October 2, 2020–January 10, 2021
Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World
Rina Banerjee (b. 1963). Dodo bird, 2013. Acrylic on watercolor paper, 30 x 44 in. Private collection, Miami. © Rina Banerjee. Image courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels
Rina Banerjee (b. 1963). Excessive flower..., 2017. Thread cotton, cowrie shells, glass bottles, wire, linen, silk, mirrors, vintage trim, cable, steel armature, copper tubes, seed beads, porcupine needles, cock feathers, peacock hairs, faux eyelashes, speaker, Frozen Charlotte doll heads, 72 x 48 x 26 in. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Museum Purchase, 2016.37a. © Rina Banerjee. Image courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Rina Banerjee (b. 1963). Bacteria, 2012. Acrylic on watercolor paper, 30 x 22 in. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Shanghai/Singapore/Tokyo. © Rina Banerjee. Image courtesy of Ota Fine Arts (OFA), Shanghai/ Singapore/Tokyo
Rina Banerjee (b. 1963) With breath taking..., 2008. Glass viles, jute charpai (cot), shells, cotton thread, plastic skull, sari textile, 144 1/8 x 102 x 24 in. Courtesy of the Tiroche DeLeon Collection and Art Vantage PCC Ltd. © Rina Banerjee. Image courtesy of the Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Gibraltar and Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Rina Banerjee (b. 1963). imperial and Imposing..., 2013. Light bulbs, pigeon feathers, steel carbon wire, copper, silk thread, glass beads, cowrie shells, trim, wedding sari, seed beads, wood, horn, fleece, 38 x 34 x 23 in. Courtesy of Isabel Stainow Wilcox. © Rina Banerjee. Photo: Josh Nefsky
Rina Banerjee (b. 1963). More like turkey no turtle she scattered her verbal, 2015. Ink, acrylic, 23 kt. Gold, copper on paper, 14 x 10 in. Courtesy of Diana Nelson & John Atwater. © Rina Banerjee. Image courtesy of Rina Banerjee Archives
Indian-born artist Rina Banerjee (b. 1963) creates richly layered works made from materials sourced throughout the world to reflect the splintered experience of migration, identity, tradition, and culture often prevalent in diasporic communities. In a single sculpture, one can find African tribal jewelry, colorful feathers, light bulbs, Murano glass, and South Asian antiques. This is the first major survey of Banerjee’s work in the United States and includes large-scale installations, sculptures, and paintings produced over two decades. While the works can be enjoyed as vividly colored and sensuously layered sculptures, they also address themes of multiple identities, feminism, the impact of colonialism, cultural appropriation, and globalization.
Organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the San José Museum of Art.
Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World is made possible in part by major grants from the William Penn Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Exelon Foundation and PECO, and the National Endowment for the Arts.