New Museum of Contemporary Art
Salon 94 Bowery
This raw space is the Bowery branch of an Upper East Side gallery, and its location beside the New Museum makes it a key player in the...
Salon 94 Freemans
Tucked down a narrow alley, this small gallery feels like a well-kept secret, and it hosts intriguing and unconventional shows by...
A reliable gallery for first-rate shows from artists working across disciplines. Lehmann Maupin also has a branch in Chelsea.
Tucked down a back alley, the charmingly located Freeman’s draws a mostly hipster crowd who let their chunky jewelry clang on the wooden...
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New Museum of Contemporary Art information
Rising above the neighborhood, the New Museum of Contemporary Art is a sight to behold: a seven-story stack of off-kilter, white, ethereal boxes designed by Tokyo-based architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA and the New York–based firm Gensler. It was a long-awaited breath of fresh air along what was a completely gritty Bowery strip when it arrived back in 2007 – though since its opening, many glossy new constructions have joined it, quickly transforming this once down-and-out avenue.
Founded in 1977 by Marcia Tucker and housed in five different locations over the years, the museum's mission statement is simple: 'New art, new ideas.' The institution gave gallery space to artists Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Joan Jonas, Mary Kelly and Andres Serrano at the beginning of their careers, and continues to show contemporary heavy hitters. In fact, the city's sole museum dedicated to contemporary art has brought a steady menu of edgy works in new forms.