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From its beginnings as a one-room office on Hudson Street to the inauguration of its first freestanding building on the Bowery designed by SANAA in 2007, the New Museum continues to be a place of experimentation and a hub of new art and new ideas.

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"There is another level of “knowing” that occurs when you take the time to paint the likeness of someone.When this oppor...
11/16/2020

"There is another level of “knowing” that occurs when you take the time to paint the likeness of someone.

When this opportunity presented itself, I don’t think I even fully understood what taking that time would do. What it would allow me to see and transcribe. @barackobama is, in many ways, all of us. The distance between us was lessened through the act of making this painting... and I needed to be reminded of that now more than ever."—Jordan Casteel

Head over to theatlantic.com to see a portrait of Barack Obama painted by Jordan Casteel to accompany a new interview with President Obama. Casteel's solo show at the New Museum continues through January 3, 2021.

Image: Jordan Casteel “Barack,” 2020. Oil on canvas, 30 x 45”. Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. Photo of painting: @david_schulze_studio

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TODAY at 4PM EST! Shock and Awe: Painting Violence. A panel discussion featuring Lucy Lippard, Peter Eleey, and David Mc...
11/12/2020

TODAY at 4PM EST! Shock and Awe: Painting Violence. A panel discussion featuring Lucy Lippard, Peter Eleey, and David McCarthy, moderated by Gary Carrion-Murayari, this conversation will take its cues from Peter Saul’s use of shock to consider art that delves headfirst into injustice, war, and oppression. Register here! https://bit.ly/36levGJ 👅

Image: Peter Saul, The Government of California, 1969. Oil on canvas, 68 x 96 in (172.7 x 243.8 cm). Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan, New York

Join us TOMORROW at 4 PM for "Shock and Awe: Painting Violence," a discussion featuring curators Lucy Lippard and Peter ...
11/11/2020

Join us TOMORROW at 4 PM for "Shock and Awe: Painting Violence," a discussion featuring curators Lucy Lippard and Peter Eleey and art historian David McCarthy, moderated by Kraus Family Curator Gary Carrion-Murayari. The talk will take its cues from Peter Saul’s use of shock to consider art that delves headfirst into injustice, war, and oppression. Register here: https://bit.ly/36levGJ ☄️

Image: Peter Saul, Target Practice, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 91 1/2 × 99 1/2 in (232.4 × 252.7 cm). Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2016. Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan, New York

Opening today at New Museum: "Screens Series: Jessica Wilson." Learn more here! https://bit.ly/35aO9Ii 🔌 Jessica Wilson ...
11/10/2020

Opening today at New Museum: "Screens Series: Jessica Wilson." Learn more here! https://bit.ly/35aO9Ii 🔌

Jessica Wilson (b. 1991, New York, NY) creates computer-generated animations that explore the entangled relationships between physical and virtual realms. Mining the vast library of motion data that exists on the internet—bodily movements that have been uploaded by unknown authors around the world—Wilson brings her static objects ‘to life.’ Their meticulously detailed textures and embodied actions appear uncannily habitual, almost automatic. However, underneath their encoded surfaces emerges a composite portrait of human behavior and desire—collective sets of subtle, yet contagious, gesture and emotion.

Image: Jessica Wilson, Not Normally At Rest (Part 3, the Musical), 2020. Computer generated animation; 6:57 min. Courtesy the artist

Tonight at 7 PM! Join us for a conversation between author and editor Hanya Yanagihara and artist Jordan Casteel about h...
11/09/2020

Tonight at 7 PM! Join us for a conversation between author and editor Hanya Yanagihara and artist Jordan Casteel about her creative practice, on the occasion of Casteel’s New Museum exhibition “Within Reach.” Register here by 5 PM: https://bit.ly/3m6YhHK 🌺

Image: Jordan Casteel, Yvonne and James, 2017. Oil on canvas, 90 x 78 in (228.6 x 198.12 cm). The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection. Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York

Calling teens ages 15–19! Apply to Youth Spectrum Arts (YSA) by November 15. YSA is a new program that engages young peo...
11/06/2020

Calling teens ages 15–19! Apply to Youth Spectrum Arts (YSA) by November 15. YSA is a new program that engages young people with contemporary art and culture, with a focus on gender, sexuality, and queer and trans community. Apply here! https://bit.ly/3p1rru1 ✏️

Through weekly online workshops, art making, and discussion, participating youth will connect with themselves, peers, and guest artists. Participants receive a stipend to ensure broad access to the program.

