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Albert Oehlen, Jim Shaw and More Among New Museum's 2015 Exhibitions

The New Museum in New York City has announced its 2015 schedule of exhibitions and initiatives. Details below!


2015 Triennial: "Surround Audience"
February 25-May 24, 2015

A signature program of the New Museum, the Triennial is the only recurring international exhibition in New York City devoted to early-career artists from around the world. It provides an important platform for an emergent generation of artists that is shaping the discourse of contemporary art. The 2015 Triennial is organized by Lauren Cornell, Curator at the New Museum, and iconic artist Ryan Trecartin, who was featured in the inaugural 2009 Triennial. This third iteration of the Triennial is titled "Surround Audience" and will feature fifty-one artists and artist collectives from over twenty-five countries; for many of the participants, this will be their first inclusion in a museum exhibition in the United States. The exhibition will encompass a variety of artistic practices, including sound, dance, comedy, poetry, installation, sculpture, painting, video, and one online talk show.

"Albert Oehlen: Home and Garden"
June 10-September 6, 2015
Third and Fourth Floors

This summer, the New Museum will present the first major New York exhibition of the work of German artist Albert Oehlen (b. 1954). Surveying the past thirty years of his career and demonstrating his immeasurable influence on contemporary painting, the exhibition will include paintings, drawings, and prints from several of his most important bodies of work. "Albert Oehlen: Home and Garden" will include a selection of the artist's early self-portraits, his "Computer Paintings" and "Switch Paintings" from the 1990s, and more recent works fusing appropriated advertising signage and aggressive brushstrokes. Rather than following a chronological path through Oehlen's prodigious output, the exhibition is divided into sections devoted to works evoking domestic spaces and the natural environment. Exploring contrasts between interior and exterior, nature and culture, and irony and sincerity, the exhibition demonstrates Oehlen's commitment to continually expanding the language of painting in surprising ways. The exhibition is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director, and Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator, with Natalie Bell, Assistant Curator. Further Details

"Jim Shaw"
October 7, 2015-January 10, 2016
Second, Third, and Fourth Floors

Over the past thirty years, Jim Shaw (b. 1952) has become one of America's most influential and visionary artists, moving between painting, sculpture, and drawing, while building connections between his own psyche and America's larger political, social, and spiritual histories. Shaw's imagery is mined from the cultural refuse of the twentieth century, using comic books, record covers, conspiracy magazines, and obscure religious iconography to produce a portrait of the American subconscious. Although a recognized icon of the Los Angeles art scene since the 1970s, Shaw has never had a museum show in New York. This exhibition will reveal the breadth and inventiveness of his art. A comprehensive selection of his works will be presented alongside a selection of his collection of thrift store paintings and pedagogical materials, including religious pamphlets and propaganda posters, which he has been amassing for decades. The exhibition is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director, and Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator, with Margot Norton, Assistant Curator. Details forthcoming.



The Fall 2014 R&D Season, CHOREOGRAPHY, culminates in two exhibitions by the artist duo Gerard & Kelly (Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly) and the Brooklyn-based artist community AUNTS. The New Museum's R&D Seasons are spearheaded by Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement.

December 16, 2014-February 15, 2015
Various non-gallery spaces around the Museum

Originating in Brooklyn, AUNTS is both a growing community of artists and a choreographic structure for organizing simultaneous performance and art activities in shared spaces. This fall, the New Museum, by invitation from the Stedelijk Museum and Trouw (a nightclub and arts space in Amsterdam), has organized a special international dance-for-camera edition of AUNTS as part of the "Trouw Invites..." exhibition series. "AUNTSforcamera" presents nine dance-for-camera works that were created simultaneously through a shared open studio process in the New Museum Theater (September 10-14, 2014). Originally presented as an immersive moving-image installation at Trouw (November 6-30, 2014), these works return to the New Museum where they will be installed in a dispersed exhibition format in various interstitial non-gallery spaces throughout the building. With multiple aspects of this project taking place in various forms at Trouw and the New Museum, "AUNTSforcamera" reveals a community representing itself differently for different kinds of spaces, while embracing how different spaces enable different kinds of community experiences to occur. "AUNTSforcamera" is organized by Travis Chamberlain, Associate Curator of Performance and Manager of Public Programs, New Museum, in collaboration with Laurie Berg and Liliana Dirks-Goodman, organizers of AUNTS. Watch a video about the project here.

"Gerard & Kelly: P.O.L.E. (People, Objects, Language, Exchange)"
Fall 2014 R&D Season Artists in Residence
February 4-15, 2015
Lobby Gallery

"P.O.L.E. (People, Objects, Language, Exchange)" culminates a six-month residency with a two-week exhibition combining sculptural objects and live performance in the New Museum Lobby Gallery. An exploration of the choreography of relationships and the movement of cultural transmission, this ten-day pop-up exhibition distills a publicly engaged research process that has taken the form of classes, workshops, talks, and live "reverberations" organized around an installation in the Museum's Fifth Floor Gallery (October 8, 2014-January 25, 2015). During the Lobby Gallery exhibition this February, multiple temporalities and states of being converge-objects and bodies, history and the disappearing present, rehearsal and performance, repetitions and the intervals between-to articulate pole dance as the ground for intimate exchange. A highly charged choreographic form, pole dancing is utilized here in an effort to reconcile forces of suspension and gravity and the assumptions of high and low cultural embodiment. "P.O.L.E. (People, Objects, Language, Exchange)" is organized by Johanna Burton.


May 28-30, 2015
(Schedule to be announced in early 2015)

IDEAS CITY explores the future of cities around the globe with the belief that art and culture are essential to the vitality of urban centers. Founded by the New Museum in 2011, it is a major collaborative initiative between hundreds of arts, education, and community organizations. The biennial IDEAS CITY Festival takes place every other May in New York City, while IDEAS CITY Global Conferences are organized in key cities around the world. This May, the New Museum will present the third IDEAS CITY Festival in downtown New York that will include a conference, workshops, activities on the street around the Bowery, and dozens of independent projects and public events that function as forums for exchanging ideas, proposing solutions, and accelerating creativity. The theme for the next IDEAS CITY: NY is The Invisible City, and the full program will be announced in early 2015. Visit

The full exhibition schedule will be announced in early 2015.

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