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Artist #CarolRama’s home, pictured above, remains nearly untouched following her death in 2015. A recent @TMagazine article explores Rama’s hometown of Turin, Italy, and its place in art history (link in bio). Turin was also home to renowned Arte Povera artists including #MarioMerz, #MarisaMerz, #MichelangeloPistoletto, #JannisKounellis, and #AlighieroBoetti. See over 150 works from throughout Rama’s career now in our exhibition “Carol Rama: Antibodies.” [Photo: @Jackie_Nickerson]

Artist Jordan Wolfson's VR work is the talk of the #WhitneyBiennial. Hear him discuss his work in a screening and Q&A with @rhizomedotorg's Aria Dean on June 15 (tickets at link in bio). [Cover Image: Jordan Wolfson, “Riverboat Song,” 2017 (still). Video; 7:27 min. Courtesy the artist]

"I paint first and foremost to cure myself." - #CarolRama. Rama, a self-taught artist from Turin, Italy, received recognition late in life, winning the #GoldenLion for lifetime achievement at the 2003 @labiennale at the age of 85. [📷: @jx10]

@RAGGANYC, a platform of queer Caribbean artists exploring how race, gender, sexuality, heritage and history informs their work and lives, brings their work to our fifth floor galleries and reading room now through June 25. On June 3, activist Rose Sackey-Milligan presents “Demystifying Our Stories: Resistance and Afro-Caribbean Spiritual Traditions,” a talk and workshop considering the close ties between spiritual traditions and resistance movements. ⬆️ Tap the link in our profile to learn more. [Renée Stout, "I Can Heal," 2000–01; Paul Anthony Smith, "Port Antonio Market #4,” 2013; Renée Stout, "The Rootworker's Table," 2011; Tau Lewis, "Georgia marble marks slave burial sites across America," 2016; New Museum fifth floor reading room]

#KaariUpson’s graphite drawings are sprawling, precisely rendered, deeply
personal, and densely packed. Measuring as large as 8 by 11 feet, these drawings flow from the inner recesses of Upson’s mind in a stream of consciousness and help her chart the psychological motivations and narratives behind her works. Images visible in the drawings, like couches and boxes of Pepsi cans, often reappear in her sculptural and video works. See “Kaari Upson: Good thing you are not alone” now on our third floor. [Kaari Upson. “Eternal Return,” 2017 (detail). Graphite, ink, and gesso on paper, 98 1/2 x 130 in (248.9 x 330.2 cm). Courtesy the artist, Massimo De Carlo, and Sprüth Magers]

#ElaineCameronWeir’s exhibition “feels like the laboratory/dressing room of a cyborg goddess” (@artforum). Cameron-Weir’s installations often include scents drawn from naturally aromatic resins like frankincense, myrrh, or labdanum—all of which have been used in a range of spiritual, medicinal, and funerary practices that trace back to the earliest civilizations. For “viscera has questions about itself,” the artist presents new sculptures informed by her study of historical objects made to protect, punish, or stand in for bodies—medieval armor or torture devices, and early-Renaissance orthopedics.

Sunny days and killer views. 😎🥂 Contact events@newmuseum.org for more info on hosting an event in our Sky Room. The Sky Room is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday! #SkyRoomSeason

"Prince's entire repertoire made me want to be an artist, not necessarily a musician, but an artist because I saw him as an artist. His work ethic was such a huge inspiration to me. This idea of making work every single day as if you are going to die the next, I think is really important for any artist." #LynetteYiadomBoakye spoke to @interviewmag about her inspirations—from Prince to @saintrecords to Agatha Christie—and the differences between painting and writing. 👆 Tap the link in our bio to read the full Q&A, and see seventeen new Yiadom-Boakye paintings now in "Under-Song For A Cipher," on view through September 3. [Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, “Mercy Over Matter,” 2017. Oil on linen, 78 7/8 x 47 1/4 in (200.5 x 120 cm). Courtesy the artist; Corvi-Mora, London; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York]

Everyone's talking about #CarolRama. Meet the unorthodox Italian artist in a 2003 documentary screening at the museum this Thursday (link in bio). Rama, a self-taught artist, died recently in 2015 after achieving success late in life. In the film, Rama acts as a guide, sharing spaces close to her heart. "Carol Rama: Antibodies," the largest-ever US presentation of her work, is on view at the New Museum through September 10. [Carol Rama. “Melodramma [Melodrama],” 1960. Seeds, printed plastic, and gouache on canvas, 35 1/2 x 27 1/2 in (90 x 70 cm). © Archivio Carol Rama, Turin. Photo: Gabriele Gaidano]

Artist #KaariUpson's mother is present in much of her work. In the ongoing series "MMDP (My Mother Drinks Pepsi)," (2014–ongoing) Upson examines the ways that mothers can be mirrors onto which we project either a glorified or demonized version of ourselves. Comprising sculptures of fossil-like, aluminum-casted Pepsi cans, videos filmed among the aisles of Costco, and over one hundred stuffed dolls dressed in the artist’s mother’s everyday outfit, "MMDP" was inspired by Upson’s memory of a particular sound made by her mother during part of her daily routine: at approximately 4 p.m., she would pop open one of her beloved Pepsi cans and take her first sip, emitting an emphatic sigh of relief. Upson’s memory also includes her own reaction to this sound—a deeply disturbing feeling of disgust at her mother vocalizing a moment of gratification. [Installation photos: Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio​. Pepsi can photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio. All works © Kaari Upson. Courtesy the artist, Massimo De Carlo, and Sprüth Magers]

“In a moment of racial tension like the one America has been living through, Lynette’s characters take on a completely different weight and presence. It’s hard not to feel implicated as a viewer — I can’t help thinking that her imagined characters are engaging with me.” New Museum artistic director Massimiliano Gioni on #LynetteYiadomBoakye, whose solo exhibition is on view now through September 3. ["The Matters," 2016. Courtesy the artist; Corvi-Mora, London; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York]

"Some great artists wait their whole lives for recognition. Some female artists have to wait even longer." ☝️ Tap the link in our profile to read the @nytimes review of our spring exhibitions of work by #CarolRama, #KaariUpson, and #LynetteYiadomBoakye.

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