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The New Museum

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The New Museum is Manhattan's only dedicated contemporary art museum.

Founded in 1977 by Marcia Tucker, the former Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum was conceived as a centre for exhibitions, information and documentation about living artists.

The New Museum began by exhibiting the work of artists before they became recognised 'names' and often focused on solo shows, a practice it continues today.

In 2007 the New Museum finally moved into its dramatic, purpose-built space in New York's East Village, designed by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. This shimmering, mesh-wrapped structure is the only purpose-built art museum below 14th Street in Manhattan.

Bowery, the street where the New Museum is now located, has a rich artistic heritage. In the mid 1950s artists began living illegally in loft spaces in the area, and by the 60s a vibrant artistic community had sprung up, working in the huge light-filled interiors available along the Bowery.

Artists including Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein, Eva Hesse and Bruce Marden worked in the area, and the New Museum is now running a project called the 'Bowery Artists Tribute' to investigate the artistic history of this part of New York.

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