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Saturday, January 26, 2019

PHILADELPHIA + NEW YORK |Weekend walk-through of "Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World" at PAFA

Start Date: 1/26/2019 11:00 AM EST
End Date: 1/26/2019 2:00 PM EST

Venue Name: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Location:
128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  United States  19102

Organization Name: ArtTable NY

Contact:
Imogen Fairbairn
Email: programs@arttable.org
Phone: 212 343 1735 Ext. 13


 

FEE
Members I $25
Guests | $30

 
  

Join ArtTable for a curator and director-led walk-through of Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World, the artist’s first major retrospective at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Brooke Davis Anderson, Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum, and Jodi Throckmorton, contemporary curator, will be leading this program. Lunch at the museum to follow the walk-through. 

About the Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World:
Known for her large-scale sculptures and installations made from materials sourced throughout the world, Banerjee’s works investigate the splintered experiences of identity, tradition, and culture, prevalent in diasporic communities.  

Banerjee (born 1963) is one of the most important artists of the post-colonial Indian diaspora living in the United States and her work has been shown most extensively in Europe and South Asia. This exhibition, the first in-depth examination into the artist’s work, will consider Banerjee in both American and global frameworks, specifically in relation to Banerjee’s intersectional approach to feminism.

Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art at PAFA, remarked: “Make Me a Summary of the World marks a defining moment for Rina. As the artist’s first retrospective, it traces her work over twenty years, culminating in sculptures made for the 57th Venice Biennale and 2017 Prospect Triennial in New Orleans—important exhibitions that reflect one of the most exciting periods of recognition in Rina’s career.”

Bringing together several of Banerjee’s monumental installations in conversation with more than two dozen sculptures, as well as a thorough selection of works on paper, Make Me a Summary of the World will transform PAFA into an otherworldly and multi-sensory space.

Using a variety of gathered materials ranging from African tribal jewelry to colorful feathers, light bulbs, and Murano glass, Banerjee’s art celebrates diversity at every level. These sensuous assemblages present themselves simultaneously as familiar and unfamiliar, thriving on tensions between visual cultures and raising questions about exoticism, cultural appropriation, globalization, and feminism.  Her works are paired with thought-provoking and poetic titles that are works of art in themselves, ranging in length from 50 to 180 words. For more information on the exhibtion se
e here.

Thank you to Brooke Davis Anderson for organizing this program.

 

Image: Installation view: Rina Banerjee (b. 1963) Take me, take me, take me…to the Palace of love, 2003. Plastic, antique Anglo-Indian Bombay dark wood chair, steel and copper framework, floral picks, foam balls, cowrie shells, quilting pins, red-colored moss, antique stone globe, glass, synthetic fabric, shells, fake birds, 13 x 13 x 18 ft. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels. Image courtesy: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts/Barbara Katus

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