New Museum Six Degrees most recent posts created by the New Museum.en-us“Whose Terms? A Glossary for Social Practice,” Part 1/3<p>Lately, in the Department of Education, we’ve been considering how various indexes, particularly the glossary form, might be used to get specific about subjects that warrant further critical attention. Case in point is the recent collective glossary-building initiative “Whose Terms? New Perspectives on Social Practice.” As a dual-platform program at the New Museum, the first round took place as...</p>Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:01:14 -0400“Shop Talk: Archiving Performance”<p><span class="caps">INTRODUCING</span> <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">NEW</span> <span class="caps">SERIES</span> “<span class="caps">SHOP</span> TALK”</p><p>“Shop Talk” is a new series on Six Degrees that examines institutional practices within art organizations through critical dialogues initiated by Six Degrees editors. Taking place across multiple installments, each edition of “Shop Talk” brings together a selection of interrogative exchanges between New Museum staff, artists, and other experts to explore me...</p>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:06:08 -0400“The Neoliberal Institution of Culture and the Critique of Culturalization”<p><em>Written in 2007 by Prelom kolektiv [Break collective] members Dušan Grlja and Jelena Vesić, “The Neoliberal Institution of Culture and the Critique of Culturalization” offers insight into the politicized art landscape of the former Yugoslavian region. Prelom, a Belgrade-based research and publishing group, contributed to tranzit’s &ldquo;Parallel Chronologies&rdquo;. “Parallel Chronologies,” an exhibition ...</em></p>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:44:00 -0400The Back Room in conversation with Media Farzin<p>Six Degrees, <em>as an editorial platform that feeds into and out of New Museum programming by functioning as a space for expanded dialogue, research, and reflection, will be inviting different artistic, curatorial, and educational initiatives to consider their own structures and material conditions for production. In addition to sharing the work of such initiatives with our readers, the process of...</em></p>Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:20:09 -0400 “Whose Terms? A Glossary for Social Practice”<p>In preparation for a public program dedicated to the subject, the New Museum is examining the terms that have regularly come to be associated with social practice in order to think about how, to what end, and on whose terms engagement with communities outside of art takes place. Six Degrees readers are invited to respond to an open call for glossary entries on the working word list below , with...</p>Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:34:23 -0400Chapter 3: _From Reports on the Construction of a Spaceship_<p><em>From January 22 until April 13, 2014, tranzit, a network of autonomous but interconnected organizations based in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia, has been occupying the New Museum’s Fifth Floor galleries with the exhibition they’ve curated “Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module.” The work in this show—all made by artists that the organization has worked wi...</em></p>Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:25:38 -0400Chris Burden at the juncture of art and architecture: Collaboration and Risk<p><em>It has been a little over a month since the New Museum’s solo exhibition of Chris Burden, “Extreme Measures,” closed. Two works central to the</em> <em>exhibition</em>—Ghost Ship <em> and</em> Twin Quasi-Legal Skyscrapers<em>—both installed on the building’s exterior, will remain installed for the foreseeable future, now corralling attention exclusively toward Burden’s interaction with institutional architecture.</em> <em>This lo...</em></p>Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:18:36 -0500City as Curriculum: The 9th Mercosul Biennial<p><em>In the vibrant field of international biennials, the Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil, is distinguished by its commitment to pedagogy and active exploration of new methods for mediating and presenting contemporary art. Including fifty-nine artists from Latin America as well as across the globe, the ninth edition of the biennial was organized around three components: a major exhibition,...</em></p>Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:05:49 -0500Museum=World<p><em><span class="caps">IDEAS</span> <span class="caps">CITY</span> explores the future of cities around the globe with the belief that arts and culture are essential to the vitality of urban centers, making them better places to live, work, and create. <span class="caps">IDEAS</span> CITY: São Paulo is organized by the New Museum in partnership with <span class="caps">SESC</span> Pompeia, and takes place simultaneously with the Tenth São Paulo Architecture Biennial, October 25–27, 2013. Guilherme Wis...</em></p>Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:33:50 -0400A Report on “XFR STN”: LOCKSS-Ness Monster: “What Have We Done?!”<p><em>Over an eight-week period this summer, the New Museum hosted “<span class="caps">XFR</span> STN” , a media archiving project that included transferring video material from the Monday/Wednesday/Friday Video Club distribution project, founded in 1986 by Alan W. Moore and Colab . MWF’s early aspirations for democratic distribution led to an embrace of technologies newly available in the 1980s—what Moore called, “The twin c...