The Whitney to Present First U.S. Retrospective of Jimmie Durham

The Whitney Museum of American Art will host the first North American retrospective of artist, performer, poet, essayist, and activist Jimmie Durham (b. 1940), one of the most compelling and multifaceted figures working internationally today. On view from November 3, 2017, to January 28, 2018, Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World features approximately 120 works from 1970 to the present, including sculpture, drawing, collage, printmaking, photography, and video.

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Jimmie Durham, Self-Portrait Pretending to Be a Stone Statue of Myself, 2006. Color photograph. Edition of 1 + 1 AP. 31 ¾ × 24 in. (80.7 × 60.9 cm). Collection of fluid archives, Karlsruhe. Courtesy of ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe.

Durham has, over the past nearly five decades, produced wryly political art, often raising questions about authenticity and making visible the ongoing repercussions of colonialism, both within the U.S. and globally. Frequently working with a combination of natural and found materials, he approaches his subjects with a poetic wit and a potent blend of irony and insight.

The Whitney is delighted to present the work of Jimmie Durham, who has made a singular contribution to contemporary art since the 1970s,” said Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director. “This retrospective provides an opportunity for audiences to gain a deeper understanding of Durham’s expansive practice, or perhaps to discover him for the first time. We are grateful to the Hammer Museum, in particular to director Ann Philbin and curator Anne Ellegood, for organizing this long-overdue retrospective.”

Jimmie Durham was born in 1940 in Houston, Texas, and raised in southwestern Arkansas. In the late 1960s, he enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva, where he worked primarily in performance and sculpture. At this time, he formed an organization called Incomindios, with Indigenous friends from South America, which attempted to coordinate and encourage support for the struggle of Indigenous people throughout the Americas. A lifelong activist, he returned to the U.S. at the end of 1973 during the occupation at Wounded Knee, in South Dakota, and became a full-time organizer for the American Indian Movement (AIM); he would become a member of their Central Council in 1974. That same year AIM established the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and appointed Durham the executive director. Durham relocated to New York City to run the IITC and become the representative of American Indians to the United Nations.

Durham resigned from AIM in 1979 and returned to a focus on art making. He was the director of the Foundation for the Community of Artists in New York from 1981 to 1983 and edited their monthly Art and Artists Newspaper (formerly Artworkers News) from 1982 to 1985. In 1987, Durham moved to Cuernavaca, Mexico, and then in 1994 to Europe, where he has lived in Dublin, Brussels, Marseille, Rome, Berlin, and Naples. Since leaving the U.S., Durham has immersed himself in the culture and history of each adopted home, drawing on the local language, materials, and architecture to reframe his larger political, historical, and philosophical questions. Throughout his travels, he has dryly declared wherever he happens to be—from Mexico City to Berlin to Naples—the “center of the world.

Whitney curator Elisabeth Sussman, who is installing the exhibition at the Whitney together with assistant curator Laura Phipps, noted, “Although Jimmie Durham has lived as an expatriate for decades, his work has remained connected to crucial developments in American art, such as found-object assemblage, appropriation of text and image, institutional critique, performance art, and the politics of representation. This is Durham’s first substantial solo show in the United States in twenty-two years and it’s a rare chance to celebrate his extraordinary accomplishments as an artist and to revel in his wit, his fascination with language, and his remarkable use of materials.

This exhibition, as it has traveled from its previous venues at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, has revived debates, dating back to the early 1990s, over the artist’s claims of Cherokee ancestry. Durham is not recognized as a citizen by any of the Cherokee tribes, which as sovereign nations determine their own membership. Recent discussions of this point have prompted a wider audience to confront important questions regarding tribal sovereignty, and what it means—or does not mean—for an artist to self-identify as being Native American. This exhibition does not attempt to resolve these questions. Rather it contends that Durham’s work—with its singular and vital critique of Western systems of knowledge and power—offers a crucial perspective on the history of American art and life.

Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World was organized by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and curated by Anne Ellegood, senior curator, with MacKenzie Stevens, curatorial assistant. It traveled to the Walker Art Center prior to coming to the Whitney, where its installation is being overseen by Elisabeth Sussman, curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography, and assistant curator Laura Phipps. Following the Whitney, the exhibition will travel to the Remai Modern in Saskatoon.

Durham’s exhibition history spans several decades and continents. Recent solo exhibitions include God’s Children, God’s Poems (Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, 2017); Here at the Center (Neue Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, 2015); Venice: Objects, Work and Tourism (Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, 2015); and Various Items and Complaints (Serpentine Gallery, London, 2015). Group shows include Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology (Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2014) and Documenta (2012), among many others. A retrospective of his work—A Matter of Life and Death and Singing—was organized by the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp (2012), and a survey of his work from 1994 forward, Pierres rejetées, took place at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2009).

Durham’s works are included in major public collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Tate Modern, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp; the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and the Museo Jumex, Mexico City.

Durham’s work is also part of The Whitney’s permanent collection. Self Portrait was included in the Museum’s inaugural show in its downtown home in 2015, America is Hard to See, and in the 1998 exhibition Art at the End of the Century: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as in the exhibition The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000 (Part II). His work also appeared at the Whitney in the 1993 Biennial, the 2006 Biennial, and the 2014 Biennial. Durham has also co-curated a number of exhibitions, including Ni’ Go Tlunh A Doh Ka (We Are Always Turning Around On Purpose) at the Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, State University of New York Old Westbury, Long Island, New York, in 1986 (co-curated with Jean Fisher); We The People at Artists Space, New York, in 1987 (co-curated with Jean Fisher; special advisors Edgar Heap of Birds and G. Peter Jemison); and The American West, at Compton Verney in Warwickshire, England, in 2005 (co-curated with Richard W. Hill).

An avid essayist and poet, Durham has published many texts in journals such as Artforum, Art Journal, and Third Text. His book of poems, Columbus Day, was published in 1983 by West End Press, Minneapolis. A book of his collected essays, A Certain Lack of Coherence, was published in 1993 by Kala Press. In 2013, Jimmie Durham: Waiting to Be Interrupted, Selected Writings 1993-2012 was published by Mousse Publishing and Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, and his book of poetry Poems That Do Not Go Together was published by Edition Hansjörg Maye. Continue reading

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Kmart® Made a List, Checked it Twice and Announced Its Fab 15 List of Toys

Part of the Brand’s $1 Down Layaway Program, Kmart Reveals the Season’s Hottest Toys

Everyone knows that sometimes the best gift of all during the holidays is knowing exactly what gift to buy others. To make gift-giving more ridiculously awesome than ever this year, Kmart has unveiled its annual Fab 15 List of the most in-demand toys for the 2017 holiday season. (Check out www.kmart.com/fab15 for the latest information and deals on the Fab 15 and Kmart’s full assortment of toys.)

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The Kmart Annual Fab15 List includes toys and games for kids of all ages and stages. The list, including toys and hot brands like Spin Master‘s Hatchimals, Mattel’s Hot Wheels™ and Barbie™, LEGO®, and Hasbo’s NERF®, is carefully crafted based on industry trends, input from Shop Your Way members and data, and more than 50 years of experience in knowing what toys kids love to play with and find under their Christmas trees.

Kmart is this year’s toy headquarters,” said Michael O’Connor, head of toys at Sears Holdings. “With today’s hottest toys at affordable prices, our Fab 15 list will be sure to knock the stockings off kids and parents alike this holiday season.”

The Fab 15 list of Kmarts most sought-after holiday toys includes:

For Shop Your Way members, buying toys – including the Fab 15 – at Kmart means earning points that can be redeemed on future purchases, which is especially useful during the holiday season. Members also have access to special pricing, sales and digital coupons that can be loaded directly into their account.

