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Joe Fyfe

Artists on Art

Friday, March 11, 2011
6:15 PM–7:00 PM

Joe Fyfe lives and works in New York. He has taught at Parsons, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Tyler School of Art, and is currently a Professor at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. He has received a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation and spent six months as a Fulbright Senior Research fellow in Vietnam and Cambodia. He has also curated nine exhibitions, most recently “Le Tableau” at Cheim & Read Gallery. He has written for Art in America, Artforum, and Artnet and is a contributing editor for and Bomb. In addition to numerous group shows internationally, his most recent solo show in New York is at James Graham & Sons, and other recent solos have been at ACME gallery, Los Angeles; Galerie Pitch, Paris; Mai’s, Ho Chi Minh City and Ryllega, Hanoi, Vietnam.
The Rubin Museum of Art is inviting contemporary artists to give informal talks and tours of the museum’s galleries on Friday evenings at 6:15 p.m. (Between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. there is no charge to visit the galleries.) The speakers, from the international and New York contemporary art scenes, interact with and informally discuss their impressions of the richly colorful, largely figurative work that makes up the body of the museum’s collection of ancient art from from the Himalayas and surrounding regions. Artists on Art is a continuation of a series initiated in 2006 with Marina Abramovic, Shahzia Sikander, Guy Ben-Ner, and DJ Spooky.
Artists on Art is one of the regular programs that take place during the museum during K2 Friday Nights. Other programs include concerts at 7 p.m., the museum’s classic film series Cabaret Cinema at 9:30 p.m., global music DJs in the K2 Lounge, as well as other guided talks.
From its inception the museum has made it a part of its mission to demonstrate the many connections between Himalayan art and contemporary sensibilities. Kiki Smith initiated a project that included over one hundred artists in designing prayer flags that were strung from the roof of the Museum the day it opened in October 2004. The first program at the museum was a discussion on art and impermanence between Joan Jonas, Arlene Shechet, and Julian LaVerdiere, and since then artists Laurie Anderson, Pat Steir, Lesley Dill, David Salle, and Eric Fischl have taken part in the programs here. An exhibition of contemporary art titled The Missing Peace: Contemporary Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, presented with SVA, opened in 2007, and the first-ever exhibition of Tibetan contemporary art at a New York museum, Tradition Transformed, opened in 2010.
The tour begins at the base of the museum’s spiral staircase