New Museum of Contemporary Art

New Museum of Contemporary Art information

New York City , USA
235 Bowery
btwn Stanton & Rivington Sts
+1 212 219 1222
Getting there
Subway: N/R to Prince St; F to 2nd Ave; J/Z to Bowery; 6 to Spring St
More information
adult/child $16/free, 7-9pm Thu by donation
Opening hours
11am-6pm Wed & Fri-Sun, to 9pm Thu
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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.