To celebrate New Museum’s 40th anniversary (contemporary art museums, they grow up so fast!), two new gallery spaces and several exhibits will be added this fall. The temporary galleries will open on September 27 and showcase work by Peter Halilaj and filmmaker Khalil Joseph.
The galleries will connect the museum’s ground floor to 231 Bowery, which the museum purchased in 2011, and will operate for an indefinite period of time, according to a museum spokesperson.
If Joesph sounds familiar it’s because he has collaborated with heavy hitters like Kendrick Lamar, FKA Twigs and Arcade Fire. He was also one of the directors behind Beyoncé’s Lemonade. This, his first solo exhibition in NYC, is inspired by Harlem and New York City’s past, present and future. According to a press release from New Museum, “This new work will be presented in an installation together with m.A.A.d.(2014), a lush two-channel portrait of Compton, CA, that blends home video footage from the early 1990s with Joseph’s own footage, shot two decades later. Seen together, these works will serve as foils to one another, offering a conversation between two contrasting urban settings and the people who call them home.”
Halilaj’s work will be presented in a different new gallery that is said to provide artists with a dynamic space to premiere their work and productions. Halilaj’s exhibition will draw from his home in Runik, Kosovo and “will trace residents’ recollections of remaining archaeological objects as personal origin stories and, by recreating their annexed collection, will give shape to a material heritage that currently exists only in their imagination.”
The New Museum will also open “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” on September 27. The exhibition aims to “investigate gender’s place in contemporary art and culture today,” and will show how the subject “cannot be understood outside its complex intersections with race, class, sexuality, and disability.” It will take up the second, third and fourth floors and will feature work from more than 40 artists, including B+B favorite Vaginal Davis as well as New York-based House of Ladosha, Morgan Bassichis, Tschabalala Self and Simone Leigh.
Joseph and Halilaj’s exhibits will run until January 7, 2018 and Triggers will close January 21, 2018.