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WE’VE CURATED THE BEST EXHIBITS ON VIEW IN NYC & LA RIGHT NOW.

On the heels of our interview with LA artist, now-CITIPHILE contrib Petra Cortright, we’re bringing you a short-and-sweet guide to the most notable art shows on view this month in New York City and Los Angeles. From walking through the pumpkin-filled wonderland of acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama to hitting Upstate New York to experience a neon Dia: Beacon (not a bad excuse for a road trip to take in the glorious fall foliage, right?), here are the top 5 exhibits you really shouldn’t miss…

Calder: Hypermobility | The Whitney Museum— now through 10.23

On view for a limited time, this special show features a constellation of Alexander Calder’s key sculptures the way the artist originally intended— in motion. In fact, it was Calder who, in the 1930s, invented an entirely new mode of art: the mobile, a kinetic form of sculpture in which carefully balanced components manifest their own unique systems of movement. Of course, now celebrated for such works, Calder is widely seen as one of the early leaders in motor-driven and sound-producing art. The Whitney’s show includes surprise one-time demonstrations, live performances and an original jazz soundtrack composed by musician Jim O’Rourke to accompany Calder’s complex, abstract works. (SEE IT, MAP IT)

Found in Translation: Design in California & Mexico |LACMA— now through 04.01.18

Clara Porset chair

Focusing on the years 1915-1985, The LACMA takes a closer look at the unmistakable design dialogue between California and Mexico. The exhibit moves through four main themes—Spanish Colonial, Pre-Hispanic revivals, Folk art and Modernism— to explore how modern and anti-modern design movements defined both locales throughout the twentieth century. Architecture is the focal point (documented in photographs, drawings and films), though design parallels in furniture, ceramics, metalwork, graphic design and murals are also touched on. Leading artists including Richard Neutra, Luis Barragán, Charles and Ray Eames, and Clara Porset make up the majority of the works. (SEE IT, MAP IT)

Infinity Mirrors: Yayoi Kusama | The Broad Museum10.21.17-01.01.18

Marking the most significant North American tour of Yayoi Kusama’s work in nearly two decades, Infinity Mirrors will open at The Broad on October 21st, allowing visitors to experience six “infinity rooms”—the artist’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments—alongside a selection of her paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the early 1950s to today (some of which, BTW, have never before been seen in America). The 88-year-old artist’s most recent infinity room, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, is certain to be a show highlight. (SEE IT, MAP IT)

I am I by Jos Devriendt | Demisch Danant— 10.26-12.16

An incredibly unique exhibition dedicated to minimalist ceramics (think lamps, vessels and objects), I am I will be Belgian artist-designer Jos Devriendt’s first solo show in New York City. Devriendt’s porcelain vases represent a twenty-year investigation into crafting simple, albeit beautiful forms as vehicles for visual, intellectual, and emotional conditions— designed to sit empty, they merely “suggest” the thought of flowers without physically plucking them from their natural habitat. “An ending can also be something hopeful,” adds the artist… (SEE IT, MAP IT)

François Morellet | Dia: Chelsea & Beacon— 10.28.17

A graphic painter, sculptor and installation artist, François Morellet was one of the founding members of the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel, an artist’s collaborative in France in the early 1960s. Honoring him now, the Dia Foundation will showcase a selection of his works at both its NYC and Upstate NY spaces. The Dia: Chelsea installation will feature a myriad of early abstract geometric paintings, celebrated later works and neon pieces from the artist while The Dia: Beacon will showcase the brand new, site-specific installation, No End Neon (1990/2017), which was configured  in collaboration with the Morellet estate and studio specifically for the Foundation’s lower-level gallery. (SEE IT, CHELSEA, BEACON) CP

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