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Monday, November 20, 2017
6:00 PM


Logan Center, Performance Penthouse 901




Department of Visual Arts (DOVA)


A public talk with Rina Banerjee as part of the Department of Visual Arts' Open Practice Committee.

This academic year, to mark the decennial trifecta of the Venice Biennial, Documenta in Athens and Kassel, and Muenster Sculpture Fair, which coincides with both the “Year of Public Art” in Chicago and the new initiative to commission public art at the University of Chicago, the Open Practice Committee will present a series of conversations with artists, curators, and commissioners responsible for production of contemporary art in these three field-defining events. Rina Banerjee will kickstart this series in a public conversation with our new OPC Director, Laura Steward.

Rina Banerjee was born in Calcutta, India in 1963. She grew up in London, England, and eventually moved to New York, NY. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Polymer Engineering at Case Western University in 1993 and took a job as a polymer research chemist upon graduation. After several years, she left the science profession to receive her Masters in Fine Arts from Yale University in 1995. Banerjee’s work has been exhibited internationally, including but not limited to New York, NY; Paris, France; London, England; Tokyo, Japan; Los Angeles, CA; New Delhi, India; Milan, Italy; Singapore; and notably a solo exhibition at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC in 2013. The artist’s works are also included in many private and public collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Queens Museum, Queens, NY; and the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY. Rina Banerjee currently lives and works in New York City.