Image: Youth in the Experimental Study Program, Spring 2017

VOTE! Visit vote.org to find your polling place and more information 🇺🇸 .Photo: “Nari Ward: We the People,” 2019. Exhibi...
11/03/2020

VOTE! Visit vote.org to find your polling place and more information 🇺🇸
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Photo: “Nari Ward: We the People,” 2019. Exhibition view: New Museum, New York. Photo: Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio

Plan Your Vote with artist Julie Mehretu! Go to PlanYourVote.org or visit https://bit.ly/2JmHRwV to learn more! 💥
11/01/2020

Plan Your Vote with artist Julie Mehretu! Go to PlanYourVote.org or visit https://bit.ly/2JmHRwV to learn more! 💥

10/31/2020
Marianna Simnett, "Blood in My Milk" (excerpt)

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Marianna Simnett, "Blood in My Milk" (excerpt), 2018. 5-channel HD video installation with 9.1 surround sound; 73 min. Courtesy of the artist and Matt's Gallery

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"Amina" (2017) from Jordan Casteel's series "Nights in Harlem.”Depicting a salon that specializes in hair braiding for A...
10/30/2020

"Amina" (2017) from Jordan Casteel's series "Nights in Harlem.”

Depicting a salon that specializes in hair braiding for African American women, Amina (2017) glows with fluorescent light, which illuminates a window display of posters advertising women’s hair styles. Although Amina does not feature any actual people, it exemplifies Casteel’s interest in small businesses as places where personal rituals are performed outside the home, in public space—here, a salon for women, who up until this point had not been Casteel’s primary subjects.

Jordan Casteel, Amina, 2017. Oil on canvas. 90 × 78 in (228.6 × 198.12 cm). Rennie Collection, Vancouver. © Jordan Casteel. Courtesy Casey Kaplan, New York

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NYC Public School teachers! We invite you to apply for a paid opportunity to join the New Museum's Teacher Advisory Coun...
10/30/2020

NYC Public School teachers! We invite you to apply for a paid opportunity to join the New Museum's Teacher Advisory Council, a cohort of NYC teachers dedicated to learning with contemporary art and artists! Applications are due this Friday. Apply here: https://bit.ly/31Oy20X 📋

"Cowboy E, Sean Cross, and Og Jabar" (2017) from Jordan Casteel's series "Nights in Harlem."Casteel’s subjects, who are ...
10/30/2020

"Cowboy E, Sean Cross, and Og Jabar" (2017) from Jordan Casteel's series "Nights in Harlem."

Casteel’s subjects, who are frequently black men looking directly at the viewer, are self-possessed and casually posed, but, as they stare in the distance, they also seem to ponder questions about masculinity and class, belonging and displacement. In the exchange of gazes between the sitters, the artist, and the viewers, her paintings blur impulses and aspirations to compose a nuanced portrait of daily life in the US.

Jordan Casteel, Cowboy E, Sean Cross, and Og Jabar, 2017. Oil on canvas. 90 × 78 in (228.6 × 198.12 cm). Collection Barbara and Michael Gamson. © Jordan Casteel. Courtesy Casey Kaplan, New York

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"Q" (2017) from Jordan Casteel's series "Nights in Harlem.”Casteel offers scenes with both the informality of a snapshot...
10/30/2020

"Q" (2017) from Jordan Casteel's series "Nights in Harlem.”

