Artists Space, founded in 1972, remains the sole organization in New York that conceives all of its programming guided by a single principle: its relevance to artists living and working in New York City. For over four decades Artists Space has led the debate in contemporary art by challenging the intellectual and artistic status quo in New York and beyond--lending support to emerging ideas and emerging artists alike.
Historically, Artists Space has been a site for provocative discourse and experimentation within contemporary artistic debate--from the postmodern image in Douglas Crimp’s ‘Pictures’ in 1977, to identity politics in Adrian Piper’s ‘It’s Just Art’ in 1981, institutional critique in Michael Asher’s ‘Untitled,’(1988), and the AIDS Crisis in Nan Goldin’s ‘Witnesses: Against our Vanishing’ in 1989.
Today, Artists Space’s program is situated between local and global critical debates, offering a platform for international artists underrepresented in New York and commissioning new works by US-based artists. With the understanding that an artist’s career trajectory does not always follow a straight or predictable path, our three core programming areas are intended to provide support for artists at different stages of their lives and careers--art education for middle school youth, exhibitions by mature artists who may have been previously overlooked or marginalized within current art discourse and art world trends, and lecture and discussion series that foreground issues that inform the contemporary critical context.
Image: Living with Pop: A Reproduction of Capitalist Realism, installation view, Artists Space, New York, 2014
Better Farm, Inc. is a sustainability education center, artists colony and organic farm set on 65 acres in Redwood, N.Y. Its mission is to adhere all disciplines to the Better Theory, a belief that every experience offers an opportunity for immense personal growth. With this in mind, Better Farm is dedicated to enhancing the local and regional community by offering each individual the opportunity to expand, grow, and flourish sustainably, artfully, and in tandem with the living world around him or her. Better Farm offers the public a living laboratory of organic gardens, alternative building structures and projects, a 1,500-square-foot studio and gallery space, and a blueprint for environmentally conscious living. This “living lab” provides through internships, work-shares, lectures, and classes an unparalleled educational experience set against a backdrop of communal living and an environmentally conscious, artistic way of being.
Founded in 1897, Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. On Dec. 12, 2014, Cooper Hewitt opened in the renovated and restored Carnegie Mansion, which offers 60 percent more exhibition space to showcase one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence. Ten inaugural exhibitions and installations, many of which draw from the museum’s permanent collection of more than 210,000 objects that span 30 centuries, features more than 700 objects throughout four floors of the mansion. For the first time in the museum’s history, the entire second floor is dedicated to showcasing the permanent collection through a variety of exhibitions.
Visitors can experience a full range of new interactive capabilities, including the opportunity to explore the collection digitally on ultra-high-definition touch-screen tables, draw their own designs in the Immersion Room, and solve real-world design problems in the Process Lab.
Photo by Matt Flynn © 2014 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Located in one of the most vibrant global cities, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) is a laboratory for learning that weaves together cutting edge design skills, incisive critical thinking and new forms of knowledge as students and faculty engage one another in a spirit of intellectual generosity that strives to re-imagine the future of architecture, cities and the environment. Columbia GSAPP fosters the development of new forms of design research and scholarship to open up new territories for more meaningful practices of architecture and the design of cities. In this moment of convergence, the school draws together the geographical question of “where” with the temporal question of “when,” making visible the processes of rapid urbanization in a time of climate change.
The Museum of Applied Arts was founded in 1873 as the teaching collection of the Crafts and Design. Design Museum, its successor, is now an internationally operating museum of design that keeps a national collection in its field. Design Museum as a specialist museum in Finland maintains a 75 ooo object design collection. The museum is responsible for research and documentation in its field, and for holding exhibitions on design history and contemporary themes. The museum also organizes international touring exhibitions and events on Finnish art and design. Besides main premises at Design Museum, other premises and exhibition spaces are Arabia Museum, Iittala Glass Museum and Nuutajärvi Glass Museum. The Design Museum has operated in its current premises (formerly Brobergska Mixed School) since 1978.
Image: Henrik Vibskov exhibition at Design Museum, Helsinki © Paavo Lehtonen
The Finnish Museum of Photography is the national special museum for photography, its job being to promote and foster Finnish photographic art and culture. The Museum, founded on the initiative of a number of photography organizations, began its work in 1969. The Museum is maintained by the Foundation for the Finnish Museum of Photography.
