previews

  • Tishan Hsu, Liquid Circuit, 1987, acrylic, vinyl cement compound, alkyd, oil, and aluminum on wood, 7' 6“ × 11' 11” × 9".

    Tishan Hsu, Liquid Circuit, 1987, acrylic, vinyl cement compound, alkyd, oil, and aluminum on wood, 7' 6“ × 11' 11” × 9".

    “Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit”

    Hammer Museum
    10899 Wilshire Boulevard
    January 26–April 19, 2020

    Curated by Sohrab Mohebbi 

    By the mid-1980s, Tishan Hsu was already creating weird works informed by the impact of an increasingly technologized reality on our minds and bodies. The paintings and objects were strange and slow—totally disconnected formally from what Hsu’s fellow East Village artists were creating to popular acclaim at the time—but they presaged the concerns of an entire future generation of artists. Now that the art world has caught up to him, Hsu is finally receiving his first US museum survey. The exhibition, co-organized with SculptureCenter, New York, features close to fifty works spanning from 1980 to 2005, including soothing, screen saver–like abstract paintings, eerie sculptures made of ceramic tiles and cement, and early experiments with software, all capturing a specific historical juncture in the human relationship to technology, but in a visual language that feels ever more relevant today. Travels to SculptureCenter, New York, May 9–August 17.

  • “WITH PLEASURE: PATTERN AND DECORATION IN AMERICAN ART 1972–1985”

    The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
    250 South Grand Avenue
    October 27, 2019–May 11, 2020

    Curated by Anna Katz with Rebecca Lowery

    Pattern and Decoration is often cast as a hedonistic countercurrent to Minimalism and Conceptualism, one that eschewed cool industrial surfaces and cerebral text-based strategies for a staggering panoply of craft processes, globally sourced motifs, and vibrant colors. Deliberately heterogeneous since its inception, the movement has remained largely marginal to narratives of postwar art. Its adept manipulation of received—and historically gendered—hierarchies nonetheless looks newly fresh in the current craftivist moment. Featuring nearly one hundred objects by roughly fifty artists, this exhibition—the first comprehensive scholarly survey of the P&D tendency—takes an expansive view of its subject, contextualizing signal works by canonical practitioners such as Joyce Kozloff, Kim MacConnel, and Miriam Schapiro, among others, alongside contemporaneous investigations by figures not typically seen in these environs, including Emma Amos and Billy Al Bengston. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition. Travels to the CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, June 20–November 29, 2020.