The New Museum is one of the most exciting institutions for art lovers in NYC. Established by curator Marcia Tucker in 1977, it is an incubator for innovative ideas from up-and-coming visionary artists and a showcase for those who’ve already made their mark. With its constant roster of eye-opening exhibitions, there’s always a reason to revisit this Lower East Side gem. And that couldn’t be easier for residents of the One Manhattan Square condos, who can get here in 20 minutes.
‘Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott’ (Until Oct. 9)
Praised by the New Museum as “one of the most consequential artists of his time,” Robert Colescott satirized American culture — in particular, for its lack of Black representation — through bold, cartoonish paintings. Around 40 are on show at this thought-provoking retrospective, including “George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page From an American History Textbook,” which turns the iconic image that it lampoons on its head. Colescott himself said this piece was designed to make people question everything that the original artwork stood for.
‘Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca: Five Times Brazil’ (Until Oct. 16)
Head to the museum’s third floor for “Five Times Brazil,” a collaborative project between Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca that sheds light on a period of sociopolitical turmoil in the South American country. Experiencing the duo’s series of films and video installations, you’ll leave this exhibition with a richer understanding of Brazil — from the dance style of the Northeast known as frevo, to the theater of Coletivo Banzeiros, a group who’ve been rallying against inequality for four decades.
‘Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces’ (Nov. 10, 2022-Feb. 5, 2023)
Fresh from creating this year’s Serpentine Pavilion in London, Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates takes over three floors of the New Museum this November, showcasing the fruits of his labor from the past 20 years. Among the myriad works on show will be his celebrated “tar paintings,” which harness industrial materials to audacious effect, and pay homage to Gates’ father, who was a roofer. “Young Lords and Their Traces” really flaunts the artist’s diversity; everything from ceramics to sound installations demonstrate a truly holistic talent.
‘Vivian Caccuri and Miles Greenberg: The Shadow of Spring’ (Nov. 10, 2022-Feb. 5, 2023)
The phenomenon of vibration is at the center of “The Shadow of Spring,” a joint show by Vivian Caccuri and Miles Greenberg. The artists delve into relationships between our bodies and sound waves through a slew of specially commissioned art forms, including sculptures, embroidery, and sound works. This promises to be an illuminating show, demonstrating that “sound can integrate communities and dismantle preconceived ideas of what bodies are, can do, and can become.”
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