New York museums, non-profits, and foundations respond to COVID-19

New York museums, non-profits, and foundations respond to COVID-19


April 17, 2020
New York museums, non-profits, and foundations respond to COVID-19
Online programs including reading series, exhibitions, and Zoom events

In response to COVID-19, the organizations collected here have all initiated virtual programs with the aim of establishing a stronger dialogue with the public and jointly fighting the spread of the disease. Their new digital programs range in topic and approach: from online exhibitions to DJ sets via Instagram live, from archival deep dives to mural unveilings on Zoom, these organizations have re-purposed their websites and social media channels to ensure that art remain a relavent, productive, and positive force during these challenging times.

Artists Space
Segue Reading Series

The Segue Reading Series and Artists Space take an unprecedented step in a precarious time, as the two New York arts organizations collaborate to present the Segue Reading Series, live online via Zoom, on Saturdays at 5pm. Segue and Artists Space want collectively to affirm our longstanding commitments to the necessity of artistic work that interrogates and challenges the world as such. This legendary series has run continuously in New York City for over 40 years, and will be presented as a way to continue routinely convening both in spite of, and made all the more pressing by, the health risks keeping us physically distanced.


Pioneer Works
The Broadcast

Pioneer Works invites you to partake in a virtual assembly we’re calling The Broadcast. An extension of our physical campus, The Broadcast is a home for interdisciplinary discourse—a place that ignites thought, encourages curiosity, and cultivates conversations on Music, Technology, Science, and Arts. Transmissitting now. Tune in, from wherever you are.


White Columns
Cloud Memories
Curated by Adrianne Rubenstein for White Columns Online

Participating Artists: Karen Barbour / Hannah Rose Dumes / Amanda Friedman / Austin Furtak-Cole / Erin Hunt / Emily J Kiacz / Benjamin King / Alexandra Lakin / Margaret Mousseau / Jennifer Sullivan 

Cloud Memories is the eleventh in a series of online exhibitions selected exclusively from the White Columns’ Artist Registry. 

“Usually I find art in the world by following ant trails, which leaves a map of sorts, it’s easy to sort out how I got there, through whom and why, and yet it’s a near total mystery when something speaks back. I curated this exhibition by clicking over and over again on the random select button of the White Columns Registry page. Is that how everyone does it? The artworks enclosed speak to patterns in nature, psychology and dream space that echo memories, made up memories, things I have never seen. The imagination.” -Adrianne Rubenstein, 2020. (Taken from her introduction to Cloud Memories.)



While physical interactions are limited, discourse remains a crucial aspect of artists’ practices and institutional engagement. SculptureCenter has developed a bi-weekly curatorial dispatch that contains editorial essays, archive materials, downloadable free publications, and video content. While exhibition dates will change, we remain committed to our planned presentations of Tishan Hsu, Jesse Wine, Rindon Johnson, Paul Pfeiffer, and Liz Larner. In the meantime, our annual In Practice open call program is currently accepting proposals through June 15 and SculptureCenter’s available artworks will be featured on artnet in partnership with NADA from April 16-June 20 and Frieze’s online viewing rooms in May.


The Drawing Center

The Drawing Center is currently offering a series of free online programs including educational drawing workshops, virtual walkthroughs, lectures on current exhibitions, and interactive drawing activities for families. Upcoming programs include a talk by curator Rosario Güiraldes on the current exhibition Guo Fengyi: To See from a Distance; live drawing sessions with artists Curtis Talwst Santiago and Eddie Martinez; and a participatory drawing workshop centered on themes of identity in portraiture inspired by the 2018 exhibition For Opacity: Elijah Burgher, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn. The Drawing Center’s free online programming is made possible by the Cy Twombly Foundation.

Instagram: @drawingcenter 

The Noguchi Museum

Our Museum is a family, a group of devoted individuals who work together to share the life and vision of Isamu Noguchi. We continue to develop remote programming so that audiences around the world may draw strength and inspiration from Noguchi’s relentless creativity and persistence.

Archives Deep Dive is a free virtual learning program that uses materials from the Archives—also available online—to inspire timely conversations in small groups. 

The Museum is also rolling out Digital Features from an expanding array of contributors, reflecting the enduring relevance of Noguchi’s work and ideas in our ever-changing, incomprehensible reality.  

Brett Littman

Instagram: @NoguchiMuseum

The Queens Museum and The Cooper Union School of Art​
The Conference of the Animals: An Artist’s Talk by Ulrike Müller
April 29, 2020 7-8pm EST via Zoom 

The Queens Museum and The Cooper Union School of Art are pleased to present an artist’s talk by Ulrike Müller, The Cooper Union School of Art’s Fall 2019 Alex Katz Chair in Painting, on her new commission for the Queens Museum’s Large Wall.

For her mural The Conference of the Animals, Müller draws on histories of public art and muralism before and after World War II, while also referencing the Panorama of the City of New York permanently on view at the Queens Museum. Müller is collaborating with curator and critic Amy Zion, whose project 120 Years of Children Drawing New York City will coincide and overlap with her mural. More info available here

Twitter: @queensmuseum

El Museo del Barrio

Through our bilingual digital initiative El Museo en Tu Casa visitors will now be able to explore and learn about our Permanent Collection, past exhibitions and archives, participate in live virtual art talks and programs, access educational resources, and more. We kick-off our programming this month with the following:

“A Party Called Rosie Perez” 
with DJs Laylo, Christian Martir and Suce
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 8-10pm 
Free Admission via Instagram Live @elmuseo

In partnership with creative group Sociedad, join us in celebrating the 4th year anniversary of “A Party Called Rosie Perez” with DJs Laylo, Christian Martir and Suce. Held live on El Museo’s Instagram live, the evening will celebrate the group’s commitment to reclaiming the deep Latino roots of NYC nightlife.

Virtual Tour of Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)
Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 5-6pm 
Free Admission via Zoom Live. RSVP required

Do you miss Las Galerías? Join El Museo’s Curator Susanna V. Temkin on a virtual tour of our most recent exhibit Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island), organized by The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.  

Held live via Zoom, “visit” the first museum retrospective dedicated to Sanchez’s career, tracing over seven decades from her early days in Cuba to her extended travels in Europe in the 1950s and residence in New York in the 1960s, and finally her move to Puerto Rico, where she has lived and worked since the early 1970s.


Socrates Sculpture Park

As a New York City public park, Socrates has been deemed essential under the terms laid out by the state government and remains open at regular hours—every day from 9am to sundown. Visitors to the Park must maintain social distancing and are strongly encouraged to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth. All who can get to to Socrates safely, are welcome to come and enjoy the beautiful natural setting and engaging artworks on view. The Socrates Annual exhibition, featuring 15 original public art commissions by the Park’s 2019 Artist Fellows, has been extended through the spring.


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