New Museum

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In her Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Austrian novelist Elfriede Jelinek asked, “Is writing the gift of curling up with reality?”

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Quickly Aging Here: The 2015 Triennial

by Thomas Micchelli on February 28, 2015

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After six years and three installments, is the New Museum’s Triennial entering middle age? An odd question for an exhibition devoted to “early-career artists,” as the museum’s press release describes them.

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The New Museum’s third triennial, Surround Audience, is not nearly as immersive as its title suggests, and it sabotages many of the most conventional two-dimensional and sculptural works on view.

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Photo Essays

Pole Dancers Drop It Like It’s Political

by Vic Vaiana on February 11, 2015

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Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly have brought politicized pole dancing to the New Museum.

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Let’s face it: there’s Brooklyn, and then there’s the rest of New York City. (Sorry, rest of New York City!)

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Detail of Chris Ofili,

A more descriptive subtitle for Chris Ofili: Day and Night, the New Museum’s dazzling survey of Chris Offili’s paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, would be “Day and Night and Day.”

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That vast, often vague, less metropolitan expanse that New Yorkers usually call “Upstate” has been a major force in the evolution of contemporary media art.

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Four Questions About Contemporary Arab Art

by Hrag Vartanian on September 28, 2014

Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum

I admit to feeling crippled by the New Museum’s Here and Elsewhere show. As the first major show of art from the “Arab world” in a New York museum, it stirs a huge well of emotions and frustrations about a topic that needs volumes to unpack.

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With less than a week to go before the opening of two shows that feature the works of Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar, I received a message from him that read: “The Israelis sent me back.” Another soon followed: “No trip to NY.”

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Art at First Sound

by Jeremy Polacek on June 24, 2014

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Riding the elevator at the New Museum has become an alluring audio experience. Nearly every floor calls out with some unseen signature of sound, whether it’s the notes of a boozy, guitar-strumming party or white noise.

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