Now in its sixth year, NEW INC is the first museum-led cultural incubator dedicated to supporting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across art, design, and technology. During this precarious time, when resilience has been a main topic of conversation, the NEW INC community has also demonstrated how this moment can be an opportunity for rewriting the rulebook on what gets made and how.
READ a new essay by Stephanie Pereira, Director of NEW INC, highlighting unique illustrations of how NEW INC members are using this unprecedented time to redefine their practice and the norms for making work.
With their VR work Intern Purgatory, Tough Guy Mountain (Iain Soder, Jonathan Carroll, and Cat Bluemke) camouflages a critical inquiry into art, labor, and emerging technology with a VR mindfulness app. Entering a sterile, corporate space, the user is led through a wellness exercise only to find themselves in an orientation for an unpaid internship.
This online-only exhibition is copresented by Rhizome and the New Museum as part of First Look, and is accessible on iOS or Android via the First Look app.
“Screens Series Online: Heather Phillipson” continues the New Museum’s Screens Series, a platform for the presentation of new video works by emerging contemporary artists. While we are closed to the public, we’re pleased to present TRUE TO SIZE (2016), originally screened as part of “Screens Series: Heather Phillipson,” which was on view at the New Museum from November 2, 2016–February 12, 2017.
In Phillipson’s carnivalesque videos, a collision of language, sound, and images assimilates the physical spaces in which we live and the digital realms we inhabit.
This week we continue “Bedtime Stories,” a project initiated by the artist Maurizio Cattelan in which he’s invited friends, artists, and performers he admires to keep us company with nightly readings, helping us stay together during these days of isolation.
We’re kicking off this week with the artist Jordan Wolfson reading from “I’m Your Man” by Leonard Cohen.
Look out for readings by Joan Jonas, Nicolas Party, Wu Tsang, Gabriel Kuri, Cally Spooner, and Seth Price.
Deep Future: Building Lateral Institutions
Thursday May 28, 2020
2 PM EST
This conversation between artist Jonas Staal and Laura Raicovich, Interim Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, will discuss rationale for artists’ roles in creating new models for radical democracy. This is the first installment of “Governance Reimagined,” a series of three online conversations co-presented by the New Museum and A Blade of Grass, with artists and activists engaged in collective social change, international self-governance, and democratic movements.
Artist John Giorno, a long-time friend of the institution whose life and work we celebrated as part of the citywide I ♥ John Giorno exhibition, is renowned for his use of language. Though Giorno passed late last year, his famous “Dial-A-Poem” is still operational and allows anyone to call in and listen to a free poem offered from various live recordings. If you’d like a poem, call (641) 793-8122.
To kick off this week’s lineup of “Bedtime Stories,” we have artist and musician David Byrne (pictured here at age five) reading from The Three Christs of Ypsilanti by Milton Rokeach.
Coming up this week, we’ll have readings by Laure Prouvost, Raymond Pettibon, Rashid Johnson, Minerva Cuevas, Nicole Eisenman and Sarah Nicole Prickett, and Marilyn Minter.
Party on the CAPS
Screening and conversation with Meriem Bennani
May 20, 2020, 3 PM – 5 PM
Narrated by an animated crocodile, Meriem Bennani’s recent film Party on the CAPS is a docunarrative exploring the robust, technologically advanced, and totally hybridized culture of a fictional island in the Atlantic Ocean called The CAPS.
Following on from an exhibition of the work as an installation at the Stoschek Collection in Berlin, Rhizome is pleased to present an online screening of Party on the CAPS followed by a conversation between the artist and Rhizome editor and curator Aria Dean.
The Bowery Mission is a rescue mission that has served people experiencing homelessness since 1879, and has been the New Museum’s immediate neighbor to the south since we opened on the Bowery in 2007. For several years, the Museum has partnered with the Mission to provide free art-making opportunities and tours for Mission guests, and each year the Museum is a donation site for the Mission’s annual winter coat drive.
Currently, the Mission is experiencing much greater demand as they work to meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. If you have the means, a list of supplies the Mission needs now (complete with mailing instructions) is here.
As part of our series of new digital initiatives, we are excited to present “Bedtime Stories,” a project initiated by the artist Maurizio Cattelan.
Inviting friends and other artists and performers he admires to keep us company, Cattelan imagined “Bedtime Stories” as a way of staying together during these days of isolation. Each participant has been asked to read a selection from their favorite book—a sentence, passage, chapter, or more—to be shared with the New Museum’s online audiences. Some chose to read existing works, others to read their own writings, still others to create impromptu performances. Whether drawn from memory, imagination, or cherished volumes kept close at hand, the recordings by artists were captured quickly in an unfiltered fashion on phones or laptops in their homes or studios around the world.
