New Museum Launches Incubator for Art, Technology, & Design at 231 Bowery
Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum, announced today that the institution is launching an incubator for art, technology, and design that will be a first for the museum field. Opening in summer 2014 in the Museum's adjacent building at 231 Bowery, this new not-for-profit initiative will create a hybrid educational and professional workspace-a dynamic 24/7 center where more than sixty start-up and creative entrepreneurs will form a vibrant interdisciplinary community geared toward collaboration and innovation. Amplifying the New Museum's mission to explore new art and new ideas, the incubator was conceived by Phillips and the Museum's Deputy Director Karen Wong, and is the latest in a series of programs developed by the institution to challenge the boundaries and expand the relevance of museum practice in the twenty-first century.
Members will be selected by the incubator's Director and a staff committee through a competitive application process (to be announced in early 2014) and will pay a monthly membership fee in exchange for workspace, support services, and a full complement of programs. Additionally, artists, thought leaders, and engineers will be invited for special guest residencies and will participate in activities providing further opportunities for collaboration. The incubator's community will be supported by a robust schedule of weekly educational classes and workshops, seminars and presentations, and professional and mentorship events. The New Museum will leverage its Board and staff expertise, as well as its extensive network of affiliations to provide special development opportunities for incubator members. New Museum Trustee David Heller will chair a special advisory board. Members will also have the opportunity to share their work with each other and the public, fostering far-ranging dialogues and information exchange.
Lisa Phillips commented, "The New Museum is expanding to create a complementary center for research and development, prototyping, experimentation, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Having pioneered a number of programs and projects over the past decade, we feel that creating an active incubator is a natural extension of our mission and goals. We are very pleased to introduce our incubator as a new model to foster creative cultural practice and reinforce the Bowery as a place of meaningful innovation."
Studio-X, part of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and an ongoing partner of the New Museum, will be an anchor member of the incubator. Studio-X is a distinguished lab with global locations that focuses on independent research by professors and postgraduate students.
New Museum programs such as IDEAS CITY and the Digital Archive project will be a critical part of the incubator community. The New Museum's affiliate organization Rhizome will also support the incubator through its expertise and leadership in contemporary art engaged with technology.