• Hub of Art

    Date posted: November 21, 2008 Author: jolanta
    A partnership of five international arts organizations, Museum as Hub is a new model for curatorial practice and institutional collaboration established to enhance our understanding of contemporary art. Both a network of relationships and an actual physical site located in the fifth-floor New Museum Education Center, Museum as Hub is conceived as a flexible, social space designed to engage audiences through multimedia workstations, exhibition areas, screenings, symposia, and events. Initiated by the New Museum in 2006, this partnership includes Insa Art Space, (Seoul, South Korea); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City, Mexico); Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art (Cairo, Egypt); and Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, The Netherlands). Image

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    A partnership of five international arts organizations, Museum as Hub is a new model for curatorial practice and institutional collaboration established to enhance our understanding of contemporary art. Both a network of relationships and an actual physical site located in the fifth-floor New Museum Education Center, Museum as Hub is conceived as a flexible, social space designed to engage audiences through multimedia workstations, exhibition areas, screenings, symposia, and events. Initiated by the New Museum in 2006, this partnership includes Insa Art Space, (Seoul, South Korea); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City, Mexico); Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art (Cairo, Egypt); and Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).

    Over the course of the inaugural year, each organization will address the topic of “neighborhood” as it relates to specific aspects of the city or region in which they are located. Hub partners will commission artists significant to their institutional goals to address the subject with a focus on discursive and interactive projects. An introduction to each organization, and the projects and artists they will present in the coming months premieres at the Education Center space and on its Web site. Beginning in March, each partner will take over the Hub space for a period of two months with works, documentation, screenings, and discussions. Guest commentators on each project—scholars in residence known as Hub Fellows, participants in Night School (a temporary school in the form of monthly weekend seminars), and Museum visitors—will activate the space and add layers of possibility to the project.

    For its launch, Museum as Hub partner organizations consider the topic of neighborhood to embark upon an international exchange of ideas that appreciates the unique and divergent perspectives of particular streets, cities, nations, or regions of the world. The topic of neighborhood allows each organization to share artists’ projects relevant to concerns of their particular institution. It reminds us of the context in which artists live and work, and how arts organizations are charged with the responsibility to support and present challenging ideas. This initial presentation, which includes documentation and a selection of works, is an introduction to the Museum as Hub partners and the projects currently in development.

     

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