A new installment of “Bedtime Stories” will be made available each day through the end of June via the New Museum’s website and also shared on the Museum’s social media channels (@newmuseum). We will share the schedule for the week every Monday in our Home Delivery newsletter.
First up, we have an original bedtime story from Iggy Pop, and we’ll finish out the week with stories read by Tacita Dean, Abraham Cruzvillegas, and Andra Ursuta.
While we are closed to the public, we’re pleased to present Art and Theft (2017), originally screened as part of “Screens Series: Sara Magenheimer,” which was on view at the New Museum from January 24–April 15, 2018. Working across a range of media including video, sound, performance, and installation, New York-based artist Sara Magenheimer manipulates and defamiliarizes language with bold combinations of image and text.
Sara Magenheimer is generously sharing an excerpt from her first book, Beige Pursuit, published by Wendy’s Subway (2019), exclusive to friends of the New Museum. Recorded while sheltering in place, Magenheimer’s virtual reading of “Like Clockwork” offers a moment to think beyond current circumstances and consider the relationship between language, time, and how we respond to change.
“The choice to photograph the subjects before painting them was very intentional. If I was going to represent the black body, particularly the black male body, then I wanted to be as thoughtful as possible, even before I put paint on the canvas. And I wanted to respect their bodies in a way that I felt they had historically not been respected. I wanted them to feel larger than life, and so the scale of my work grew. I wanted the canvas to feel like a space they were pushing up against.”
Read more in an interview between the artist and Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director, from the “Within Reach” catalogue.
Artist David Horvitz, whose work was featured in the New Museum exhibition David Horvitz: Gnomons, often considers the relationships between nature and time in his work. Last week, he wrote a letter to his grandmother. In some ways, though, this personal letter can serve everyone, and Horvitz has graciously shared the text to be included in this care package.
Read the full letter here (be sure to see his daughter Ela’s drawing and the jacaranda blossoms at the end). Then, consider extending the connection and sending a physical letter of your own to a loved one.
In January 2019, the New Museum’s Department of Education and Public Engagement established a partnership with the Center for Court Innovation’s Midtown Community Court (CCI) through Project Reset, a diversion program that seeks a more proportionate and meaningful response to low-level offenses. As the first arts institution to partner with CCI on Project Reset, the New Museum team developed a program that offers young people an arts-based alternative to a court appearance and a criminal record.
READ a new essay by the New Museum’s Education team about their experience with Project Reset, and how the museum can function as a third space for extended reflection and collective growth.
While we are closed to the public, we present CUT COPY SPHINX (2018) from “Screens Series: Virginia Lee Montgomery” online. The full presentation was on view at the New Museum from January 8–March 3, 2019. Working across video, sculpture, and performance, Virginia Lee Montgomery interrogates the relationship between physical and psychic structures and the uncanny materiality of lived experience.
Documentary filmmaker Matt Wolf, who spoke at the New Museum in conjunction with the Wu Tsang Artist Residency, is releasing his latest documentary film “Spaceship Earth” tomorrow, May 8. The film traces the stories of people deeply invested in Biosphere 2, a 3.14-acre structure originally constructed in the Arizona desert as an artificial, materially closed ecological system. Eight “biospherians” went to live under the dome in 1991, intending to remain there for two years. This documentary traces their journey against remarkable odds as a small, idealistic group trying to reimagine the world.
You can watch the film tomorrow on various streaming services (including Amazon, Hulu, Apple TV, etc.) and learn more about the film here.
Take a tour of Jordan Casteel’s “Within Reach” from the comfort of your own home. Produced by our partners at Gesso, this virtual tour features narration by Edlis Neeson Artistic Director Massimilliano Gioni as well as Casteel herself.
READ a review of “Jordan Casteel: Within Reach” in the New York Times.
For many, a visit to the New Museum often includes a meal or drinks in our incredibly diverse neighborhood. Area blog The Lo-Down has compiled a list of crowdfunding campaigns local restaurants and bars have created to support their employees. If you have the ability, consider sending a care package to your favorite Bowery small business: donate using this list. Or, if you don’t have funds at the moment, consider sharing a memory on social media and encouraging others to support.
While we are closed to the public, we present Infection Drivers (2019) from “Screens Series: Kate Cooper” online. The full presentation was on view at the New Museum from January 28—March 12, 2020. Kate Cooper deploys computer-generated imagery (CGI), a technology typically used in commercial production, to create worlds populated by digital figures who perform everyday human actions. Using an uncanny mix of photographic and pixel-built images, Cooper explores how new visual languages complicate divisions between physical and virtual selves.
