The San Diego Museum of Art hires Marika Sardar as Associate Curator of Southern Asian and Islamic Art

The San Diego Museum of Art announced Marika Sardar as the new Associate Curator of Southern Asian and Islamic Art. Sardar will begin her role on July 29, 2013. Marika Sardar comes to the Museum with years of specialized experience in the arts of India and the Islamic world. After completing her doctoral dissertation at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts with a concentration on the architecture of the Deccan and the fortified city of Golconda, Sardar joined the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She served most recently as a Senior Research Associate at The Metropolitan and was instrumental in the installation of their new galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia. Additionally, Sardar participated in The Metropolitan Museum/Victoria & Albert Museum Curatorial Exchange as part

Artist Tijs Rooijakkers and rapper Fresku begin work on new project at Van Abbemuseum

On the first of July, the artist Tijs Rooijakkers (living and working in Eindhoven) will start his project Supertoll! in Het Oog (The Eye), a space in the Van Abbemuseum. For this project he invited Fresku, a rapper who also comes from Eindhoven, to work together with him. The semi-circular wall of Het Oog will be covered with wooden battens on which Fresku has written texts about his personal motivations and ambitions. Rooijakkers will then steam these wooden battens and bend them into the shape of an enormous spinning-top. The artist explains: “The spinning-top is a symbol of the will, power and passion of mankind. Once a top is spinning, it supersedes gravity.’’ From Monday 15 July to Friday 19 July 2013 visitors can see Rooijakkers and Fresku working together. Rooijakkers will then continue to work up to the final presentation on Saturday 7 December. The end result can

Nobility of Things: An exhibition by artist-in-residence Jodi Colella opens at Fruitlands Museum

Fruitlands Museum, which opened its 99th main season this spring, presents The Nobility of Things, an exhibition by artist-in-residence Jodi Colella. The exhibition opened June 29 and runs through Nov. 3, 2013. The Museum is open Monday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.— 4 p.m., weekends and holidays 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, $5 for children 5 – 13, and free for members and children under 5. Fruitlands Museum is located at 102 Prospect Hill Road in Harvard, Mass. For more information please visit www.fruitlands.org or call 978-456-3924. Mixed-media sculptor Jodi Colella investigates the inherent qualities in both found and manufactured materials and celebrates the intersection of science and art. Her sculptures are conduits for concepts and ideas, for revelations of memory, science, and social history

First large-scale museum retrospective dedicated to exploring contemporary artist’s work opens

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, an exhibition showcasing nearly 125 examples of the artist’s intellectually challenging and aesthetically compelling work. Visitors will have the opportunity to see photographs, installations, audio pieces and video selected from six museums, several private collections and the artist’s own holdings. The exhibition offers a survey of Weems’s thirty-year exploration studying the universal human journey, in which she often focuses on relationships pertaining to race, gender and class. The Cleveland Museum of Art’s presentation of Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video is on view June 30 to September 29, 2013 in the museum’s Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Gallery and Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery. The

First solo show of Brent Wadden’s work opens at Peres Projects in Berlin

Somewhere at the end of the world on the far edge of the rocky coast: a post-industrial wasteland, the coal dust has dissipated from fields which are finally green with grass. Brent Wadden is part of a group of young artists that have gone against the grain of their own generation and have decided to take their time to make things themselves, in effect rejecting contemporary society’s general state of impatience. While Wadden’s work can be seen as a rejection of Western notions of the immediate, the cheap and of satisfaction, it’s also concerned with the expansion of new forms of painting. In About Time, Wadden delves deeper into his reflections on how to straddle the boundaries between craft, fine arts as well as interior design. Interested in creating a direct dialogue between weaving and various modes of modernist art making, Wadden’s work references both the historical

With Cinder Blocks We Flatten Our Photographs: A group exhibition opens at Romer Young Gallery

Romer Young Gallery presents With Cinder Blocks We Flatten Our Photographs, a group exhibition featuring the work of seven local and national artists: Deric Carner, C. Wright Daniel, Pablo Guardiola, John Pearson, Jonathan Runcio, Emma Spertus, and Letha Wilson. The show takes as its inspiration the idea of the photographic medium and its use as a means of producing objects that achieve sculptural integrity and physical presence. "What we were after was an exhibition of contemporary artists using photography and or the photographic process as a catalyst for what in essence become sculptural forms - literally or conceptually," states Piziali. This idea of photography’s shape shifting is a contemporary concern with spurring precedent. In 1970 the New York Museum of Modern Art opened Photography Into Sculpture, an exhibition curated by Peter Bunnell

“Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney” opens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney displays almost five decades of work by the celebrated Philadelphia-born illustrator. He is well known for spellbinding visual narratives that bring to life classic children’s literature, folktales, and trailblazing explorations of the American story. The exhibition comprises more than one hundred images, including designs for record album covers, commissions for African American historic sites, and luminous illustrations from his award-winning children’s books—including The Lion and the Mouse, winner of the 2010 Caldecott Medal—all of which trace Pinkney’s artistic journey as one of the United States’ finest visual storytellers. This exhibition is part of Art Splash, a suite of five family-friendly exhibitions, interactive art and play zones, and daily family programs in the Perelman Building from June 28 to September 2, 2013. The show explores

Simon Fujiwara’s Studio Pieta (King Kong Komplex) opens at Andrea Rosen Gallery

Andrea Rosen Gallery presents the first New York solo exhibition by Simon Fujiwara, a young artist who has achieved exceptional recognition and acclaim across Europe and Asia, with forthcoming shows at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Palais de Tokyo, Mori Art Museum and recent solo exhibitions at Tate St Ives (2012), and at the Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf (2010). He is known for his autobiographical explorations of identity and sexuality that blend fact and fiction into rich, absorbing narratives. His complex installations incorporate sculpture, performance, video and photographic elements to create fully imagined scenarios that underscore the interdependence of personal history and more universal narratives. Studio Pietà