As followers of the official UnBeige Twitter feed learned only minutes after it was announced at a press briefing this morning, New York’s New Museum is launching a major international triennial for emerging artists. Opening next spring, the triennial’s first incarnation will be called “Younger Than Jesus,” a title inspired by the many enduring changes in art and history wrought by young people. The exhibition will occupy the entire New Museum, the mesh-skinned stack of blocks on the Bowery designed by Tokyo-based architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA.
“This will be the first recurring international exhibition in New York City devoted to emerging artists around the world,” said New Museum director Lisa Phillips at today’s press briefing. Focusing on artists who are under the age of 33, “Younger Than Jesus” will “analyze how generations emerge and produce work today,” noted Massimiliano Gioni, director of special exhibitions at the museum and a member of the curatorial team for the triennial. And tracking down the featured artists is all part of the fun. Research for the exhibition will be aided by an international network of correspondents and “informers,” while the curatorial process will be presented in an accompanying catalogue that Gioni described as a “Facebook of a whole new generation.”