This fall, the New Museum launches a nine-week, application-based Experimental Study Program for young people ages fifteen to twenty. The fall program offers 12 participants the chance to work closely with artists, engage in critical discussions around contemporary art and culture, and contribute directly to the New Museum Education Department’s ongoing commitment to social analysis and change.
In collaborating with artists from the Museum’s “Performance Archiving Performance” series, the Experimental Study Program draws teens into the larger conversations that are taking place across Museum programming. In addition to aligning itself with the Education Department’s new thematic structure, ESP is unique in that it will give teens the opportunity to contribute to artists’ research in meaningful ways. Through this collaboration, teens will link their research to issues of identity, social justice, and the nature of artistic labor.
In conjunction with the Fall “Archives” Season, the Experimental Study Program for Teens features a multi-session intensive collaboration with Yanira Castro of a canary torsi. Pursuing an interest in systems as a form of portraiture (initially developed through the archiving performances of The People to Come), Castro will engage participants in their research towards a canary torsi’s next project in 2015/2016 (tentatively titled Performance Portraits: Live). Experimental Study Program youth will additionally partner with Sara Wookey to test exercises for teaching some methodologies of dance making, as part of the artist’s ongoing reDANCE platform.