Corinne Silva: Garden State
14 May — 20 June
The Mosaic Rooms, London
Coinciding with this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and the London Festival of Architecture, The Mosaic Rooms are bringing a new perspective on horticulture to west London. Garden State includes work in photography and sound by Corinne Silva, exploring the suburban gardens, parks and public spaces of Israel in two installations created during a series of trips to sites between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River between 2010 and 2013. No mere celebration of all things floral and foliate, the show presents gardens as a force for aggressive state expansion, territory marking and occupation. Alongside the exhibition is a specially commissioned sustainable pop-up permaculture garden, intended to highlight the power of gardening as a positive tool for social activism.
Untitled 006, from ‘Gardening the Suburbs’ © Corinne Silva 2014
14 May — 6 September
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde
Marking 100 years since the women of Denmark achieved the right to vote, Women Forward! brings together works created by contemporary female artists in direct response to works by female artists from the early Modern period. Through intensive research into the earlier generation’s lives, works and ideas, the seven artists present new work in film, installation, posters and more, all in dialogue with their predecessors and reflecting on the past decade through the lens of women’s rights.
Birgitte Kristensen, Anna & Birgitte — dobbeltportræt, 2009
Transmission: Legacies of the Television Age
15 May — 13 Sep
NGV International, Melbourne
As a supremely globalising phenomenon, it seems appropriate that two major exhibitions on the legacy and impact of television should be open concurrently, on different sides of the world (the other is Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television at The Jewish Museum, New York, until 20 September). In Transmission: Legacies of the Television Age, the National Gallery of Victoria attends to the full lifespan of television, focusing on artists’ responses to the medium as well as the broadcast of major historical events. Reflecting on the power and influence of TV broadcasting on politics, society and culture, Transmission also includes a room dedicated to video art pioneer Dara Birnbaum, whose work critiques the power of mass media images.
Dara Birnbaum, Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman, 1978 (still), Private collection © Dara Birnbaum. Image courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York
Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971
17 May — 7 September
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Opening during Frieze week in New York is a solo show by Yoko Ono; MoMA’s first and therefore long overdue. Forty years ago, Ono advertised an exhibition of her work at the museum under the title Museum of Modern [F]art, but the only thing to greet visitors there was a sign explaining that the artist had released flies on the museum grounds and the public was invited to track them across the city. Taking this unauthorised exhibition as a key moment in Ono’s relationship with MoMA, Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 looks back over the decade preceding, bringing together approximately 125 of the artist’s early objects, works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings and films, alongside rarely seen archival materials.
Nadia Kaabi-Linke — Fahrenheit311: Seven Legends of Machismo
Until 14 May
Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai
Taking as its title the melting point of the steroid hormone testosterone, Fahrenheit311 features eight key works demonstrating Nadia Kaabi-Linke’s preoccupation with modern myths of macho culture and masculinity, and more broadly touching on themes including war and heroism, environmental exploitation, elitism, violence, heroism and pride. Central to the exhibition is The Altarpiece (2015), incorporating three prints of the bullet-holed exterior of a central Berlin building with an extraordinary political and cultural history.
Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Altarpiece, 2015. Courtesy Lawrie Shabibi and the artist
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