Casteel offers scenes with both the informality of a snapshot and the frontality of an official portrait. Casteel’s works can often be read as a reflection on the presentation of the self in everyday life and as an investigation of the relationships that tie together intimacy and distance, familiarity and otherness.

Jordan Casteel, Q, 2017. Oil on canvas. 78 × 60 in (198.1 × 152.4 cm). Ann and Mel Schaffer Family Collection. © Jordan Casteel. Courtesy Casey Kaplan, New York

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"Joe and Mozel (Pompette Wines)" (2017) from Jordan Casteel's series "Nights in Harlem.”Casteel’s encounters with her su...
10/29/2020

"Joe and Mozel (Pompette Wines)" (2017) from Jordan Casteel's series "Nights in Harlem.”

Casteel’s encounters with her subjects are animated by a different sense of place: in Nights in Harlem, Casteel shifts her attention outside, to men and women who populate the streets of her neighborhood. Posed in their environments, these figures reflect the communal spaces and social relationships they inhabit.

Jordan Casteel, Joe and Mozel (Pompette Wines), 2017. Oil on canvas. 90 × 78 in (228.6 × 198.12 cm). Private collection. © Jordan Casteel. Courtesy Casey Kaplan, New York

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"Harold" (2017) from Jordan Casteel's series "Nights in Harlem."Casteel insists upon the ordinary, offering scenes with ...
10/29/2020

"Harold" (2017) from Jordan Casteel's series "Nights in Harlem."

Casteel insists upon the ordinary, offering scenes with both the informality of a snapshot and the frontality of an official portrait. In these richly colorful works, Casteel draws upon ongoing conversations on portraiture that encompass race, gender, and subjectivity, connecting her practice to the legacy of artists like Alice Neel, Faith Ringgold, and Bob Thompson, among others.

Jordan Casteel, Harold, 2017. Oil on canvas. 78 × 60 in (198.1 × 152.4 cm). Hill Charitable Collection. © Jordan Casteel. Courtesy Casey Kaplan, New York

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This week, our feed will be dedicated to Jordan Casteel's "Nights in Harlem" series from 2017. In this series, Casteel s...
10/27/2020

This week, our feed will be dedicated to Jordan Casteel's "Nights in Harlem" series from 2017. In this series, Casteel shifts her attention to the streets of Harlem at night, transcribing the vital force of its communal spaces in both portraits and landscapes. Read more about Casteel's show, on view now: https://bit.ly/36fVW8v

"Memorial" (2017) narrates an evocative moment, displaying a discarded funerary floral arrangement propped against an overflowing garbage can on a Harlem street corner. In its ambiguity, this relic of a stranger’s death evokes the private and public rituals of mourning practiced among family and friends, as much as it does the murders of black men by law enforcement, driven by systemic racism. Although absent of any figures, this work gestures toward Casteel’s broader engagement with portraiture, which, as a form of memorialization, functions doubly as the recognition of an evident inner life and the encapsulation of a precise moment in time and space.

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Image: Jordan Casteel, Memorial, 2017. Oil on canvas. Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York.

Now on view in our Lobby Gallery: Daiga Grantina's exhibition "What Eats Around Itself." Grantina's amorphous sculptures...
10/24/2020
Daiga Grantina: What Eats Around Itself

Now on view in our Lobby Gallery: Daiga Grantina's exhibition "What Eats Around Itself." Grantina's amorphous sculptures are created from cast silicone, paint, latex, fabric, and felt, and mimic the growth of lichen, appearing to undergo construction and decomposition at once, much as lichen reproduces and consumes its own biological matter. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3dM0Mfp 🌿

The New Museum presents the first institutional solo exhibition in the US by Daiga Grantina (b. 1985, Saldus, Latvia).

