“Publish and Be Damned,” 2008. Exhibition view at MINI /Goethe-Institut Ludlow 38, New York. Photo: Peter Lueders / Goethe-Institut New York. Courtesy Emily Pethick, Kit Hammonds and Sarah McCrory
Located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Ludlow 38 is the contemporary art space of the Goethe-Institut New York. It was initiated by program director Stephan Wackwitz and curator Stefan Kalmár, as part of the German cultural institute’s move from its traditional location on the Upper East Side to its new office and event spaces downtown.
Between 2008 and 2010, the space was managed in collaboration with Kunstverein Munich, the European Kunsthalle in Cologne, and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. During this period, emerging artists such as Henrik Olesen, Lara Almacergui, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, and Tobias Putrih showed their work here. The space was originally designed by Ethan Breckenridge and Liam Gillick, redesigned in 2011 by Martin Beck and Ken Saylor, and relaunched as MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38. Through 2013, young curators from Germany will manage the art space for a year on a rotating basis, and develop their own exhibitions and events. In 2011, curatorial resident Tobi Maier organized exhibitions featuring work by Waldemar Cordeiro and Franz Mon, and Józef Robakowski and Catalina Parra, among others.
In 2012, Clara Meister will curate the space around the concept of artistic production as a translation process.