Shop Your Way members can place the most popular items across dozens of categories on layaway including toys, home products, apparel, and electronics, with a $1 down payment for in-store and online contracts. Non-members also have access to affordable layaway contracts through Kmart with $10 at contract initiation*.

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Barbie® Is Christian Siriano’s Latest Muse In One-of-a-Kind Collection Highlighting Body Diversity

Siriano Recreates His Iconic Red Carpet Looks for all Four Body Types Found in the Barbie Fashionistas Line

Christian Siriano, a New York-based fashion designer known for advocating for body positivity, has partnered with Barbie to launch a one-of-a-kind collection showcasing red carpet glamour on the four different Barbie® body types found in the brand’s Fashionistas® line.

Four of the one-of-a-kind Barbie looks were inspired by red carpet moments Siriano designed for celebrities, which showcases the evolution of red carpet beauty. The final doll’s gown was inspired by the designer’s Resort 2018 collection to complete the diverse line-up. Siriano continues to challenge the fashion industry’s standards by being more inclusive—a shared value for the Barbie brand.

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Christian Siriano designs one-of-a-kind looks for Barbie highlighting the diversity found in the brand’s Fashionistas line.

Barbie has always been a huge inspiration to me and I’m honored to be teaming up with this iconic brand,” said Christian Siriano. “It’s especially exciting to be designing an array of inclusive and diverse doll looks that can allow girls to see themselves better represented when they play. It was incredible to recreate iconic red carpet moments and dress my latest muse, Barbie, in a new look from my Resort 2018 collection.”

Over the past three years, the Barbie brand has infused a variety of skin tones, body types, hairstyles and fashions into its line—making it the most diverse doll line on the market. The brand is a better reflection of the girls who play with them, and culturally depicts a broader view of beauty currently seen on runways, red carpets, in magazines and with the rise of social media influencers. The Barbie Fashionistas segment continues to exceed expectations, as sales of the line see high double-digit growth globally. Diversity continues to roll out across brand content, marketing, and product, including the Fantasy, Entertainment and Careers segments.

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Christian Siriano

Barbie is a fashion icon—she’s been dressed by a multitude of designers over the years who have used her as a canvas to reflect beauty of the moment,” said Sejal Shah Miller, VP Global Marketing of Barbie. “We are thrilled that Christian is the next designer to be inspired by Barbie and is showcasing a diverse and inclusive view of red carpet looks.

Christie’s Education Launches Courses New Learning Online Platform in October

Available in English, Arabic, and Mandarin

Immerse yourself in the art world, wherever you are.

This October Christie’s Education will launch new Online Courses, that will make the study of art history and the art market more accessible to students around the world. The digital platform will become Christie’s Education’s third pillar of learning, joining the Continuing Education programs and Master’s degrees as routes to gain a deeper understanding of the art world, whether to further careers, enhance knowledge, or explore passions. Online learning programs will be available from within a dedicated web-based platform, providing weekly lectures enhanced with immersive video content with behind-the-scenes insight into the world’s leading auction house, and online classroom interaction with tutors.

Christie’s Education, a wholly owned subsidiary of the world’s leading art business, imagesChristie’s, is an international postgraduate institution devoted to preparing graduates for entry into the art world through the advanced study of the art business, art world practice and the acquisition of connoisseurship skills. By offering Master’s degrees in London and New York, students are immersed in all areas of the art world, focusing on business analysis, object-based study, history of art, art market studies, supported by rigorous professional development courses. All Master’s degrees have an integrated work placement at Christie’s auction house as an accredited part of these programs.

Christie’s Education online courses provide a fully immersive experience of the art world. Christie’s Education also offers also offer a vast range of continuing education opportunities in London, New York, and Hong Kong, designed to introduce enthusiasts to the fundamentals of art and the art market.

