C.A.N. Condensed

August 16th, 2010

• Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art will host its annual Art Auction, the institution’s most important fundraiser, on October 30. For the first time ever, the sale will take place in the MCA galleries, and the event will feature an outdoor tented area made completely of paper where guests will enjoy their dinner and participate in live auctions. Work by a wide range of contemporary artists will be available, from names like Olafur Eliasson, Kiki Smith, and Ed Ruscha. From Art Knowledge News.

Shepard Fairey in his studio

Shepard Fairey in his studio

• Renowned street artist Shepard Fairey will auction off a personally guided tour of his LA studio on August 25, through the website charitybuzz.com. The auction’s winner will also receive a group of five pro-peace screen prints. Proceeds will benefit the Brave New Foundation, “an organization that champions social justice issues by using media to inspire, empower and teach civic participation that makes a difference.” Click here to learn more.

• New York’s Museum of Modern Art will present a retrospective of work by filmmaker Barbara Hammer from September 15 though October 13. Hammer was a pioneer in “queer cinema” beginning in the late 60s, and the show will feature her prominent early films like Dyketactics (1974) and Women I Love (1976), as well as a new film, Generations (2010). Head to the MoMA website for more information.

Still from Barbara Hammer's "Pools"

Still from Barbara Hammer's "Pools"

• A new exhibition at the Nam June Paik Art Center in South Korea, called “Trickster Makes This World,” will explore the work of Paik and other contemporary artists who sought to “negotiate between separate realities.” Paik himself often brought together political and artistic spheres through publicized stunts, and his video oeuvre demonstrates his interest in the gap between authentic and televised realities. On view 31 August through 21 November. Check out e-flux for more details.