Tours · Exhibition-Related

New Perspectives Tour: The Black Mythic

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“Diedrick Brackens: darling divined,” 2019. Exhibition view: New Museum, New York. Photo: Dario Lasagni

Join us for a New Perspectives tour that explores the mythmaking quality of blackness through black art that creates worlds in which black people can imagine themselves as free. Alongside explorations of work by Diedrick Brackens and Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, and Sable Elyse Smith, we will envisage other ways of being for black folks through material and virtual means that do not tether them to apparatuses of antiblack violence and control. In both cases, we will consider several questions: What worlds, or considerations of worlds, are made possible in Brackens’s woven textiles and in the video performances of Mirror/Echo/Tilt? How might black folks already inhabit these worlds?

New Perspectives tours are led by a 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 Troizel Carr, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University, where his research questions the (im)possibility of black childhood through fairy tales and black children’s figurations in post-emancipation art and literature.


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.

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