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New Perspectives Tour

New Iconographies

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2018 Triennial: “Songs for Sabotage,” 2018. Exhibition view: New Museum, New York. Photo: Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio

Please join us for a New Perspectives tour of the 2018 Triennial: “Songs for Sabotage,” where we will examine artists’ uses of the visual language of monuments, memorials, and propaganda. Keeping in mind ongoing and recent debates about the role of public monuments and memorials—challenging the histories they celebrate, iconographies they employ, and values they serve and preserve—we will discuss installations by Daniela Ortiz, Haroon Gunn-Salie, and Claudia Martínez Garay. In the case of Ortiz and Gunn-Salie, we will consider how artists employ or subvert the visual language of memorials and monuments in order to bring attention to events and figures marginalized by dominant historical narratives. With Martínez Garay, we will discuss what the iconography of propaganda might share with those of monuments, and how her work Cannon Fodder / Cheering Crowds (2018) reinterprets the forms and meanings of those symbols.

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.


This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Support for 2018 Triennial: “Songs for Sabotage” can be viewed here.

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