Where to Get Your Culture Fix This June

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Installation view of Rochelle Goldberg, No Where, Now Here, 2016, in Mirror Cells (May 13—August 21, 2016). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson, N.Y.

The start of summer has art enthusiasts singing: Across the globe, a slew of new openings and the start of summer cultural festivals has the art world running to the city streets. From a presentation of a world-famous artist in Buenos Aires to an annual dance and contemporary art festival in France and a film festival in one of the world’s steamiest cities, there are no excuses to avoid an art encounter this June. Check out six of our most anticipated global art happenings on this summer.

Miami Film Month

Miami art lovers may find it’s just a tad too hot to stay outside. Instead, they’re heading in for Miami Film Month, a month-long film festival held at various independent cinemas throughout the city in June. Filmgoers can enjoy discounted movie tickets to catch critically acclaimed indie films, like The Lobster at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, a film set in a not-so-distant future in which single people are arrested and forced to find the perfect mate within 45 days. Or head to the Tower Theater, one of Miami’s oldest cultural institutions, for a screening of Weiner, a film about the rise and fall of Anthony Weiner, a politician whose questionable ‘sexting’ practices just about cost him his career.

Irving Penn at Dallas Museum of Art

Recognized as one of the most prolific photographers of the 20th century, a retrospective of Irving Penn’s work will be on display at the Dallas Museum of Art this June. Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty showcases the photographers 70-year career, primarily looking at his fashion photography work for major publications like Vogue and private commercial clients like Issey Miyake and Clinique. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition presents 140 images, both iconic and never-before-seen, highlighting Penn’s influence on photographic techniques and presentations.

Yoko Ono at MALBA Buenos Aires

It may be winter in the Southern Hemisphere, but if you’re lucky enough to take a summer sojourn down south, then you won’t want to miss Yoko Ono: Dream Come True at the MALBA in Buenos Aires. Opening June 24, the museum will present 80 artistic works in a retrospective installation of one of the world’s most enigmatic cultural icons. Viewers will consider objects, videos, sound pieces, and recordings produced from the early sixties onwards, as well as less underscored communication in the public sphere, via signs and billboards, mass media outlets and social media channels. Additionally, Ono has invited Latin American women to participate in the exhibition by sending in images of their eyes in Yoko Ono: Arising, in an effort to bring awareness to the continued plight of women across the globe, and particularly in the context of machista culture.

Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print at Art Institute of Chicago

Have a gander at the original selfie at the Art Institute of Chicago, presenting an exhibition comprised of portraiture prints of Anthony Van Dyck and various other influential artists in the sphere. Van Dyck’s Iconography, a project he began in the final years of his life in the mid 1600s, is the basis of the exhibition, an art-history changing series of over 100 portrait prints depicts artists on the same societal level as monarchs, diplomats, and scholars, an unconventional practice for an era in which only the highest class was immortalized in art. On view for the first time in almost 90 years, Van Dyck’s Iconography series will be juxtaposed with works by his contemporary artists like Lucas Vorsterman and Paulus Pontius, while also exhibiting works by masters that came to follow in Van Dyck’s portraiture style, like Edgar Degas and Francisco de Goya.

Mirror Cells at The Whitney

With so much interest in “the new Whitney” you’ll want to line up early to catch Mirror Cells, a group show comprised of artists Liz Craft, Rochelle Goldberg, Elizabeth Jaeger, Maggie Lee, and Win McCarthy. Step into a strange invented world conceived ay each artist to be in dialogue with their counterparts, with objects ranging from furniture to sculpture crated from wood, resin and ceramic clay. Specifically referencing mirror neurons, a brain cell that activates when one is observing the behavior of others, Mirror Cells is meant to trigger intense emotions on the part of the viewer, drawing responses related to events like loss and love.

Festival de Marseille: Danse et Arts Multiples

Now in its 21st year, the Festival de Marseille has long been a staple of France’s contemporary art world. Blending both dance and visual art, the festival begins in late June and carries on through mid-July, where viewers will enjoy both contemporary dance installations and performative visual works by some of Europe’s most celebrated artists. From the more traditional Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon to a contemporary screen dance film by Ana Perez and Cristina Hall of the Los Tarantos collective, which will feature a flamenco performance that reacts to the inherent culture of both the Spanish and American artists, most events are free and open to the public. Events are held in public spaces throughout Marseille.



About the author

Nicole Martinez

Nicole is a writer and law school graduate with a dedicated focus and passion for the arts, with a particular interest in Latin American art and history. Nicole has extensive experience working with art galleries and museums in Buenos Aires and Miami, and explores cultural landscapes across the Americas through her writing.

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