MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 is the Goethe-Institut New York’s contemporary art space, made possible with the generous support of MINI. Located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, it has provided for curatorial experimentation in the tradition of the German Kunstverein since 2008.
Its mission is to introduce new international perspectives to a vibrant downtown art scene and to foster dialogue within the greater aesthetic and political context of New York and the United States. Ludlow 38 was initially programmed by a different German Kunstverein each year: Kunstverein München in 2008, followed by the European Kunsthalle and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. In 2011, a residency program for young curators was launched in partnership with MINI and the project was renamed as MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38. Since then the trajectory of exhibitions has been shaped by the distinctive points of view and vigor of its annually rotating curators, who bring their own unique perspectives to the art space. For the last five years, exhibitions and events have been organized by the curatorial residents Tobi Maier (2011), Clara Meister (2012), Jakob Schillinger (2013), Eva Birkenstock (2014), and Vivien Trommer (2015) respectively.
The Goethe-Institut New York promotes intercultural dialogue between the United States and Germany by offering opportunities for the public to interact with themes and questions relevant to Germany’s cultural, social, intellectual, and political spheres. The Goethe-Institut’s two downtown locations at 30 Irving Place and MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38, offer a broad spectrum of programs and exhibitions to local audiences, providing a forum for German-American exchange in New York.
Vivien Trommer, Curatorial Resident 2015
Sara Stevenson, Residency Program Coordinator
Lal Bahçecioğlu, Assistant 2015
Caroline Spellenberg, Assistant 2015
Sabrina Kürzinger, Curatorial Intern Dec. 2015 – Feb. 2016
Juliane Bischoff, Curatorial Intern Oct. – Dec. 2015
Kevin Westphal, Curatorial Intern July – Oct. 2015
Bianka Hoffmann, Curatorial Intern May – July 2015
Katharina Oehm, Curatorial Intern Feb. – May 2015
Carolin Alff, Curatorial Intern Dec. 2014 – Feb. 2015