  • Santiago Calatrava, City of Arts and Sciences, Planetarium,
Camino de Las Moreras, Valencia, Spain
1991-2004 (estimated)

    Santiago Calatrava, City of Arts and Sciences, Planetarium,
    Camino de Las Moreras, Valencia, Spain
    1991-2004 (estimated)

    Santiago Calatrava

    Henry Art Gallery
    15th Avenue NE & NE 41st Street
    July 16–October 10, 2004

    Curated by Jordan Howland and Kirsten Kiser

    Santiago Calatrava’s design for the new PATH train station at Ground Zero brings a welcome sense of lightness to a district saddled with monumentalizing a tragedy. In a signature Calatrava gesture, the station’s expressive structure extends beyond the building envelope, fanning across the sky like reeds in the breeze. This implication of gentle motion will be actualized every September 11, when the glass roof opens to offer an unimpeded view of sky. Such evocative marriages of skeletonic morphology and transportation infrastructure form the core of Calatrava’s oeuvre. This midcareer survey assembles over sixty artifacts from his twenty-year practice, including models, watercolors, photographs, video walk-throughs, and a catalogue that reproduces his design sketches.