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Catalogue (Back of Postcard Reads) Memories
each 13 × 9.5 × 2.5 inches
mixed media
Not on view

Object Details

Mixed Media (Multiples)
Accession Number
A.P. ¼ from an edition of 16
Credit Line
Commissioned with funds provided in part by the Surdna Foundation, 1997

object label Rirkrit Tiravanija, CATALOGUE (BACK OF POSTCARD READS) MEMORIES (1997) Walker Art Center, 1998

Rirkrit Tiravanija is best known as the artist who served a free meal to anyone coming into his exhibition UNTITLED, 1992 (FREE) at 303 Gallery, New York. As gallerygoers ate and socialized, they became participants in the artist’s installation, which invited people to experience something familiar, such as eating, in a space typically reserved for viewing art. In October 1996, he began a yearlong artist-in-residence project with Walker staff and 16 high school seniors from the Minnesota Center for Arts Education (MCAE). The students worked collaboratively with Tiravanija on the production of the artist book CATALOGUE (BACK OF POSTCARD READS) MEMORIES (1997), a commission that investigates the personal memories of visitors to the ECONOMIES exhibition.

The starting point for this “catalogue of memories” grew from the understanding that the people who interact with Tiravanija’s work are integral to it. The MCAE students interviewed Walker staff members involved with ECONOMIES and both local and national individuals who had seen the show. They recorded these responses and their own through photography, video, audiotape, writing, and drawing, and then gathered them together as a series of postcards that make up one component of Tiravanija’s multipart catalogue.

Tiravanija’s engagement with the Walker led to the museum’s commitment to collect his past and future multiples.

Label text for Rirkrit Tiravanija, CATALOGUE (BACK OF POSTCARD READS) MEMORIES (1997), from the exhibition Commission Possible: Walker Art Center, 1980-1998, Andersen Window Gallery, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, November 21, 1998-August 1, 1999.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center