previews

  • “Lee Mingwei and His Relations”

    Mori Art Museum
    6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-Ku Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52/53F
    September 20–January 4

    Curated by Kataoka Mami with Hirose Mami

    Known for creating participatory installations that explore issues of trust and intimacy through everyday gestures such as eating and sleeping, Taiwanese-born, New York–based artist Lee Mingwei is one of the undersung heroes of relational art. The scenarios he devises are simple but exacting and are designed to elicit charged emotional exchanges. Lee’s work reminds us of hospitality and sharing the old-fashioned way—through extended, one-on-one, face-to-face interactions—and the resulting bonds can be lasting, if not transformative. As the artist’s first large-scale survey, this show will facilitate the rare simultaneous staging of four of Lee’s relational pieces: The Mending Project, 2009; Fabric of Memory, 2006; The Living Room, 2000; and The Dining Project, 1997, as well as other installations and a host of contextualizing “reference works” by the likes of D. T. Suzuki, Yves Klein, Allan Kaprow, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Ozawa Tsuyoshi, brought together by the curators on the occasion of this show.