Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City
Nasher Museum of Art—The great conceptual artist Joseph Beuys coined the term "social sculpture" to prescribe a way of making public art that would have the greatest possible societal impact. The show opening tonight at the Nasher features more than just sculpture, however: Drawing from the work of a group of young Mexican artists, the show features installation, photography and video as well. The work, concerned with themes of everyday language and culture, and social engagement, is by a group that includes Maria Alos, Gustavo Artigas, Miguel Calderon, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Daniel Guzman, Damian Ortega and Pedro Reyes.Escultura Social was organized by Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art and will be on view in Durham until June 7. Tonight's reception begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.nasher.duke.edu. —David Fellerath
Talley Student Center, N.C. State Campus—N.C. State University's College of Textiles sends its latest batch of student-styled models down the catwalk with a Project Runway-like twist: All of the clothes in this fashion show were crafted from cotton. With the help of partner Cotton Inc., more than 30 budding designers present casual and menswear, business attire and evening looks like student Lorenzo Agustin's "punk Marie Antoinette" dress at tonight's Collection 2009: Cotton Couture show.
The show is Agustin's first foray into designing, constructing and styling a garment from start to finish. Students were also tasked with casting models, designing hair and makeup looks and styling each look's overall appearance.
The collaboration began last semester in the classroom, says graduate student Anne Porterfield, when the sustainable textile was weaved into the college's curriculum. The juried selection process was open to all students in the fashion design program, and students could submit individual pieces or entire collections.
A silent auction featuring student-made red clothing will also take place before and after the show in the Talley Student Center's Stewart Theatre to benefit the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign. Students and children under 13 can get in for $10, and general admission tickets are $20. For tickets and other information, see www.cotcollection.com. —Karlie Justus
Tir Na Nog—You may recognize the voices of The Jackets, but it may take you a second to spot them: For the better part of this decade, Chandler Holt and John Teer have been backing Dave Wilson's near-lonesome sound in Chatham County Line, offering harmonies over acoustic instruments. But The Jackets is the pair's foray to the front of the stage and into ambling electrified rock, a sort of revived classicism that stretches from Bill Haley's charged trots to The Band's quirky boogie. The harmonies are loose, again like The Band or The Dead, while the playing is chiseled and gritty, like Ry Cooder in a DeLorean. Brett Harris' pop charms echo Elvis Costello and a thousand streetside romantics, staring forward or backwards at love with fondness or frustration, acoustic ease or electric anxiety—and a hook for both gut feelings. The free show begins at 10 p.m. —Grayson Currin