Jan/feb 2018 Capsule Previews

Ryan Wallace, "Slo Crostic", at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art.


by Brian Goslow

“Off the Wall,” on view from January 18 through February 23 at The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland, Maine, pays trib-ute to German-born American sculptor Eva Hesse’s ground-breaking work and its influ-ence on contemporary artists through the recent paint-ings and sculpture of Rosy Keyser and Ryan Wallace from Brooklyn. “A represen-tative sampling of work will be presented by each artist to provoke thought about the shifting dynamics between painting and sculpture, or vice versa, as well as their colli-sion,” notes the announcement for the show curated by Jaime DeSimone, who manages the Permanent Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville.

We’re not sure whether to feel nostalgic or worried about the timeliness of the “Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era” exhibition opening on January 27 at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, Connecticut, but one thing’s for certain — the work on dis-play will be eye-catching. It will include an unlaunched backup of Sputnik, a replica of the spacesuit worn by the first space dog, Laika, equipment from the Salyut space station program and examples of nuclear fallout equipment and specimens from Chernobyl. “Visitors will see how the triumphs of the space program and anxieties about nuclear arms were captured by period artists,” noted Dr. Daniel Ksepka, Bruce Museum’s curator of science and co-curator of the exhibition. “Likewise, many of the scientific objects are works of art in their own right.” The show runs through May 20.

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