The Goethe-Institut’s residency programs exist to provide a "space for new perspectives", wherein artists and cultural workers have the opportunity to live and work in another country and another culture for an extended period of time. Our worldwide programs are not focused on artists alone, but are also open to translators, curators, and scholars. Our goal is to encourage young talents, help get them established in the local cultural scene, and to assist with networking. The Goethe-Institut is a cultural mediator; the aim of its programs and projects is to encourage international cooperation and understanding.
Ludlow 38 was the Goethe-Institut New York’s contemporary art space, made possible with the generous support of MINI. Located on the Lower East Side, it provided for curatorial experimentation in the tradition of the German “Kunstverein” since 2008. Its mission was to introduce new international perspectives to the downtown arts community and to foster dialogue within the aesthetic and sociopolitical context of New York and the United States. Initially programmed by a different Kunstverein every year, the space was relaunched in 2011 as a residency program for young curators from Germany.