Das Ding & Monumental Art

FEED now presents the second second post-show that occurred during our production of ELECTIVE AFFINITIES. In this half-hour, the issue and idea of “monumental art” was interrogated. This subject was looked at through the lens of Adjmi’s play and the fact that the play itself focuses on one particularly grotesque large sculpture called “das ding”.

The panel was made up of two fascinating artists; Zane Wilson, the fabricator of “das ding” for ELECTIVE AFFINITIES, as well as the artist Mika Tajima who has been featured in the most recent Whitney biennial. The moderator for the evening was New Museum Curator Gary Carrion-Murayari.



Since December 2010, Gary Carrion-Murayari has held the position of Associate Curator at the New Museum. In the past year he has curated the exhibitions “Spartacus Chetwynd:  Home Made Tasers,” “David Medalla: Cloud Canyon,” and “Elizabeth Price: Choir.”  He has been the editor of the New Museum publications Gustav Metzger: Historic Photographs, Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Primitive, and Carsten Höller: Experience. He also is the curator of the upcoming exhibition “Enrico David: Oral Verbal Manual.”

Carrion-Murayari joined the curatorial staff from the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he worked from 2003 to 2010. During that time he curated or co-curated exhibitions including “Television Delivers People,” “Elad Lassry: Three Films,” “Progress,” “Sites,” “Whitney on Site: Tauba Auerbach,” and “Karthik Pandian: Unearth.” Together with Francesco Bonami, he co-curated the 2010 Whitney Biennial. He has written for Flash Art, Domus, and multiple museum publications, and is the author of Rudolf Stingel at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (Hatje Cantz). He has a BA from Colgate University.


Born in 1975 in Los Angeles, California, Tajima is a New York based artist. Tajima received an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts in 2003. Select solo exhibitions include Seattle Art Museum; Visual Arts Center, Austin; Bass Museum, Miami; X Initiative, New York; The Kitchen, New York; RISD Museum, Rhode Island; Circuit, Switzerland. Group exhibitions include 2008 Whitney Biennial; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati, OH; PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, NY; Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, NY; among others. Tajima is founding member of New Humans, a moniker for collaborative music, art, and actions. New Humans collaborations include Charles Atlas, Vito Acconci, C. Spencer Yeh, Philippe Decrauzat, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, among others. Group and Solo performances include South London Gallery, UK; ICA Philadelphia; Artissima, Italy; Ballroom Marfa; Swiss Institute, NY; Walker Art Center, MN; Whitney Museum, NY; etc.


Zane is a practicing sculptor working in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He has previously contributed to the fabrication of pyrotechnic and monumental props for the Braunfels’ opera Die Vogel at Spoleto Festival USA (in Charleston, SC) and for a bi-coastal Ring Cycle staged by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and Long Beach Opera of California. Visit zanewilson.com for more information and also centotto.com to see more of Zane’s work.


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