Mission & Values


New Art, New Ideas


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.

We believe in the essential role of culture to a free and open civil society.

We embrace difference, debate, and multiple viewpoints regardless of race, gender, class, or creed.

The Museum has an international reach
and we work with artists and partners across the globe. Our programs and collaborations provide a platform for cross-cultural dialogue, fostering empathy, mutual understanding, and respect.

The free flow of ideas and of people is essential to what we do. We oppose xenophobia and discrimination and remain steadfastly committed to the fundamental American principles of free expression and open engagement.

Cover image:
“Here and Elsewhere.” 2014. Exhibition view: New Museum. Photo: Benoit Pailley

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