New Museum to host Museum as Hub conference

The New Museum is to host Museum as Hub conference on April 12–13, 2013. Marking the sixth anniversary of the New Museum’s Hub initiative, this conference aims, in part, to consider strategies for the next phase of the project, while also reflecting more broadly on the rapidly shifting global context it inhabits. The conference will dedicate itself to a number of questions pertaining to the notion of “institutions,” exploring ways and means by which art organizations assume shape via programming, alliances with other institutions, and dedication to specific content or contexts. Developed with Museum as Hub partners, this two-day conference held in the New Museum Theater convenes an international group of curators, artists, and scholars to examine themes including the concept of regionalism, the “question of feelings” in relation to curatorial practice, and the imperfect institutionalization of the “discursive object” within the museum.

Zbynek Baladran
Photo: Zbynek Baladran. Courtesy

As both a physical site and a growing network, the Museum as Hub facilitates artistic and intellectual exchange through forms of exhibition, residency, public programming, and editorial and digital projects. Museum as Hub activities are inspired, in part, by a group of internationally operating partner institutions who collaborate to produce shared research and programming. Current Hub partners are the New Museum (founder); art space pool in Seoul; Beirut in Cairo; de_sitio in Mexico City; Inhotim in Brumadinho, Brazil; Miami Art Museum; Townhouse Gallery in Cairo; and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The Museum as Hub Conference panelists include Naomi Beckwith, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Tania Bruguera, Immigrant Movement International and Partido Revolucionario Cubano, Queens, New York; Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator, Education and Public Engagement, New Museum, New York; Lauren Cornell, Curator, 2015 Triennial, Digital Projects, and Museum as Hub, New Museum, New York; Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Taraneh Fazeli, Education Associate, New Museum, New York; Annie Fletcher, Curator, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Ryan Inouye, Assistant Curator, Museum as Hub, New Museum, New York; Eungie Joo, Director of Art and Cultural Programs, Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil; Hyunjin Kim, Chief Curator, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul; Omer Krieger, Artistic Director, Under the Mountain: Festival of New Public Art, Jerusalem; Jay Levenson, Director, International Program, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Michy Marxuach, Cofounder and Codirector, Beta-Local, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tobias Ostrander, Chief Curator, Miami Art Museum; Daniela Pérez, Cofounder, de_sitio, Mexico City; Alexander Provan, Editor, Triple Canopy, New York; Sarah Rifky, Codirector, Beirut, Cairo; Ashok Sukumaran,, CAMP, Mumbai; Dóra Hegyi,, Budapest, Vít Havránek,, Prague, Georg Schöllhammer,, Vienna. For full descriptions of Museum as Hub Conference panels, visit

Friday April 12
4:30pm – How Do You Feel (About Institutions)?
7pm – Choosing Your Neighbors

Saturday April 13
2pm – Networked Institutions/Institutionalized Networks
4pm – Institutions After Art

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Museum as Hub is made possible by Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

Museum as Hub and public programs are made possible, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts. Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Education and public programs are made possible by a generous grant from Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David B. Heller & Hermine Riegerl Heller.

The Museum as Hub Residency Program is made possible through the lead support of Rockefeller Foundation.

Additional support is provided by Laurie Wolfert.

Artist travel is supported, in part, by Artis and Czech Center New York.

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