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Artists ________ Institutions

  • CUE Art Foundation 137 West 25th Street New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)

Saturday, February 4th. 1-7pm
CUE Art Foundation, 137 W25th Street, ground floor, between 6th & 7th Ave.
Cost: $15 / $5 for members --  Capacity is limited, ticket purchase via Eventbrite is essential. *Fee can be waived on a need basis

This day-long intensive is intended to equip artists with skills and ideas for founding, tending, and closing institutions. Each of the three parts of the intensive will be led by an artist mentor. This workshop is suited for artists who are planning to or currently participating in institiutions, whether in the form of DIY art spaces, day jobs, arts administration, community organizing or entrepreneurship.

Spaces are limited. Light, late lunch is provided.


Artists Founding Institutions
with Ten Leaps (of BFAMFAPhD)

This section will use the Ten Leaps set of tools for thinking about the entire life cycle of an art project, applied to institution-building.

BFAMFAPhD is a collective that works at the intersection of art, technology, and political economy. Advocating for cultural equity since 2014, BFAMFAPhD creates reports, pedagogical tools and practices. Their work has been exhibited at The Museum of Art and Design, Cleveland Art Institute, and The Brooklyn Museum. Current BFAMFAPhD core members are Susan Jahoda, Emilio Martinez Poppe, Agnes Szanyi, Vicky Virgin, and Caroline Woolard.

Artists Closing Institutions
with Christina Xu

This section will draw on Christina Xu's experience as an organizational strategist to imagine the multiple ways that an organization can be dissolved and our efforts can be refocused. Topics covered will include when, why, and how to close an organization effectively, since many of us are compulsive starters with limited capacities.

Christina Xu is an independent ethnographic researcher, writer, and chaos wrangler based in New York. I help people understand each other better through ethnographic research, writing, and cultural translation. I believe in designing communities and systems that enable sustainable creativity and redistribute power. Projects include co-coordinating Letters for Black Lives, a set of collaboratively written and translated resources for facilitating conversations around social justice, producing Multi Entry, a collection of essays and media that investigate the experiences of young creative people in China, and teaching Entrepreneurial Design at the School of Visual Arts' Interaction Design MFA program along with Gary Chou (spring semesters only).

Artists Tending Institutions
with Chloe Bass

This section will focus on how the artist and the institution develop intimacy with one another; we often grow attached to brands, organizations and practices and can even fall in love with them. How do we, through reflection and performance, better mediate our relations with institutions?

Chloë Bass is a conceptual artist co-creating performances, publications, situations, and installations. Her work investigates scales of human intimacy, starting with the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011 – 2013), and eventually encompassing entire cities. Her current project, The Book of Everyday Instruction, is an eight-chapter investigation of pairs. Chloë is currently in residence at Triangle Arts, and has also been in residence at the Laundromat Project, LMCC’s Workspace, Elsewhere, and the Luminary. Recent work has been seen at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, EFA Project Space, Weeksville Heritage Center, the James Gallery, Salisbury University, the Bronx Museum of Art, SPACES, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Neuberger Museum, Momenta Art, and Flux Factory, among others. Chloë holds a BA in Theater Studies from Yale University, and an MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in social practice and sculpture at Queens College, CUNY. You can find her writing most often on Hyperallergic. Learn more about her at; feel free to write via


This event is presented in conjunction with the group exhibition, The Visible Hand, curated by David Borgonjon. On view at CUE Art Foundation January 7 - February 15, 2017.

Earlier Event: January 28
Art as Service
Later Event: February 11