New Museum Reveals Roster for Trecartin and Cornell’s Triennial

K-HOLE, YOUTH MODE: A REPORT ON FREEDOM, 2013. Courtesy the artist.





The 2015 Triennial at New York’s New Museum, organized by artist Ryan Trecartin and New Museum curator Lauren Cornell, may be a stretch even for an institution that touts its progressiveness; it includes sound, comedy and an online talk show among the mediums represented, along with the more traditional ones.

“Surround Audience” (Feb. 25-May 24, 2015) boasts a roster of 51 artists and collectives from over two dozen countries, and according to the museum, it will be the first time in a U.S. museum for many of them. As expected, Cornell and Trecartin’s picks are an especially young and stylish bunch. Only 17 were born as far back as the 1970s; at 43, Austrian Lisa Holzer is the oldest. The list includes collectives like New York-based DIS, which recently was tapped to curate the next Berlin Biennial, and K-HOLE; writing for A.i.A. earlier this year, critic Brian Droitcour summed up the New York-based collective’s activities: “K-Hole publishes quarterly trend reports as PDFs that can be downloaded for free at The art world reads K-Hole as cultural critics. Market researchers hire them as consultants.”

In the statement announcing the artist list, the curators put forth three main points of inquiry. First: how representations of the body have changed in our image-saturated culture; second: whether it is possible to escape the “increasingly corporatized and invasive spaces” that define reality today; and third: how artists aim to broaden their publics and their practice through engaging with activism and the media.

It’s the museum’s third triennial; the first, “Younger than Jesus,” in 2009, focused on artists under 33 and was curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Laura Hoptman and Lauren Cornell. The second, “The Ungovernables,” in 2012, focused less on youth and more on the artists’ countries of origin, and had a distinctly non-Western focus.

Cornell says in the press release that the show is in part inspired by Trecartin’s work, which, she says, “vividly manifests a world in which the effects of technology and late capitalism have been absorbed into our bodies and altered our vision of the world.”

The artist list:

Nadim Abbas
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
niv Acosta
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Sophia Al-Maria
Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili
Ed Atkins
Olga Balema
Frank Benson
Sascha Braunig
Antoine Catala
Aslı ÇavuÅ?oÄ?lu
José León Cerrillo
Onejoon Che
Tania Pérez Córdova
Verena Dengler
Aleksandra DomanoviÄ?
Casey Jane Ellison
Geumhyung Jeong
Ane Graff
Guan Xiao
Shadi Habib Allah
Eloise Hawser
Lena Henke
Lisa Holzer
Juliana Huxtable
Renaud Jerez
Shreyas Karle
Kiluanji Kia Henda
Josh Kline
Eva Kotátková
Donna Kukama
Firenze Lai
Oliver Laric
Li Liao
Rachel Lord
Basim Magdy
Nicholas Mangan
Ashland Mines
Shelly Nadashi
Eduardo Navarro
Steve Roggenbuck
Avery K. Singer
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
Martine Syms
Lisa Tan
Luke Willis Thompson
Peter Wächtler