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Curator-Led Tour of the New Museum Triennial



Join the AFA for an exclusive, before-hours tour of the 2021 Triennial with Margot Norton, Allen and Lola Golding Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

The title of the 2021 Triennial, Soft Water Hard Stone, is taken from a well-known proverb in Brazil: Água mole em pedra dura, tanto bate até que fura (Soft water on hard stone hits until it bores a hole). The title speaks to ideas of resilience and perseverance, and the impact that an insistent yet discrete gesture can have in time.

In this moment of profound change, the 2021 Triennial recognizes artists reimagining traditional models, materials, and techniques beyond established institutional paradigms. Their works exalt states of transformation, calling attention to the malleability of structures, porous and unstable surfaces, and the fluid and adaptable potential of both technological and organic media. The works included in the exhibition look back toward overlooked artistic traditions and technological building blocks, while at the same time look forward toward the immaterial, the transitory, and the creative potential that might give dysfunctional or discarded remains new life.

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*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, capacity for this tour is extremely limited. 

COVID Precautions

In compliance with the Mayor’s Emergency Executive Order 225 issued on August 16, 2021, the New Museum requires visitors 12 years of age and older to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the Museum. Visitors 18 years of age and older must also show an ID bearing the same identifying information as proof of vaccination. Vaccinated visitors ages 12–17 without an ID must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult with an ID.

All visitors ages 4 and up are still required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.

Proof of vaccination may include:

If you received the vaccine outside the U.S., you must have an official immunization record that includes:

  • First name and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Vaccine product name (only vaccines authorized by the WHO are acceptable)
  • Date(s) administered
  • Site where the vaccine was administered, or name of the person who administered it.

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  • Driver’s license
  • Government ID card
  • IDNYC card
  • Passport
  • School ID card

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