The New Museum of Contemporary Art: New Building Opens This Weekend in NYC

This Saturday, The New Museum opens its new building  at 235 Bowery between Stanton and Rivington Streets on the Lower East Side in Manhattan.

One of the many great programs being initiated is Target First Saturdays for Families.

From the website: “Beginning Saturday, March 1, 2008 and continuing on the first Saturday of each month, Target First Saturdays for Families at the New Museum will offer special, hands-on programs designed for families with children and young adults 6 to 15 years old, conducted by trained Museum educators. Families will have the opportunity to explore the New Museum’s exhibitions through thematic tours and lively conversations with artists, and to engage in creative activities designed specifically for certain age groups. Each program will run approximately 45 minutes, with 2 sessions running simultaneously—one for children ages 6 to 10, and another for ages 11 to 15. Target First Saturdays for Families offers 2 morning sessions, the first at 10 a.m. and the second at 11 a.m.

Target First Saturdays for Families are free of charge, and include free Museum admission for up to 3 adults per family. Children under 18 are always admitted free. Advance registration is required. Tickets must be picked up at the information desk 15 minutes prior to the start of the program. Registration begins 15 minutes before each session.

For more information about Target First Saturdays for Families, please write to or call 212.219.1222 x235.”

Another interesting series to enjoy is “THE NEW SILENT.”

From the website:   “The New Silent Series will present contemporary art engaged with new technology. The series will include screenings and performances, as well as a critical conversational strand that will bring together leading scholars, artists, critics, and public figures to illuminate the complex interactions between technology, culture, and creative practice. The series will present artists working at the furthest reaches of technological experimentation as well as those responding to the broader aesthetic and political implications of new tools and media. The New Silent Series takes its name from the generational theories of Neil Howe and William Strauss, who have written about the deep influence that new technologies will have on the generation born after 1996.”

Click here to view upcoming events in this series.

Here’s a link to an interview Robert Ayers conducted recently with New Museum Director Lisa Phillips “On Leading The New New Museum” that was featured in today’s Art Info newsletter (originally published in the fall issue of Museums magazine).


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