New Museum
Elaine Cameron-Weir
Exhibition: April 19–September 3, 2017

Curated by Natalie Bell, Assistant Curator.

Lobby Gallery, 235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
Elaine Cameron-Weir, a terrestrial sediment melted by hypervelocity impacts from outerspace, most fell on Bohemia, molten, forming strange shapes and solidifying bottle green like the eyes of a gorgon, 2014 (detail). Stainless steel, sterling silver, laboratory clamps, and carved moldovite, dimensions variable. Courtesy Rodolphe Janssen
As a sculptor, Cameron-Weir engages diverse aesthetic styles, merging modern, industrial, and natural designs that emphasize the relationship of the body to surfaces and call attention to phenomena that are both manifest and hidden. Since her earliest works, Cameron-Weir has drawn inspiration from the figure of the aesthete in nineteenth-century Europe as a hallmark of heightened sensory engagement, refined sensitivity to beauty, transgressive sexual desire, and the pursuit of pleasure through artifice or illusion. Aromatic materials and fragrances such as incense are another common feature of Cameron-Weir’s works, and their presence alludes to a history of spiritual, medicinal, or funerary practices, as well as contemporary methods of sensory appeal.

For her exhibition at the New Museum, Cameron-Weir incorporates tools typical of a laboratory to establish a mood of observation and to propose a tension between scientific and occult practices. While her new works evoke a range of associations, they are informed by her study of antiquated scientific texts about vision, medieval armor and torture devices, and early-Renaissance orthopedics—as well as her interest in corporeal symmetry and erogenous zones as aspects of the body forged through human evolution. Cameron-Weir’s installation also draws from the emerging field of sensory archaeology, which questions the privileging of vision in the historical imagination, and aims to enrich speculations about our human ancestors through diverse phenomenological observations.

“Elaine Cameron-Weir” is curated by Natalie Bell, Assistant Curator.

Elaine Cameron-Weir was born in 1985 in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, and lives and works in New York. She has had solo exhibitions at VENUS, Los Angeles (2016); Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (2016); Ramiken Crucible, New York (2014); Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels (2014); White Flag Library, St. Louis, MO (2013); and Desaga, Cologne, Germany (2012). Cameron-Weirhas also been included in group exhibitions at La Biennale de Montréal (2016–17); FUTURA, Prague (2016); GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy (2014–15); and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2014). Cameron-Weir earned a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA from New York University.


New Museum New York City
Listening Party:
Poetry and Record Release for Leave No Trace
Thursday, 20. April 2017 | 7 pm
235 Bowery, New York City 10002


In celebration of A.K. Burns’ Leave No Trace (2016), this record release party includes performances and readings by artists and writers including Justin Allen, Fia Backström, CAConrad, Katherine Hubbard, and Juliana Huxtable. Leave No Trace is an experimental audio project released as a limited edition vinyl with an accompanying poem. The recording consists of two full-length LP tracks that combine ambient environmental recordings, vocalization, sounds generated from various materials, and an old electric guitar. The title references wilderness ethics, pointing to questions around unregulated spaces, bodies and actions that go unrecorded, and what is natural or naturalized.

A.K. Burns is the artist-in-residence through the Department of Education and Public Engagement’s Spring R&D Season: BODY. In her exhibition and residency “Shabby but Thriving,” A.K. Burns continues a serial work that draws on theater, science fiction, philosophy, and ecological anxieties. The project is organized around five elements: power (the sun), water, land, void, and body. In “Shabby but Thriving,” commissioned by and premiering at the New Museum, Burns presents the project’s next chapter, a two-channel video staged within an installation that explores the subjugation and agency of various bodies.

New Museum New York City
Seven on Seven
Saturday, 22. April 2017 | 12- 20:30 pm
235 Bowery, New York City 10002
Seven on Seven pairs seven leading artists with seven visionary technologists, and challenges them to make something new an artwork, a prototype, whatever they imagine.
Seven on Seven 2017 will feature:
Artist Jayson Musson & Jonah Peretti, Founder and CEO, Buzzfeed Artist collective and NEW INC resident DIS & Rachel Haot, Managing Director, 1776 Artist Bunny Rogers & Nozlee Samadzadeh, Engineer, Vox Artist Olia Lialina & Mike Tyka, artificial intelligence
researcher at Google Artist Addie Wagenknecht & Cindy Gallop, Founder, MakeLoveNotPorn and IfWeRanTheWorld Artist Constant Dullaart & Chris Paik, Partner, Thrive Capital Artist Miao Ying & Mehdi Yahyanejad, Founder, Balatarin
and Net Freedom Pioneers



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