In the neighborhood! NM recommends: Sky Hopinka at Broadway, "Megan Marrin: Convalescence" at Queer Thoughts, “Emily Mae...
10/22/2020

In the neighborhood! NM recommends: Sky Hopinka at Broadway, "Megan Marrin: Convalescence" at Queer Thoughts, “Emily Mae Smith: Kin” at Simone Subal Gallery, "Matthew F Fisher: The Great Fire" at Shrine, "Dena Yago: Dry Season" at Bodega, and "Tony Hope: Pumpkin Spice" at Ashes/Ashes.

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Take a deep dive with artist Joan Jonas, who speaks with New Museum curator Margot Norton about her solo exhibition “Big...
10/21/2020
Joan Jonas | New Museum Now

Take a deep dive with artist Joan Jonas, who speaks with New Museum curator Margot Norton about her solo exhibition “Big Market” (1984), which was in the New Museum’s WorkSpace gallery when it was on Broadway. Watch here: https://bit.ly/3m7BtHD 🌟

Jonas discusses the ideas behind the exhibition, which was one of her first works in installation, and her film, also titled "Big Market" (1984), shot in the markets of Budapest, Hungary.

Artist Joan Jonas speaks to New Museum curator Margot Norton about her solo exhibition “Big Market” (1984), which was in the New Museum’s WorkSpace gallery when it was on Broadway. Jonas discusses the ideas behind the exhibition, which was one of her first works in installation, and her film, ...

November 9 at 7 PM EST! Author and editor Hanya Yanagihara will interview artist Jordan Casteel about her creative pract...
10/20/2020
Jordan Casteel and Hanya Yanagihara in Conversation

November 9 at 7 PM EST! Author and editor Hanya Yanagihara will interview artist Jordan Casteel about her creative practice, on the occasion of Casteel’s New Museum exhibition “Within Reach.” Register here: https://bit.ly/3m6YhHK

Register here for this conversation. Registration closes at 5PM EST on November 9. Author and editor Hanya Yanagihara will interview artist Jordan Casteel about her creative practice, on the occasion of Casteel’s New Museum exhibition “Within Reach.

Hell, Yes! It's a lovely week to visit the New Museum! On View: Jordan Casteel, Peter Saul, Daiga Grantina, and Screens ...
10/19/2020

Hell, Yes! It's a lovely week to visit the New Museum! On View: Jordan Casteel, Peter Saul, Daiga Grantina, and Screens Series: Randa Maroufi. Reserve your timed tickets here! https://bit.ly/2QJFXGI 🌻

Photo: Benoit Pailley

Plan Your Vote with artist Christine Sun Kim! Go to PlanYourVote.Org to learn more! ✉️
10/18/2020

Plan Your Vote with artist Christine Sun Kim! Go to PlanYourVote.Org to learn more! ✉️

NEW IN SCREENS SERIES ONLINE: “Dark Side of the Moon” by Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg. Watch here: https://bit.ly/2Fu...
10/17/2020
Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg Screens Series | New Museum Now

NEW IN SCREENS SERIES ONLINE: “Dark Side of the Moon” by Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg. Watch here: https://bit.ly/2FuCXfE

“Dark Side of the Moon” continues the artist’s long engagement with the language of surreal dreams and fairy tales to visualize complex psychological narratives of contemporary life. In this new work, the young woman protagonist of the video is at turns tormented and befriended by a cadre of strange anthropomorphic creatures: an unsavory wolf, a ribald pig, a mischievous full moon, and a threatening forest cottage. The circuitous conversations between the characters, amplified by Berg’s playful and enigmatic score, reveal conflicted emotions of desire, revulsion, belonging and exclusion. As in much of the pair’s work, the viewer enters a world that is both terrifying and familiar.

Dark Side of the Moon continues the artist’s long engagement with the language of surreal dreams and fairy tales to visualize complex psychological narratives of contemporary life. In this new work, the young woman protagonist of the video is at turns tormented and befriended by a cadre of strange...

