First New Museum Staff:
In July 1983 with help from Trustee and Legal Counsel Herman Schwartzman, Board President Henry Luce III negotiates a donation of space in the landmark Astor Building at 583 Broadway in SoHo, to the New Museum.
On October 8, 1983, the Museum reopens at this new location with a preview of the exhibition “Language Drama, Source, & Vision.”
Senior Curator William Olander dies of AIDS on March 18, 1989.
The William Olander Memorial Fund is established, for the purchase and promotion of works in the field of photography, video, performance, and cultural activism. The Fund was used to acquire the Silence=Death neon sign that was originally installed in “Let the Record Show…”
Lisa Phillips becomes Director of the New Museum, succeeding Marcia Tucker. She formulates an expanded vision for the institution, one that includes innovative cultural and civic partnerships, leading-edge art and technology initiatives, and platforms to explore a broadened idea of culture, educations, and the role of museums.
She conceives and realizes the construction of the Museum’s first dedicated building at 235 Bowery—as well as its expansion into 231 Bowery—and curates major surveys of artists including Paul McCarthy (2001), Carroll Dunham (2002), John Waters (2004), and Chris Burden (2013).
The New Museum opens its new 50,000 square foot building to the public on December 1, 2007, coinciding with the institution’s thirtieth anniversary. It is the first purpose-built art museum to be constructed from the ground up in downtown Manhattan.
The Museum opens its doors at 235 Bowery with the inaugural exhibition “Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century,” curated by Richard Flood, Massimiliano Gioni, and Laura Hoptman.
In April 2009, the New Museum inaugurates an ongoing series of major triennials devoted to presenting works by early-career artists from around the world, and providing an important platform for a new generation of artists who shape the current discourse of contemporary art.
The first in the series, “The Generational Triennial: Younger Than Jesus,” contextualizes the different artistic approaches of a generation of artists born after 1976, and identifies emergent stylistic trends.
Seven on Seven is founded by Lauren Cornell, Executive Director of Rhizome. It is an annual conference that pairs leaders in art with visionary technologists and challenges them to make something new.
The inaugural conference features Tauba Auerbach, Ayah Bdeir, Kristin Lucas, Andrew Kortina, Ryan Trecartin, and David Karp among others.
In the fall of 2013, under the direction of Johanna Burton, the New Museum’s Department of Education and Public Engagement launches its Research and Development Seasons Program, which connects multiple platforms around a single organizing theme. Seasonal themes are generated by artists in residence, and the department’s collaborations with artists lead to exhibitions, performances, conferences, screenings, publications, teen and family programs, and archival research.
The inaugural Season thematic is ARCHIVES.
In September 2014, NEW INC is cofounded by Lisa Phillips and Karen Wong. It is the first museum-led cultural incubator dedicated to supporting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across art, design, and technology.
The incubator occupies eight thousand square feet of dedicated office, workshop, social, and presentation space at 231 Bowery.
New Museum and Rhizome inaugurate Open Score: Art and Technology, an annual conference that explores the state of art and technology today, convening luminary artists, curators, researchers, and writer to discuss how technology is transforming culture.
Participants in this year’s conference include Simone Browne, Adrian Chen, Jacob Ciocci, Kimberly Drew, Juliana Huxtable, Cathy Park Hong, and Colin Self, among others.