Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, an exhibition exploring gender identity will open at the New Museum on September 27. With work from over 40 artists, the exhibition will span the second, third and fourth floors of the museum. Artists from all generations using art to discuss gender as a fluid entity–yet not exempt from power dynamics and struggles–will be on display.
The launch of the exhibit marks the 40th anniversary of The New Museum, which has been committed to exploring issues regarding sexuality and gender since its inception, with four different exhibits on the topics running during the 1980s and 90s.
The featured art–which comes in a variety of mediums including film, video, performance, painting, photography, and sculpture–will explore the inevitable intersections of gender with race, disability, class, and sexuality. The New Museum also aims to capture the multiple meanings of the word “Trigger” within their exhibition, including the problematic and contradictory definitions.
The exhibition will feature some commissioned pieces, including a braided sculpture by Diamond Stingily which will begin in the Museum Lobby and stretch up to the Fourth Floor.
There will also be several live performances, including a two-part musical by Morgan Bassichis and a three-episode reunion of Dyke Division’s live lesbian soap opera, Room for Cream, which ran at La MaMa Theater in New York from 2008 to 2010.
The exhibition was curated by Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement, with Assistant Curators Natalie Bell and Sara O’Keeffe.
“Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” will run in the New Museum until January 21, 2018.
WHEN: September 27, 2017- January 21, 2018
WHERE: 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
Check out more of the featured artists’ works below.