Weekly Roundup: Native Gender Diversity, Carrie Mae Weems’ Guggenheim Retro and More

Weekly Roundup: Native Gender Diversity, Carrie Mae Weems’ Guggenheim Retro and More

Zuni princess We’wha of New Mexico, a historical “man-woman” or two-spirit figure in American history. Image circa 1886.

Film: Two Spirits Chronicles Native Gender Diversity
Two Spirits tells compelling stories about traditions that were once widespread among the indigenous cultures of North America. The film explores the contemporary lives and history of Native two-spirit people — who combine the traits of both men and women with qualities that are also unique to individuals who express multiple genders. Check your local PBS station for show times.

Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | January 24 – May 14, 2014
On the heels of winning a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” grant, artist Carrie Mae Weems gets a much deserved retrospective of her work spanning 30 years. Here’s a great interview with Weems in the NYT Lens blog.

Andres Serrano’s Homeless Signs
No stranger to controversy, artist Andres Serrano’s latest work presents a collection of handmade signs that he bought for up to $20 from homeless people in NYC. The signs vary in message and Serrano has defended himself from critics by saying that the work is about telling the story of modern poverty. Hmm… Now let’s see what these signs will fetch at auction. Serrano’s most controversial work to date, “Piss Christ” (1987), once sold for $314,500 in a 2011 Christie’s auction.

Han Nguyen’s Tracing Shadows at Joseph Bellows Gallery
The pastel photograms by Vientamese photographer Han Nguyen made me fall in love all over again with this vintage format.

Photoworks’ House2014 Call for Entries
HOUSE2014 invites outline proposals from artists based in the South East UK, including London, for a series of commissions to be realised in May 2014. The brief is open to works in any medium, to be located across the city and making a connection with the location (locations are given, but with an added option to select a city site, specific to the project). Proposals are sought which make a point of connection with a major new work by Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Invited Artist for HOUSE 2014, to explore ideas around immigration and the effects of immigration on British culture.

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