Whitney Museum Benefits From Changing Fortunes
Located in the former home of the Dia Art Foundation, at 548 West 22nd Street, in Chelsea, X will open on March 7. While it plans to hold weekly lectures and other events, the space will change programs four times a year. A group of international arts professionals — museum directors, curators, dealers and art historians — will have their hands in the offerings, Ms. Dee said. Cecilia Alemani, an independent curator, will be its curatorial director.
First up are installations by artists whose work questions today’s shifting economic climate. On the building’s ground floor, Mika Tajima, who is part of a collaborative called New Humans, will create an installation that is part film set, stage, green room and editing room. It will also include 35 sculptures and two streaming videos. Other members of New Humans will put on a performance too, but the date has not been set, Ms. Dee said.
The second, third and fourth floors will be devoted to 18 rarely shown films by Derek Jarman, the filmmaker who died in 1994 at 52. And on the roof will be the artist Christian Holstad’s “Leather Beach,” a remake of a 2006 site-specific installation that was originally seen in a former delicatessen at East 43rd Street and Third Avenue. The piece is a meditation on urban gay culture.
Meanwhile a familiar work will be reinstalled in the building’s stairwells: the 1996 site-specific fluorescent light installation that Dan Flavin created for the space in 1996. It is on loan from Dia.
Young Artists’ Outlet
Young is cool. But in the art world, young generally means unknown. So when the New Museum of Contemporary Art releases on Friday the list of artists included in its first triennial, “The Generational: Younger Than Jesus,” the 50 names — all under the age of 33 — will probably conjure few images.