Traveling Lecture Series

Rhina Banerjee, Take me, take me, take me…to the Palace of love, 2003

The Traveling Lecture Series, offered in conjunction with ongoing exhibitions, brings museum staff members out to your institution to give a talk about an artist or art movement important to our mission. We’ll bring a powerpoint presentation, information about PAFA programs, and our expertise in the field, and all we ask is that you bring an audience.

Current Topic

Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World

Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World is the first in-depth exploration of the contemporary practice of Bengali American artist Rina Banerjee, opening at PAFA this Fall. Though Banerjee’s work has been shown extensively in Europe and South Asia, PAFA will be the first North American museums to delve into the artist’s complex and fanciful worlds.

This talk will be an introduction into  Banerjee’s large-scale sculptures and installations made from materials sourced throughout the world, Banerjee’s works investigate the splintered experiences of identity, tradition, and culture, prevalent in diasporic communities.

Using a variety of materials ranging from African tribal jewelry to colorful feathers, light bulbs, and Murano glass, Banerjee’s art celebrates diversity at the material level. These sensuous assemblages present themselves simultaneously as familiar and unfamiliar, thriving on tensions between visual cultures and raising questions about exoticism, cultural appropriation, globalization, and feminism.


Important Note: These topics are specially priced due to their relevance to current PAFA projects. Institutions are welcome to request other topics and custom talks, but fees for developing special topics will be significantly higher and are still subject to staff availability.