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Gallery Talk · Exhibition-Related

Daiga Grantina in Conversation with Helga Christoffersen

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Daiga Grantina, Toll, 2018. Installation view: “Toll,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2018. Collection Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland. Courtesy Galerie Joseph Tang. Photo: Toan Vu-Huu

Join us for a special in-gallery conversation between artist Daiga Grantina and curator Helga Christoffersen on the occasion of “Daiga Grantina: What Eats Around Itself.

Grantina and Christoffersen will discuss the artist’s large-scale sculptural assemblages and her unique approach, in which she combines industrial and synthetic materials to create conflicting physical qualities: soft and hard, transparent and opaque, mobile and static. Grantina’s New Museum presentation will feature a new site-specific installation that interweaves cast silicone with paint and fabric. Suspended from wood fixtures in the ceiling and clinging to the gallery walls and floor, this work mimics the growth of lichen, which typically spreads across rocks, trees, and other surfaces through the process of self-replication.

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.

Daiga Grantina (b. 1985, Saldus, Latvia) lives and works in Paris. She studied at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Grantina represented Latvia at the 2019 Venice Biennale with her solo presentation “Saules Suns.” She has had solo exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018); Kunstverein Hamburg (2017); Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga (2016); and elsewhere. She has participated in the 13th Baltic Triennial in Vilnius (2018), the Vienna Biennial (2017), and Bergen Assembly (2016), as well as in group exhibitions at Musée d’Orsay, Paris (2018); Villa Vassilieff, Paris (2018); Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga (2018); La Panacée, Montpellier, France (2018); Platform-L, Seoul (2018); and Kunsthalle Mainz (2017).

The New Museum is wheelchair accessible; learn more about access services and amenities here. To request accommodations, please email or call 212.219.1222 ×235 at least three weeks in advance.


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 “Daiga Grantina: What Eats Around Itself” can be viewed here.

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