On 15 July 2020, Baghramian discussed her work with Paulina Pobocha, a curator at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, as part of MoMA's Drop in with Artists series on Instagram Live, touching on the potency of abstraction, the allure of impermanence, and new directions in the presentation of the Museum's collection. Maintainters A (2018), a sculpture by Baghramian made of pigmented wax over styrofoam, cast aluminium, and painted aluminium clamp with cork, is held in the MoMA collection and is installed in the second-floor Contemporary Galleries.
Pobocha spoke from her apartment in Brooklyn, New York, where she had been working since the Covid-19 quarantine began in mid-March, to Baghramian, who had just returned to her Berlin apartment from her studio nearby.
You can read the expanded and edited version of their conversation on Ocula or watch it on the MoMA's Instagram account (@themuseumofmodernart).
The Berlin-based artist @nairybaghramian checked in with curator @paulinapobocha to discuss “taking the body out of the sculpture” for a work-in-progress, a marble “neon elbow” created for an outdoor exhibition; “careful closeness,” a reminder to separate physical rather than social distancing; accepting failure and impermanence; and shaking up the linear history of art. Join artists and curators for informal discussions on our Instagram Live every Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. EDT.