Kaari Upson, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue, 2014. Urethane, pigment, and aluminum. 85 1/2 × 78 × 30 3/4 in (217 × 198 × 78 cm). © Kaari Upson. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Megan Bartley-Matthews
Join us for a New Perspectives tour where we investigate the connections between the work of Elaine Cameron-Weir and Kaari Upson. We will study Cameron-Weir’s application of “sensory archaeology” alongside Upson’s corpse-like casts of discarded furniture, considering how each artist seeks to uncover the secret and hidden spaces of everyday life. Discussing works in both “Elaine Cameron-Weir: viscera has questions about itself” and “Kaari Upson: Good thing you are not alone,” we will compare the former’s use of multisensory experience divorced from any visible body with the latter’s contorted presentations of the upholstered innards of American domestic life. Finally, we will discuss how both artists engage with different forms of exposure: exposure of the body, exposure of private inner lives, and exposure of the absent and unseen.
New Perspectives tours are led by the New Museum Teaching Fellow, an emerging scholar in art history or a related field. The topics of the tours are based on the Fellow’s ongoing research and change monthly, engaging participants in uniquely focused examinations of selected objects and installations. To read descriptions of current and upcoming New Perspectives tours, please view the calendar. New Perspectives tours are free with Museum admission. Due to limited capacity, please preregister here and meet in the Lobby at the time of the tour.
The current New Museum Teaching Fellow is Maggie Mustard, a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, where she is completing her dissertation on postwar Japanese photography.