The Museum's collections include about 3.7 million pictures spanning the various user cultures in photography. The emphasis in collection acquisitions is on Finnish contemporary photographic art. In a national context, the Finnish Museum of Photography has considerable specialist expertise in the preservation and conservation of photographs. The Museum puts on exhibitions of Finnish and foreign contemporary photography, and presents the diverse history of photography.
The Museum carries out basic research on its collections and produces research publications. It also promotes Finnish photography research through collaborative projects with other research bodies, by maintaining a nationwide network of photographic researchers, and by awarding grants. This research and the nationwide work on photo archives are further assisted by the database of Finnish photographers maintained by the Museum, and by the Museum's other databases and details of Finnish photo archives. The Museum also has a photography library for researchers.
Image: Dorothée Smith at Finnish Museum of Photography © Ikahu
HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme is one of the largest international residency centers in the Nordic and Baltic region. The residency studios are located in two unique sites in Helsinki: on the UNESCO World Heritage fortress island Suomenlinna and in Cable Factory, the largest cultural center in Finland.
HIAP focuses primarily on the Visual Arts but in collaboration with local and international partner organizations, HIAP residencies are offered also for professionals in other creative fields. The activities at HIAP are based on thematic projects that focus on specific contemporary topics or aspects of artistic practice, collaborations with local art and cultural organizations, and open calls. Projects and programs can run from few months to several years. HIAP aims to foster international collaboration and to address contemporary concerns in art and society. To support these aims, a public programme of discussions, screenings, exhibitions, and other events is organized in connection with the residencies.
Every year between 70–90 art professionals from around the world are offered a working period of 1–3 months in the HIAP residency studios in Helsinki. HIAP also hosts 80–120 shorter visits by art professionals invited by local art institutions or working independently on their own projects. Art professionals based in Finland have an opportunity to work abroad via projects and exchange programs maintained by HIAP with its international partners.
Image © Dariusz Sitek
The Amie and Tony James Gallery is located in midtown Manhattan at the nexus of the academy, contemporary art, and the city and brings a range of pertinent discourses into the exhibition space through innovative formats. While some exhibitions remain on view for extended contemplation, other activities such as performances, workshops, reading groups, roundtable discussions, salons, and screenings have a short duration. As a space for artistic and discursive activities, the gallery works with scholars, students, artists and the public to explore working methods that may lie outside usual disciplinary practices.
The Museum at FIT (MFIT) is the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to the art of fashion. Best known for its innovative and award-winning exhibitions, the museum has a permanent collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present. Like other fashion museums, such as the Musée de la Mode, the Mode Museum, and the Museo de la Moda, MFIT collects, conserves, documents, exhibits, and interprets fashion. MFIT is a member of the American Alliance of Museums. Its mission is to advance knowledge of fashion through exhibitions, publications, and public programs.
The museum is part of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a college of art and design, business, and technology that educates more than 10,000 students annually. FIT is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) and offers more than 45 majors leading to AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma has firmly established its position in the heart of Helsinki, thanks to both its thought-provoking repertoire and its fascinating architecture. Kiasma’s repertoire includes exhibitions presenting Finnish and international contemporary art, collection displays, performances in the Kiasma Theatre, workshops, seminars and lectures. Kiasma presents and collects the very latest contemporary art.
Kiasma is a place where you can fall in love with or become provoked by art, be surprised, impressed or entertained by art. Contemporary art is no stranger to emotions. Kiasma and the art it exhibits often spark off lively discussions in which the museum too is an active participant. The debate is open to everyone, whether it takes place in Kiasma or on some of its many online forums.
Image: Alfredo Jaar: The Sound of Silence (detail), 2006 © Finnish National Gallery / Petri Virtanen
The fundamental task of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, one of Finland's national museums, is to collect and distribute knowledge about architecture and increase its understanding among the general public as well as experts. It is an information centre for topical architectural practice, research and critique, oriented toward the future even as it records history. The museum builds a bridge between architecture and its users, and on the other hand it is a link in the interaction of professionals.
