Arts

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

A still from My Name Means Future (2020) by Andrea Bowers showing a site sacred to the Lakota tribe Courtesy of Andrew Kreps

Andrea Bowers: Think of Our Futureat Andrew Kreps Gallery (until 15 February) presents a stirring video that profiles the youth climate activist Tokata Iron Eyes, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. In 2016 Iron Eyes became active in the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has now been constructed across sites sacred to Sioux tribal nations. Bowers produced the 51-minute video, called My Name Means Future, over four days with a group of artists and activists last September; it includes interviews with Iron Eyes (who is named after the Lakota word for future) and panoramic drone footage of landscapes and spiritual sites in North and South Dakota. The Los Angeles-based artist, who is best known for works that address topical societal concerns, has also created a series of neon sculptures from repurposed and recycled materials that evoke tree branches and incorporate quotes from eco-feminists.

Member: Pope.L, 1978–2001 at the Museum of Modern Art (until 1 February) examines more than two decades of work by the seminal thinker and provocateur. The show is primarily composed of ephemera and documentation from his landmark performances in addition to videos and photographs. Some objects included are the Timberland boots worn by the artist during his 1997 ATM Piece, in which he, clad only in those boots and a skirt made of dollar bills, used a string of sausages to chain himself to an automated teller machine where he intended to hand out cash to bank-goers. Also present is the artists Superman costume, complete with worn-through kneepads, from his 2001–09 performance The Great White Way: 22 miles, 9 years, 1 street. The current shows title refers to the conversations that the artist's work sparks around accessibility and societal barriers of entry, although surely its cheeky phallic meaning was doubtless considered as well. An overdue retrospective, it cements Pope.L as one of the critical artists of the era.

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