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Charles Gaines

Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection (group show)
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach
7 October - 31 December 2017

Charles Gaines, Numbers And Trees X #4, Red Violet January, 1991. Courtesy the artist and Orange County Museum of Art
Charles Gaines, Numbers And Trees X #4, Red Violet January, 1991. Courtesy the artist and Orange County Museum of Art

OCMA has always championed artistic experimentation and innovation through a commitment to showing and collecting the work of dynamic and groundbreaking emerging artists. This installation will reveal how impactful and prescient OCMA has been in supporting the careers of some of the most influential artists from this region at pivotal moments in their careers.

Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach


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Charles Gaines

Field Guide (group show)
Remai Modern, Saskatoon
Opening 21 October 2017

On October 21, 2017 Remai Modern will proudly present the inaugural exhibition for Canada’s new museum of modern art.

Field Guide, curated by Executive Director & CEO, Gregory Burke, and Director of Programs & Chief Curator, Sandra Guimarães, will animate the entire building. Selected works from the museum’s collection will be displayed in dialogue with contemporary projects, commissions and installations by international and Canadian artists. Upon opening, Remai Modern will be an artist-centred institution that raises questions, inspires discussion, and enables transformative experiences among both local and global audiences.

“The concept for Field Guide emerges from a set of questions we asked ourselves during the establishment of Remai Modern, including: What is modern? Can art confront reality? What is urgent and why? How will Indigeneity shape the future? And what role can be played by a new art museum opening in Saskatoon, Canada?” said Gregory Burke, Executive Director & CEO. “These questions, and others, will continue to inform the development of our programs, articulating a spirit of active engagement, curiosity and disruption.”

The exhibition will be anchored by several major artist projects that propose new social, personal, and political engagements with the institution and its audiences. A full list of artists included in Field Guide will be announced in the fall and will feature emerging and established artists working in a wide variety of media and across disciplines.

Remai Modern, Saskatoon


Darren Almond, Charles Gaines et al.

Time as Landscape - Inquiries of Art and Science (group show)
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park
29 September - 31 December 2017

Wonder. It is the experience of awe and inspiration; and also the action of questioning and seeking. Wonder – as experience and action – is cultivated mutually through science and art, and contemporary practices in both fields are more kindred than ever. In fact, their synergies have led in recent years to more overt cross-references and also fruitful and inventive collaborations between artists and scientists. The source of inspiration for this particular exhibition is a selection of artists who desire to understand, question and describe the subject of time: as scientific fact, as relative experience, as aesthetic archive.

The topic is timely as ongoing discussions of STEAM curriculum reverberate in our schools. The preciousness of time is also amplified by growing concerns about the environment and global mortality from a macro perspective to a micro vantage point as individuals struggle to make sense of a faster-paced, connected world where everything runs on the 24-hour news cycle.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum


Charles Gaines

Active Ingredients: Prompts, Props Performance (group show)
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
20 October 2017 - 7 January 2018

Charles Gaines, Notes on Social Justice: Wait Till Next November, (1892), 2013 © Charles Gaines. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Charles Gaines, Notes on Social Justice: Wait Till Next November, (1892), 2013 © Charles Gaines. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Active Ingredients: Prompts, Props, Performance flips the script; it reveals the performativity of art objects, and the objectness of human performers. This two-part project consists of a gallery-based exhibition and a series of performances that together meditate on the meanings, subtleties, and complications of the term “performance.”

The exhibition casts props and sculptures as “performers” that prompt audience actions and interactions. The live series, A People’s History of Performance Art, stages iconic photographs of canonical performance art as tableaux vivants, turning actors into objects. Active Ingredients calls into question the distinction between “live and ephemeral” and “dead and static.”

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown


Charles Gaines

Dimensions of Black (group show)
Manetti Shrem Museum, UC Davis, Davis
17 September - 28 December 2017

Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in collaboration with the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art, Dimensions of Black traces the legacy of UC San Diego's MFA program by drawing from the museums' permanent collections. With over 30 artworks from the 1960s to today, the exhibition traverses crucial interests and perspectives that have shaped the art of our time.

Manetti Shrem Museum


Charles Gaines

Starless Midnight (group show)
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
20 October 2017 - 21 January 2018

In the impromptu acceptance speech Dr Martin Luther King gave for his honorary degree from Newcastle University he spoke of three urgent problems throughout the world: ‘the problem of racism, the problem of poverty and the problem of war.’ Despite the advancements of civil rights since this speech, his words still ring true today and are set against a backdrop of political populism, post-truth and so-called ‘fake news’.

This major group exhibition, presented within BALTIC’s Level 3 gallery, will bring together leading international artists whose work, in very different ways, each sheds light upon this contemporary condition within a framework of the important legacies of Dr. King. Some new work will also be commissioned especially for the exhibition.

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead