About

The Artist’s Institute at Hunter College is a research and exhibition space for contemporary artists and writers. Fellows establish semester-long projects that will generate new possibilities for their work. They are encouraged to experiment at the threshold of what they already know, and to use their time with the Institute to test out new forms of expression. Their public programs may take many forms, including exhibitions, performances and lectures, seminars, or something else entirely. In addition, fellows mentor graduate students in the Department of Art & Art History at Hunter College and make use of the school’s intellectual and technical resources. The Artist’s Institute is committed to artists, above all to giving their work the time and attention it deserves.

Staff

Director and Curator, Jenny Jaskey
Gallery Manager, Christopher Aque
Accountant, Paola Di Tolla
Security, Avia Tavaris
Graphic design, John Morgan studio
Web development, Benedict de Silva

Support

The Artist’s Institute’s exhibitions and public programs are funded entirely through the generous support of private individuals and foundations that believe in what we do. Support The Artist’s Institute with an online donation here, or e-mail jenny@theartistsinstitute.org to learn more about getting involved.

Our current season is made possible through the support of Carol and Arthur Goldberg, Joan Lazarus, Will Nathan, Thea Westreich Wagner & Ethan Wagner, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts.

History

The Artist’s Institute opened on October 19, 2010 at 163 Eldridge Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Founded in collaboration with the Department of Art & Art History at Hunter College, it originated from the desire to learn from artists, eschewing a standard exhibition model for one that gives equal weight to art objects, graduate seminars, and public events hosting a range of thinkers. During the Institute’s first seven years, its program dedicated each six-month long season to a single artist, whose work was shown one object or installation at a time. A hallmark of the program was making explicit connections between the featured artist and related artists and thinkers. This practice engaged poets, scientists, philosophers, and musicians, as well as visual artists. Founding Director Anthony Huberman (2010-2013) curated seasons with Robert Filliou, Jo Baer, Jimmie Durham, Rosemarie Trockel, Haim Steinbach, and Thomas Bayrle. Director Jenny Jaskey (2013-present) organized seasons with Lucy McKenzie, Pierre Huyghe, Carolee Schneemann, Fia Backström, Hilton Als, and Sharon Lockhart. The Artist’s Institute moved to its current location at 132 E. 65th Street in March 2016. Starting in the fall of 2017, the format of the Institute’s program changed. Instead of concentrating on the work of a single artist, the Institute hosted several artists―in a more expansive construction of the term artist― in a single semester. If in the past the Institute primarily developed connections out of an artist’s pre-existing body of work, now artists were encouraged to create new works and to engage in a process of self-education that would also teach an audience new things. Throughout its brief history, The Artist’s Institute has remained dedicated to an in-depth engagement with art.