Who’s Afraid of the New Now?: 40 Artists in Dialogue

Cover Image:

Allen Ruppersberg, Who’s Afraid of the New Now?, from the series Preview Suite, 1988. Lithograph, image: 21 3/8 × 13 1/4 in (54.1 × 33.5 cm), sheet: 22 × 13 7/8 in (56 × 35.1 cm). Edition of thirty. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York

Tickets are $5 for each conversation and are available for purchase through the links below. Conversations will be live-streamed at

Borrowing its title from a work of the same name by Allen Ruppersberg—who had his first New York survey at the New Museum in 1985—the event features a selection of public conversations with artists whose exhibitions, works, and interventions have shaped and transformed the identity and history of the New Museum. Engaging in dialogue with each other, the forty artists will discuss an array of topics related to their practice, their history with the Museum, and beyond.

The Museum is offering free admission for all visitors and extended museum hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on December 2 and 3. The Museum will also reinstall Bruce Nauman’s iconic video No, No New Museum (Clown Torture Series) (1987) in the Museum’s window, just as the work was originally presented during Nauman’s solo exhibition at the Museum in 1987.

The box office will open at 9:30 am on December 2.

Schedule for December 2:

10 AM
Judith Bernstein and Linda Montano

11 AM
Paweł Althamer and Cally Spooner

12 PM
Ragnar Kjartansson and Carolee Schneemann

1 PM
Hans Haacke and Carsten Höller

2 PM
Lunch break

3 PM
Donald Moffett and Nari Ward

4 PM
George Condo and Jeff Koons

5 PM
Paul Chan and Carroll Dunham

6 PM
Thomas Bayrle and Kerstin Brätsch

7 PM
Raymond Pettibon and Kaari Upson

8 PM
Simone Leigh and Lorraine O’Grady

View schedule for December 3 conversations. —>

“Who’s Afraid of the New Now?” is organized by Natalie Bell, Assistant Curator; Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator; Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator; Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director; and Margot Norton, Curator.


Special thanks to our hospitality partners:
The Roxy Hotel
Hotel 50 Bowery, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

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