Independent Art Spaces Symposium and Launch of the Art Spaces Directory

Independent Art Spaces Symposium and Launch of the Art Spaces Directory

New Museum

Art Spaces Directory, co-published by the New Museum
and ArtAsiaPacific.
Photo: Ann Woo.

March 24, 2012

New Museum hosts Independent Art Spaces Symposium and Launch of the Art Spaces Directory

As part of  “The Ungovernables,” 2012  New Museum Triennial

Saturday March 31, 2012


The 2012 New Museum Triennial features thirty-four artists, artist groups, and temporary collectives—totaling over fifty participants—born between the mid-1970s and mid-1980s, many of whom have never before exhibited in the US. “The Ungovernables” is meant to suggest both anarchic and organized resistance, and a dark humor about the limitations and potentials of this generation. The exhibition title, “The Ungovernables,” takes its inspiration from the concept of “ungovernability” and its transformation from a pejorative term used to describe unruly “natives” to a strategy of civil disobedience and self-determination. “The Ungovernables,” is curated by Eungie Joo, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs. The exhibition is on view throughout the entire Museum through April 22, 2012.

Independent Art Spaces Symposium and Art Spaces Directory Launch
Saturday March 31, 2012

New Museum Theater
235 Bowery
NY 10002

This symposium, comprised of two panels, celebrates and contextualizes the launch of the Art Spaces Directory. The Art Spaces Directory is an international guide to the sites where contemporary art and artists are nurtured, interrogated, and sustained. Building on the Museum as Hub model, “The Ungovernables” incorporated lengthy consultation with a network of curators, organizations, and artists from around the world, including Museum as Hub partners. Their contributions have inspired the Art Spaces Directory, a resource guide to over 400 independent art spaces from ninety-six countries around the world, co-published by the New Museum and ArtAsiaPacific and featuring essays by Víctor Albarracín, Reem Fadda and Christine Tohme, Stefan Kalmár, Naiza H. Khan, Catalina Lozano, Elaine W. Ng, and

Panel 1
What can happen in these spaces that cannot happen elsewhere? What unique challenges do these spaces face? Is failure inevitable? Panelists include: Lia Gangitano, founder/director of PARTICIPANT INC, New York; Stefan Kalmár, Artists Space, New York; Heejin Kim, director of Art Space Pool, Seoul, Korea; and Tobias Ostrander, Miami Art Museum. Moderated by co-editors Eungie Joo and Ethan Swan.

Panel 2
This panel considers current attempts at working without a physical space, through online platforms and nomadic initiatives. Participants include: Lauren Cornell, Executive Director, Rhizome, and Adjunct Curator, New Museum, New York; Deana Lawson, co-founder/co-director, 68 Months Discussion Group, New York; and Daniela Perez, co-founder, de_sitio, Mexico City, Mexico. Moderated by Eungie Joo and Ethan Swan.

To purchase the Art Spaces Directory visit The exhibition is accompanied by a 256-page exhibition catalogue, published by Rizzoli with full-color, four-page spreads on each of the thirty-four artists and groups; as well as essays and fiction by several participating artists, writer/curator Miguel A. López, curator Gabi Ngcobo, and Triennial curator, Eungie Joo.

The title sponsor of “The Generational” is the Joe Fresh brand, a new-to-New-York fashion line.

This exhibition is made possible by: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, and the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust.

Artists residencies through the Museum as Hub Program are generously supported by:
the Ford Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Major support is provided by the Friends of “The Generational”: Co-Chairs Shelley Fox Aarons, Toby Devan Lewis, and Lonti Ebers.

Steering Committee: The Booth Heritage Foundation Inc., Ellyn and Saul Dennison, Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg, Susan and Leonard Feinstein, María José Garcés, Carol and Arthur A. Goldberg, Sunny and Brad Goldberg, Lietta and Dakis Joannou, Tina Kim and Jaewoong Chung, Ken Kuchin, Sueyun Locks, Shaun Caley Regen, Lyndley and Samuel Schwab, Eve Steele and Peter Gelles, and Laurie and David Wolfert.

Friends: Mark Bradford, Michael Joo, Lorenzo Martone, Kathleen O’Grady, Damián Ortega, Lorna Simpson, Ana Sokoloff, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, Haegue Yang, and Rosina Lee Yue and Bert A. Lies, Jr.

Additional support provided by: Artis Contemporary Israeli Art Fund, Asian Cultural Council, Consulate General of Israel in New York, Embassy of Colombia, Washington D.C., Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ostrovsky Family Fund, and the Standard Hotel, New York.

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