Saturation: Race, Art, and the Circulation of Value (2020). Cover image: Kent Monkman, Miss Chief’s Wet Dream, 2018. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Courtesy the artist

The Education and Public Engagement Department regularly produces publications that engage scholarly communities and the broad public in research about and with contemporary art and artists.

Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture
Our “Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture” series in collaboration with MIT Press has produced seminal academic texts that expand the art historical cannon to reflect the context of some of today’s most pressing issues, such as gender and race. These publications include: Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century; Cornell, Lauren and Ed Halter, Eds. (2015); Public Servants: Art and the Crises of the Common Good; Burton, Johanna, Shannon Jackson, and Dominic Willsdon, Eds. (2016); and Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility; Burton, Johanna, Tourmaline, and Eric A. Stanley, Eds. (2017). Two of these publications—Trap Door and Public Servants—were recently listed as top ten art books of the decade by ARTnews. In summer 2020, we will publish Saturation: Race, Art, and the Circulation of Value; Snorton, C. Riley and Hentyle Yapp, Eds., which investigates questions of racial representation and structural change through the redistribution of resources via essays, conversations, discussions, and artist portfolios. In addition to their academic impact, these publications provide critical framing and serve as a structural impetus to action for our education and public engagement programs.

Out of Bounds
In addition, we regularly publish other volumes related to the Museum’s history and mission. The most recent example is Out of Bounds; Lisa Phillips, Johanna Burton, Alicia Ritson, Eds. with Kate Wiener (2019), jointly published by the Getty Research Institute and the New Museum. This text is the first anthology to assemble the writings of the groundbreaking art historian, critic, curator, and New Museum founder Marcia Tucker.

Pedagogical Publications
As a noncollecting institution working primarily with living artists, the New Museum is poised to be responsive to ever-present and increasingly urgent priorities of inclusiveness, while taking stock of activities relevant to contemporary art, education, and social change.The Museum has published two historical books on contemporary art and education to generate, assemble, and disseminate work in the form of essays, artist entries, and lesson plans: Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education (1997) and Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education (2011). For more educational resources, see our pages for educators, youth, and families.

To learn more about New Museum publications and purchase individual texts, visit the New Museum store.

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