From the start of his practice, a critical material for Rirkrit Tiravanija (Thai, b. 1961) has been the presence of “a lot of people”—a purposefully broad and expansive term that stands as an open invitation to everyone and anyone, present and future. His largest exhibition to date, Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE traces four decades of the artist’s career and features over 100 works, from early experimentations with installation and film, to works on paper, photographs, ephemera, sculptures, and newly produced “plays” of key participatory pieces.
Ends Apr 8
In the fifth iteration of a multiyear collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, the Studio Museum in Harlem presents its annual Artist-in-Residence exhibition at MoMA PS1. And ever an edge: Studio Museum Artists in Residence 2022–23 features new work by the 2022–23 cohort of the Studio Museum’s foundational residency program: artists Jeffrey Meris (b. 1991, Haiti), Devin N. Morris (b. 1986, Baltimore, MD), and Charisse Pearlina Weston (b. 1988, Houston, TX).
Ends Apr 8
MoMA PS1 presents Leslie Martinez’s (b. 1985, McAllen, Texas) first New York museum exhibition. Martinez, who lived in New York City for fifteen years before returning to Texas in 2019, exhibits their largest body of work to date, which features recent paintings and three newly commissioned large-scale artworks. Using a cosmic palette based on the CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black) color model, the artist sprays and stains canvases with diluted paint, and then folds, pools, and collages materials onto the surface—including rags and dried acrylics.
Ends Apr 8
This fall, MoMA PS1 hosts a presentation in Homeroom of artworks made by ten alumni of Teen Art Salon, a Long Island City-based organization that provides resources and visibility to early-career artists ages 11 to 19. Continuing the organization’s relationship with PS1, Teen Art Salon: A Protospective includes a collection of sketchbooks and works on paper that grapple with the revelry and hurdles of adolescence. Bringing together new artwork and a selection of works produced over the past decade by teenagers—materials that are often infantilized as “juvenilia”—the presentation underscores the role of young people as both spectators and arbiters of visual culture, archiving a coming-of-age story in real time.
For his exhibition A LOT OF PEOPLE, Rirkrit Tiravanija (Thai, b. 1961) stages five interactive artworks as a series of plays. In untitled 2011 (t-shirt, no t-shirt), visitors can choose a slogan—from a list selected by Tiravanija for this exhibition—for performers to silkscreen onto provided cotton T-shirts that can be taken home. First presented at Gavin Brown’s enterprise in 2011, this work makes visible a collaborative assembly line, in which the products are disseminated into the world in real time. As artist and frequent collaborator Karl Holmqvist has remarked, the T-shirt texts are “formulated so as to be neither poetic nor quite political, but somehow both.”