Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas. It is Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum and is respected internationally for the adventurousness and global scope of its curatorial program.
As we enter our fortieth year, we take this occasion to reaffirm our core values, reflect on our history, confront the present, and continue to imagine the future.READ MORER
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As we enter our fortieth year, we take this occasion to reaffirm our core values, reflect on our history, confront the present, and continue to imagine the future.
The New Museum began as an idea in the mind of founding Director Marcia Tucker. As a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1967 through 1976, Tucker observed firsthand that new work by living artists was not easily assimilated into the conventional exhibition and collection structure of the traditional art museum.
The New Museum, designed by Tokyo-based architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA, is a seven-story, eight-level structure located at 235 Bowery between Stanton and Rivington Streets, at the origin of Prince Street in New York City. SANAA was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2010 and was named one of “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” by Fast Company in 2016.
The New Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the following individuals, corporations, foundations, and public agencies that support our annual programs and general operations. Sincere thanks to all New Museum Members whose support is crucial to our mission and program.
The Museum’s Volunteer Docent Program trains qualified volunteers to lead public tours through the Museum. Docents give introductions to, and facilitate discussions of, exhibitions and architecture of the building.