Sopheap Pich: A Room
Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Through August 24
Among the currently running exhibitions in the Indianapolis Museum of Art is a bamboo installation that embodies the essence and culture of Cambodia. Entitled A Room, this brainchild of acclaimed Cambodian contemporary artist Sopheap Pich furnishes the Efroymson Family Entrance with approximately 1,200 bamboo strips. The bamboo strips, both natural and artificial, are arranged into a circular curtain that extends 40 feet from the floor to its peak. The area inside the bamboo curtain measures 26 feet in diameter and is illuminated by natural light filtered through or betweenÂ the bamboo pieces, making it an ideal location for visitorsÂ to meditate. Pich is distinguished by his consistent use of bamboo and rattan strips in his art installations. In this particular case, the light coming through the bamboo strips emulates the sensation of standing in a bamboo forestÂ in Cambodia.
Inside the Palace of Fine Arts:Â Cosmopolitanism at the 1904 Worldâ€™s Fair
Kemper Art Museum, Washington University
1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO
Through August 3
As part of STL250, a region-wide celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis, the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University presents Inside theÂ Palace of Fine Arts: Cosmopolitanism at the 1904 Worldâ€™s Fair. This exhibition brings together a selection of artworks from the Museumâ€™s permanent collection that were onÂ view at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, along with related works, to explore the role of the Worldâ€™s Fair in relationÂ to local aspirations to turn the city into an internationalÂ cultural center. The show features such artists as Jean Charles Cazin, Frederic Edwin Church, Charles FranÃ§ois Daubigny, Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la PeÃ±a, and Jozef IsraÃ«ls.
ArtPlace America, a non-profit comprised of national and local foundations that provides placemaking grants, has awarded its latest round cashâ€”nearly $15 million to implement projects in 79 communities around the country. This year, 31 percent of grants will go toward projects in rural communities, essentially doubling the amount allocated for similar projects last year.
If you like French decorative arts you should make your way this summer to the Louvre’s newly restored and reinstalled 18th century Decorative Arts Galleries. The collection is housed in 35 galleries spanning 23,000 square feet. Over 2,000 design pieces “in object-focused galleries and period-room settings” are on display.
Known for his political activism and for art that spans east and west, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will hold an exhibit on Alcatraz Island this September. The showÂ will include seven works atÂ the notorious former federal prisonâ€”with partners including the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the For-Site Foundation.
Amarillo, Texas philanthropist Stanley Marshâ€”a major figure on creating two of the most iconic art works in Americaâ€”considered himself an “artist and a prankster.” The patron of both Cadillac Ranch and Robert Smithson’s Amarillo Ramp (1973), the third in a trilogy a trilogy of spirals that also includedÂ Spiral Jetty (1970) andÂ Broken Circle/Spiral Hill (1971),Â Marsh was an heir to his family’s oil-and-gas fortune.
Barcelona-based artist Jaume PlensaÂ said the first thing he does after checking into his hotel during stays in Chicago is drop by Crown Fountain, the digital waterwork that features human faces spitting water, just to make sure his popular downtown installation really exists.
â€œSometimes I think it was just a beautiful dream I had 10 years ago,â€ Plensa said at a press conference Tuesday. Millennium Park, which turns tenÂ years old in 2014, counts Plensaâ€™s whimsical fountains among its more popular installations. A new piece of his, on loan from the artist through the end of 2015, attempts to build on that momentum.
Flint, MichiganÂ kicked off a series of events celebrating education and the arts Friday, unveiling interactive installations cooked up over a year-long after school program local students have dubbedÂ Museum of Public Schools.
Produced by the Flint Public Art Project, the ongoing exhibition will culminate in a series of proposals by students to change their school system. Mott Middle College plays host to the ongoing event.
The French â€œGIF artistâ€â€”welcome to the 21stÂ century, everybodyâ€”Axel de Stampa has officially made time-lapse videos look like childâ€™s play. In his newÂ project, Animated Architecture, de Stampa spins, shifts, tops, and deconstructs some of the most visually distinctive contemporary buildingsâ€”all in endlessly entertaining GIF format.
June brought good weather to Cleveland, and those who rang in summer with a visit to the Cleveland Public Library encountered an airy installation of white frames and threads crisscrossing the Eastman Reading Garden.
Itâ€™s not the first piece of public art to active the space outside the Cleveland Public Library. Last year a giant reading nest designed by LAND Studio and New York artist Mark Reigelman took wing in the libraryâ€™s Eastman Reading Garden.