We are pleased to launch our new online course to a global audience,” said Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s. “As the appreciation and appetite for art have grown around the world, there has been increasing interest and demand for understanding the industry and cultural context for collecting. As a wholly-owned subsidiary, Christie’s Education is an important part of our operations and this new, digital course will complement our existing, international programs. It is significant we are launching this during our events in Shanghai and recognizes that education is a vibrant part of our programs in the region. Continue reading

Miami Beach Invites Vacationers Back to the Beach

Miami Beach is ready and open for business as hotels, restaurants, and attractions open their doors following Hurricane Irma. Miami Beach is truly like no other place in the world and is open for business, with the beach’s iconic hotels, restaurants, and attractions operating once again. Tourists are welcome back with open arms and can expect the same signature vacation experience that Miami Beach offers any time of the year. From hotels like The Betsy and Delano to fine-dining at Nobu and Hakkasan, the city is back in action.

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Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (PRNewsFoto/Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority)

Hurricane or no hurricane, Miami Beach is a favorite destination among travelers worldwide. Renowned for its unparalleled culinary offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush hotels, Miami Beach is home to unique museums, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique and resort hotels and 12 public parks. It’s no wonder this beautifully diverse city is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport.

We are so thankful that Miami Beach weathered the storm well. The city has taken all necessary precautions and diligently made preparations in order to welcome back our beloved locals and tourists from around the globe,” said Peggy Benua, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority and General Manager of Dream South Beach. “Miami Beach’s key destinations have reopened and look forward to delivering on the five-star service visitors expect.”

Miami Beach Invites Vacationers

Miami Beach invites vacationers back to the beach as hotels, restaurants, and attractions open their doors following Hurricane Irma. Tourists are welcome back with open arms.

A number of the beach’s hotels, restaurants and attractions are now open and eager to welcome guests. Below is only a sampling:

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The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority was recently named the World’s Leading City Tourist Board in 2016 and 2016 North America’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards, awarded first place in the 2017 and 2016 edition of the Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliancemedia in the categories of “Best LGBTQ Destination” and “Best Wedding Destination, U.S. & Canada” and a winner of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly in the categories of “Destinations | Mobile App“, “Overall Spa Destinations | U.S and Canada” and “Overall Beaches Destinations | U.S and Canada” respectively. The City of Miami Beach has also been named one of the top cities worldwide for ‘walkability’ and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat. Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination has been ranked by TripAdvisor as a Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations, Top Romantic Destinations, Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S.

For more information and updates on Miami Beach, download the Miami Beach Information App at www.miamibeachapi.com/app/.

Art News: The ACT UP Portraits: Activists & Avatars, 1991-1994

STEPHEN BARKER, “The ACT UP Portraits: Activists & Avatars, 1991-1994”

Exhibition dates: September 14 – October 28, 2017

Daniel Cooney Fine Art (508-526 West 26th Street, Suite 9C, New York, NY 10001, 212 255 8158. dan@danielcooneyfineart.com. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 6) is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of photographs, “The ACT UP Portraits: Activists & Avatars, 1991-1994“, by renowned photographer Stephen Barker. The exhibit will showcase approximately 15 never before seen black and white photographic portraits of AIDS activists – in the studio and at home – taken by Barker during his time working within the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) 1991-1994, and Barker’s unique artist’s book Funeral March, which chronicles the carrying of Mark Fisher’s body in an open coffin from Judson Church, up Sixth Avenue, to the steps of the Republican National Committee on the eve of the presidential election in 1992.

Rod Sorge (1969-1999) ACT UP Needle Exchange, 1991

Rod Sorge (1969-1999) ACT UP Needle Exchange, 1991

Barker became involved with ACT UP in the late 80s working primarily with the needle exchange program. The photographs were never intended as an encyclopedic project, but rather the portraits evolved organically out of Barker’s working relationships, friendships, and intimacies. The exhibition is especially timely during this 30th anniversary year of ACT UP when once again all underserved communities, including those living with HIV/AIDS, are threatened by our own government. It is a call to arms for activism and a reminder of the distance we have traveled and battles we have won.

