Wednesday 01/22/20 4:30PM-6PM
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Screenings · Exhibition-Related

Material Conditions: Hans Haacke in the New Museum Archives, 1969-1986

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Hans Haacke and Marcia Tucker at an Artists and Critics program featuring Haacke’s lecture “Museums, Managers of Consciousness,” New Museum, New York, 1983. Photo: Mike Love

Join New Museum Archivist Amye McCarther for a lecture and screening of newly digitized materials related to Hans Haacke from the New Museum Archives.

This lecture and screening illustrates and expands upon the New Museum’s early engagement with institutional critique, of which Hans Haacke is a prominent and defining figure. Haacke’s many connections to the New Museum span its four-decade history of programming, including lectures, panels, exhibitions, artworks, and more. Many of his early ideas on institutional critique, catalyzed by the political landscape of the late 1960s and early 1970s, laid the groundwork for the crucial issues that would be addressed by the New Museum’s then director Marcia Tucker, upon its founding in 1977. These included demands for artists to have more say in the display and contextualization of their work, increased museum representation of artists of color and women, free public access to exhibitions and later hours for working people, a local registry of living artists, and a willingness to display experimental works.

Drawing from newly digitized recordings of the New Museum’s earliest public programs—including a never-before-seen interview with Marcia Tucker filmed just three months after the founding of the New Museum—and a wealth of documentary and installation photography, print ephemera, correspondence, and documents, the program will illustrate how the New Museum took up these ideas, establishing itself as a forum and catalyst for critical discussions then and now.

Attendance is free, but RSVP is required. To RSVP, please email


This project was supported by a Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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