For her new book, “It Speaks to Me,” journalist Jori Finkel interviewed artists about artworks that inspire them from museums around the world. Two of those artists, Shinique Smith and Rirkrit Tiravanija, join her at the Hammer Museum at UCLA on May 30 to discuss their own history of transforming museum spaces.
Coffee, tea, and book signing to follow.
Finkel covers art for the New York Times from Los Angeles and is the West Coast correspondent of the Art Newspaper.
Smith is best known for creating socially loaded sculptures out of used clothing and fabrics and recently made a donation center for the homeless part of her exhibition, “Shinique Smith: Refuge,” at the California African American Museum.
Tiravanija has long made hospitality a part of his art, most famously serving Thai curry and rice to gallery and museum visitors. A related project is included in his new exhibition “Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who’s afraid of red, yellow, and green),” now on view at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.
The free discussion begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Billy Wilder Theater in the Hammer Museum. Tickets are required and available at the box office one hour before the program. One ticket per person; first come, first served.