Artists on Art
Friday, March 4, 2011
6:15 PM–7:00 PM Free
Nina Paley is the creator of the animated musical feature film Sita Sings the Blues, which has been screened at over 150 film festivals and won more than 35 international awards, including the Annecy Grand Crystal, the IFFLA Grand Jury Prize, and a Gotham Award. Her adventures in the United States copyright system led her to “copyLeft” her film and join QuestionCopyright.org as Artist-in-Residence. Prior to becoming an animator, Nina was a syndicated cartoonist. She is now re-releasing all of her old comics under a Creative Commons Share-Alike license. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, Nina is currently producing a series of animated shorts about intellectual freedom called Minute Memes and a new daily comic strip, Mimi & Eunice.
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.
Program meets at the base of the spiral staircase.