Golnar Adili: Containers for Hardship

Cover Image:

Golnar Adili, Simple Shoe Box, 2020. Courtesy the artist

In this hands-on, online workshop “Containers for Hardship,” artist Golnar Adili will guide participants in an exploration of how boxes can serve as visual narrations, containing objects, memories, and organizing in the face of disorder. Participants are invited to bring printed matter and small sentimental objects to contribute to the making process, which will juxtapose and distort image, text, and space in new ways.

This program is part of the series Artistic Practice: Skill-Sharing. For this series, invited artists and cultural producers share techniques they have learned and experiment with creative methods of exchanging knowledge and conveying experience.

Please Note: This is a two-part online workshop hosted over two sessions (October 13 and 20) that each last for two hours. Participants should plan to attend both sessions.

Tickets to this pair of workshops are available on a sliding scale of $10, $20, or $30. Scaled ticket prices are designed to increase program accessibility; please select the ticket price that you are able to afford.

Materials needed to participate (alternative materials are listed in parenthesis):
• archival board (regular cardboard)
• archival glue, pH free (Elmer’s or household glue, pH free glue gives best result)
• 12 inch ruler
• #11 exacto (sharp box cutter)
• sanding block (sandpaper)
• Mat board thick board/ cardboard to protect your table when cutting and for drawing a grid
• newsprint, paper, or newspaper to protect your work surface from glue
• palette paper (disposable container for glue)
• OPTIONAL: triangle

Golnar Adili (b. 1976, Falls Church, VA) is a mixed-media Iranian-American artist and educator working with diasporic identity. She holds a Masters degree in Architecture from University of Michigan and has attended residencies at the Center for Book Arts, New York; the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH; Smack Mellon, New York; the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA; Ucross Foundation for the Arts, Clearmont, WY; and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York; among other organizations. Adili has shown her work at venues including Nurture Art, New York; Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles; and CUE Art Foundation, New York. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant; the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts; and a scholarship at Manhattan Graphics Center, New York.


New Museum Digital Initiatives are generously supported by Hermine and David B. Heller.

Support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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