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 the Education Center space and 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.
Museum as Hub presentations*
Dec 1, 2007-Feb 24, 2008: Museum as Hub, An Introduction
Feb 27-May 6, 2008: Tlatelolco and the localized negotiations of future imaginaries, Museo Tamayo
May 9-Jul 6, 2008: Dongducheon: A Walk to Remember, A Walk to Envision, Insa Art Space
Jul 9-Sept 21, 2008: Neighborhood, Townhouse Gallery
Sept 25, 2008-Jan 11, 2009: The Bowery, New Museum
Jan 14, 2009: Be[com]ing Dutch, Van Abbemuseum
*Please note, dates are subject to change. Please check here for the most up to date information.