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Siah Armajani:
Spaces for the Public.
Spaces for Democracy.

20 July 2019 — 3 November 2019

Opening reception: Friday, 19 July 2019, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Considered a leading figure in public art, Iranian-born artist Siah Armajani merges architecture and conceptual art in his sculptures, drawings, and public installations. Informed by democratic ideologies and inspired by American vernacular architecture, his works include gathering spaces for communality, emphasizing the “nobility of usefulness.” His highly acclaimed public art and architectural projects have included bridges, gardens, and outdoor structures, that have been commissioned and presented worldwide. A retrospective featuring his artistic career spanning over more than five decades was recently on view at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and inaugurates in March at The MET Breuer, New York.

Taking centre stage in the exhibition, the large-scale installation Sacco & Vanzetti Reading Room #3 (1988) will unfold along its several comprising elements, such as two rooms, tables, chairs, and racks with books, magazines, and pencils noticeably arranged like spikes. The Reading Room is designed as a functional and inviting space for the visitors of the exhibition to use. The books populating the space are by or about the poets, philosophers, and political activists Armajani has dedicated different works to, many from his Tomb series. Initiated by Armajani in 1972, the Tomb series include drawings and models, of which seven are also on view in the exhibition.

The list of authors includes: Theodor Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, John Berryman, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Dewey, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Luigi Galleani, Emma Goldman, Hafez, Martin Heidegger, Thomas Jefferson, Frank O’Hara, Sylvia Plath, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Rimbaud, Richard Rorty, Sacco and Vanzetti, Ahmad Shamlou, Henry David Thoreau, Alfred North Whitehead, Walt Whitman, and Nima Yooshij.

 

Image caption: Siah Armajani, Sacco and Vanzetti Reading Room #3, 1988. Installation view of the exhibition Siah Armajani: Follow This Line, Walker Art Center, September 9 – December 30, 2018. Courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Photo by Bobby Rogers. 

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Open Call for Siah Armajani: Spaces for the Public. Spaces for Democracy.
20 Jul 2019, Sat - 3 Nov 2019, Sun

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As part of Siah Armajani: Spaces for the Public. Spaces for Democracy., NTU CCA Singapore is seeking interested individuals, groups, or organisations to engage with the artist’s works. The Sacco and Vanzetti Reading Room #3 is available to be used for readings, gatherings, discussions, workshops, or other events. Interested parties can appropriate the installation and exhibition space, including the books accompanying the installation, and respond to the exhibition and its title, the artist and the work, or related topics.

The list of authors of the books includes: Theodor Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, John Berryman, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Dewey, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Luigi Galleani, Emma Goldman, Hafez, Martin Heidegger, Thomas Jefferson, Frank O’Hara, Sylvia Plath, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Rimbaud, Richard Rorty, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Ahmad Shamlou, Henry David Thoreau, Alfred North Whitehead, Walt Whitman, and Nima Yooshij.

Interested groups are welcome to invite their own audience or to organise events. However, all inhabitations have to happen within the parameters of a public exhibition space.

The exhibition opening hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 12.00 – 7.00pm, but inhabitations may take place during the available timings below:

Monday to Friday, 10.00am – 7.00pm

Saturday and Sunday, 12.00 – 7.00pm

 

If you would like more information, have any questions, or are interested in using the space, please email NTUCCAExhibitions@ntu.edu.sg with the following:

– A description of your planned activity (100–150 words)

– Biography of facilitator or host (100 words)

– Preferred date(s) (and timings, if possible. Activities can be repeated if desired)

– Expected duration of planned activity (if possible)

– Expected profile and number of participants (if possible)

– Please also indicate if you need any equipment that we may be able to provide (e.g. chairs or audio equipment)

 

*Submissions will be reviewed and scheduled on a rolling basis.

 

**Please note this open call is not a commission for a work or an engagement of services and therefore no fees are offered.

 

Image caption: Siah Armajani, Sacco and Vanzetti Reading Room #3, 1988. Installation view of the exhibition Siah Armajani: Follow This Line, Walker Art Center, September 9 – December 30, 2018. Courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Photo by Bobby Rogers.