Pipilotti Rist: September 17 – October 3, 2020
Philip Taaffe: October 8 – 24, 2020
Jason Moran: October 29 – November 14, 2020
Zarina: November 19 – December 5, 2020
Tomm El-Saieh: December 10, 2020 – January 16, 2021
Ragnar Kjartansson: January 21 – Feburary 27, 2021
Salman Toor: March 4 – April 10, 2021
Rachel Whiteread: April 15 – May 22, 2021
Charles Atlas: June 10 – July 16, 2021
"So great was the influence of the Mughals that their architecture spread across the country to become the Indian style, extending beyond the Mughal frontiers, and continuing after the middle of the 18th century when the Mughals lost most of their power.”
– George Michell, architectural historian specializing in ancient Indian architecture, “A Mughal-Style Pleasure Pavilion from a Hindu Palace or Garden Resort"
Luhring Augustine is pleased to announce The Pleasure Pavilion, a series of installations that will bring together artists from the gallery program in dialogue with the façade of a 19th century Indian pleasure pavilion. The arcaded portico pavilion, most likely part of an Indian palace or resort, was believed to have been originally used for recreational activities, such as enjoying musical and dance performances, entertaining guests, or admiring the surrounding gardens. The sandstone and brick architectural details on the structure, including the carved delicate floral motifs and circular columns with fluted, tapered shafts, are that of the Mughal-type and reflect a synthesis of international styles and techniques.
Over the course of the exhibition, in a succession of three-week-long installations, eight Luhring Augustine artists will be paired with the front façade of the pavilion. Inviting conversations ranging from concept and intent, form and function, to many others, the juxtapositions will simultaneously illuminate the contemporary aspects of the pavilion and the timeless interests of the contemporary artists. The series will launch with an installation by Pipilotti Rist, followed by presentations works by Philip Taaffe, Jason Moran, Zarina, Tomm El-Saieh, Ragnar Kjartansson, Salman Toor, Rachel Whiteread, and Charles Atlas.