The New Museum and Rhizome present First Look: Jordan Wolfson, a screening of video works by artist Jordan Wolfson followed by a conversation between Wolfson and Aria Dean, Assistant Curator of Net Art and Digital Culture at Rhizome.
Wolfson is well-known for his videos and installations, which often mine pop culture and the everyday to explore technology, gender, sexuality, and violence with a darkly humorous approach. Most recent to this event, he had exhibited Real violence (2017), a short virtual reality experience, in this year’s Whitney Biennial. First Look: Jordan Wolfson will screen three of the artist’s works, including Riverboat Song (2017), which was on view at Sadie Coles HQ, London. Following the screening, Dean and Wolfson discussed the artist’s relationship to technology, masculinity, and the spectacularization and banalization of violence in his work and in contemporary culture.
Jordan Wolfson (b. 1980) received his BFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Solo exhibitions include “TRUTH / LOVE” and “MANIC / LOVE,” Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016 and 2017); “Colored sculpture,” LUMA Foundation, Arles, France (2016); “Two Early Works,” Cleveland Museum of Art (2015); “Ecce Homo/le Poseur,” Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent (2013); and “Raspberry Poser,” Chisenhale Gallery, London (2013). Group exhibitions include “World As Cartoon,” Tate Britain, London (2017); Manifesta 10, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (2014); the 6th Glasgow International (2014); and “14 Rooms,” curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Art Basel (2014). In 2009, he received the Cartier Award from the Frieze Foundation.
Content Warning: The videos included in this screening contain mature content and may not be suitable for all viewers.
Major support for First Look is provided by the Neeson/Edlis Artist Commissions Fund.
Additional support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Further support is provided by the Toby Devan Lewis Emerging Artists Exhibitions Fund.
New Museum and Rhizome public programs are supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.