Wednesday 06/20/18 6:30PM
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Thomas Bayrle in Conversation with Massimiliano Gioni

Cover Image:

Thomas Bayrle, Tassenfrau (Milchkaffee) [Cup Woman (White Coffee)], 1967. Silkscreen print on plastic, 77 1/8 × 55 1/8 in (196 × 140 cm). Photo: Wolfgang Günzel

Join us for a conversation between Thomas Bayrle and Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director, on the occasion of “Thomas Bayrle: Playtime,” the first major New York museum survey of work by the German artist.

Following this conversation, John Akomfrah and Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator, will discuss “John Akomfrah: Signs of Empire,” the first American survey exhibition of the work of the legendary British artist, film director, and writer.

For tickets to the conversations with Thomas Bayrle and John Akomfrah:
General Admission, both talks: $25
Members, both talks: $20

For tickets to the Thomas Bayrle conversation only:
General Admission, single talk: $15
Members, single talk: $10

“Thomas Bayrle: Playtime” will bring together Bayrle’s works from the last fifty years, highlighting his experiments across media and his prescient commentary on the relationship between consumerism, technology, propaganda, and desire. One of the most important artists to have emerged during the West German economic boom in the 1960s, Bayrle has received belated recognition for his influential works and processes. Long before the advent of current visual technologies, he foresaw our digital reality, employing photocopy machines and other midcentury tools in his early works to create analog visualizations of what we now understand as digital culture. Bayrle’s thematic investigations have ranged from a visual analysis of mass culture and consumerism to reflections on the intersection of technology with global politics.


Lead support for “Thomas Bayrle: Playtime” and its accompanying public programs is provided by BMW.

Generous ongoing support is provided by the Charlotte and Bill Ford Artist Talks Fund.

This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Support for “Thomas Bayrle: Playtime” can be viewed here.

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