Stephen Barker, 'Gay Wachman, ACT UP Needle Exchange,' 1992, Gelatin Silver Print

Stephen Barker, ‘Gay Wachman, ACT UP Needle Exchange,’ 1992, Gelatin Silver Print

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Toys“R”Us® Unwraps The 2017 Holiday Hot Toy List

Retailer Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Only List that Matters with Geoffrey’s Top 20, New Services and More

Attention moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas and everyone in between Toys“R”Us® has unveiled its 2017 Holiday Hot Toy List. As the leading expert on all things toy, the Toys“R”Us team has traveled the world over the past two decades to uncover hot trends and toy phenomena like Tickle Me™ Elmo, Zhu Zhu Pets®, Hatchimals™ and more, so they can provide parents and gift-givers with the inside scoop on kids’ most-wanted playthings. This year’s list is no exception, featuring items from Hatchimals Surprise™ to PAW Patrol Sea Patroller™ and more than 20 items available exclusively at Toys“R” Us (cue Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder™). Eager holiday shoppers can rest easy knowing they can get the comprehensive list of this year’s 50 hottest toys at Toysrus.com/HotToys.

Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder

Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder

At Toys“R”Us, it’s serious business deciding which toys make the cut and end up on our Holiday Hot Toy List,” said Ariana Gentry, Toys“R”Us President of Play.Not only is this year’s list filled with ultra-hot and kid-approved gifts – but I can personally say that each of these toys are super FUN to play with!

3 in1 Sports Zone

3 in1 Sports Zone

Helping celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Holiday Hot Toy List, gift-givers can find Geoffrey’s Top 20 toys (the best of the best of the list) – and more – in-store and online:

  • 3-in-1 Sports Zone from Little Tikes®

    Baby So Sweet 16 Inch Nursery Doll 2

    Baby So Sweet 16 Inch Nursery Doll

  • Baby So Sweet 16-Inch Nursery Doll from Toys“R”Us® (Available only at Toys“R”Us)
  • Coco Interactive Guitar from Mattel® (Available beginning October 1, 2017)

  • Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery from Just Play™
  • Fingerlings™ from WowWee™ (Unicorn Gigi available only at Toys“R”Us)
  • FURREAL ROARIN’ IVORY, THE PLAYFUL TIGER from HASBRO (Available only at Toys“R”Us beginning November 1, 2017)
  • Glimmies™ Glimtern from Just Play™ (Available only at Toys“R”Us)
  • Hatchimals Surprise from Spin Master™ (Available beginning October 6, 2017)
  • Imaginext® DC Super Friends™ Batbot Xtreme from Fisher-Price®
  • L.O.L Surprise™ Big Surprise from MGA Entertainment® (Available beginning September 29, 2017)
  • NERF RIVAL NEMESIS MXVII-10K Blaster from HASBRO
  • Nintendo Switch™ with Gray Joy-Con™ from Nintendo
  • Of Dragons, Fairies, and Wizards™ Magical Fairy Wand Fairy Princess Fern from Cepia LLC
  • Oonies™ Mega Starter Pack from Moose Toys™ (Available only at Toys“R”Us beginning October 1, 2017)

  • PAW Patrol Sea Patroller from Spin Master™
  • Pikmi Pops™ Surprise! Jumbo Plush from Moose Toys™ (Available only at Toys“R”Us beginning October 1, 2017)
  • Power Wheels Boomerang from Fisher-Price® (Available only at Toys“R”Us)
  • Power Rangers Ninja Steel Lion Fire Fortress Zord from Bandai™ (Available only at Toys“R”Us)
  • Project Mc2™ Smart Pixel Purse from MGA Entertainment®
  • Shimmer and Shine™ Magical Light-Up Genie Palace from Fisher-Price® (Available only at Toys“R”Us beginning October 1, 2017)

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