New Museum Announces “Festival of Ideas for a New City”

Posted on: October 11th, 2010 at 6:24 am by

It’s coming soon – a new festival hosted by the New Museum in the new gallery district. Last Friday, the New Museum announced [PDF] the Festival of Ideas for a New City initiative, which is scheduled for the weekend of May 7 and 8, 2011.

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The stated mission of the festival is very “World’s Fair” in nature – to “demonstrate the power of the creative community by imagining the city of the future.”  No doubt a complex subject.  What will this so-called city of the future entail? Will the Lower East Side still retain its low-rise charm?

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Front and center in the event is the new Bowery 2.0, which will ultimately serve as the conduit for discourse.  Both the New Museum and Cooper Union are planning numerous symposia, discussions, and workshops. But the festival is not just limited to these institutions.  The collaboration digs deeper into the downtown scene, partnering with numerous arts groups, community organizations, galleries, venues, etc. There is also an “innovative outdoor street fair” in the works.

[via Broadway World and Art Daily]

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