Soft Water Hard Stoneedited by Margot Norton and Jamillah James

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The official companion to the 2021 New Museum Triennial, a global survey exhibition of today's up-and-coming artists

The much-anticipated fifth New Museum's Triennial exhibition, opening in October 2021, volume, curated by Jamillah James and Margot Norton, is a signature survey of emerging artists from around the world. In this moment of profound change, where structures once thought to be stable have been revealed to be precarious, the New Museum's highly anticipated 2021 Triennial, curated by Jamillah James and Margot Norton, showcases 40 artists and collectives re-imagining traditional models, materials, and techniques beyond established institutional paradigms. Their works explore states of transformation, calling attention to the malleability of structures and the fluid and adaptable potential of both technological and organic media. This book includes essays by prominent curators and interviews with each of the artists and collectives featured in the exhibition.

Accompanies the New Museum's much-anticipated fifth Triennial exhibition, opening in October 2021 in New York City, spotlighting an exciting group of 40 artists and collectives, each selected for their ability to invoke ideas of global concern - including the questioning of accepted narratives and imagining new creative paths for the future.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 292 × 229 mm (11 1/2 × 9 in)
  • Pages: 368 pp
  • Illustrations: 280 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781838664039

Jamillah James is Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Margot Norton is Allen and Lola Goldring Curator at the New Museum, New York.