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Selections from the New Museum Collection. Conceptual art, performance, photography, painting, political art, new media and installation are all incorporated in A Work in Progress. Organized by Senior Curator Dan Cameron, the exhibition touches on many of the key developments in contemporary art over the last 30 years and marks a renewed emphasis on building the Museum's collection. Jacqueline Fraser: "in five parts deftly and six details of straining>" and Jason Middlebrook: "Dig"
Christian Boltanski, Mona Hatoum, Cildo Meireles, Andres Serrano,
Nancy Spero and David Wojnarowicz all had their first surveys at the New
Museum of Contemporary Art. A Work in Progress includes works by
these artists and more than 40 others spanning the mid-1970s to the
present. Organized by Senior Curator Dan Cameron, the exhibition
touches on many of the key developments in contemporary art over the
last 30 years and marks a renewed emphasis on building the Museum's
Conceptual art, performance, photography, painting, political art, new media and installation are all incorporated in A Work in Progress. At the core of this selection are many recently acquired new works from the Altoids Curiously Strong Collection by young artists such as Laylah Ali, Jessica Craig-Martin, Sue de Beer, Sam Durant, Eve Fowler, Mark Lombardi, and Fatimah Tuggar. A historical context for this selection is provided through the inclusion of key pieces from the 1970s and 1980s by ACT UP (Gran Fury), Robert Colescott, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Hans Haacke, Ann Hamilton, Tehching Hsieh, Komar & Melamid, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Cildo Meireles, Bruce Nauman, Andres Serrano, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Camilo Jose Vergara, Krysztof Wodiczko and David Wojnarowicz.
A Work in Progress marks an assessment of the New Museum's collecting policy and coincides with the formulation of a new set of guidelines.
A Work in Progress is supported in part by the Producers Council, by Patron level and New Group members.
Jacqueline Fraser: A PORTRAIT OF THE LOST BOYS
For her first New York exhibition, Jacqueline Fraser creates a labyrinthine site-specific installation of eleven life-size female wire figures draped in sumptuous pink, black and brown fabrics alongside the heads of young boys, also sculpted in wire. The beauty and fragility of the materials contrast sharply with the harsh subject matter of the work. Through the story of the premature death of a local New Zealand boy, accompanying texts address the disenfranchisement of youth in society today. Fraser recently represented New Zealand in the 2001 Venice Biennale. Organized by Anne Barlow.
The presentation of A PORTRAIT OF THE LOST BOYS is made possible with the support of the Consulate General of New Zealand.
JASON MIDDLEBROOK: Dig
05 October 2001 - 03 February 2002
Using artificial materials to build fake layers of earth, stones, plants, roots, and wild ground cover, New Yorker Jason Middlebrook has created Dig, a site-specific project designed for the ledge above the New Museum Store. The installation mimics an excavation site as if a hole were cut directly through the floor of the Museum revealing the ground beneath. Dig continues the artist's exploration of the division between nature and culture and brings to life the physical and geologic history lying below the steel and concrete of New York City. Organized by William Stover.
Dig is made possible with the support of the Producers Council.