PD: New Museum Professional Development

Join New Museum staff in a professional development session for high school teachers including a gallery tour with New Museum Associate Curator Gary Carrion-Murayari and an interactive workshop.

This professional development workshop focuses on the New Museum’s upcoming “Gustav Metzger: Historic Photographs” and also introduces “Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Primitive,” both exhibitions on view from May 19 through July 3, 2011.

“Gustav Metzger: Historic Photographs” will be the first US solo museum exhibition of the influential eighty-six-year-old artist and activist Gustav Metzger. It highlights his long engagement with historical trauma and representation and features Metzger’s complete series of sculptural installations titled “Historic Photographs.” These artworks confront the viewer with some of the most powerful and tragic images of twentieth-century history. Metzger has enlarged, obscured, or hidden images that invite interaction and provoke powerful physical experiences that transmit the emotional and intellectual weight of history. Begun in 1990, the series spans a range of historical events including the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto in 1943, the horrors of the Vietnam War, the Oklahoma City bombing, and environmental destruction in contemporary England. The series as a whole confronts the ubiquitous nature of these iconic photos and constructs a relationship between the viewer and the image that is intimate, performative, and sustaining of historical memory. Metzger’s “Historic Photographs” force the viewer to reengage with historical trauma and speak to the inescapability of evil.

“Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Primitive” will be the first New York exhibition devoted to the work of internationally acclaimed Thai artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Primitive is his most ambitious project to date: a new multi-platform work consisting of an installation of seven videos and related works. Weerasethakul’s films and videos are often set in the lush forests and quiet villages of the rural Isaan region of northeast Thailand, where the artist spend his childhood. His films use inventive narrative structures to explore intersections between man and nature, rural and urban life, and personal and political memory.

Morning Session
9:30 a.m. | Registration
10 a.m. | Gallery tour of “Gustav Metzger: Historic Photographs” and “Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Primitive” with New Museum Associate Curator Gary Carrion-Murayari

Afternoon Session
$5 Members, $10 General Public

1–3 p.m. | Workshop: Participate in an interactive discussion and workshop drawing from the exhibition “Gustav Metzger: Historic Photographs” and focusing on the ideas and concepts introduced in the morning session. Through discussion and making art, teachers will have the opportunity to explore strategies for bringing Metzger’s work into the classroom and consider issues related to activism through art, engaging with historic images, and the responsibility of the contemporary artist.

Reservations are honored on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshop space is limited.

RSVP required. Contact gclass@newmuseum.org or 212.219.1222 x231 with questions. RSVP here!

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