New Museum Appoints Gary Carrion-Murayari and Alex Gartenfeld as Curators of the 2018 New Museum Triennial.

4th New Museum Triennial 2018

Since its inception in 2009, the triennial has earned a reputation for presenting a fresher, younger and more international approach to contemporary art than its rival, the Whitney Biennial. In line with this philosophy, the New Museum has appointed two young and ambitious curators.

Artistic Director Massimiliano Gioni: “I cannot think of two curators who are more in tune with emerging art today than Gary Carrion-Murayari and Alex Gartenfeld. They are young, but their achievements and careers are impressive. They will form quite a dynamic team.”

Alex Gartenfeld is the founding Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, where he has organized solo exhibitions for Virginia Overton, Pedro Reyes, Ryan Sullivan, and Andra Ursuta, among others. Forthcoming are monographic exhibitions of work by Alex Bag, Shannon Ebner, and John Miller. In support of ICA Miami’s mission to provide a platform for the work of the most experimental artists practicing today and the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally, Gartenfeld also oversees educational programming, public programs, and catalogues for the museum. In April 2013, Gartenfeld co-curated “Empire State” for Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome. Gartenfeld previously organized exhibitions at the Zabludowicz Collection, London, and the School of Visual Arts, New York, among other venues. Between 2009 and 2013, Gartenfeld cofounded two alternative exhibition spaces in New York, Three’s Company and West Street Gallery. From 2008 to 2013, he was Senior Editor at Art in America and Interview magazine. Gartenfeld is a frequent contributor to international scholarly journals and an editor-at-large at Art in America.

Gary Carrion-Murayari is Kraus Family Curator at the New Museum, where he has been an integral part of the curatorial team since joining the staff in 2010. Over the past five years, he has curated solo exhibitions for Phyllida Barlow, Ellen Gallagher, Haroon Mirza, and Camille Henrot, among others. He has also co-curated several New Museum exhibitions, including “Ghosts in the Machine,” “NYC 1993,” “Here and Elsewhere,” and “Chris Ofili: Night and Day.” He previously worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art for seven years, where he organized solo presentations of work by Elad Lassry and Karthik Pandian, and co-curated a number of group exhibitions. Carrion-Murayari was the co-curator, with Francesco Bonami, of the 2010 Whitney Biennial. He has contributed to numerous publications and exhibition catalogues, and has edited and overseen the production of several New Museum catalogues over the past five years. He is currently co-organizing a retrospective exhibition on the artist Jim Shaw, which will open at the New Museum in October.

Image: Gary Carrion-Murayari (left) and Alex Gartenfeld. Photo: Nicole Adsit via New Museum

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