The Gramercy Park exhibition space, Nyehaus, will present its first-ever invitational table-tennis tournament tonight. The private event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Rirkrit Tiravanija: Reflection.
The mirror polished aluminum table, Untitled (The Future will be Chrome), is the centerpiece of the exhibition. Behind the table, perched on a small grandstand, are puppet versions of the artist and friends Phillipe Parreno, Pierre Huyghe (Season 4), Liam Gillick, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, all “poised and waiting for the match to begin.” Joining the puppets tonight are real ping pong celebrities Marty Reisman (the U.S. men’s singles champion in 1958 and 1960), and the identical twins Brad & Brandon Belle, who will play matches against one other and with spectators.
For the general public, table tennis star Ernesto Ebuen is available for individual or group lessons for the duration of the exhibit. Rirkrit Tiravanija: Reflection is on view through February 21.