Thomas Bayrle, Capsel, 1983. Photo-collage on paper, 194 7/8 × 252 in (495 × 640 cm). Courtesy the artist
Join us for a New Perspectives tour that focuses on intimacy in select works by Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Thomas Bayrle, and John Akomfrah. Together, we will examine how these artists evoke interior life through form, content, and presentation, while answering cultural critic Stuart Hall’s prophetic call for us all to “live in a more relativistic way.” By comparing Ramírez-Figueroa’s immersive installation, Bayrle’s analog distortion of images, and Akomfrah’s films across multiple screens, we will rigorously contemplate what kinds of proximity and relation contemporary art requires of us. Finally, we will consider our engagements with these works, exploring how the artists stage an encounter between their personal histories and viewers’ own stories.
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.
New Museum Teaching Fellow Troizel Carr is a doctoral student in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University, where he is beginning research on black children’s figurations in post-emancipation art and literature.
Lead support for “Thomas Bayrle: Playtime” and its accompanying public programs is provided by BMW.
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 “Thomas Bayrle: Playtime” can be viewed here.
Support for “John Akomfrah: Signs of Empire” can be viewed here.
Support for “Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa: The House at Kawinal” can be viewed here.
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