Way before there was Banksy and Bloomberg, there was Ofili and Giuliani.
Remember the artist who whipped Rudy into a lather with his painting, in the Brooklyn Museum’s infamous “Sensation” exhibit, of a black Virgin Mary surrounded by many a vagina, with a breast made from elephant dung? Well, New Museum does! At a presser this morning, the museum’s director of exhibitions, Massimiliano Gioni, announced that next October, they’ll stage English-Trinidadian provocateur Chris Ofili‘s first major solo museum exhibition in the U.S.
“We’ve been trying to work with Chris basically since 2007 and finally he has agreed to this show,” said Gioni, adding that the “introspective” (which is what the New Mu likes to call retrospectives) would be spread out across three floors. We’re assuming de Blasio’s invite is already in the mail.
Gioni announced plenty of other exhibits, as well. Here’s what’s coming up after “Museum as Hub” (which will transform the fifth floor into a spaceship module) opens in January:
FEB 12 – APRIL 20
Paweł Althamer – The Polish artist’s first US museum show will bring back Draftsmen’s Congress, an interactive work that invites others to draw and paint collaboratively, and his Venice Biennale piece The Venetians, for which he created sculptures using plaster casts of the faces and hands of Venice residents.
Laure Prouvost – The French artist’s first US museum show involves a multi-channel video installation in the Lobby Gallery.
APRIL 23- JUNE 25
Jeanine Oleson – The local artist who used the world’s biggest smudge stick to cleanse negativity and homophobia from the streets of NYC will present, among other things, an “experimental opera around neoliberal conditions of globalization as empire.” Sign us up!
Ragnar Kjartansson – The Icelandic artist will present his installation Take Me Here by the Dishwasher – Memorial for a Marriage, which plays on family legend that he was conceived around the time his mother, an actress, appeared in a love scene in Iceland’s first feature film. The scene in question will be reproduced while 10 guitarists continuously play a live soundtrack.
Roberto Cuoghi – The Italian artist — best known for gaining weight and growing a beard so he could mimic his father over the course of years — will present “a selection of his recent work including an ambitious sound piece in the form of an imagined ancient Assyrian lament from 612 BC, performed on a collection of handmade instruments carefully researched, built, and played by the artist himself.”
Camille Henrot – The French artist‘s solo show will include videos such as Grosse Fatigue , which took home a Silver Lion Award at the 55th Venice Biennale earlier this year (you can catch a glimpse of it here).
JULY 16 – SEPT. 28
Yalla – The museum is billing this as “one of the most comprehensive presentations of contemporary art from and around the Arab world in the US to date.” It’ll feature “groundbreaking work by emerging, established, and under-recognized artists.”