The Generational: Younger Than Jesus

A photo report from the opening of the New Museum’s inaugural Triennial.

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"The Generational: Younger Than Jesus" Inaugural Triennial Exhibition

at The New Museum of Contemporary Art
in the Lower East Side area
This event has ended - (2009-04-08 - 2009-07-05)

In Photo Reports by Matt Schlecht 2009-04-08 print

I’m still processing this sprawling collection of pieces by an international selection of artists born after 1976. While I’m not exactly sure what the museum is trying to imply about the future of their careers by establishing Christ as a benchmark, it was refreshing to see so much space given to new work, new names, and new methods. Isn’t that the point of a New Museum? No word yet on whether “Younger Than Jesus” will be a new price level on the reduced admission chart.

Liz Glynn's ''24 Hour Roman Reconstruction Project,'' staffed by volunteers.

A jukebox in the lobby by Ruth Ewan...stocked with songs categorized in genres like ''Ecology'' and ''Anti-Thatcher.''

''Large Collage (New Museum)'' by Josh Smith with James Richards ''Active Negative Programme'' in the foreground.

Photocopied drawings by Kateřina Šedá.

A gallery attendant wearing Ryan Gander's tracksuit, ''This Consequence,'' with embroidered stains.

''Das Institut'' by Kerstin Brätsch and Adele Roeder with Adam Pendleton's silkscreen ''Black Dada'' in back.

The stairway shaft space becomes a quiet place of study with Tris Vonna-Michell's installation.

Mariechen Danz, ''Fossilizing the Body Border Disorder.''

Matt Keegan's installation, ''New Museum Edit.''

Ryan Trecartin has a lot of space to stretch out in, with his videos occupying odd living rooms.

It's all mirrors and light from Kitty Kraus.

An analogue audio collage, 4 turntables playing Bolero by Icaro Zorbar.Tauba Auerbach's ''Crease II.''

Cory Arcangel posing in front of his Photoshop print while someone sleeps.

For Chu Yun's project, a female participant takes a sleeping pill and spends the rest of the day oblivious to the museum bustle around her.

Stephen G. Rhodes, ''Interregnum Repetition Restoration, (Upholstered)'' and ''Vacant Portraits 35-36.''

Works by Ida Ekblad, Adriana Lara, and Ahmet Öğüt.

Liu Chuang, ''Buying Everything On You.''

Matt Schlecht

Matt Schlecht. Matt is an editor and writer based in Brooklyn. He is also Co-Director of Horse+Dragon NYC, an organization that provides editorial, publicity and design services for artists and nonprofits. » See other writings

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