New Beginnings on the Bowery


Rhizome affiliated with the New Museum of Contemporary Art in 2003, when the organizations identified a shared commitment to emerging art and ideas. Founded in 1977 by visionary curator Marcia Tucker, the New Museum is the first and only Museum in New York dedicated to contemporary art and has a tradition of innovative and risk-taking programs centered around a mission of 'new art, new ideas.' On December 1, the New Museum opened the doors to its new home, the Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA-designed seven-story structure on the Bowery. Rhizome will play a significant role in the new building and partner in the presentation of new media art through co-presented exhibitions and a monthly event series. Our members receive a discount on programming and also on merchandise- books, artists limited editions- at the New Museum Store. One of our first co-presented exhibitions is BLACK ON WHITE, GREY ASCENDING, a new commission by internet art collective, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES. Installed in the lobby gallery of the Museum, the artists expanded their usual single-channel format to a seven-screen installation that, through their signature-style language-based Flash animations, narrates a chilling story of abduction and murder from seven points of view. The main, inaugural exhibition Unmonumental is a four-part show that examines the practice of collage in contemporary art and defines the current times as an age of crumbled symbols and broken icons. Starting as a survey of recent sculpture, Unmonumental will morph into an assemblage of objects, images, sounds, and internet-based works. Montage: Unmonumental online, the fourth and final addition to the show, is organized by Rhizome, and will be on view online starting February 15. Rhizome celebrates this important phase in the life of both institutions and looks forward to connecting new media art to broader audiences through this exciting new building. - Rhizome