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(adverb) in a manner that is nonchalantly absurd and embarrassing.

02 February 2012

Rirkrit Tiravanija: Free Food Poisoning @ the MoMA


What MoMA fails to tell you is that the free food that comes with participating in the Happening comes with free food poisoning! If you try to contact them to tell them of this (specifically referring to the food that was served on Thursday, January 26, 2012) they will tell you that a stomach flu is going around and they are terribly sorry! Enjoy!

[MUSEUM PANEL]Untitled (Free/Still) was first exhibited in 1992 at 303 Gallery, in SoHo. Rirkrit Tiravanija transferred the contents of the gallery's back office into the display space and outfitted and emptied office like a kitchen. There he cooked Thai curry and rice and served it to visitors for free. This communal and participatory hybrid of installation and Happening brought daily life into the pristine gallery space, heralding a new kind of art built on lessons of a previous generation of Conceptual artists. Untitled (Free), as it was initially titled, tested boundaries: in a space typically reserved for solitary contemplation of art, it offered a lively place in which viewers could eat and socialize. Twenty years after its first appearance, the work provides an informal, sociable experience, this time in an institutional environment.

Tiravanija has developed two scenarios for the exhibition of Untitled (Free/Still), allowing the Museum to show the work in an active state, in which curry is served, and in a passive state, in which docents describe the work following a script prepared by the artists. Curry is served every day from noon to 3:00 PM; on Fridays it is served from 4:00 to 7:00 PM (Free MoMA clusterfuck)!

Image via MoMA

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