On October 29 at 7 PM EST, join us for a virtual conversation with the legendary Claudia Rankine and Judith Butler. Free...
10/15/2020
Visionaries Series: Claudia Rankine In Conversation with Judith Butler

On October 29 at 7 PM EST, join us for a virtual conversation with the legendary Claudia Rankine and Judith Butler. Free with registration—register here! https://bit.ly/3nIOGbP

This conversation is presented as part of the Stuart Regen Visionaries Series, an annual program honoring individuals who have made major contributions to art and culture and who are actively imagining a better future.

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The New Museum will feature Claudia Rankine in conversation with Judith Butler for the 2020 Visionaries program. The Stuart Regen Visionaries Series is an annual program honoring individuals who have made major contributions to art and culture and who are actively imagining a better future.

Congratulations to Simone Leigh, who is representing the United States at the 2022 edition of the Venice Biennale! 🎈 htt...
10/14/2020

Congratulations to Simone Leigh, who is representing the United States at the 2022 edition of the Venice Biennale! 🎈 https://bit.ly/33WrKO5

For her exhibition and residency at the New Museum in 2016, "Simone Leigh: The Waiting Room," Leigh considered the possibilities of disobedience, desire, and self-determination as they manifest in resistance to an imposed state of deferral and debasement.

TEACHERS WORKSHOP ALERT: on October 21, join artist Maia Ruth Lee for an art making workshop titled “Signs and Symbols f...
10/13/2020

TEACHERS WORKSHOP ALERT: on October 21, join artist Maia Ruth Lee for an art making workshop titled “Signs and Symbols for Healing.” In this virtual workshop, Lee will discuss themes of migration and translation in her work, and invite teachers to experiment with the process of creating symbolic languages and sculptural forms drawn from memories, experiences, and emotions. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/34Ty20f
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Image: Maia Ruth Lee, Auspicious Glyphs 1.2, 2016. Steel, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist

Diedrick Brackens featured in Vogue! The artist has a new show open at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. Read ...
10/13/2020
With “Darling Divined,” Textile Artist Diedrick Brackens Plumbs His Southern Roots

Diedrick Brackens featured in Vogue! The artist has a new show open at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2GKAgr1

Diedrick’s work is singular in its form, mindful in its every thread, and generative in its message. It honors, complicates, and breathes new life into the rich histories of weaving. His exhibition at the New Museum, darling divined, brought together a body of work that spoke to ideas of intimacy and divination—elevating concepts such as care, healing, and community, which are typically not embraced in a fine-arts context. His works are thoughtful and poignant allegories that are at once of our moment and timeless. —Margot Norton, Curator.

With his richly layered textiles, Diedrick Brackens summons the spirit of both kente cloth and the Unicorn tapestries.

"Noelle" (2019) is part of Jordan Casteel’s series of portraits depicting her undergraduate students at Rutgers Universi...
10/02/2020

"Noelle" (2019) is part of Jordan Casteel’s series of portraits depicting her undergraduate students at Rutgers University-Newark, which are composed as domestic tableaux wherein the sitters and the artist share moments of proximity and estrangement. Read more about the exhibition here: https://bit.ly/36fVW8v

Taking inspiration from bell hooks’s 1994 text “Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom,” in which the feminist writer and social critic outlines an antidiscriminatory pedagogy centering on the reciprocity between students and teachers, Casteel incorporates her work as a teacher into her artistic practice. For this series, Casteel asks students how they wish to be portrayed—whether in the company of family members, in public, or at home, surrounded by personal belongings. In this painting, Noelle is seated comfortably amid the patterned textiles, toys, and artworks that decorate her bedroom, expounding a sense of intimacy which doubles as an allegory of fleeting youth.

Image: Jordan Casteel, Noelle, 2019 (detail). Oil on canvas. Image courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York.

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The New Museum is the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to contemporary art. Found­ed in 1977, the New Museum is a center for exhibitions, information, and documentation about living art­ists from around the world. From its beginnings as a one-room office on Hudson Street to the inauguration of its first freestanding building on the Bowery designed by SANAA in 2007, the New Museum continues to be a place of experimentation.


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