Artists on the Bowery: Neighborhood Tour

Cover Image:

Angelo Rizzuto, Street scene – Bowery and E. Houston St, 1953. Courtesy: Library of Congress

Discover the artistic soul of the Lower East Side with a new walking tour with stops along the Bowery outside former artist homes and studios. In this tour led by Public Programs Coordinator Austin D Bowes, we will delve into the lives of artists on the Bowery from the 1960s on. Artists we will discuss include Lynda Benglis, John Giorno, Bob Thompson, Eva Hesse, Sol Lewitt, and Adrian Piper.

This tour meets, rain or shine, at the New Museum and moves southward ending around 117 Hester Street.

To learn more about artists on the Bowery, explore the Bowery Artist Tribute from our archive.

This program is presented as part of Lower East Side History Month. Lower East Side History Month was conceived by Downtown Art and FABnyc in 2014, and launched in partnership with community organizations from all parts of the Lower East Side. Check out the calendar of events from other local organizations here.


Saturday, May 18: 11 AM–12 PM

This tour date has reached capacity.

Thursday, May 23: 6–7 PM

This tour date has reached capacity.

Friday, June 14: 4–5 PM

This tour date has reached capacity.


• This tour starts in front of the New Museum at 235 Bowery and moves southward ending around 117 Hester Street.
• This tour will use voice amplification, accessed via mobile phone. To access this feature, please bring a charged, internet-enabled phone and headphones.
• Wherever possible, the path of this tour will use wheelchair-accessible sidewalks.
• Mobile seating will not be provided.

For all accessibility questions or requests, please contact

About the Speaker

Austin D Bowes (they/them) is an arts worker, writer, and baker. They work at the New Museum as the Public Programs Coordinator, where they organize artist talks, performances, screenings, and programs of other dynamic formats as part of the Education and Public Engagement team. Recent co-organizing highlights include the New Museum’s 2023-2024 artist-in-residence program “Camilo Godoy: renacemos a cada instante,” as well as the Out of Bounds programming series of gallery-based talks, workshops, and tours that seek to expand the ways we think about what’s on display in the New Museum. As a baker, Bowes produces cakes, breads, and pastries as Austin Doughs.


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

We gratefully acknowledge the Bowery Council of the New Museum for its support of Education and Public Engagement Programs.

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.

Get Updates

We want to hear from you!

Help us improve our website by taking a 5-minute survey with a chance to win $100!

Take Survey
Back to mobile site