New York

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Gavin Brown's enterprise | 620 Greenwich Street

There’s no place like home. Well, maybe that’s not quite true. Rirkrit Tiravanija has built a replica of his East Village apartment, right down to the working toilet, inside Gavin Brown’s gallery. He presents us with a bedroom, a bathroom, a music room, and, of course, a kitchen, all built with plywood walls and filled with ragtag furniture. As always, Tiravanija invites us to hang out—not with the artist himself this time, but with a series of art students he’s installed there for the summer.

Ben, the resident on duty when I went to see the show, studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he met Elizabeth Peyton, who hooked him up with the project. Ben may not be returning to the Art Institute; he would like to stay at the gallery, tending bar and making connections. His friend Stephanie, who was visiting from out of town, worries that Ben has been seduced by the art-world glitz

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