The New Museum focuses primarily on work of living artists created during the past 10 years. Each year the museum mounts three to four major exhibitions and about 12 smaller shows in its galleries. Painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance and multi-media works including interactive video and computer projects are shown in group shows.
In conjunction with each exhibition the museum offers educational programs including symposia, lectures, workshops, gallery talks and tours geared to both schoolchildren and adults. Exhibition catalogs and books on contemporary art are for sale in the bookshop. In spring 2006, the museum unveiled its new space on the Bowery. Designed by the Tokyo-based architects, Sejima + Nishizawa/SANAA, this new construction is the first building built specifically to house a museum in the downtown Manhattan area.
New Museum First Saturdays for Families are free of charge. This program is designed and recommended for families with children aged between four and fifteen years and includes free New Museum admission for up to two adults per family. Children under eighteen are always admitted free. No preregistration is required. Space is limited and tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Your entire party must be present; tickets will not be given to partial parties.
The High School Art Program (HSAP) is a citywide arts enrichment program for public and alternative high schools, emphasizing an interdisciplinary, multicultural approach to the exploration of contemporary art. Students are shown a broad range of contemporary art and engage in critical discussions about art, cultural identity and social issues. They then produce collaborative or individual artwork in response to the concepts they have explored. The 10- to 12-session program includes slide presentations; studio projects; writing exercises; discussions; visits to museums, galleries, artists' studios and public art sites; and presentations with guest speakers. Docent-led visits are recommended for junior high and high school groups seeking a less intensive experience.