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Live Conversation with Rina Banerjee and Alison Saar


Oct 14, 2020 12:46 PM

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Rina Banerjee
Artist @rina.banerjee
Born in Kolkata, India, Banerjee immigrated with her family at a young age to the UK and then to the US. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Polymer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, and after a brief career in the sciences, she left her position as a research chemist to pursue a MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University School of Art. Banerjee has participated in prestigious invitational exhibitions worldwide, including the 55th Venice Biennale, Italy (2013), 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland, Australia (2012-2013); Yokohama Triennial (2011); Tsumari-Echigo Exhibition 3rd Triennial, Hatchi, Japan (2006); Greater New York, MOMA PS1, New York (2005); the Whitney Biennial (2000). A career survey of her work, "Make me a summary of the world," is currently on view at The Frist Museum, Nashville, TN. Prior venues include San Jose Museum of Art, CA; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; and Fowler Museum at UCLA, CA.
Alison Saar
Artist @alison_saar
Alison Saar was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Saar received her B.A. in studio art and art history from Scripps College, Claremont, CA, and earned her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design. She has received three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1984, 1985 and 1988), and was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1989, the Flintridge Foundation Award for Visual Artists in 2000, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in 1998 and the Joan Mitchell Artist in Residence in 2013. Select public works include Monument to the Great Northern Migration (Chicago, Illinois), Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial (Harlem, New York) and Embodied (Los Angeles, California). In 2021, Armory Center for the Arts and the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College will jointly present "Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe," an exhibition of the artist’s sculptures and installations at both locations.