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New Museum Block Party


Culture takes to the streets this Saturday, July 20th, with New Museum’s eighth annual free Block Party. Don your sneaks and join in on live music, performance art, and maybe even a workshop or two. The museum’s Marketing Director, Annie Wachnicki, gave us a few tips to get the most out of the day.

How did the idea for the Block Party come about?

It was a way to introduce ourselves and meet our new neighbors in the Lower East Side before the opening of our building at 235 Bowery. Everyone had so much fun, we decided to make it an annual event.

There are several “workshops” being offered for the day. Which do you recommend most?

DIY BAT – Using collected images and texts from the Bowery Artist Tribute, create your own magazine exploring the history of the Bowery from the stories of artists and creators who have lived in this constantly evolving neighborhood.

Tours will also be offered for four of the New Museum’s exhibitions. Which one should we hop on?

The New York Times recently called Llyn Foulkes “one of American art’s great originals.” His long-overdue career retrospective, “LLYN FOULKES,” is on view on our 2nd floor. “Ellen Gallagher: Don’t Axe Me” is also not to be missed! Spanning the past 20 years, the exhibition includes iconic paintings, drawings, prints, and film installations by one of the most significant artists to emerge since the mid-1990s.


What other live performances will there be besides AUNTS is Dance?

AUNTS is DANCE will be performing all day, on and off from 1-5 PM. You can watch one favorite previous performance here.

What do you think events like the Block Party accomplish that a normal day at the museum doesn’t?

The Block Party is one of my favorite New Museum events. It’s a great opportunity to meet new neighbors, you can roll up your sleeves and make some art inspired by the exhibitions on view, and Museum admission is free to all Block Party guests.

Photo credit: Dean Kaufman, Benoit Pailley