The New Museum Has Named Two Star Curators the Co-Organizers of Its Sixth Triennial, Set for 2026

The show will be the first Triennial to take place after the completion of the museum’s major expansion project.

A rendering of the expanded New Museum. Courtesy of the New Museum.

Though it’s still three years away, the New Museum’s next Triennial is starting to take shape.

Today, the New York institution announced that Vivian Crockett and Isabella Rjeille, curators at the New Museum and Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP) respectively, will organize the sixth edition of the recurring event—and the first to take place after the completion of a major expansion project that will double the size of the venue. The exhibition is set to open in 2026.

Previously an assistant curator at the Dallas Museum of Art, Crockett joined the New Museum in 2022 and has since overseen a handful of presentations, including the institution’s current Wangechi Mutu solo show, which she co-organized with Margot Norton.

Rjeille joined the curatorial team at Brazil’s MASP in 2016, and was promoted to her current position in 2019. At the São Paulo museum, she curated monographic exhibitions by Brazilian artists Cinthia Marcelle, Maria Martins, and Lucia Laguna, as well as group shows like 2019’s “Histórias Feministas: artistas depois de 2000” (“Feminist Histories: Artists After 2000”). 

In a statement, New Museum artistic director Massimiliano Gioni said the duo “make for a great team to explore the art of tomorrow.”

Curators Vivian Crockett (left) and Isabella Rjeille (right). Photo courtesy of the New Museum.

“Isabella is the first international curator to be part of the Triennial and brings a wealth of experience from MASP, one of the most exciting institutions for modern and contemporary art. Vivian has just co-curated the New Museum’s critically acclaimed Wangechi Mutu survey and is part of a new generation of curators shaping the conversation about art and culture at large,” Gioni explained.

Lisa Phillips, the New Museum’s director, added that the two curators “will bring a fresh perspective” to the Triennial, calling it the “only recurring exhibition in New York that spotlights a new generation of artists from around the globe.” 

Since its founding, the show has also served as a high-profile spotlight for emerging and established curators. Gioni co-organized the first edition with fellow New Museum curators Lauren Cornell and Laura Hoptman in 2009; Eungie Joo, also of the institution, helmed the event in 2012

In more recent years, New Museum staffers have paired up with curators from other institutions for the show. Alex Gartenfeld of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami joined the New Museum’s Gary Carrion-Murayari to curate the politically inclined 2018 show, “Songs for Sabotage,” while Norton and Jamillah James of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles jointly organized 2021’s “Soft Water Hard Stone.”

Though the recurring exhibition’s every-three-years schedule would normally put the next edition in 2024, the forthcoming show was bumped two years down the calendar while the New Museum completes construction on its new annex, designed by Shohei Shigematsu of OMA and Rem Koolhaas.


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