My name is Sara O’Keeffe and I’m an assistant curator at the New Museum.
On the 3rd floor there are many themes, but one of them which is pervasive also throughout the show is the way that we are recognized by others or even misrecognized by them.
You’ll see this in many works; one of the artist who’s grappling with this is Harry Dodge, who has the very drippy sculpture that is to your right coming off the elevator. And in their video titled The Ass and the Lapdog they take up the Aesop fable of the same name which tells the tale of a lapdog that goes over to folks sitting at a dinner table and rubs its body against them and is stroked and stroked. And the ass watches this and walks over to the dinner table and does the very same gesture and is kicked and is repeatedly kicked every time.
You’ll see this throughout this floor but also throughout the show this way of negotiating how we are perceived and working through how to self-present within a set of larger conditions.