2018 Triennial: “Songs for Sabotage,” 2018. Exhibition view: New Museum, New York. Photo: Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio
Join us for a New Perspectives Tour of the New Museum Triennial: “Songs for Sabotage,” where we will consider artwork that focuses on the human body, particularly when it appears fragmented or unformed. We will examine how different presentations of the body speak to social or psychological networks of power, and analyze how artists draw our attention to these systems. Through discussion of the work of Julia Phillips and Wilmer Wilson IV, we will ask how presenting the body in fragments might suggest violence or protection, absence or presence, or the inherent tensions within these dichotomies. Finally, we will focus on the paintings of Chemu Ng’ok, exploring the ways in which her overlapping, melded human figures reflect notions of community.
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.