Trigger: 4th Floor
My name is Sara O’Keeffe and I’m an assistant curator at the New Museum.
So on the 4th floor many of the works that you will see are grappling with toxicity or toxic environment.
The screen and the large stage that you see just coming off the elevator by Boudry/Lorenz is a work titled Toxic and it’s a work that thinks about all of the substances that we ingest or consume or alter our body, which can both be seen as contaminants but also ways of enhancing the body. And in the film, you’ll see two characters who are navigating an environment that has all kinds of contaminants around it and are also navigating this idea that queerness or the kind of community that comes with queerness is something that one can catch. So there’s this other notion of toxicity that you’ll see on this floor too which is not only about expelling contaminants from the body but also this kind of perceived notion that becoming contaminated is actually something that can be powerful or a way of driving and creating a network of people together.