previews

  • Claude Levi-Strauss, 2007, mixed media, 67 x 82 x 25".

    Rachel Harrison

    Kunsthalle Nürnberg
    Lorenzer Straße 32
    September 15 - November 4

    Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
    Limmatstrasse 270
    April 29 - June 24

    Often blobby, rarely slobby, Rachel Harrison’s sculptures zig just when you expect them to zag. Neither easily formalist nor really readymade; seemingly discrete, though often grouped as if for some sort of bacchanal; candy-colored and yet thoroughly theoretically pedigreed; all the while turning the “photographic” into the sculptural and vice versa—Harrison’s work is America’s answer to Isa Genzken’s, though usually with an even rowdier feminist twist. The show, curated by Heike Munder, is accompanied by a suitably fancy-pants catalogue and combines six sculptures, whose titles nod to good guys and bad, and the associated series of photographs from the artist’s recent outing at Greene Naftali Gallery in New York with the added fun and discombobulation of a new “gigantic” installation.

  • Allora & Calzadilla

    Kunsthalle Zurich
    Limmatstrasse 270
    June 2 - August 12

    Curated by Beatrix Ruf

    Having devoted more than a decade to a collaborative practice that combines pointed critique of socioeconomic inequity with humorous détournement and rigorous formal experiment, (Jennifer) Allora & (Guillermo) Calzadilla are primed for their first comprehensive solo exhibition. Among the works on view will be recent sound-sculpture installations about ordinary life’s relationship to global militarization and violence, including Clamor, 2006, in which the artists pipe a cacophony of war songs from various historical periods and geographies from a bunker-like, “morpho-illogical” sound chamber. Films, videos, and photographs demonstrating the artists’ investment in public engagement will complement a new site-specific work created for the Kunsthalle.