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Rirkrit Tiravanija

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5:30–6:30 PM
Come early to enjoy a happy hour at Dolcezza Café in the Lobby. Drinks for purchase.

6:00 PM
Doors open to Ring Auditorium.

6:30–7:15 PM
Artist Talk: Rirkrit Tiravanija (in conversation with Curator Mark Beasley)

7:15–8:30 PM
Exhibition Preview, Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who’s afraid of red, yellow, and green), with food served in the gallery

Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija (b. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1961; raised in Thailand, Ethiopia, and Canada) has developed a long and varied career that defies classification. For nearly thirty years, his artistic production has focused on real-time experience and exchange, breaking down the barriers between object and spectator. On the opening of the Museum’s first exhibition of his work, Tiravanija will join Mark Beasley, the Hirshhorn’s Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar, Curator of Media and Performance Art, for a discussion about his performative practice, which changes how people connect with art.

The interactive installation includes a large-scale mural, drawn on the walls over the course of the exhibition, which references Thai anti-government demonstrations that occurred in 2009–2010. The title of the work, (who’s afraid of red, yellow, and green), refers to the colors worn by the opposing factions in those protests as well as to the three curries that will be served to visitors in the gallery on select days throughout the run exhibition.

Don’t miss the chance to hear more about this work and Tiravanija’s broader practice, which opens the door to novel forms of collaboration.


May 16, 2019
6:30 pm–7:30 pm
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