The museum is one of the oldest of its kind in the world and focuses on post-1900 architecture. It was established in 1956 to record Finnish built culture. The museum’s purpose was also to meet the international demand of material concerning Finnish architecture, which had gained an enormous fame by the 1950s.
Image: from the Unbuilt Helsinki exhibition, curated by Åbäke and Nene Tsuboi © Niklas Kullström
Mustarinda is an artist/researcher collective founded in 2009 to foster ecological and cultural diversity. Mustarinda gathers people from different backgrounds together to investigate the cultural, economic and material structures of society, largely dominated by different aspects of the global ecological crisis.
Hundreds of professionals of art and research have already taken part in the residency program and in the variety of events and exhibitions organized by Mustarinda. A majority of the activities happen at the Mustarinda House, located at the edge of an old-growth forest in northern Finland. As part of its aim to contribute to post-fossil living, Mustarinda is approaching energy self-sufficiency.
Image © Nestori Syrjälä
No Longer Empty's mission is to broaden the audience for contemporary art, to promote socially conscious artists, and to build resilience in communities through art. They present professionally curated, site-responsive art exhibitions where a community of artists, educators, scholars and the public come together to create and experience art, free of market imperatives and institutional constraints. No Longer Empty works with internationally recognized curators to feature established artists alongside emerging artists. The synthesis of community interviews and site research drives the curatorial theme and revives the history of buildings. The curatorial premise and the physical realities of the site provide artists with an alternative to today’ s art world status quo allowing them to expand their practice through site commissioned work.
Image: Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels: Sugar Metropolis 2014, as part of No Longer Empty's exhibition If You Build It © Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels
Ramiken Crucible is a limited liability company registered in the state of New York (USA) in 2009. The company produces exhibitions in two leased gallery spaces, 389 Grand Street and 465 Grand Street, NY, NY 10002. The gallery provides services to artists, private collectors, and museums, as well as providing content for many publications, both online and in print. A complete archive of the gallery's program is available at www.ramikencrucible.com
Image: Diamond Stingily, Elephant Memory, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Ramiken Crucible.
Residency Unlimited (RU) supports the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art through a unique residency program and year-round public programs. RU forges strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions to offer customized residencies designed to meet the individual needs of participating artists and curators.
RU is located within the former South Congregational Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. The space is flexible and multifunctional, functioning as the center for RU's public programming, including talks, screenings, performances and exhibitions. Dialogue and exchange take place at RU's Brooklyn location: a creative hub for an expanding community of artists, curators, partners and international visitors.
Each residency supports the realization of short-term projects, as well as advancement of longer-term goals. RU's dedicated staff provides residents with curatorial, production and administrative support. Residents benefit from weekly studio visits by curators and arts professionals. The RU programs offer residents an introduction into the New York art world and access to RU's extensive national and international network.
The core principle of RU's approach is collaboration through strategic Partnerships with a range of institutions. These partnerships help foster cross-pollination of various publics, widening marketing and publicity opportunities. Partnerships also provide a uniquely mobile residency experience, with work and exhibition spaces located in a variety of locations and neighborhoods throughout New York. Residents benefit from RU's diverse network of partners, which allows for flexibility, customization and access to a wide range of services and resources including but not limited to studio/workspaces.
Residency Unlimited team © Marion Gambin
Sinne is a venue for Finnish and international contemporary art with a particular concentration on up-and-coming and experimental art. Their exhibition program comes together by combining an annual open call with in-house curation. Alongside exhibitions, Sinne organizes events, such as artist talks and seminars, and runs a pedagogical programme for kindergartens and schools. Sinne is managed by the Pro Artibus Foundation, an independent organization of the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.
Image © Sari Palosaari: Blinds
Since its founding in 1894, Van Alen Institute has promoted innovative thinking about the role of architecture and design in civic life. Today the Institute’s competitions, research, and public programs shape the public conversation and bring design excellence to the built environment of cities and sites around the world. Van Alen’s widely influential legacy of competitions includes Public Property: An Ideas Competition for Governors Island (1996), which kicked off an international conversation about Governors Island and its redevelopment as a public resource, and TKTS2K: A Competition to Design a New York Icon (1999), which led to the TKTS booth in Times Square and reactivated the public space at the busiest pedestrian intersection in New York City.
Image © Van Alen Institute