September 8, 2017 - New Museum - IdeasCity New York
September 8, 2017

New Museum

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IdeasCity New York
September 16, 2017, 10am
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The New Museum is pleased to announce IdeasCity New York, taking place Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Sara D. Roosevelt Park, one block from the New Museum.

IdeasCity, the New Museum’s civic platform that explores the future of cities with art and culture as a driving force, will culminate a two-year cycle of global residencies in Detroit, Athens, and Arles with its biennial program IdeasCity New York. This free and public event will be a daylong investigation of strategies, ideas, and propositions featuring artist talks, initiatives by local organizations, performances, and workshops all themed around 100 Actions for the Future City.”

IdeasCity New York will encompass three separate arenas for presentations, discussions, and exchanges, composed of modular structures designed by Thomas Lommée and Christiane Hoegner/OpenStructures, and made possible by design partner A/D/O.

The main arena on September 16 will be the Forum Stage, where a distinguished roster of participating artists, architects, activists, and community builders will present an array of innovative ideas. Highlights of the “100 Actions for the Future City” will include a presentation by Tania Bruguera on migration as civic intervention, David Byrne’s “Reasons to be Cheerful,” a conversation with Kemi Ilesanmi on community building, Trevor Paglen’s research on surveillance, a screening by Superflex, and Mel Chin’s presentation of his most recent work. Additional speakers include Tatiana Bilbao, Majora Carter, Nadina Christopoulou, Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, Justin Garrett Moore, Rosanne Haggerty, dream hampton, Leslie Koch, Eric Liu, Mil M2, MTL+, Paul Ramírez Jonas, and Jonathan Rose, as well as a panel of mayors including Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Gregor Robertson of Vancouver, and Maurice Cox, former mayor of Charlottesville, VA.

In conjunction with programming on the Forum Stage, a series of workshops, debates, and panel discussions will be held on-site. Programs include a workshop by Decolonize This Place; a panel discussion on cooperative real estate with 596 Acres, NYC REIC, Ecovillagers Cooperative, and Flux Factory; Black Gotham walking tours led by Kamau Ware; Columbia University’s GSAPP debates; a collective publication compiled by Manolis Daskalakis-Lemos; a conversation on food and social justice organized by Ghetto Gastro; a workshop on how to run for mayor by Ingrid LaFleur, and a conversation on Chinatown between Robert Lee and Mei Lum. Additional participants include Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, BUFU, Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, Afaina de Jong, Angela Dimayuga, Tanya Fields, Jeff Gordinier, JJ Johnson, New Negress Film Society, Paolo Patelli, Giuditta Vendrame, LinYee Yuan, and presentations by The Rockefeller Foundation Fellows.

IdeasCity will present programs with its partners the Architectural League, Bowery Poetry ClubCooper Union, the Drawing Center, and Storefront for Art and Architecture, and its collaborators, Clocktower Radio, Columbia University GSAPP, GrowNYC, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, Lower East Side Ecology Center, North Brooklyn Farms, Van Alen Institute, the New Museum’s Department of Education and Public EngagementNEW INC, and New Museum affiliate Rhizome.

An array of food tents helmed by Ghetto Gastro and Hester Street Fair will be stationed along Rivington Street, one block from the festival.

Leading up to September 16, e-flux Architecture and IdeasCity will release a series of five essays exploring the future of public space.

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Support for IdeasCity New York:

Leadership support for IdeasCity New York and the IdeasCity fellowship program is provided by The Rockefeller Foundation.
Lead support for IdeasCity New York is provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Additional support for IdeasCity New York is provided by the Lambent Foundation.
A/D/O is the design partner for IdeasCity New York.
New York magazine is media partner for IdeasCity New York.


Special thanks:
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
The Bowery Hotel
The Standard Hotel, East Village
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The James New York

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