A Conversation with Kate Cooper
Copresented by Rhizome and New Museum
Friday May 1, 1 PM
Join us for a conversation between Kate Cooper and presentation curator, Jeanette Bisschops, New Museum Curatorial Fellow, to discuss the artist’s vivid and provocative CGI videos on view as part of Screens Series Online, and to preview forthcoming work. This conversation will take place online. RSVP here to get the link.
Artist collective BUFU (By Us For Us: Tsige Tafesse, Jazmin Jones, Katherine Tom, Sonia Choi) was one of the lead organizers of the New Museum’s inaugural Scamming the Patriarchy: A Youth Summit and continues to organize, create, and share in ways that demonstrate individual and collective care. BUFU has created a collaborative digital space CLOUD9 (Collective Love On UR Desktop) where they’ve shared 80+ online public programs, published “a living document meant to organize Mutual Aid resources for people during the CO-VID19,” 24-hour global parties, and a Virtual Memorial Garden, all with the love/labour of 90+ artists, technologists, healers, activists, and dreamers. See more of CLOUD9 here.
Check out this virtual exhibition tour of Peter Saul’s “Crime and Punishment” from the comfort of your own home. Produced by our partners at Gesso, the tour features narration by curator Gary Carrion-Murayari as well as the artist himself.
Amy Sherald in Conversation with Massimiliano Gioni
Tuesday, April 28
7 PM EST
In this online-only program, artist Amy Sherald and Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director of the New Museum, will explore what it means for contemporary artists engaged with portraiture to be a witness.
The New Museum’s Experimental Study Program provides youth the chance to learn about contemporary art and engage in intimate, critical discussions about culture. This spring, ESP explored different ways that contemporary artists employ figuration and worked directly with artist Jordan Casteel to create their own work reflecting how they each render and view the human form. Join our celebration of their work when ESP youth take over the New Museum’s Instagram and share more about their process. Follow @newmuseum on Instagram to see their stories this Wednesday!
Founded in 2010, IdeasCity is the New Museum’s civic platform that explores the future of cities with art and culture as a driving force. This past February, IdeasCity guest-curated NTU CCA Singapore’s Ideas Fest 2020, which examined the urgency of solidarity in addressing climate change and its impact on Southeast Asia and communities worldwide. Originally planned to include a residency program, international satellite events, and a culminating public festival in Singapore, as Ideas Fest neared launch, news of COVID-19 spread across Southeast Asia, demanding a drastic adaptation of the program.
READ a new essay by the IdeasCity team about their experience in February of organizing a large-scale public program around the realities of COVID-19, and how cultural institutions can connect audiences with each other and to culture across geographies, borders, and communities.
WATCH conversations, lectures, and other programs from NTU CCA Ideas Fest | IdeasCity Singapore here.
Introducing a new email for kids and those caring for them! Starting this week, the New Museum Education Department will regularly share a contemporary art-inspired activity designed to connect young people with themselves, those around them, and the wider world.
Tonight we were planning to celebrate together at our annual Spring Gala, honoring Alex and Ada Katz. Unfortunately, the rapid development of COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the world including the New Museum, and we had to cancel this important evening — also our major benefit of the year. When conditions permit, we look forward to toasting Alex and Ada, who have inspired us as artist and muse; partners for 62 years; and supporters of young artists. Until then, we will celebrate them by sharing some highlights to enjoy.
WATCH Alex Katz in his studio.
LISTEN to an interview with Alex Katz on WNYC last summer.
COOK our benefit venue Cipriani’s famous risotto at home.
While the Museum remains closed due to heightened concerns around the spread of COVID-19, we will feature selected videos by Screen Series artists on a weekly basis, bringing art to the public at home. This week’s feature is Luiz Roque’s Zero which was on view at the New Museum late last year.
In 2016, the New Museum inaugurated a platform for the presentation of new video works by emerging contemporary artists titled Screens Series. Encompassing a combination of screenings in the New Museum theater and on monitors in the Lower Level walls, the series has presented artists working with a range of media—from 16mm film to computer-generated imagery (CGI). While the Museum remains closed due to heightened concerns around the spread of COVID-19, we will feature selected videos by Screen Series artists on a weekly basis, bringing art to the public at home.
This week, we’re previewing Le ParK (2015) by Randa Maroufi, from “Screens Series: Randa Maroufi” online. The full presentation will be on view at the Museum when we reopen.
