For those of you looking for galleries to visit for your assignment, there is what should be a great sculpture show at the Walker right now. I haven't seen it yet, but I'm going this afternoon. It is called:
Tetsumi Kudo: Garden of Metamorphosis
Tetsumi Kudo is not really a contemporary artist, as he was working mostly in the 70's and has passed away. However, I would argue that his work was ahead of his time. He was Japanese, and although his work has been in many shows in the US and Europe (Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky, Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1994, for example), he has never had a solo show outside of Japan. This show is meant to be a retrospective survey, "featuring more than 100 works of diverse media—objects, sculpture, installation, drawing, and painting—covering the entire trajectory of Kudo’s productive career, from 1956 through 1986." This is a quote from the Walker's site.
Here is another quote from the site describing Kudo's work:
"While his art and vision were consistently and uniquely transcultural, international, and cosmopolitan, he remained, in his private thinking and public persona, an eternal outsider. Ultimately, what Kudo hoped to discover and develop was a universal humanist language of creativity and regeneration in a post-nuclear world, a hope that resonates, perhaps even more critically in this new century, almost 20 years after his death. "
If you're looking for a show to visit, this is just one option. If you want to ask me about it tonight, I can let you know how it was.