Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon

Sep 27, 2017 - Jan 21, 2018

New Museum

235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Time: Tue-Wed 11am-6pm; Thu 11am-9pm; Fri-Sun 11am-6pm; closed Mondays
Phone Number: 212-219-1222
Contact: info@newmuseum.org
Website: http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/trigger-gender-as-a-tool-and-as-a-weapon
Description:

"Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon" will aim to investigate gender's place in contemporary art and culture today, placing special emphasis on the current stakes around visibility at our moment of political upheaval and renewed culture wars.


The New Museum has been dedicated to cutting-edge art and urgent ideas from its inception, devoting many exhibitions and programs over the years to issues of representation with regard to gender and sexuality: "Extended Sensibilities" (1982), "Difference" (1984-85), "Homo Video" (1986-87), and "Bad Girls" (1994) are just four notable examples. Following this tradition, and in our 40th anniversary year, "Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon" will aim to investigate gender's place in contemporary art and culture today, placing special emphasis on the current stakes around visibility at our moment of political upheaval and renewed culture wars. Recently, gender has come to be more commonly understood as a spectrum, with various modes of expression and self-determination at play in reestablishing its parameters. "Trigger" will consider how even a fluid conception of gender is nonetheless marked by ongoing power negotiations and cannot be understood outside its complex intersections with race, class, sexuality, and disability. The exhibition's title, "Trigger," takes into account that word's range of meanings, variously problematic and potent; the term evokes both traumatic recall and mechanisms that, set into motion, are capable of igniting radical change.


The exhibition will occupy the three main floors of the New Museum and feature more than forty artists working across a variety of mediums and genres, including film, video, performance, painting, sculpture, and craft. Many embrace explicit pleasure and visual lushness as political strategies, and some deliberately reject or complicate overt representation, turning to poetic language, docufiction, and abstraction to affirm ambiguities and reflect shifting physical embodiment. Representing no single point of view, and in some cases presenting productively contradictory positions, "Trigger" will assemble artists for their singular efforts in considering gender's capacities to serve as analogies for a more general refusal of stable categorization-a refusal at the heart of today's most compelling artistic practices. Among the artists in the exhibition will be Morgan Bassichis, Nayland Blake, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Vaginal Davis, Ektor Garcia, House of Ladosha, Candice Lin, Christina Quarles, Tschabalala Self, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Sable Elyse Smith, and Wu Tsang.


This exhibition is curated by Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement, with Natalie Bell, Assistant Curator, and Sara O'Keeffe, Assistant Curator. It will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue designed by Joseph Logan and published by the New Museum. The catalogue includes essays by Rizvana Bradley and Jeannine Tang, as well as a conversation between Mel Y. Chen and Julia Bryan-Wilson. It also includes genealogies organized by Sara O'Keeffe, an institutional archival portfolio, and transcripts of roundtable conversations between members of the exhibition's advisory group: Lia Gangitano, Ariel Goldberg, Jack Halberstam, Fred Moten, and Eric Stanley.


Sponsors


Major support for "Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon" is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


Generous funding is provided by the International Leadership Council of the New Museum.

Event Type: Exhibition