Is there a place for art during COVID-19? Unlike restaurants and shops, galleries can control the number of visitors more effectively. It is easier for galleries and art centers to arrange visiting hours or shorten them if needed. Thanks to vaccination, galleries found the courage to open this winter again. Tons of stunning exhibitions are already waiting for their visitors.
Check this article to choose art exhibitions of the greatest interest to you. The cherry on top – you can always take a virtual tour to see the exhibitions if you live far from them.
Exhibition #1: ‘In Love With The World’ by Annika Yi
Supported by Hyundai, Yi’s exhibition poses a question of what the human future would look like. The main dilemma, as you’ve already guessed, is how technology can co-exist with biology. If biology makes a ‘How order essay’ question pop up in your head, write your college essay and visit the exhibition after.
Why visit ‘In Love With The World’?
- Check the Turbine Hall in Tate Modern – it’s one of the oldest galleries in the United Kingdom;
- Called ‘aerobes,’ the floating machines are shaped in the form of marine organisms like jellyfish and mushrooms. Enjoy the artist’s creativity!
- The jelly-shaped drones synchronize their movement with each other and the visitors.
Can’t visit the gallery in real life? Check Tate Modern’s website to join the livestream of the stunningly beautiful AI.
Exhibition #2: ‘Liquid Reality’ by MoMA and ‘Viva Video!’ by MOT
Why are there two exhibitions in the heading? The explanation is simple: both exhibitions (one in New York and the other one in Tokyo) are devoted to Shigeko Kubota. The shows are posthumous and pay tribute to one of the first artists to ever start working with video. As a part of the Fluxus group, Kubota was the first sculptor to add a video to the sculpture.
One can see sculptures of liquid crystals in both Tokyo and New York. However, the Duchampiana series is available only in Tokyo. Inspired by Duchamp’s installations, the series features monitors embedded into the staircase. The monitors show the descending figure, alluding directly to Duchamp’s oeuvre.
Exhibition #3: ‘Normal Fault’ by Roxy Paine
Another artist who can’t stop pondering on the planet’s future, which is a good thing. The more we talk about environmental problems, the higher are the chances we’re going to solve them. Located in Kasmin Gallery, New York, Paine’s masterpieces include natural materials like epoxy, wood, and rocks, among others.
By combining geology, politics, biology, the artist concludes the intersectionality of environmental problems. For instance, when politics silence environmentalists like Trump used to do, the problems only worsen.
Why visit ‘Normal Fault’?
- You’ll learn more about environmentalism;
- You’ll improve your social imagination;
- The masterpieces are beautifully whimsical.
Exhibition #4: ‘Softest Place on Earth’ by Zeinab Saleh
Currently exhibited in Camden Arts Centre, the series of charcoal pictures is an ode to the simplest things in life. How often do you rush to work without noticing the majestic beauty of a blossoming tree? That’s the problem of every modern individual. We are too saturated with mundane work to pay tribute to life. And this is the main idea Saleh’s drawings suggest.
Zeinah Saleh is also the founder of the Muslim Sisterhood. As a Muslim woman, she strives to empower everyone who shares her beliefs and struggles as a woman in the modern world.
Check the exhibition and enjoy the simplicity of life!
Exhibition #5: ‘The Chorus’ by Rashid Johnson
Located in the Metropolitan Opera, the exhibition is open till next summer. The show incorporates two works called ‘The Broken Nine 2020’ and ‘The Broken Nine 2021.’
The pieces are huge mosaics that visitors can enjoy during the show breaks. The artist has included materials that can be found in our everyday life. Everything from soap and enamel up to tile and wax.
The artworks by Marc Chagall and Cecily Brown once were a part of the Metropolitan Opera. Nowadays, it’s Rashid Johnson who has fairly joined this historical place due to his outstanding artistic vision.
Exhibition #6: ‘Various Venues’
Located in Sydney, Australia, the collection of works focuses on the conservation of water bodies. The artists state the importance of indigenous knowledge. Before times of colonization, the aboriginal people knew how to use natural resources smartly. However, once the colonists arrived, the exhaustion of resources started.
Why visit ‘Various Venues’?
- More than 60 artists are a part of the project. Listen to their opinions and become environmentally aware of the Mother Nature;
- The artworks are created in a variety of techniques. You’ll find everything from paintings to sculptures and installations;
- Learn how your actions influence global warming and other environmental problems.
Exhibition #7: ‘Sensitive Machine’ by Sarah Oppenheimer
Situated at the Wellin Museum of Art, the recent artist’s installation consists of lighting tracks and sliding walls. Call Oppenheimer’ the artist from the future’ – she uses machinery that changes the space. Yet, it transforms the way we perceive our surroundings and us in them. When visitors come to the installation, they can alter the space by moving the blocks in various ways.
Why visit ‘Sensitive Machine’?
- It is highly interactive and makes you reflect on the essence of technology and physics;
- Tech geeks will love the show. If you’re one of them – try to guess the artist’s tricks;
- You learn responsibility. Depending on how you turn the blocks, the light and the space will be different.
Exhibition #8: ‘At No Point In Between’ by Zora J. Murff
Murff’s work is a powerful social commentary on race, violence, and gender. The photos mostly show the citizens of North Omaha, Nebraska. The town is known for high racist rates and violence against Black people in America. The subtopics the exhibition explores are lynching, police violence, ethnic crimes, and redlining.
Why visit ‘At No Point In Between’?
- You’ll learn history;
- You’ll learn the relation between power and race.
COVID-19 closed the boundaries between countries and states. But it has not crossed out one’s path to art. Open your heart to stunning artistic exhibitions. They will teach you more things about the world and improve your critical thinking.
We hope the article was useful to you and you chose the exhibition to start your artistic journey with. Good luck!