Jamillah James and Margot Norton. Photo: Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Scott Rudd.

Jamillah James and Margot Norton to Curate Fifth New Museum Triennial

The New Museum in New York announced today that Margot Norton and Jamillah James will curate the fifth edition of its triennial exhibition, which is set to open in 2021. Norton, a New Museum curator, first joined the institution in 2011. Since then, she has been promoted to associate curator in 2015 and to curator in 2017. James currently serves as head curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Previously, she was assistant curator at the Hammer Museum.

Commenting on the appointments, Massimiliano Gioni, the artistic director of the New Museum, said: “We are excited about this new bicoastal pairing of curators. Both Norton and James have consistently been committed to supporting and exhibiting emerging artists, and have an extraordinary track record in identifying the most interesting artists at work today. I look forward to the new perspective they will bring to the New Museum Triennial, while continuing to expand its relevance and polemical thrust.”

The museum launched the triennial, an international exhibition platform for young artists shaping the current discourse of contemporary art, in 2009. The most recent edition, “Songs for Sabotage,” was a call to action for active engagement with and interference in today’s political and social structures. Curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari of the New Museum and Alex Gartenfeld of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, the event featured thirty-six artists from nineteen countries, including Cian Dayrit, Tomm El-Saieh, Claudia Martínez Garay, Tiril Hasselknippe, Shen Xin.