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New Museum’s Triennial “Soft Water Hard Stone” features works centering states of transformation and our relationship with the natural world.
October 28, 2021 - January 23, 2022
New Museum’s fifth Triennial, “Soft Water Hard Stone” takes its name from the Brazilian proverb on perseverance and resilience, which states that soft water may bore a hole into hard stone if it hits for long enough. Featuring a list of 40 international artists and collectives, the Triennial acknowledges this defined moment of change in the world, presenting a series of works that center states of transformation and address our necessary relationship with the natural world. Featured names include those like Bronwyn Katz, You Ji, Amalie Smith, Rose Salane, Harry Gould Harvey IV, Laurie Kang, Goutam Ghosh, Gabriela Mureb, and Nickola Pottinger.
Sara Mejia Kriendler's "Mother's Milk" is a landscape representative of a spiritual body, used to look at ideas of nurture, nourishment, and creation.
In "Consumer Reports,” Pat Phillips navigates the realities and social dynamics of consumer America and our relationship to material goods.
Ruby Neri’s second solo presentation at Salon 94, “Leveled” features a selection of new paintings and sculptures.
“House of the South” is an exhibition of the late artist Betty Woodman, featuring her 1996 installation of the same name.
“Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room” is a presentation honoring the historic Seneca Village, destroyed to complete Central Park.
Xavier Veilhan’s “Autofocus” marks a departure from the faceted figures that have frequented the artist’s practice for the last several years, replacing them with smooth, edgeless sculptural forms.
“Tree of Knowledge” is an exhibition of rare works centered around Hilma af Klint’s series on paper, which bears the same name.