New Museum of Contemporary Art

New Museum of Contemporary Art

The New Museum of Contemporary Art is committed to showcasing new art to inspire new ideas and perspectives.

Creating a Haven for Contemporary Artists

New Museum of Contemporary Art

The New Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1977 by Marcia Tucker, who previously served as a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In her work, Ms. Tucker witnessed the challenges of integrating living artists' creations into museum collections. Thus, her vision was to create a space that specifically showcased art created within approximately a decade of the current moment. When the New Museum of Contemporary Art opened its doors in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, it became the first contemporary art museum in New York City founded since World War II.

Though the museum's location has changed and the details of its space have transformed over time, the New Museum of Contemporary Art remains committed to displaying newly created art that exposes audiences to new perspectives. The museum's work is rooted in the belief that the free flow of ideas is central to an empathetic and civil society. Its exhibitions and initiatives reflect these values and emphasize diverse, often underrepresented, viewpoints. Additionally, the New Museum of Contemporary Art hosts an array of events and educational programs designed to connect with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

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High School Arts Education Programming