We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces
Copresented by Rhizome and the New Museum
Organized by ZHANG Ga, Chronus Art Center, Shanghai
In partnership with Chronus Art Center and a group of international contemporary art spaces that support born-digital practice, Rhizome and the New Museum have commissioned new works of net art for the web and WeChat, the essential Chinese social network. New works have been commissioned from Raphaël Bastide, Tega Brain and Sam Lavigne, JODI, LI Weiyi, Evan Roth, Slime Engine, Helmut Smits, XU Wenkai (aka aaajiao), Yangachi, and YE Funav. As the global art community reacts to our uncertain moment, this group exhibition links institutions across borders and foregrounds net art’s role in fostering a vibrant digital culture.
“We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces” is presented as part of First Look: New Art Online, a series of innovative online projects and new commissions copresented by Rhizome and the New Museum. Check out past First Look exhibitions here.
READ a recent article about “First Look: New Art Online” in the New Yorker.
“[Rhizome] commissions and preserves digital art, and exhibits it, too, notably in the continuing series ‘First Look: New Art Online.’ The contents are as multifarious as the medium. Curious how pixels stack up to paint? Scroll through the eight-person show ‘Brushes,’ which ranges in tone from airy and calligraphic (Laura Brothers’s ‘Deux Blue’) to memelike and manic (Jacob Ciocci’s animated GIFs). Binge-watchers can catch a three-part musical episode of Shana Moulton’s surreal pseudo soap opera, ‘Whispering Pines,’ whose housebound heroine indulges in self-care routines that—spoiler alert—turn her into a goddess.”
Following the rapidly escalating developments around COVID-19 and in keeping with the latest directives from city and state officials, the New Museum anticipates being closed until the summer. All of the Museum’s programs in April and May have been either cancelled, postponed, or moved online. During this time, we will continue to keep you informed and engaged with the Museum through our “Home Delivery” newsletters (which we will keep archived here for your browsing pleasure), social media channels, and with the support of the Museum’s ongoing partnerships with Rhizome and NEW INC.
The safety of the New Museum staff and community is paramount for us, and we encourage everyone to follow guidelines laid out by local officials. We look forward to the time when we can welcome everyone back to the Bowery.
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READ about “What Eats Around Itself” in WWD.
HEAR the artist speak about her work and inspiration.
EXPLORE the intricate details of the installation in our slideshow.
Professional Development Workshop for Educators with Artist Jordan Casteel
Thursday April 2, 2020
In collaboration with Art21, New Museum educators are hosting an online educator professional development program with artist Jordan Casteel, in conjunction with her current exhibition “Within Reach.”
Casteel’s talk will highlight her recent portraits of her students at Rutgers University, which were inspired in part by the relational concepts of teaching and learning in the book Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (1994) by feminist scholar and social activist bell hooks. Following the talk educators will participate in a moderated discussion with Casteel.
New Museum and Art21 educators will provide resources including a lesson plan and suggested activities adapted for remote learning for educators to consider how they and their students might reflect on their relationships and representations of people in the worlds they inhabit and those they wish to create.
LISTEN to Saul’s description of his painting The Government of California (1969).
WATCH Saul in conversation with Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director.
FLIP THROUGH Saul’s catalogue, with contributions by Robert Cozzolino, Matthew Israel, Dan Nadel, Nicole Rudick, and John C. Welchman, and interviews with the artist and Thomas Crow.
READ a review by Peter Schjeldahl in the New Yorker.
WATCH a panel discussion considering the role of art in a rapidly changing social and governmental landscape.
In a time of collective social distancing and urgent questions about how society should function, it’s a particularly apt moment to consider the role of art and artists in world-making. Structures of democratic governance and public responsibility are shifting, eroding, and being remade in profound ways, driven by powerful economic, political, and global forces. According to what terms and through what means can art engage with these changes?
Six days after the 2016 presidential election, the New Museum and A Blade of Grass presented a panel discussion between Ben Davis, Tom Finkelpearl, Rick Lowe, and Laura Raicovich. The event celebrated the launch of Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good (edited by Johanna Burton, Shannon Jackson, and Dominic Willsdon) and Future Imperfect (edited by Elizabeth M. Grady).
READ a profile of Casteel in the New York Times.
LISTEN to Casteel’s description of Jiréh, 2013.
WATCH Casteel in conversation with Massimiliano Gioni.
FLIP THROUGH Casteel’s catalogue, with contributions by Thelma Golden, Dawoud Bey, Lauren Haynes, and Amanda Hunt.
WATCH an online screening and conversation about Gene Youngblood’s Expanded Cinema, a landmark account of early media arts in the US, Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. To mark its fiftieth-anniversary rerelease by Fordham University Press, Rhizome will host an online screening and a conversation about Expanded Cinema and its legacy, featuring Youngblood. This event will take place entirely online.