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Saturday, May 18, 2019

NORTHERN CA | Curator-led walkthrough of "Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World"

Start Date: 5/18/2019 11:00 AM PDT
End Date: 5/18/2019 1:30 PM PDT

Venue Name: San Jose Museum of Art

110 S Market St
San Jose, CA  United States  95113

Organization Name: ArtTable Northern CA

ArtTable Northern CA
Email: programs@arttable.org
Phone: 212 343 1735 Ext. 13


Members I $25
Guests | $30


Join ArtTable for a curator-led walk-through of Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World, the artist’s first major retrospective co-organized with the San Jose Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and on view at SJMA from May 15 – Oct 6, 2019. SJMA Curator Lauren Schell Dickens will be leading this program. Lunch at the museum to follow the walk-through. 

About 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.

Lauren Schell Dickens, curator at SJMA, remarks: “Rina disrupts conventional notions of identity, delving into the complex territory of cultural fragmentation and self-identification, which makes her an important voice today. We’re particularly excited to be presenting this rich examination of her work in San José, which is home to so many diasporic groups of varied cultural backgrounds.”

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 SJMA 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 exhibition, see: https://sjmusart.org/exhibition/rina-banerjee-make-me-summary-world.

Thank you to Holly Shen and Susan Sayre Batton for organizing this event.

Image: Rina Banerjee, "Winter’s Flower - Raw materials from sea and from foul and even from some exotic mice was eaten by a world hungry for commerce made these into flower, disguised could be savored alongside whitened rice," 2010, Oyster shells, fish bone, thread, cowrie shells, fur, diety eyes, copper trim, ostrich egg, epoxy American buffalo horns, steel, fabricated umbrella structure, steel stand, pigeon feather fans, 21 5/8 x 61 x 78 3/8 inches, Courtesy of the Tiroche DeLeon Collection and Art Vantage PCC Ltd. (Basel)

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