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Figurative Sculpture in Social Critique: Curating the Straus Family Collection


Mar 17, 2019
03:30 PM until 05:00 PM


The New Museum’s Kraus Family Curator Gary Carrion-Murayari will join Death is Irrelevant co-curator Tim Hawkinson and collector and curator Sarena Straus to examine the role of figurative sculpture in social critique. Moderated by Hyperallergic editor and Minerva Projects founding director Yasmeen Siddiqui, this panel will investigate sociopolitical dimensions in contemporary figurative sculpture, with a special focus on Polish artist Paweł Althamer’s The Power of Now (2016).

Through video, performance, sculpture and site-specific interventions, Althamer has created an artistic ecosystem in which the body is both medium and message for complex networks of social, political, and conceptual experiences.

Panelists will also consider the “body” of the Straus Family Collection. How does the lived experience of its collectors shape the whole? Reflecting upon their experiences, panelists will discuss the process, challenges, and limitations of curating a private collection into an extensive museum exhibition.

This occasion also celebrates the publishing of the new complementary resource Ideas Don't Die, a curatorial essay on the exhibition Death Is Irrelevant from co-curator Tim Hawkinson. This pamphlet was made possible by the Polish Cultural Institute New York and will be available free to the public for the duration of the exhibition.

Death Is Irrelevant is a milestone for Hudson Valley MOCA, marking its  15th anniversary and recent rebranding. Curated by Ken Tan and Tim Hawkinson,  Death is Irrelevant features figurative sculpture by contemporary artists from thirteen countries, including Huma Bhabha (Pakistan), Folkert de Jong (Netherlands), Damien Hirst (UK), Sam Jinks (Australia), Claudette Schreuders (South Africa), Abdi Setiawan (Indonesia), Kiki Smith (USA), Adrián Villar Rojas (Argentina) and more. The exhibition is on view through August 2, 2019.

The panel discussion is organized in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.


Members Free, General Admission $10, Seniors, Students, Peekskill $5


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