Provocative and fearless artist Izhar Patkin discusses his exhibition, The Wandering Veil, with writer and curator David Ross on Saturday, January 18, at 2pm. The talk is expected to cover politics and the role of narrative, symbolism, and representation in art today.
In The Wandering Veil, on view in MASS MoCA’s largest gallery space, Patkin has created a ghostly virtual city filled with personal narrative, political metaphor, and myth, highlighting many of the formal innovations the artist has pioneered over three decades. The heart of the exhibition is “Veiled Threats,” a maze-like series of cinematic, mural-size paintings on tulle fabric inspired by the late Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali’s writings on memory, loss, love, and exile.
Born in Haifa, Israel, in 1955, Izhar Patkin first gained recognition for his innovative approach in the mid-1980s with “The Black Paintings”, a series of white ink paintings on black rubber curtains. Patkin has exhibited extensively, most recently at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel. His work may be found in the collections of numerous prominent institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.Renowned writer and curator David Ross is a former director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. He currently chairs the Art Practice program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and serves as an active board member of the Artists Pension Trust and MutualArt.
After the talk, participants are invited to join the artist and other guests for a reception in honor of the opening of the long-awaited survey of Patkin’s work. The reception is free for members and $7 for not-yet-members. RSVP by January 16 to 413.664.4481 x8157 or e-mail email@example.com.
Tickets for the talk are free for members and $7 for not-yet members.Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA box office, located on Marshall Street in North Adams, from 11am to 5pm (open every day except Tuesdays). Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 x1 during box office hours or purchased online at massmoca.org.
This exhibition is supported by Lynn Holstein and Artis with additional funding provided by Rivka Saker, the Consulate General of Israel to New England, the Agha Shahid Ali Literary Trust, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.