Pepón Osorio, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Mire Lee and Wynnie Mynerva at New Museum, June 19 – September 17, 2023

“Pepón Osorio: My Beating Heart/ Mi corazón latiente

“‘My Beating Heart/ Mi corazón latiente‘ is the most comprehensive exhibition to date by Pepón Osorio (b. 1955, San Juan, Puerto Rico; lives and works in Philadelphia, PA), featuring selected works from the 1990s to today. Known for his provocative, sweeping, multimedia installations, Osorio creates fantastical scenes inspired by everyday environments—from home interiors to barbershops to classrooms—that advance critical discussions on topics such as identity, race, gender, and social justice. Informed by his background in theater and performance as well as his experiences as a child services case worker and professor, Osorio’s richly textured sculptures and installations are deeply invested in political, social, and cultural issues affecting Latinx and working class communities in the United States. Installed on the New Museum’s Second Floor, the exhibition focuses on the elaborate environments that Osorio has been creating since the early 1990s, often developed through long-term collaborations with the individuals in the neighborhoods where they were first shown. ‘My Beating Heart/ Mi corazón latiente‘ will also premiere a new work, Convalescence (2023), which focuses on the difficulties of navigating the US healthcare system and the multiplicity of pathways toward healing.” — New Museum

“Pepón Osorio: My Beating Heart/ Mi corazón latiente” is curated by Margot Norton, Chief Curator, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and former Allen and Lola Goldring Senior Curator, and Bernardo Mosqueira, ISLAA Curatorial Fellow.

“Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Radiant Remembrance”

“Developing projects through collaborative community engagement and extensive archival research, Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976, Saigon, Vietnam; lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City) utilizes strategies of remembrance to highlight unofficial and suppressed histories. Interweaving the factual and the speculative and often employing mythologies of otherworldly realms, Nguyen re-works dominant narratives into stories that propose creative forms of healing the intergenerational traumas of colonialism, war, and displacement.

Nguyen’s New Museum presentation is the artist’s first U.S. solo museum exhibition, following several international presentations at the Berlin Biennale, Dakar Biennale, Aichi Triennale, Manifesta 14 (all 2022) and the 2019 Sharjah Biennial, among others. Installed in the New Museum’s Third Floor galleries, ‘Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Radiant Remembrance’ showcases a new film and two recent video projects, The Unburied Sounds of a Troubled Horizon (2022) and The Specter of Ancestors Becoming (2019), alongside works from the artist’s broader practice.” — New Museum

“Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Radiant Remembrance” is curated by Vivian Crockett, Curator, with Ian Wallace, Curatorial Assistant.

“Mire Lee: Black Sun”

“The New Museum presents the first American solo museum exhibition of the work of Mire Lee (b. 1988, Seoul, South Korea; lives and works between Seoul and Amsterdam, Netherlands). Installed in the New Museum’s Fourth Floor gallery, the exhibition debuts a site-specific installation featuring a variety of new sculptures. Composed of materials including low-tech motors, pumping systems, steel rods, and PVC hoses filled with grease, glycerin, silicone, clay slip, and oil, Lee’s animatronic sculptures operate both like living organisms and biological machines. Drawing references from architecture, horror, pornography, and cybernetics, and evoking bodily functions and environmental decay, Lee offers an intuitive means to describe properties that exist between the realms of the technological and the corporeal: tenderness, desire, abjection, anxiety, and revulsion, among other states. Titled after the Bulgarian-French feminist and semiotician Julia Kristeva’s 1987 book Black Sun—a study of depression and melancholia—Lee’s installation debuts a new body of kinetic sculptures housed in an architectural environment specially designed for the New Museum.” — New Museum

This exhibition is curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Senior Curator, and Madeline Weisburg, Curatorial Assistant.

“Wynnie Mynerva: The Original Riot”

“For their first solo museum exhibition in the United States, Wynnie Mynerva developed a site-specific installation for the New Museum’s Lobby Gallery. Through a gallery-spanning painting— the largest ever exhibited at the New Museum—alongside a sculptural element created from the artist’s own body, Mynerva reimagines the Biblical origin story of Eve to envision a gender expansive future.

Born in 1992 in Villa El Salvador on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Mynerva grew up in an environment where violence based on gender, sexuality, race, and social class was extremely prevalent. Responding to both their traumas and desires, Mynerva creates cathartic visions of revenge and emancipation—representations of a world in which sexual dissidence would be praised as powerful political action. Their large-scale, colorful paintings depict bodies that hover on the edge of abstraction, refusing to be categorized, consumed, or controlled, and their radical performances and body modifications posit sexual transgression as a path to social transformation.” — New Museum

“Wynnie Mynerva: The Original Riot” is curated by Bernardo Mosqueira, ISLAA Curatorial Fellow.

Installation views of Pepón Osorio, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Mire Lee and Wynnie Mynerva at New Museum. Photos by Corrado Serra.