‘Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon’ to open at The New Museum

Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Toxic, The New Museum
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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.

Mariah Garnett, Encounters I May or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin, The New Museum
Mariah Garnett, Encounters I May Or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin, 2012. Installation view, Human Resources, Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist

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.

Diamond Stingily, Kaa, The New Museum
Diamond Stingily, Kaa, 2016. Kanekalon hair, knockers, barrettes, beads, 240 in (609.6 cm). Courtesy the artist and Queer Thoughts, New York

Both veteran artists such as Nancy Brooks Brody and Vaginal Davis will have work featured alongside newer artists, including Sable Elyse Smith, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and Chris Vargas.

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

INFO: newmuseum.org


Check out more of the featured artists’ works below.

Troy Michie, La Bicicleta, The New Museum
Troy Michie, La Bicicleta, 2015. Digital inkjet print collage, 41 ½ × 35 in (105.4 × 89 cm). Courtesy the artist
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