untitled 1990 (pad thai)

Rirkrit Tirvanija

Oct 13 – Nov 11

  • Past
  • Performance

Rirkrit Tiravanija. untitled 1990 (pad thai). 1990. Opening event at Paula Allen Gallery, New York, 1990. Courtesy the Rirkrit Tiravanija Archive.

For his exhibition A LOT OF PEOPLE, Rirkrit Tiravanija (Thai, b. 1961) stages five interactive artworks as a series of plays. Untitled 1990 (pad thai) presents a 1990 work in which Tiravanija cooked and served pad thai at the opening of his solo exhibition in the project space of New York’s Paula Allen Gallery. Through untitled 1990 (pad thai) and other related works that the artist has termed “situations,” Tiravanija has become known for incorporating Thai culinary customs and ingredients into his work, as well as for challenging social codes and attitudes around the sanctity of the art object. “I have, more or less, used the kitchen and cooking as the base from which to conduct an assault on the cultural aesthetics of Western attitudes toward life and living,” he says. “In the communal act of cooking and eating together, I hope that it is possible to cross physical and imaginary boundaries.”

Please be advised that food may contain peanuts, shellfish, soy, and eggs. A complete list of ingredients is available on site.

Cecilia Caldiera
Erica Enriquez
Amadeo Morelos Favela
Dylan Kim
Claudia Yeejae Kim
Ming Lin
Sidian Liu
Anna-Ting Möller
Paul Rho
Albert Samreth
Steven Stallings
Motohiro Takeda
Klara (Zhiqian) Wang


Fridays and Saturdays,
October 13 – November 11, 2023
12:30 p.m. until the food runs out

2023-10-13 12:30:00 -0400
2023-11-11 12:30:00 -0500


Organized by Ruba Katrib, Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, MoMA PS1, and Yasmil Raymond, guest curator, with Jody Graf and Kari Rittenbach, Assistant Curators, MoMA PS1.

Production: Lauren DiLoreto, Director of Program Production; Richard Wilson, Exhibition and Production Designer; Kate Robinson, Senior Registrar; Lilly Hern-Fondation, Senior Project Manager, Exhibitions and Commissions; Nick Scavo, Senior Project Manager, Music, Performance, and Events; Anna Grofik, Preparator; and Lauren Tosswill, Plays and Activations Manager.

Thanks to Glorimarta Linares


Major support for Rirkrit Tiravanija: A LOT OF PEOPLE is provided by Maja Hoffmann / Luma Foundation, the Family of Lise Stolt-Nielsen, the Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, and the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

Generous support is provided by Glenstone Foundation and Ellen and Michael Ringier.

Additional support is provided by Steven and Alexandra Cohen, Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, and Craig Robins and Jackie Soffer. Funding is also provided by Eileen and Michael Cohen and Laura Steinberg and Bernardo Nadal-Ginard.

Special thanks to Artek and Jungly Restaurant.