Arts Calendar

Apr. 6 - Jun. 1
Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth PresentsFOCUS: Rirkrit Tiravanija
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, TX

Ticket Price: $10 adults $4 students/seniors
Conceptual artist Rirkrit Tiravanija born in 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, grew up living between Thailand, Ethiopia, and Canada as the son of a Thai diplomat. His grandmother played an important role in his life. She taught cooking on Thai television and owned a restaurant in Bangkok, where Tiravanija spent time as a youth. This background influenced the artist's work, which often involves cooking in art-related places, such as museums and galleries. Tiravanija's central focus has remained on exploring human interactions and bringing people together to share. In addition to cooking, the artist has constructed environments within the museum setting where guests can read or listen to music. More recently, he has set up T-shirt factories for visitors to his exhibitions. By creating such works, Tiravanija blurs the distance between the artwork and the viewer. His exploration of the communal role of art and everyday actions as art recalls Joseph Beuys's notion of social sculpture (art's potential to transform society through human activity with language, thought, action, and objects). Tiravanija is often recognized for his role in "relational aesthetics," a movement in art in which social interaction is key and the artist is a catalyst for social exchanges. In addition to his performances, the artist has created wall drawings, sculptures, installations, and text-based works that often relate to his social initiatives. For information: 817.738.9215 or www.themodern.org

 

 

 

 

 

 



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