The 92nd Street Y is pleased to exhibit Tina Rath’s installation, Requiem, which she describes as a ritualized grief project, communal ceremony, and a memorial to honor and celebrate the lives of those who have died from COVID-19. This international project with worldwide scope provides a necessary opportunity to grieve together while offering support to these souls as they pass from one state of being into the next. Combining jewelry and visual art, Requiem consists of 108 necklaces of carved and ebonized wood that mass together creating a prayer mala on the perimeter of the gallery, and a collection of circle drawings in gold ink lining the walls — one circle representing each person who has passed — which are displayed in the space. The names of those who died from COVID will be written on the golden circles, which act as placeholders until names are learned. Rath hopes to eventually memorialize every person who has died from the pandemic in this way.
With worldwide deaths from COVID-19 nearly at 5 million people, over 34,500 in New York City alone, artist Tina Rath commented, “The numbers tell us how many, but they don’t tell us who. It’s abstract, the numbers are too big to truly comprehend. And now it’s personal for me, having recently lost a family member to the virus. My intent of this exhibition is to offer a visual understanding of just how many people have died as well as to give us all an opportunity to recognize and honor each individual whose life was lost to COVID.”
About the Artist
Tina Rath is a Bay Area visual artist whose work consists of jewelry and drawing. She holds degrees from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia (BFA) and The Sandberg Insituut in Amsterdam (MFA). Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC.
Requiem is part of New York City Jewelry Week 2021.
Monday, November 15, 9-11 am
Monday, November 15, 12-2 pm Drawing event
Mondays, (November 22 - December 6), 9 am-12 pm
Tuesday, November 16, 3:15-5:15 pm
Wednesday, November 17, 12:15-2 pm
Thursday, November 18, 1-3 pm
Friday, November 19, 1-3 pm
Saturdays (November 20 - December 11), 9 am -1 pm
Compassion Drawing Event
Monday, November 15, 12-2 pm ET
A free “Compassion Drawing Event” will be held in the Weill Gallery at 92Y on Monday, November 15, 12-2 pm ET. Participants are invited to draw the circles and memorialize loved ones by inscribing the names within each round. Register below to participate. Similar events have been held at St. Mary’s College, San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral (see video), at Ratna Ling Buddhist Meditation Center, and there are plans to conduct additional events while Rath is in New York for the exhibition.
Tuesday, January 28, 5-7 pm
WEILL ART GALLERY
R.S.V.P. for the opening reception: