In Conversation: Rirkrit Tiravanija with Laura Hoptman, The Drawing Center’s Executive Director
Wednesday June 17
1pm via zoom
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Please join Laura Hoptman, The Drawing Center’s Executive Director, and artist Rirkrit Tiravanija for a conversation about physical healing through artmaking. Discussing the philosophical influence of his mentor and teacher—Thai contemporary artist Montien Boonma—on the development of his own work and life, Tiravanija will speak about Boonma’s belief in the transformative and restorative powers of art.
Through experimentation with ephemeral healing materials—such as ash, herbs, and clay—and ancient artisanal techniques, like lost-wax casting and natural pigmentation, Boonma developed a rich visual vocabulary centered on the healing tenets and meditative practices of Buddhism. “I want the space inside the Buddha image to be a place of refuge for mindfulness of viewers who wish to be in condition of calmness and contentment,” he wrote. Boonma believed that art was a solution for many of the problems of modernity, and designed his architectural installations as places of sanctuary and reflection; to help console those in need of relief from the grief and suffering of everyday life.
The talk will take place via Zoom. Participants will be sent a login link on the day before the workshop. Simply click the link to join.
About Rirkrit Tiravanija
Tiravanija is an Argentina born Thai artist who lives between New York, Berlin, and Chiang Mai and his work carries strains of this nomadic existence, blending and re-combining different cultural contexts. Rather than insisting on a particular reality or truth, his work creates open-ended contexts for people to grapple with these questions themselves.
Tiravanija received his BA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1984 and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1986. From 1985-1986, he participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program. He has received numerous grants and awards, including the Absolut Art Award 2010, the Silpathorn Award by the Ministry of Culture in Thailand (2017), Hugo Boss Prize (2004), and Lucelia Artist Award by the Smithsonian American Art Museum (2003), among others.
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Free online programs are made possible by the Cy Twombly Foundation.The Drawing Center's Education and Community Programs are made possible by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc. Major support is provided by The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation. Additional support is provided, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.
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