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Utagawa Kunisada, “Crab runs along water” (ca 1820–25) (courtesy the Rijksmuseum, via Wikimedia Commons)

Cancer (June 22–July 22)

Each of the artists in New Opportunities engages the viewer’s imagination by hinting at the potentialities of given materials or imageries. Though they work in an eclectic range of media, each of these artists refrains from full resolution, inhabiting a liminal space in which advantageous shifts — evocative of romance, finance, and other fortuitous developments — are activated.

Leo (July 23–August 22)

Is the pursuit of more and bigger things a symptom of capitalism’s conditioning, or a more fundamental aspect of human nature? The artists in Level Up playfully take up this accumulative drive toward gigantism in paintings, sculptures, photographs, and videos that depict prized objects transformed to gargantuan proportions, bedazzled, or fused together to create absurdist, aspirational trophies.

Virgo (August 23–September 23)

Fresh Paint features a selection of abstract works on canvas by an international group of emerging artists. Each evidences a palpable thirst for trying new approaches to painting and subverting received wisdom, whether through the use of garish color palettes, the incorporation of sculptural elements, or the cutting and piercing of the canvas. Some even use glitter.

Libra (September 24–October 23)

Contemporary aesthetics favor formal qualities and conceptual rigor, but what about use value? The artists in Work Work Work Work Work create sculptures that, while they explore very specific aesthetic territories, also serve highly pragmatic functions. Works in the exhibition include pieces that double as furniture, cutlery, candelabra, and even a functional juicer, proving that aesthetic ambition need not come at the expense of more practical concerns.

Scorpio (October 24–November 22)

At a time when the institutions we’ve grown to trust are behaving deceitfully, the artists in Heat Haze suggest that the best way to get along is to go along. The pieces in this group exhibition explore all manner of perceptual trickery — whether through optical distortions, radical shifts in material and scale, or subtle manipulation of documentary images — to create scenarios in which the viewer must cheat in order to fully experience the works.

Sagittarius (November 23–December 21)

“The system is the work of art; the visual work of art is the proof of the system.” So said Sol LeWitt, whose Minimalist, systems-based conceptual art has served as a model for an emerging generation of new media artists. The works in Spreadsheet bring LeWitt’s aesthetics of algebra and geometry into the 21st century, showing that there’s still beauty to be found in the balancing of numbers and rigorous execution of complex systems.

Capricorn (December 22–January 20)

The exhibition Instructions Included invites the viewer to become a central figure in the process of aesthetic production. The participating artists each contributed directives that visitors to the gallery can engage with, resulting in the creation of new artifacts over the course of the month-long exhibition. These acts of conceptual collaboration empower visitors to become more than passive viewers by following a set of plans and bringing a piece to fruition.

Aquarius (January 21–February 19)

The iconography of the stereotypical modern workplace has changed dramatically in the past half-century, with droves of white-collar cubicle inhabitants giving way to packs of laptop-toting workers dressed “business casual” roaming around open-plan offices. The artists in Thank God It’s Monday radically reimagine the trappings of the conventional workspace to propose new ways of defining and framing labor.

Pisces (February 20–March 20)

In response to our national sociopolitical machinery, which seems to vacillate between being stuck in a bitter stalemate and regressing violently, the photographers featured in The Indecisive Moment have captured scenes of extreme frustration at rallies and protests around the country. The resulting images tell many stories, but they all offer a cautionary note about the dangers of abdicating responsibility and agency.

Aries (March 21–April 20)

Summer has long been a time for family vacations and trips to visit dear, distant relatives. In tribute to these tribal, seasonal activities, the exhibition Family Affair features groups of works by artists who are related to one another. While many of the works are pre-existing, several were commissioned specifically for the occasion, including a suite of paintings by triplet artists and a set of sculptures made by a 96-year-old ceramicist and her great-grandson.

Taurus (April 21–May 21)

As 24-hour news channels merge with endless digital news feeds, human communications are becoming increasingly saturated with images. In this field of visual overstimulation, text can come to serve as an antidote, an alluring vessel for communicating more frankly. The artists in How to Text Sexy activate the heretofore untapped erotic potentialities of the written word.

Gemini (May 22–June 21)

Ambiguity and nuance may be traditional hallmarks of high art, but in our era of extremism, aesthetic excess, and moral corruption, such ideals can feel quaint. The artists featured in Not with a whimper but with a bang activate a divergent range of strategies of aesthetic extremism, creating works that leave little room for conflicting interpretations and take no prisoners.

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