5 to See: This Weekend

Aesthetica selects recommended shows for mid-October. This week’s list is diverse: spanning Bauhaus celebrations, contemporary Asian art and emerging female photographers.

Arielle Bobb-Willis, New Jersey 04, 2017.

She, Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York

She takes the words of American writer Susan Sontag as inspiration, reminding us that images are: “privileged moments plucked from time and space by photographers.” Twelve artists look at the relationship between bodies and objects. Abstracted human forms captured by Aesthetica Art Prize alumna Chloe Rosser explore ideas of anonymity, whilst Cig Harvey’s meditative, psychological compositions delve into familial relationships.  Until 7 December.

Bauhaus building Dessau from north-west.
Architecture: Walter Gropius / Photo: Lucia Moholy, 1926.

Lucia Moholy: Writing Photography’s History, Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Museum Ludwig joins in marking the Bauhaus centenary with a presentation of works by Lucia Moholy. The photographer documented the art school’s pioneering architecture and products, shaping its image for years to come. Key works include a comprehensive series on the new Bauhaus Building and the Masters’ Houses in Dessau, alongside portraits of the movement’s leading figures. This show highlights three never-before-seen prints. Opens 12 October.

Xijing Men, This is Xijing – The Life of the Xijing Presidents (Urban Planning), 2008

Third Realm, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

Contemporary Asian art is the focus of MoCP’s new exhibition, which celebrates practitioners from China, Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, Korea and Indonesia. Featured here is work by the collaborative Xijing Men. In 2006, they created a fictional East Asian city – of which the watermelon is a symbol. Each new work adds to the locale’s narrative, exploring its mythology, traditions, politics and economics through mock cultural events. Until 22 December.

Efrain John Gonzalez, Little West 12th Street, 1986/2019, digital print.
Courtesy of the artist.

On Our Backs: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work, Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York

Leslie-Lohman describes itself as the “only dedicated art museum in the world to exhibit and preserve artwork that speaks about the LGBTQ+ experience.” On Our Backs examines the role that queer and transgender sex workers play in community building and activism. The show also delves into the use of pornography in the gay rights movement. Until 19 January.

Todd Hido, #11506-3940, 2014.

Light from Within, Galerie les Filles du Calvaire, Paris

American photographer Todd Hido captures the mystery of suburbia. These enigmatic images are the result of nocturnal road trips – portraying static houses glowing in the darkness and anonymous figures in unknown locations. It also navigates climate change in northern Europe, crafting post-apocalyptic territories obscured by mist and shadow.  Until 19 October.

Lead image: Daniela Edburg, Boundary, 2016, Archival Ink Print, Edition of 5, 40 x 54 inches.

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5 to See: This Weekend