Looking Ahead

Catch these eye-opening exhibits this season

School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Photo: Pierre Antoine

Do some market research at the Museum of Capitalism, an Oakland-based pop-up bringing 20 artists to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Sharon Daniel embroiders an op-ed by Beverly Henry on a flag made at the factory the former prisoner worked at while incarcerated, while Kate Haug looks at the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign through objects like a re-creation of the 3,000-person encampment on the National Mall. And Jennifer Dalton fills an acrylic briefcase with a year’s worth of credit card offers, totaling more than $1 million. Cash in while the exhibit is on loan through Oct. 25.

Kabinett Gallery

Kabinett Gallery goes Vogue with its Fashion Forward exhibit, a style archive that includes an original Hubert de Givenchy sketch of Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s little black dress, a cape and gown Josephine Baker donned at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and a letter Yves Saint Laurent penned about his first collection (in which the designer declares pants are “for life”). Through Nov. 17, catch even more from the likes of Christian Dior, Antonio Lopez and Alexander McQueen—plus a tie worn by everybody’s favorite guy in the neighborhood, Mr. Rogers.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is throwing a reunion on Sept. 19. Sargent on Location: Gardner’s First Artist-in-Residence brings the painting of Gretchen Osgood Warren and her daughter Rachel back to the Gothic Room, where John Singer Sargent completed five portraits in 1903. The work, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, is on display through Jan. 14 alongside the artist’s oil painting of Gardner herself, while the Fenway Gallery hosts photographs of an in-action Sargent in addition to the piece’s props: Italian candlesticks, Renaissance chairs and a 15th-century Virgin and child that he used to pose his subjects.

Krakow Witkin Gallery

Escape to the Cornwall seaside from Sept. 22 to Nov. 3, when British artist Julian Opie makes a stateside appearance. With work housed in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery and Museum of Modern Art, Opie is known for his bold, minimalist portraits—including his cover art for Blur’s greatest hits album—though his landscapes created with inkjet printers on plastics and glass will take over Krakow Witkin’s three galleries, with some imagery painted directly on the walls, plus a large-scale installation of modern office towers that is well-employed.

Institute of Contemporary Art. Photo: Dominik Mentzos

Beginning on Oct. 31, get moving at the Institute of Contemporary Art’s Choreographic Objects, the first comprehensive U.S. exhibit by William Forsythe. The former director of the Frankfurt Ballet invites the public to wind through 80 hanging pendulums, cross a gallery using gymnastic rings and try (spoiler: and fail) to hold a feather duster absolutely still. Beyond the small- and large-scale installations, watch two dancers slowly twist their bodies in video Alignigung 2, and mark your calendar for Feb. 21, the final day of the exhibit when the Vermont-based choreographer chats with chief curator Eva Respini.

Photo: Chris Anderson / CDA Media

250 pounds of dirt hauled to Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, where Rena Detrixhe spent four days installing Red Dirt Rug. The self-identified hunter/gatherer grinded soil in her Tulsa, Oklahoma, studio before imprinting the 120squarefoot piece with modified shoe soles. Get swept awaybefore the installation doesthrough Sept. 30.




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