Rirkrit Tiravanija, an internationally recognized contemporary artist from Thailand who is best known for projects and installations that incorporate everyday events such as cooking and playing music, is the subject of Museum Studies 4, presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art from April 1 through May 31, 1998. Tiravanija was invited to create a new work of art for the Museum Studies program, and he has conceived an unprecedented, six-week travelling "performance" work consisting of a month-long journey by motor-home across the United States followed by a two-week residency at the Museum. The itinerary has been developed by Tiravanija to include "quintessentially American" destinations, such as Disneyland, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Graceland, Abraham Lincoln's birthplace, and Kent State University.
Joining Tiravanija for the trip will be five art students from Chiang Mai University in northern Thailand. This will be the first trip to the United States for each of the students, and Tiravanija envisions their motor-home as a moving cultural laboratory from which they will explore the country. The group's entire venture will be recorded by interactive computer technology, including a live website (www.philamuseum.org/exhibits/ontheroad/) with constant updates and video clips.