In-progress installation view of the Pleasure Pavilion: A Series of Installations at Luhring Augustine Bushwick, New York (image courtesy Luhring Augustine; photo by Matthew Schenning)

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Luhring Augustine is pleased to announce “The Pleasure Pavilion,” a series of installations that bring together artists from the gallery program in dialogue with the façade of a late 18th or early 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, seven 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 TaaffeJason MoranZarinaSalman ToorTomm El-Saieh, and Ragnar Kjartansson.


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 – February 13, 2021
Salman Toor: February 18 – March 13, 2021