</em></p>Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:42:59 -0400Museum as Hub Residencies: Chimurenga Chronicles the Now-Now<p><em>In February of this year, the Cape Town–based Pan-African publishing platform Chimurenga began a residency with the Museum as Hub. As is frequently the structure for many of the Hub’s research residencies, the New York portion of this collaboration was based around a series of private meetings that culminated in a public presentation introducing the group’s work to a New York audience. Most imm...</em></p>Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:54:04 -0400From the Art Spaces Online Directory: Talking with Western Front’s Caitlin Jones<p>Founded in 1973 as a live/work alternative space dedicated to “non-objective art practices,” including performance, poetry, video, dance, and all manner of interdisciplinary experimentation, the Western Front in Vancouver has, for decades, been one of the leading centers for contemporary art in Canada. Until 2009, when the board appointed curator Caitlin Jones as its first Executive Director, t...</p>Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:57:29 -0400oO becomes Oo and oo: 2 Countries in an Uneven Structure at the Venice Biennale<p><em>This past June, Curator Gary Carrion-Murayari visited the 55th Venice Biennale and was particularly struck by the joint Cypriot and Lithuanian Pavilion, united for the first time this year at a sports center tucked away from the main staging grounds of the Biennale. In an effort to unpack the exhibition’s title, “Oo,” Curator Raimundas Malašauskas describes the concept as “a slightly asymmetric...</em></p>Thu, 08 Aug 2013 11:24:36 -0400On Building Virtual Museums<p><em>In May, New Museum Deputy Director Karen Wong attended the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The five-day extravaganza of a conference brought together five thousand museum professionals whose institutions focus on everything from art to zoology, and the 150 sessions covered topics including educational initiatives, collections management, and fundraising. Here, she refl...</em></p>Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:46:36 -0400Antagonism and Failure<p>In the following text, artist and writer Victor Albarracín recounts the four-year lifespan of El Bodegón, an art space founded in Bogotá in 2005 by a group of art students and professors. The essay describes their attempt to create a vital gathering place that fostered an ethos of experimentation, risk, and spontaneity that stood in contrast to the city’s burgeoning art scene. In a self-serving...</p>Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:54:27 -0400The Failure of a Project: Gezi Park and more<p>Last October, when the New Museum organized the first international <span class="caps">IDEAS</span> <span class="caps">CITY</span> Conference in Istanbul, the city’s immense beauty, cultural and historical significance, as well as its hyper-ambitious urban transformation was palpable to the international attendees. However, the young practitioners—artists, architects, urban planners, journalists, and sociologists—participating in the panels and ...</p>Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:39:30 -0400Writing the Canon: Notes on Art Education in Egypt<p>Six Degrees encompasses critical essays, in-depth research, and diverse opinions about the arts and its contexts from practitioners around the world, as well as dispatches by New Museum staff. In this essay, Omar Kholeif, curator, writer, and Senior Editor of, reflects on his involvement in <span class="caps">MASS</span> Alexandria in relation to the current state of arts education in Egypt.</p><h4>Writing the Canon:...</h4>Mon, 20 May 2013 14:59:02 -0400Museum as Hub: Reflections on the 2013 Conference by Natasha Marie Llorens<p>On April 12–13, 2013, the Museum as Hub hosted a conference to mark the sixth anniversary of the Hub initiative. The conference aimed, 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. Through four panels that featured curators from Hub partnering institutions, as well as those from significa...</p>Tue, 07 May 2013 11:26:26 -0400On Instituting A New Space For Thought<p>In the late spring of 2012, curators Sarah Rifky and Jens Maier-Rothe had both planned to be in Beirut. A fortunate turn of events kept them in Cairo a little longer than planned and founding Beirut, an art initiative and exhibition space located in a three-story 1940s villa in the Agouza neighborhood of Giza . In this residence, the initiative affords thinkers, artists, artworks, and even othe...</p>Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:28:29 -0500Six Degrees: A Roundup of Archive Initiatives<p>It’s January—the time of year when contemporary art periodicals publish their “Best of the Year” selections, summarizing what has happened or what is to come. These annual reflections often present an array of projects but rarely develop an idea or concept. To start 2013, this posting plays off this impulse to collectively reflect with a roundup of international contemporary art initiatives tha...</p>Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:07:43 -0500