Exhibition

Daiga Grantina: What Eats Around Itself

21 Jan 2020 – 10 May 2020

Regular opening hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
11:00 – 18:00
Wednesday
11:00 – 18:00
Thursday
11:00 – 21:00
Friday
10:00 – 18:00
Saturday
11:00 – 18:00
Sunday
11:00 – 18:00

New Museum

New York
New York, United States

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  • From the East Side of Manhattan Take the downtown 6 train to Spring Street. Exit the station and walk one block north on Lafayette Street to Prince Street. Turn right and proceed until Prince Street ends four blocks later at Bowery. From the West Side of Manhattan Take the downtown N or R train to Prince Street. Exit the station and proceed east on Prince Street for six blocks to Bowery. You may also take the downtown D or F train to Broadway/ Lafayette. Walk three blocks east to Bowery and turn right two blocks to Prince Street. From Brooklyn Take the Manhattan-bound F train to 2nd Avenue. Exit at Houston Street and walk one block west to Bowery. Turn left, and proceed two blocks south to Prince Street. From Queens Take the Manhattan-bound F train to 2nd Avenue. Exit at Houston Street and walk one block west to Bowery. Turn left, and proceed two blocks south to Prince Street.

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The New Museum presents the first institutional solo exhibition in the US by Daiga Grantina (b. 1985, Saldus, Latvia).

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The New Museum is pleased to present “Daiga Grantina: What Eats Around Itself,” the first institutional solo exhibition in the US by Daiga Grantina (b. 1985, Saldus, Latvia), on view in the Museum’s Lobby Gallery from January 21 to May 10, 2020. Grantina makes large-scale sculptural assemblages that emulate the natural world, often resembling terrariums, plants, and vegetation. Employing industrial and synthetic materials, her configurations incorporate conflicting physical qualities: soft and hard, transparent and opaque, mobile and static.
 
The exhibition’s title references the dynamic growth of lichen, a composite organism that results from the symbiotic relationship between fungi and algae. Grantina draws inspiration from lichen’s many adaptive qualities, like coexistence and self-replication, in developing her material processes. She also references the lyricism of poet Rainer Maria Rilke, particularly his abstract comparisons of rose petals to eyelids; Rilke imagines the opening of a rose as a swirl of self-generating eyes, one bringing the next to life.  
 
For her New Museum presentation, Grantina will premiere a new, site-specific sculptural installation that interweaves cast silicone with paint and fabric. Suspended from industrial fixtures in the ceiling and clinging to the gallery walls and floor, this work mimics the growth of lichen, which typically develops into a crusty, leaflike, or branching formation on rocks, trees, and other surfaces. The work’s flexible, amorphous structures appear to be undergoing either construction or decomposition, much as lichen reproduces and consumes its own biological matter.
 
“Daiga Grantina: What Eats Around Itself” is curated by Helga Christoffersen, Executive Director, Art Hub Copenhagen, and former New Museum Associate Curator.

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Daiga Grantina

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