Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Gordian Knot, 2013. Ceramic, 19 3/4 × 11 1/2 × 11 in (50.1 × 29.2 × 27 cm). Courtesy the artist
Join us for an in-gallery talk between Associate Curator Natalie Bell and artist Aslı Çavuşoğlu on the occasion of Çavuşoğlu’s exhibition “The Place of Stone.” In her research-driven practice, Çavuşoğlu takes up questions of history and belief by examining objects, images, and cultural symbols that have endured over time. For her New Museum exhibition and residency, Çavuşoğlu will expand her ongoing research into the origins and trade history of lapis lazuli, a blue stone exported primarily from Afghan mines since the seventh century BC. The artist will create a fresco that traces the history of the color blue across centuries and diverse geographies—from Central Asia to Africa to Europe—following its transitions and shifting associations, which span the sacred, the political, and the emotional.
Gallery talks are free with paid Museum admission, but attendance is limited. Gallery admission must be purchased in order to reserve a spot. Members can reserve here. Students and seniors can RSVP by email for discounted admission.
Aslı Çavuşoğlu was born in 1982 in Istanbul, Turkey, where she lives and works. Recent solo exhibitions include Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar (2016); Market Gallery, Glasgow (2015); ARTER, Istanbul, (2013); and Delfina Foundation, London (2012). Her work has appeared in group exhibitions at Between Bridges, Berlin (2018); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2017); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2017); Manifesta 11, Zurich (2016); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2016); the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015); New Museum, New York (2015); the 2nd Kyiv Biennial (2015); Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2014); MAK, Vienna (2013); Darat al Funun, Amman (2013); the 11th Baltic Triennial, Vilnius (2012); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2012); Frieze Projects, London (2012); and Performa 11, New York (2011). She received the FULL Art Prize in 2012 and was nominated for the 2017 Future Generation Art Prize.